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  1. I can empathize with how challenging it is to know what the best route is and how to strengthen your CV while economizing your time as much as you can! With regard to your first question about a postgrad certificate/diploma to improve your grades - I think this is a great idea, especially if you take some courses you don't have. Eventually, you will need to take a social psych class anyways to fulfill the breadth requirements for registering as a psychologist. Maybe look into what courses you may be missing and will need in order to register, and use this time to get them out of the way before you start a grad program as well as boosting your GPA. A BSc doesn't ultimately matter when applying to clinical programs - plenty of people get in with BAs (myself included). For your second question about doing a PhD in the UK and then coming back to do an additional PhD - this is a challenging decision.I will say that it is exceedingly uncommon in Canada to do a terminal clinical MSc/MA. Most programs are set up with the expectation that you continue on to your PhD after completing your masters. I'm not sure based on your post if you are mostly interested in clinical work or clinical research? Your decision between your PhD in the UK and a clinical psych program should ultimately come down to what you are most interested in doing research-wise. I don't think there is any reason to continue with your PhD in the UK if you ultimately want out of research in the end, since that won't get you doing clinical work. I think it is also unnecessary to do all the research involved in a clinical PhD if all you want to do is practice, since there are other options for working with the populations you want to work with that don't involve (as much) research. That being said, the truth of clinical programs is that most of those who graduate from them end up working in clinical practice and not in research. I think this is a fact that many ignore because of the research intensity during programs. Taken together, in my opinion, you should consider taking some breadth psych courses you need to register (e.g., social psych, history of psych, etc.) and get your GPA up. This will not be a waste of time, as you will need to take these courses eventually if you want to be a clinical psychologist. Then, apply and see what happens. Your CV is otherwise stellar and I have no doubt someone would want to take you as a student so long as you meet the GPA cutoff. If you go through your first application cycle without success, reassess again what you want to do and go from there.
  2. I wouldn’t say you need to retake the GRE - your scores are good enough to get you past that hurdle and your time would be better spent on other aspects of your application. I would, instead, focus on solidifying more poster/paper presentations and get that 1 definite manuscript submitted and push to get one of the two others as close to submission as possible before applications are due. Have you also considered doing some volunteer work in another lab to get a better LOR? That way you can keep the momentum going that you likely already have in your current position and harness that rather than starting over somewhere else (since it would take time for you to get on any papers/projects). Maybe even consider taking a day a week to get involved in another lab? Just a thought!
  3. Also got a co-signed letter that was primarily penned by the more established supervisor but a postdoc also contributed to it.
  4. What was your writing score? I have heard from many faculty members that they look primarily at this and otherwise at publications/research experience & GPA. I am not sure how that applies to American schools though, as my experience is mostly with Canadian schools. I don't think you have a poor score though and you may benefit from devoting the time to research more than GRE studying.
  5. I am in a similar boat as you and have a quick question -- are you starting now to wrap up projects in your lab? I'm in a bit of a weird position since I am going from being the Lab Coordinator to being a graduate student in the same lab I am working in. I am motivated to not carry forward the tasks associated with my coordinator role over into grad school. Just trying to figure out how people are transitioning out of old roles and back into a student role and looking for any advice in doing this as smoothly as possible!
  6. Similar to others on here, I didn't have my path sorted out for a while. Did my first degree in an unrelated field, graduating at 22, then decided to pursue a second degree in psych kind of at random when I was 24. Ended up totally loving it and became focused on research and the possibility of graduate programs. Graduated with my psych degree at 27 and will start in fall 2019 at 28. Envious of those who found their path so young and are starting a program much younger than I am, but definitely grateful for the opportunities ahead that graduate school will have to offer!
  7. Congrats!! I may be wrong about who your POI is, but I know a new faculty member came in at OISE near the end of this cycle, and so he got to extend offers (even to those who were initially rejected). If I am correct and that is your POI, I have heard nothing but wonderful things about him and you would certainly benefit from working with a early career researcher like him. However, getting input from other students is really important, as @Willy36 mentioned, and you won't be able to get any feedback on what this POI is like as a mentor being that they are brand new and have never supervised students of their own. If I am wrong about this being a brand new faculty member at OISE, feel free to dismiss what I have said haha!
  8. Congrats!! Next step would be accepting it and notifying your POI, and I think that's it! I don't think that's true. They don't expect you to do what you proposed for the most part. I believe it would only be an issue if you started on research that falls under CIHR or NSERC rather than SSHRC.
  9. I just waited forever to log in to mine and finally got through! I got an offer for the SSHRC from u of c, but not sure if that means all other schools will have offers up by now as well? Good luck everyone!!!
  10. I agree with both of you... I also just wanted to say that I feel like it is exceedingly unfair for a POI to do this to you... you had to wait months in uncertainty about not only whether you would get an interview/offer/funding/etc., but also whether you would potentially have to uproot your life and move somewhere else...
  11. Yes, 7 days!! I got an email last week saying my CGS-M application status changed and nearly had a heart attack, but all it changed to was "Received by administrator"
  12. It depends what you are hoping to do after schooling... I have heard of places being completely unwilling to hire anyone coming from Adler and it is widely regarded as a "degree mill" with low standards of admission and training. I would strongly recommend you apply to more reputable programs. That being said, I know of one clinician working private practice who went to Adler and she is quite successful, but I would argue she is more of a "business woman" than a psychologist... I just think you will miss a lot of opportunities that reputable programs have to offer and that will help your success in the long run.
  13. Congrats on the accepted offer! So exciting to know where you will be going !
  14. I think you need to decide what kind of mentorship you are looking for. It sounds to me like you don’t want a hands-off PI though? Some people actually thrive in a more independent situation, others want a lot of support, and further others want something in-between. Take some time to consider what works best for you and whether that PI fits with what you want. If he does not fit with what you are looking for, i would be very cautious about working with this PI. Students often don’t speak all that negatively about their PI’s even if there are serious concerns, the issues usually lie in what they don’t say (if that makes sense). So the fact that they brought up lack of support as a concern is definitely a red flag to me. I also want to mention that since you just want to practice, you may actually be better suited for a counselling program anyways. You will get training in assessment and treatment in these programs.
  15. haha yes ok, fair! I think I was thinking of my situation of never having interviewed with a POI aside from emails before applying. Have thought about reaching out to ask why I didn't make the cut but don't really know how/who to ask about it since I never interviewed.
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