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    Clinical Forensic Psychology, child trauma, cross-cultural assessment of trauma
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    PhD Clinical Psychology

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  1. Refugee mental health is a very niche interest, so I would recommend looking at schools that are located in areas with high immigration rates and diverse populations (New York City, Houston, Miami, San Francisco). Also, since refugee status is often a legal issue, programs with a forensic/legal psychology track or emphasis might be a good fit for you. I know John Jay has some professors with this kind of interest that could be a good match (Initials: CR, KN, MA, VJ https://www.gc.cuny.edu/Page-Elements/Academics-Research-Centers-Initiatives/Doctoral-Programs/Psychology/Training-Areas/Clinical-Psychology-@-John-Jay-College/Clinical-Psychology-@-John-Jay-College-Faculty). Other programs worth looking at would be University of Miami, Sam Houston State University, Texas Tech. You could also track down professors from research papers you are really interested in or have used for classes/projects in the past. Find out where that professor is located, and if they are accepting students for the upcoming year. Your standardized test scores appear pretty average in terms of competitiveness for Clinical Psych (THE most competitive graduate program) but your research experience looks excellent and above average! Most applications are considered on a broad basis, one area can certainly make up for another. But keep in mind that many programs receive 200-600 applications a year and only accept 2-5 students each, GRE scores are *sometimes* used as a filtering mechanism to weed out under-qualified applicants before reviewing other materials. It is not uncommon to have 2nd or 3rd rounds of PhD applications. Anything you can do to boost your application is well worth it!
  2. For John Jay there is no specified limit but I wouldn't recommend anything longer than 2 pages single spaced. Last year we also had a separate 250 word prompt on experience with diversity in education. Also, just in case you don't know, you can only apply to one Graduate Center PhD program (either John Jay or Hunter, not both). Those two programs are VERY different in terms of classes, practicum experience, and research focus. Match yourself with a program that is in line with your interests/previous experience. Good luck!
  3. My advice would be to wait a year and bulk up your experience for an application. Try to get higher scores on the GRE, you are most competitive with about 160 each on verbal and quant, and minimum 4.5 on AW. Try to publish a paper or do another kind of conference presentation that is not a poster (i.e. paper presentation, teaching workshop, etc.). Most importantly, narrow your research interests. Match with a PI/school is the most important thing at the PhD level. In my experience, it is unlikely that you are a good match for 18 programs if you have sufficiently narrowed your interests. I had a hard time even finding 10 that I matched with well. Taking a year to work on your application can give you an advantage in the long run and will give you more time to articulate exactly what it is you want to study.
  4. What is your area of interest? Some area applications tend to be longer/more intensive than others I applied to 10 schools and probably spent 100 hours overall. Keep in mind that you should personalize your statement of purpose to each school and show how you align with their teaching model and faculty (it's okay to have a backbone for it, but you certainly should not be submitting the exact same one for all 20). Some applications require short/long answer questions while others just want a resume and SOP. I think 5-10 hours per app is a good estimate for most fields.
  5. You seem like a very strong applicant. The most important aspect of clinical applications is matching with a PI and demonstrating well-articulated interests. I was accepted with 0 publications, though I do have substantial experience presenting workshops at various conferences in my field. Applications are considered a whole package, so being stronger in one area certainly makes up for lacking in another area.
  6. Someone in my current cohort got in after their 2nd interview the next year. I don't think it will hurt! It is also okay to say that your interests have changed... It is natural for interests to evolve and to have more than one interest.
  7. For most funded PhD programs, you are automatically considered for internal fellowships/funding and they do not require a separate application to be considered. For government-sponsored fellowships, they all close before the end of the government fiscal year (September) so you would have to wait until next year to apply for those. Other options would be to look through APA funding search engines, and other professional organization sponsorship. Best wishes!
  8. I personally would not! Often faculty get so many email inquiries that it is impossible to address them all. I got into and ended up attending a school that I had no prior contact with, so I don't think having a response from faculty will make/break your application.
  9. I'm pretty sure there is a limit listed on the GC application portal [at least there was when I applied], but I agree that 2 pages is a pretty standard guideline to follow.
  10. Yes, exactly what @psychdgrad90 said above, you can only apply to one of the 10 CUNY graduate psychology programs, as they are all administered out of the same college, The Graduate Center [this excludes City College's Clinical Psychology PhD program]. And as a current John Jay PhD attendee, I can tell you that the Hunter HPCS and JJ Clinical programs are diversely different in focus. Perhaps narrow down your interest a bit more and that can help you decide which one is a better fit. Hunter students tend to have interests in overlaps between mental and physical health, palliative care, and hospital work. John Jay students all have some sort of interest in forensic psychology. The #1 thing that matters in applying for clinical psych PhD programs is your fit with a potential mentor and alignment with the program mission. Take a look at faculty research interests from each school and pick the ones that pique your interest most! I'm happy to chat more about this in DMs if you're interested. Best wishes in the upcoming cycle!
  11. I'll be there presenting a paper on "Trauma-informed care systems for adolescents involved in the justice system" I'd love to connect
  12. Reach out and inquire! Let them know you're still very much interested and that you'd appreciate an update on the status of your admission. I know at this stage many people are sending emails, but I think it's also fine to call the program assistant or coordinator if their number is on the website (might get a quicker response). Good luck!
  13. From reading your post, it seems like school A is the right choice. You wrote about it passionately and the fact that you HATE the location of school B and you think you would be unhappy there is a major downfall; imagine how terrible your 4+ year experience would be if you hated where you lived and it wasn't even close to family? I also will be working with a -relatively new- PI at my school and I'm INCREDIBLY excited about it. From speaking with others in similar positions, newer PIs are 1) really motivated to publish and earn their tenure, 2) hands on, involved, and provide a lot of feedback and 3) in many cases, are more similar in age to you which sets the stage for a beautiful working relationship and deeper connections with that person than if you're working with someone that is 20-30 years older. Also, just because your main PI is newer, that doesn't mean you aren't also able to collaborate with and learn from the more experienced faculty! School A all the way
  14. I wouldn't worry yet! Most of the responses I got from my post-interview emails were also very cordial and vague (if I got a response at all). Try not to read into their wording too much, I'm sure they all got many thank you emails and are just responding en-mass!
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