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blacklab155

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    PhD Clinical

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  1. Would you say that the extra time/energy is worth the PhD over just a master's? I'm looking to go into the applied field of IO and this is the first I've heard that a PhD is better than a master's in either case (I've asked professors and looked online, seems like everywhere says a PhD is really just if you want to go into academia).
  2. Can anyone provide a run-down of the differences between pursuing a Master's versus a PhD in IO? All of my internet searches have pretty much resulted with most jobs in this field require a master's, and having a PhD would just make you more competitive, but I haven't found much in terms of salary differences, grad program benefits/drawbacks between the two, or overall diversity of career options.
  3. I'm quickly realizing that I would currently not be as competitive as necessary to get into a PhD in clinical program, so I'm beginning to consider other options. I have yet to secure a research position but I am about to start working as an RBT at a center for autism, but this is part-time so I have hopes of finding a part-time research job in the coming months. As of now, I'm thinking I have two options: 1) continue working as an RBT and assume I will find a position in research soon, and continue in these roles until I apply for Fall 2021 clinical PhD programs, or 2) apply for Master's programs that I might have better chances of getting into compared to PhD programs and where I could expand my research experience (which is where I am severely lacking at the moment). I figured I would ask all you experts out there for pros and cons of either of these paths, if there is a possible third option, or just any advice in general. Thanks in advance!
  4. Yeah I'm about an hour outside of Denver and moving out near Boulder next month!
  5. Yes, I've been looking into volunteer RA positions the last couple weeks! Do you by chance know how those people got volunteer positions? I've just been emailing the labs directly to ask if they have any openings, I'm not sure this is the most effective way to get into one though.
  6. Hi friends, I have been planning on applying for Fall 2020 clinical psych PhD programs, but I'm getting pretty worried about my lack of research experience compared to those I would be applying alongside...I went to a small school for undergrad and we didn't have any research labs, so I have no "formal" research experience in a lab environment. I did a senior thesis project and poster, and I have one minor publication and I'm planning to work with my professor to get my senior thesis paper published as well. I graduated with my undergrad in May and I've been trying all summer to get a research assistant position but have not had any luck (currently emailing labs directly asking if they have any openings, even for volunteers). I'm starting to think it might not even be worth applying this round, but also don't love the idea of having to wait a year longer than I've been planning for:/
  7. Hi all, I have been planning on applying for clinical psychology PhD programs for Fall 2020, and basically just wanted to ask around for some advice/opinions on how good my chances are of actually getting accepted somewhere (trying to be realistic and not completely waste my time). I graduated this past May with a BA in psych and a minor in sociology, GPA 3.95. I did a group poster/project and presented at my school's undergraduate research conference, and a senior thesis project and poster that I also presented at the conference. Otherwise my research experience is limited to class projects since I went to a small private university that doesn't have research labs of any kind. Since graduating I've been trying to secure a research position but have had no luck, and I only just received a tentative offer for a part-time registered behavior technician position that will start next month (just have to check references). I'll also take the GRE sometime in September. I'm really just worried about my lack of research experience compared to everyone else who I'll be applying alongside and didn't know if that would be a deal breaker for a PhD program. So far the schools I'm looking to apply for are CU Boulder, CU Denver, University of Denver, George Washington University, University of Virginia, University of Connecticut, Pennsylvania State, and Yale (obvious long shot, a professor in the psychiatry department is the head of the emerging adult interest group which is a research area I'm highly interested in). I'm not super interested in getting a Master's before going for a PhD, because of the money and extra time it would add to an already extensive process, but if I have a slim to no chance at a PhD it may be the next thing I look into. Thank you in advance!!
  8. I just haven't narrowed down my list of schools and figured it might be better to take it either way? I wanted to wait to see what I'll get on the general GRE to know what programs I would be best suited for but it sounds like I should just look at which schools actually require the psychology subject test. Thanks!!
  9. I'm deciding what date to take the gre general test and the psychology subject test in preparation to apply for clinical PhD programs for Fall 2020. I'm thinking I'll take the general test mid-September, which would give me three months to study, but since my only options for the psychology subject test are either September or October I wanted to ask others if I would be fine taking both the general test and the subject test within the same week(s)? Or if it would be better to take the general test in September and the subject in October, though that would be cutting it close for getting my psychology scores before application deadlines, or even taking the subject test in September and the general test sometime after that. Any advice is appreciated, thanks!
  10. I recently have been looking into PhD programs for clinical psychology or counseling psychology, and I am a little lost in deciding/finding which programs to apply for. I know a big thing is faculty research areas, but other than that I have no idea what to look for, how to know if I would be competitive or not, or how many to apply for. I'm graduating with my undergrad in psychology in May with a 3.9 GPA, senior thesis with a written publication and conference poster, and some research experience but nothing in a formal lab setting (small school, no lab research opportunities). Any advice is appreciated!!
  11. Thank you! There was definitely some info in the PDF that was helpful. I'll graduate with my bachelor's in May and take a gap year before grad school so just trying to get a start on where I want to go from there,
  12. Hi all, I just recently started looking into graduate programs, I'm looking to apply for Fall 2020. I'm leaning hard towards a master's program because I don't want to commit to so much more school for a PhD, though I don't know whether the salary difference is as exponentially different between a BA and an MA/MS as it is for a BA and PhD. I have the most experience/interest in developmental and child psychology (major in psych and minor in sociology) but I still don't know exactly what specific career I want to go into yet. The programs I've been looking at are variations of MS/MA in mental health counseling or MSW, but I'm confused exactly how much or how little these differ from each other? From what I've read the MSW is more versatile but involves more social justice type work and the MS/MA involve more therapy type work? Any info is welcome and appreciated, as well as specific schools/program suggestions since I've fallen deep into the internet searches for these and don't totally know how to distinguish a good program versus a bad one. Thanks!!
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