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  1. I didn't have an MA, so I don't know how that affect things. Some folks get into Ph.D. programs with little or no presentations/publications. Often they have some other strong things going for them. The MA itself is something nice you have. Though someone else in this thread mentioned that they may expect more of other stuff since you have that. I don't really know. Having even just a couple presentations/publications could help a lot, as it shows you're capable of a certain kind of work! It's possible that a program will let you transfer some credits to cover some requirements, but my general sense is that this isn't very common and you should assume the Ph.D. is going to take just as long going in with an MA than going in without one.
  2. I think I might have missed the direct question part of #3 ("Would it be better to help w a psychology study that isn't related to my interests or help w a non-psych study that overlaps w my research interests?") To clarify my position: I'd say go with the non-psych study that overlaps with your interests over the psych study that isn't related.
  3. Definitely try to present and publish more! Try to do something job-wise with the year break that is relevant and interesting. Be able to explain how the year out of school makes you better prepared for the PhD than if you'd gone straight into it. If you can use the time to get a couple presentations/publications on your CV, it's definitely a good idea to wait a year. (That means going after that stuff ASAP so you can get it done in the next year, so it's on your CV when you apply next fall.)
  4. I don't really know, but my sense is: 1. Doing undergrad conferences, conferences at your own school, and small conferences is good! Doing bigger conferences is probably better, assuming they are relevant/quality conferences. Also, ideally you're presenting at conferences where lots of other people are presenting on things you are actually interested in, and getting a chance to hear those talks and meet those people. In general, it might kind of be a wash between 1st author on something small and 2nd/3rd on something bigger. Except that it could be pretty worthwhile to have at least something you're the sole/primary person on, so you can show schools what you're capable of independently. But you should really talk to someone who knows your particular research/field/opportunities to weigh the specific options in front of you. 2. The oral presentation looks better than the poster presentation. 3. It would probably be a little easier to make your pitch for why you want to be in a psych program with more previous work done through the psych department. But what's really going to matter is connecting the research you've done with your research interests with the opportunities available at the programs you want to get into. If the research is actually relevant to your interests, and you'll be able to find clinical psych programs that match those interests, it should be okay to work with people outside your field. (For example, I do sex research. I've previously collaborated with sociologists and social workers. I've presented at interdisciplinary conferences and published in an interdisciplinary journal/book. I got into a psych program. My research interests are pretty specific and consistent, and they match the program I got into. It's possible that sex research is more friendly towards this than other subfields.)
  5. I definitely got better results from the (social) psych programs where I'd emailed a faculty member before applying! I think the main questions to ask are, more or less: - Are you taking graduate students this year? - Do you think I might be a good fit for the program? I got a few possitive answers, and a couple of answers that saved me from applying to schools that would have been a waste of time! (For example, one professor said she was leaving the school that year.)
  6. I really don't know specifics. I'd just recommend[ searching "[STATE] alternative teaching certification." Like, here's stuff that pops up for NY: http://www.nysed.gov/college-university-evaluation/alternative-teacher-preparation-programs http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/teachalt.html https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/new-york-alternative/ Generally, the requirements for career changers with advanced degrees are easier to meet than the general requirements for teacher certification (which is what it looks to me like you're quoting above).
  7. Lots of states have various kinds of "alternative certification" for people who are switching career paths.
  8. Look at the schools you're interested in applying to and see what they say about prerequisites! Most schools are pretty clear about saying what kinds of backgrounds they look for! And if they have a few specific courses they want you to have done, that's definitely something you can take care of without getting another degree. And then just make it clear in your statements how your experience relates to and prepares you for what you want to do in the future.
  9. This isn't really my area, but here are some thoughts: - First check the admission requirements for the schools you're interested in and make sure you're meeting those. For example, it looks like UIC requires you've taken a statistics class. - I think psych would probably be more helpful than education policy, if you're picking one. - In general, people just don't really seem to care that much about minors. It's a nice little extra thing to have, but there are usually more worthwhile things to focus on. - It will probably get you further to focus on specific courses that are relevant to what you're interested in doing in/after grad school, or in gaining some/more research/volunteer experience. - A big piece of applications is being able to articulate a clear explanation of who you are and why you want to study the thing at that school. You kind of need to look at all your previous coursework and experiences and see if it all comes together into a coherent narrative. Or you might see that there's an area you could build on that would help do that. - If you don't have substantial, relevant volunteer experience, that's probably the biggest thing to focus on. It can really help to be able to say "I did this relevant thing that affirmed that this is an area I'd like to work in." If you're in Chicago, you might consider volunteering for the National Runaway Safeline: https://www.1800runaway.org/
  10. I finally made what was pretty much a done deal a month ago official a couple of days ago: UC Santa Cruz, Social Pyschology.
  11. I think this is doable but probably not ideal. I took some classes through UC Berkeley's Extension program online, and I was pretty happy with them! Lots of places offer online classes now. It's probably helpful for your transcript to come from a recognizable name though. Some online classes are more self-paced, some are on more of a set schedule. You should have time to enroll in summer term classes still. It might be hard to complete a fall term class and get the transcript in for an early December deadline though. Maybe you could take both courses over the summer, or find something self-paced that you can wrap up before the deadline. You probably need to just look at the websites of some online programs and see who's offering appropriate classes on a schedule that could work.
  12. I'd look for the people publishing work you're interested in and see where they are working. Some of them may be teaching in social psych or women's/gender/sexuality departments -- if your research focus lines up, you might still want to apply to those programs.
  13. As a first step, I'd definitely compare with some other places and make sure it's not just that the CV is out of date. You could also look at Google Scholar or see if they have a profile on the school website, their own website, Academia.edu, or ResearchGate.
  14. I think that if someone introduces themself with a name (to just you or to a group) or signs an email with a name, that is the name you should call them.
  15. I feel like this is going to depend on the specific field and kind of book. Maybe look at some of the sort of book you'd want to write and see what credentials the authors have?
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