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  1. joshw4288

    How to get publications after graduating bachelors?

    It is absolutely possible to go back and complete an honor's thesis. I do not know details or what specific schools would offer this but it would be worth contacting the department at UofT. I know multiple people who took time off post-graduation and then returned to complete an honor's thesis before applying for graduate programs.
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    Declining Offer Thread

    Amassing an impressive record of publication is the most important thing in graduate school. My belief is that you are probably better off with someone at the beginning than at the end (by end I mean on the verge of retiring) when it comes to this. As someone on the job market and knowing many people also currently on the job market, those of us getting tenure track interviews/offers have high numbers of publications in good journals. A bigger name will not make up for lost productivity. You need someone encouraging you to publish, helping you build collaborations, providing good and quick feedback on study designs and on manuscripts, providing funding when needed, and offering opportunities difficult to obtain yourself. With that said, you can still be incredibly productive even with someone who is on the verge of retiring. The key is to build outside collaborations. In short, productivity trumps all else. Go where you perceive that you will be the most productive.
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    Interview Attire?

    I really think there are multiple options, the key is just to look professional. For men, a suit, kakis or slacks w/ a button down and sweater-vest, kakis or slacks with button down and blazer/sport coat are all reasonable options. Having been on both ends of interviews, I do not see any of these as better or worse than the others. I don't know much about women's clothing but the general principle stands: look professional. A suit, slacks or pencil skirt with blouse, blazer. One time we had a candidate arrive in a t-shirt. He surely felt out of place and he was not offered a spot. Don't be that guy.
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    Opportunities for Intl. PhD holder?

    Your wife will need to contact the board of psychology in the state where she is interested in practicing. There is no standard international recognition of clinical degrees and licensure is state by state. The states's board can inform your wife what additional education, supervision, and examinations are required. State board information can be viewed here: http://www.asppb.net. The APA also has some information here: http://www.apa.org/support/licensure.aspx?item=1 She may be better off trying to find a research post-doc as this would not necessarily require meeting licensure requirements.
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    Site like GradCafe for postdocs?

    Depending on your field, you may have something like the Psych Job Search Wiki, where people update status as they receive interviews etc. http://psychjobsearch.wikidot.com
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    Safe Schools?

    For the sake of argument, you could just empirically evaluate the replicability of social priming work and then you won't have to take anything at face value. Fortunately, it has already been done for you, some of which can be seen here at Uli's website: https://replicationindex.wordpress.com/2017/11/28/before-you-know-it-by-john-a-bargh-a-quantitative-book-review/ You could also just pay attention to the replication failures of social priming research more generally. You're right, one professor certainly does not ruin a department but you seemed to have missed the point, which is reflected in the sentence directly after the part you seem concerned with:" I encourage you and others to think less about rankings and more about a) where your research interests fit; b). where you will get good training (conceptually and statistically--SEM, MLM, Bayes, R etc.; c) where you will have the opportunity to publish often." More or less, what I am suggesting with the John Bargh comment is avoid people/places where the work is being tossed out (i.e., IAT, stereotype threat, social priming, ego depletion, power posing), even if they are prominent people at top tier schools. I'm not really sure what Rushton's work has to do with this conversation since a) he's dead, and b.) his work on IQ (brain size and IQ, IQ and heredity etc.) is still being replicated and c) to my knowledge Western's social program is up to speed on replication and preregistration (e.g., see Lorne Campbell). Heck, it even offers a class on open science.
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    Safe Schools?

    There really is no such thing as "safety schools" in social psych Ph.D. programs. There are so many non-quantifiable elements to the process that you could very well get into a school like Michigan, Ohio State, or Berkeley, and be rejected from places like UTEP. I doubt you would find very large differences in acceptance rates between even the highest rated programs and those farther into the 100's. Other "top" programs I would probably stay away from anyway (e.g., Yale--I wouldn't touch John Bargh with a 10 mile pole). What is a top program anyway? One where its top social psychologist does shoddy social priming research that can't be replicated? I encourage you and others to think less about rankings and more about a) where your research interests fit; b). where you will get good training (conceptually and statistically--SEM, MLM, Bayes, R etc.; c) where you will have the opportunity to publish often.
  8. You should quickly get on the R train, in which case mac vs. pc is irrelevant.
  9. Thanks for the suggestion regarding the checklist. I will definitely check it out. I don't think the problem is really figuring out how one contributes to diversity but rather figuring out how one contributes to the specific forms of diversity that academia wants. Academia isn't really interested in political diversity, for example. It is perfectly happy being a liberally biased institution, with the exception of the handful of scholars linked to the heterodox academy (https://heterodoxacademy.org). But if someone were to express their political diversity in a diversity statement, I can only imagine that this is a surefire way to eliminate yourself from the applicant pool given the plethora of research showing political discrimination in academic hiring and publishing.
  10. I am in the midst of the application cycle for faculty jobs and either stand-alone diversity statements or at least diversity questions to be answered in the cover letter are a part of every application. I've check out Karen Kelsky's blog (the professor is in) for her thoughts on writing diversity statements but it pretty much just suggests to explicitly state your diversity (e.g., as an African-American scholar...) to cue the department that you qualify as a diversity hire and thus you will get preferential treatment. I'm curious what people are doing when they are either a) not an explicit and desired form of diversity in academia (e.g., your diversity is religious or political or some other form not really desired in science/academia respectively) or b ) you are White and thus exactly what academia is trying to limit (unless you're female and applying to STEM). In general, how are people discussing diversity in these statements when they aren't the obvious explicit diversity that universities are searching for?
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    M.Sc. vs M.A.?

    An M.A. and an M.S. in psychology are generally identical. Do not be fooled by the erroneous notion that because one has the word "science" in it, that it is more scientifically focused. Most M.A. and M.S. degrees in psychology will require research methods and various statistics courses. They will both focus on evaluation of empirical research, production of empirical research, and both generally include a required thesis. It is far more important to look for these criteria than to be concerned with whether your degree will say "Master of Science" or "Master of Arts".
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    I attended the program at Hunter 2012-2014. I am happy to answer any questions you have about the program. It served me well and is very inexpensive. Anecdotally, I know that the Hunter program has placed students at good Ph.D. programs including Fordham University, St. John's University, Yale, and University of Western Ontario. If you are interested in the research that goes on through CHEST, a researcher at Hunter just received a large (15 million) grant. The program seems to be growing and it looks like they are in the process of hiring a number of new faculty.
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    Backing out of an offer that was accepted...

    There is no problem with doing this. In my 2012 applications for masters program, I accepted an offer and later reneged in lieu of another program. I didn't regret it then and I don't regret it now. I would be more cautious about doing this at the doctoral level where circles of speciality are very small. A note like that suggested by @The Mountain Goat would be appropriate.
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    Making Bad Decisions in WV

    Developmental and experimental are also quite different areas and the course selection for these two programs are quite different. I would opt for the one that most helps to fulfill your future plans.

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