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  1. Hello Everyone! Can those of you with ABA experience elaborate on whether or not it helped you to get into a program. Can you share what schools you got into or what schools consider applicants with ABA experience? I understand a lot goes into an application (GPA, GRE score, etc) but I was told by a professor that ABA experience does not matter at all. I have heard otherwise on this forum and would love to get your opinion. Is there anyone who feels ABA experience was a major factor that helped them get into a program?
  2. How to know where to apply

    Hi, I'm interested in applying this December for a PhD Clinical Psychology program for Fall 2018. I have a few questions regarding how to know what schools to apply to and determining what schools are schools I would be able to get into. My background: Behavioral Neuroscience major and computer science minor at Northeastern University graduating in May 2018, 3.5 overall GPA, 3.67 behavioral neuroscience GPA, and 3.75 Psychology GPA. I have 4 publications (first author of 2, one pertaining to autism research). I have done 2 six month coops working 40 hr/week in a Newborn Medicine Lab at Boston Children's Hospital and in a Pharmacology and Physiology Lab at The George Washington University, researching autism at both labs. I will be doing another six month coop at the Yale Early Social Cognition Lab at Yale University, doing research on with kids with autism. I am specifically interested in autism (as seen by my background), yet at a lot of schools there aren't professors in the clinical psychology program doing autism research. I'm wondering if its absolutely necessary that I do my PhD with a professor doing autism research? Or should I only be applying to programs with professors doing autism research? Also based on my research background/gpa, how can I figure out what schools to apply to? A lot of schools don't put gpa info on their websites it seems (and I understand because its a holistic process), but how can I know where I am in the range of applying to? Thanks!
  3. Hey all. I need some help deciding. I've been admitted into UC Berkeley and SFSU's Joint PhD program in Special Education as well as the Harvard Graduate School of Education for an Ed.M in Specialized Studies. Both are amazing programs but two very different commitments. I believe my end goal is a Ph.D., and the Berkeley/SFSU program is a wonderful one for my research interests and needs. However, I wasn't eligible to many PhD programs this time around since I didn't have a masters, and am wondering if it's worth taking a year to do the Harvard program so that I would be eligible for more PhDs next time around... what do you think? A bird in the hand? My research interests are really specific and UCB/SFSU is really open and supportive to what I want to do... it seems like the right decision, but I'm having trouble imagining turning down a masters from Harvard and imagining all of the "what if" scenarios that could happen if I go that route... Help? Thank you!!
  4. Teaching Autistic students

    Has anyone had an autistic student in their classes? Do you have any suggestions for how I might better teach a student with Autism? They have an assistant with them, so I imagine they will be able to assist me as well. I was only able to meet her in passing as I had to leave for another class. BTW, I am an undergrad doing the job of a TA teaching breakout sessions for a General Psychology class. This is my second semester teaching these sessions but the first time I've had a student with Autism. Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated.
  5. TLDR; RBT now or wait till I graduate college? I am applying to graduate school this upcoming fall. I do not have a competitive GPA: 3.55. My college doesn't offer in-major classes until we are seniors, so I have no "major" GPA yet. I will take the GRE this summer. I work as a student library assistant on my campus, I do paid research with the College of Communication/Journalism, I do voluntary research for the Speech Pathology graduate department, I volunteer at an Early Intervention pediatric language clinic, and I am a management intern at our cities' new Autism center, where I write posts, send emails, play with children with ASD, and interact with adults with ASD. Still, I know my GPA isn't good enough. It will hopefully be around a 3.6 when I begin applying for grad schools. I am really interested in working with children with ASD if I am able to go to grad school, and I plan to write about this in my statement of purpose. This is where my question comes up: Is it worth it to become a Registered Behavior Technician, or wait until I graduate college and try for a BCABA? I guess what I am asking is if it would be worth the training, time, and money. How much do current RBTs get to do while still in college? Do grad schools consider this a worthwhile certification to pursue? I would love to hear some current RBTs or BCABAs speak on their experiences in school or otherwise. Thank you SO much.
  6. Hi MSW students and grads! I'm going to apply for MSW programs next fall (for entry in fall 2013), and I would like your experiences with the application process. I've read several threads on applicant stats and I'm becoming very doubtful that I should apply next year. Here are my stats: School -3.25 community college gpa in sociology -3.55 ucla gpa in a humanities major * The problem is that I have a lot of "W" grades on my community college transcript from classes I took before transferring to ucla and in classes I withdrew from way after I left ucla. In other words, I have "w" grades sprinkled throughout from 2002 to 2009. * Also, I still have one class to complete before I graduate from ucla, so there's a huge gap between when I was supposed to graduate, and when I will graduate. Otherwise, I received mostly "A" grades at ucla. Work -2 years as an intern at a financial institution -1 year tutoring an autistic child -3 months in education research -3 years managing psych research labs (not human services related, btw) -3 months with an internship at a somewhat well-known research lab (hard science) -1 year working at a world-famous research lab (but it was in a hard science...it does not resemble human service work at all) * I'm worried that the only work experience that really counts is my 1 year tutoring the child with autism -- but that experience was such a long time ago. * I'm in the process of applying for volunteer positions at hospitals. If I start volunteer work in Jan 2012, I may only be able to volunteer for about 10 hrs/wk until application time in late fall 2012. (That means I would only have ~10 mo of volunteer work.) * It seems like many MSW applicants have years of volunteer/work experience related to social work. But I mostly have research / professional experience in other fields. * However, I think my quantitative + research background can make my application stand out. I want to bring my experiences in various fields to social work and provide a holistic, but nuanced perspective on the problems and injustices different communities experience. GRE I haven't taken the GRE, but I generally do well on standardized tests, so I will not worry about this. Background I come from an economically disadvantaged background and had to help my family out with finances all throughout college and afterwards. I'm counted as a racial minority -- but my race abounds at places like Berkeley and UCLA. I'm female. MSW programs I just moved out of California, but I want to move back in two years. I want to apply to: UC Berkeley - Health Services UCLA - Health Care SDSU - Health / Aging University of Chicago (maybe) Boston University (maybe) So what do you think? Do I have what it takes to apply to the msw programs above? Should I wait an extra 1-2 years to do more volunteer work? How do I address the "w" grades and not graduating "on time"? What were your experiences? What were your stats? (I would be esp interested in hearing from people who got into Berkeley.) Thanks so much and I hope to hear from a few people!