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  1. I would greatly appreciate some advice/input here. I'm applying to a few clinical psychology PhD programs this season and all of them have professors who are accepting students for fall 2018 listed on their websites. When I was initially writing my email drafts to POIs a few weeks back, only one of the universities' websites had this information listed and the other universities have since updated their websites with this info. I got a bit busy with working on a publication and my master's thesis in that meantime, so I am just now revisiting my email drafts and application materials. However, I'm beginning to question whether I should even email these POIs now, given that they're already listed on the website as accepting students and my email drafts have followed the format of "I am currently studying X and researching Y at such-and-such university. I am writing to inquire if you anticipate accepting students for the fall 2018 term, as I am very intrigued by your work on Z. [Details about the project and why I am interested]. Short explanation of my previous work and how it relates, blah blah blah. I have attached a copy of my CV for your consideration." (oversimplified, but you get the point.) I actually already sent my first email to a POI last week (literally the day before I noticed the website was recently updated with professors taking students too) and I got a response back almost immediately (within 1 hour). It was nicely worded and enthusiastic, but the professor didn't respond to my question regarding their research, nor did they directly address anything else that I mentioned in the email, just said "It looks like you have had wonderful training experiences and it sounds like your interests could fit well with the ongoing projects here at [university]. It is likely I will be taking students for fall 2018. As you are preparing your application, feel free to check my lab's website for more information at [website]." The font size for the greeting was different from that of the body of the email too, so I can't help but assume this POI just copied and pasted this generic response to my email and others. (It's quite obvious from what I wrote that I had already checked the lab's website and read quite a few of their papers, so that last sentence kinda bummed me out. I was hoping to speak with this professor about their research a bit and if the email interaction went well, I was considering possibly even requesting to schedule a skype meeting or something if they were willing to discuss their work and lab opportunities in more detail with me.) What I'm wondering is, should I even bother sending any more emails to POIs that are already listed as accepting students? I know it's generally a pretty good idea to email POIs, especially because program websites often don't list professors accepting students, or if they are listed, there's a chance the information may not be current. However, in my case, I know the information is current since I have been checking these websites fairly often throughout the last year and noticed the updates, and now I just feel a bit awkward emailing a professor knowing they are already planning to take students. My whole approach to this process was going to be: 1) see if they are taking students and demonstrate good fit, 2) discuss their work and potential projects in more detail, and 3) if all goes well, see if they would like to arrange a skype call or meeting to discuss things further. Trying to write the initial email without asking about whether they are taking students just feels awkward. Taking that part out just makes me feel like I'm skipping a huge step and saying "Hi Professor, here's my background and my CV, I will fit well with your lab." I don't know, I just don't like it no matter how I word it. I also don't think that it will give me any huge advantage in the admissions process if all of them respond in the same manner as the professor I've already contacted did either. I mean, I highly doubt this person is going to remember my name or anything about me if all they did was copy and paste a reply to my email. I can't really blame them for doing so because I'm sure that they get a lot of these emails, but I kind of feel like contacting these professors could even be a waste of my time. What do you think? Should I still contact these other POIs? Do you think it would necessarily decrease my admission chances if I didn't contact them, but rather mentioned a few names in my essays?
  2. I recently took the GRE and did not do well at all. I now am basically questioning if I should apply to clinical Psychology PhD programs or if I should wait and possible retake the GRE again. And I thought how better to ask then a bunch of strangers. I have taken the GRE 3 times and cannot get a good score! I find that I do great on practice test and even did pretty good taking a practice test at the actual testing center (a perk of doing a Kaplan prep class). Also if you have any suggestions about possible schools, how to increase my competitiveness, or what I should do if I don't apply please let me know. My GRE scores V=155 Q=149 AW=4.0 - on my second try V=151 Q=153 AW=TBD - on my third most recent try (note: I didn't include my first because I am not planning on sending it to any universities because the scores are lower) GPA- I graduated Cum Laude overall= 3.85 Major= 3.9 Research experience: Undergrad 3 years in a lab that's focus was motivation 1 year in a lab that's focus was attention and learning Post-bac 1 year as a research assistant (full time) for a children's hospital in an ADHD clinic Clinical experience 3 years of clinical experience with children with ADHD and I know am the coordinator for that program LOR I think I have some strong LORs. Not very concerned about this. Research interest: externalizing behaviors and disorders in children and adolescence problem behaviors in children and adolescence I am not trying to get into really prestigious program, I would just like to get into any clinical Ph.D program with a mentor who has a similar research interest. I am also open to considering apply to school psychology programs, but I think this would be my second choice. What do you guys think, should I apply?? Thanks!!
  3. Hello, I'm interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (developmental track). I checked out the coursework of some clinical psychology programs in Canada. It appears that there are a lot more courses required compared to an Experimental Psychology program. Also, there are practicums throughout the first 4 years. I am just wondering how does the practicum work? Is it stressful to deal with clients? Is it overwhelming to study and do practicum at the same time? Can you work from 8-5pm Monday-Friday and still do well as a graduate student in Clinical Psychology? Thank you very much!!!
  4. Hi there! so I'm a senior in undergrad (sociology and psychology major) looking to apply to some clinical psychology PhD programs!From what I know, it's pretty taboo to talk about your own psychopathology on a personal statement. However, I have not so great grades from freshman year (a C+ in biology and a C in physics 2 and then a couple of Bs in social science classes), transferred to a better school, maintained a 3.5 GPA, and then this summer had to withdraw from a summer term so now I have two Ws on my transcript as well for linear algebra and intro to programming. All of this was due to my C-PTSD and subsequent alcoholism (which I am working on now). I'm pretty frustrated because I don't to leave this unexplained but I also don't want to cross a taboo subject. How should I address this in my personal statement? If it helps, here's a short list of the stuff on my CV: - GPA: 3.5, major GPA 3.9- worked in university's LGBT center for past year and continuing this year- worked in neuroscience lab for one year, presented poster- worked in clinical psychology lab for 21 months, presented poster- worked in child neuropsychology lab for a summer- worked with a professor at the school of social work for her poster and publications- presented at MBGLTACC, an LGBT conference for college students/staff on the intersection of hinduism and being LGBT+- presented at a LGBT POC conference on an independent research project- currently working in a social psychology lab that is related to my honors thesis, which is related to both social and clinical psychology- GRE scores: 162 verbal, 167 math, 5.0 on the essay. above the 90th percentile for all 3.
  5. I am in need of some advice regarding my unique (as far as I can tell) situation. Basically, I am in the middle of a PhD program in Molecular and Cellular Biology, but would like to switch to Clinical Psychology. I have done some reading on Psy.D and PhD programs in Clinical Psych, and feel I would be much better suited for this field rather than my current one. Without getting too deep into personal matters, I essentially no longer find any joy in my current field of work, and I believe I would find much more meaning and fulfillment as a clinical psychologist or licensed therapist. I doubled majored in MCB and Psychology in undergrad (Top 40 school), and the PhD program I am currently in is consistently ranked #1 or #2 for MCB. I have done molecular bio research more or less full-time since my senior year of undergrad, but have ZERO experience in clinical psych. I spent a semester in undergrad working as a research assistant in a Cognitive Psych lab though, and did win a departmental award for my research there. Still, this feels very minor compared to what I imagine other applicants have in terms of research experience. I have tried to be as honest with myself as I can, and I do not believe this is just a case of getting cold feet as many people experience during their PhD years. My dream has been to get a PhD for a long time, and I do not want to give up on this. I just do not want it to be in a field where I see no future for myself. The reality is, I absolutely do not want to keep doing benchwork science in academia OR in biotech, and I do not want to settle for an alternative career (consulting, teaching) that I am not truly passionate about. For me, the bottom line is I want to help people with mental illnesses live better lives, whether that is through clinical research or as a licensed therapist. Mainly I am interested in hearing about what a typical to exceptional applicant to Clinical Psych doctorate programs looks like (GRE, research experience, etc.). I would also like to get a feel for what programs I might expect to get into (if any...) if I were to apply literally right now without doing anything else to add to my CV. What were your top choice schools? What do you think I would need to do in order to get into those programs? Relevant stats: Education/GPA: Currently a Molecular biology PhD candidate at top ranked university, 3.8 GPA. (Technically I would have a masters if I were to drop out of my program now as I have already passed my qualifying exam). Bachelors in MCB and Psychology, 3.7 GPA overall (Psychology GPA is higher) GRE: 170 V / 158 Q Research experience: 7 years of molecular bio, 1 semester of cognitive psych research. Currently in a neurobiology lab (albeit with no particular focus on mental disorders), although I rotated through one lab where my project dealt with genes involved in schizophrenia, and another lab where my project dealt with neurological correlates of depression. Teaching experience: 1 semester teaching a general biology course to ~100 students. Have also volunteered at elementary and middle schools as a science outreach instructor, as well as a science summer camp one year. Thank you in advance for your input!!
  6. Hi everyone, I need some help developing a strategic back up plan! Last year, my senior year in undergrad, I applied to 14 clinical psychology PhD programs, got 2 interviews, and was ultimately rejected. After graduation in April, I've spent my time retaking the GRE, continuing to work on my research teams (I have done research since my sophomore year in college), working on an independent research project, and getting clinical experience as a Psychiatric Technician in a Mental Health Facility. Now that it's time to reapply, I need to build some back-up master's degree programs into my plan that **ultimately** are advantageous to getting me to my goal of becoming a Clinical Psychologist. I figured experimental programs would be good, but I don't really know where to begin. Basically, should I not get into a program again, I want to take the master's then PhD route. Here are my questions: 1. If you were in a scenario like me, how did you handle reapplying? 2. What master's programs look best to PhD clinical programs in terms of rigor and research training? (e.g., experimental) Do any programs in particular come to mind? 3. Any other advice?? Thank you, and good luck to you all!
  7. Clinical Psychology

    Hello, I'm interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (developmental track). I checked out the coursework of some clinical psychology programs in Canada. It appears that there are a lot more courses required compared to an Experimental Psychology program. Also, there are practicums throughout the first 4 years. I am just wondering how does the practicum work? Is it stressful to deal with clients? Is it overwhelming to study and do practicum at the same time? Can you work from 8-5pm Monday-Friday and still do well as a graduate student in Clinical Psychology? Thank you very much!!!
  8. Applications - Research Proposal

    Hi Everyone, I was hoping to get some advice. In the process of applying to schools, I came across the option to submit a research proposal. This school I am applying to (lets call it X), has its application set through X's School of Arts and Sciences. In the Clinical Psychology program instructions, it does not mention including a research proposal, but in the application for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences it has an option to submit one. Do you think that submitting a research proposal could help my application? Have any of you done this with your applications, and did it help you? Thank you! Dr. Bubbles
  9. Hi all, Thanks in advance for any advice!! I will have a master's and a PhD in Neuroscience and a masters in general psychology from UK universities when I apply for clinical psych PhDs in the US. I am American but have been living abroad for some time. In order to pursue the mixed clinical/ research career I'd like in the US, a Clinical PhD seems my best option now. My questions are (1) can programs waive requirements such as a Master's thesis (or perhaps more!) when a student enters with an acceptable non-counseling degree?, and (2) would this be an appropriate thing to contact admissions departments about? I don't want to appear overconfident about getting in whatsoever by already asking to bypass some of their typical degree requirements, but given that I've already spent so many years in higher education, I'd really like to avoid doing unnecessary, redundant work. I'd rather spend time doing research for publication rather than going through the motions with specific thesis requirements. The APA website also says "some doctoral programs will accept students for respecialization as a part of their regular doctoral training group" which made me hopeful that perhaps some programs might be accommodating. Any suggestions of specific programs? I know there are APA-accredited respecialization programs but I do not believe I am eligible for these given that my PhD is in neuroscience rather than psychology (per one admission advisor, and even though my field is neuropsychology specifically). The cost of those programs is not something I'm in a position to take on either. Thanks again for any insights!!
  10. Work Experience Relevance

    To start off, I am currently not a competitive Clinical Psych doctoral candidate (which was tough to swallow but I'm there). I double majored in psychology and government in my undergraduate, earned a sub-par GPA (3.3) and have no research experience outside of coursework. After spending a year working in advertising (an interest I had through college) I came to my senses and realized most of what was preventing me from pursuing psychology graduate work was a hefty dose of imposter syndrome. My GRE scores are so-so (151 Q, 163 V, 5 AW), I'll probably retake in the next few weeks and focus my application process on masters programs that will hopefully strengthen the research portion of my future doctoral applications. I've had very little luck finding volunteer opportunities (or professors willing to take volunteers) for research in my area and at this point it's simply going to be missing from my application. However I'm wondering whether my past two years working as a nursing assistant at a forensic mental health facility will help or even matter on my applications. When I moved away from advertising I spoke with a clinical psychologist who suggested clinical work was vital to any phd application. It made sense to me at the time and the clinical forensic work matches with my undergraduate thesis and research interests. While working at the institute I've shadowed psychologists, sat in on intakes, assessments, and helped lead treatment process groups, which I feel is relevant to the applications. But I'm getting more skeptical about the value of this experience as I read these threads. I'm disappointed as I've found multiple doctoral programs with professors that match my research interests to a T, and I'm so tempted to apply despite my lack of research experience in the hopes that my statement of purpose and NA experience might help me. So I guess my question is whether or not my "clinical experience" will be helpful on MA and Phd applications, and if I should apply to the doctoral programs that I've found to be a really great match or wait until after I get a MA so as not to hurt my chances by applying to the same places twice? Thanks, sorry this is long
  11. Master's programs in clinical psych tend to be research-oriented and focused on preparing students for doctoral training. Is anyone aware of master's programs that are applied/terminal programs that allow you to become licensed as a professional counsellor or psychological associate? I know of one, which I am currently enrolled in but am curious to see whether there any similar programs out there. Sidebar: I know that a master's in clinical mental health counselling is the alternative to clinical psychology programs for those who aren't interested in research; however, I'm focused on clinical psych programs that give you both the option of terminating or advancing to a phD.
  12. Clinical vs. Counseling Psychology

    Sorry if there is already another thread on this, but I wanted to ask: Can you do a counseling psychology PhD degree and specialize in neuropsychology? Also what are the main differences between counseling and clinical psychology PhD programs, and how does this affect the process of getting into internship, post-doc and getting licensure? Is there a difference in what you are qualified to do in your career?
  13. I am applying to clinical psychology doctoral programs (this is my 4th go). In the past, I only applied to two or three universities. This year I'm applying to at least 10. I've been waitlisted in the past, so I am doing everything I can to not have to go through this again. Here are my stats: Undergrad GPA: 3.6 Masters GPA: 3.84 GRE: 157/157/4.5 I have over five years of research experience, both as an RA and working fulltime. My concern, of course, is my GRE. I've heard of one faculty member at a high end (think ivy league) university who ruthlessly filters out applications if GREs are less than 160. That person could just be severe, but still, it settles to the back of my mind. So, my question is, is it worth it to take the GRE again? I am planning to in mid-November to attempt a better score with studying with Magoosh and the official GRE books. I think it is feasible to do better. Also, some misc. questions: Do you personally put your research interests on your CV? What about your GPA or course list (if you did a masters degree)? Does anyone know a good resource for personal statements specifically for psychology students? I did get feedback once that I need to be more specific about the specific program I'm applying to. The thing is, I already had devoted 4-5 sentences to it. Is there something special they're looking for in that regard? I have limits this year of 1000 words to as short as 500, so I don't know what magical thing I'm meant to say here. I've mentioned the model they use, the specific mentor and why etc., for example. Thank you for your help!!
  14. Hello! I'm wondering if anyone has some insight into the psychology graduate program at McMaster and their requirements for the GRE? In their admission requirements section they indicate that the GRE is not mandatory but that it's encouraged. Does anyone know if this means they don't penalize you for poor scores? To give some context, I test very badly due to standardized testing anxiety. My verbal and writing scores are great, but my math is pretty bad ... I'm going to re-take on October 16th, so it may improve. But in the chance that it stays bad, would it be to my detriment to include my GRE scores in my application? Let me know your thoughts! And any other info about the program too and the application procedure would be greatly appreciated
  15. Hello! I'm wondering if anyone has some insight into the psychology graduate program at McMaster and their requirements for the GRE? In their admission requirements section they indicate that the GRE is not mandatory but that it's encouraged. Does anyone know if this means they don't penalize you for poor scores? To give some context, I test very badly due to standardized testing anxiety. My verbal and writing scores are great, but my math is pretty bad ... I'm going to re-take on October 16th, so it may improve. But in the chance that it stays bad, would it be to my detriment to include my GRE scores in my application? Let me know your thoughts! And any other info about the program too and the application procedure would be greatly appreciated
  16. Hi all, So after taking two years off after completing my B.Sc. in Canada, I'm preparing to apply for graduate schools for a clinical psychology doctoral program specializing in neuropsychology. I know these sorts of programs are extremely competitive, so I will likely be applying to 18-20 schools, but thought I would post some of my application credentials and get any advice from anyone willing to give it! Education: B.Sc. with Honor's in Psychology, Minor in Biology. Completed an Honor's Thesis in my final year in cognitive neuroscience. GPA: Overall: 3.3 (first 2 years of B.Sc. were as a Biomedical Science major, which I did not enjoy, and my GPA reflects this). Major GPA: 3.8 Last 2 years/60 credits: 3.8 GRE Scores: Psychology Subject GRE: 750 (91st percentile) General GRE (taking this in the next few weeks, likely will be around 156V/160Q/5.0AW) LOR: 2 clinical neuropsychologists (Honor's thesis supervisor and current work supervisor; both on admissions committees for CN programs at 2 different schools), 1 supervisor who is also a clinical psychologist (supervisor from Developmental Psychology lab mentioned below) Experience: 4 poster presentations Honor's thesis (supervised by a clinical neuropsychologist, see LOR above) and Independent Research Project (supervised by Neuroscientist) Volunteered at 2 hospitals, 3 different research labs in my last 2 years of undergraduate studies Moved from Toronto, Canada to San Diego, California after graduating with my B.Sc. to work as a Lab Manager in a Developmental Psychology lab and then as a Research Coordinator in a Neuropsychology lab (multi-site project; still currently here - see LOR above). I guess I am worried that my GRE scores will make my applications less competitive. I feel as though my applications are well-rounded elsewhere and my time off and additional experience has helped me. I do not have any location preferences and will be applying all throughout North America. Any and all advice or insight is welcome! Also, please don't hesitate to mention any schools that you guys know of which are very reputable for CN! Some on my radar include: SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program, Drexel, Boston University, Northwestern University (Feinberg), University of Florida, University of Houston, University of Wisconsin... Thank you!!
  17. Disheartened

    Hi there, I am new, and I apologize in advance for breaking any conventions in bloggery/forum posts, etc. I applied to two PhD programs in Clinical Psychology, both of which are very competitive. I am in an awkward position- one part of me "feels" I have what it takes to be an outstanding Clinical Scientist. The other side of me is discouraged. I do not have a great GPA nor GRE scores to make up for it-- so I decided upon submitting my applications that I probably will not hear back. ... And indeed, I have not. Profile: GPA: 3.29 (Institution within the Top 10 - US National University Ranking) Dean’s List: Fall 2011, Spring 2013 GRE: Q/V/W : 152/158/4.0 3 excellent letters of recommendation (including 1 from a PI I applied to work with) 6 research posters 1 first author & oral presentation at a leading scientific conference in the field of behavioral medicine 1 publication in a leading Obesity journal 5 years research experience combined (undergraduate + post-baccalaureate) B.A. Psychology, Biological Bases of Behavior (concentration) Spanish (minor) Fluent in 3 languages, 2 graduate-level classes -1 Undergraduate honors Thesis (I was overzealous in this project as an undergraduate student-- I took on too much and was sleep deprived during my last semester- Alas, the project was not where it needed to be in order to defend it. I am now working on an update of this project with my former mentor, and we plan to publish!) Very brief description of interests: I want to go to grad school so I can conduct interdisciplinary research and obtain clinical experience in the fields of stress/depression, eating disorders, obesity, addiction, and related psychopathology. I am so eager to contribute to the academic community and can see myself teaching, generating and disseminating clinical science, while gaining clinical skills and learning advanced statistical techniques for identifying predictors of treatment efficacy and multi-factorial processes through which complex conditions can worsen or improve. I am currently working at the Medical Center /Department of Psychiatry of my undergraduate institution, in a slightly different field than my undergraduate pursuits. I continue to be engaged in scientific inquiry, and I just know that this is the field I want to be in. when I look at my profile, I just cannot see how any admissions committee would even pick up the application. I emailed 2 PI's at each institution that I applied to, and I heard back from each when I first wrote them. They have not written back, and I am truly embarrassed that my PI recommended me and I wasn't even considered for an interview. (It looks like all invitations have been extended in both institutions). Any advice, encouragement, perspective, or opinions on my situation would be greatly appreciated. I think that my wonderful and over-sharing coworkers have heard enough of me, and so has my partner. Should I give up? Is it ridiculous for me to think that I have a chance? I just want to go to grad school and work with a mentor that is happy to have me and work with me. That's what I had in undergrad and I wish I could just extend that to gradschool. Sorry. I had to vent. the waiting game is eating me up. I welcome your thoughts/ideas -- please do not hesitate to be straight forward and honest. ps: I might add that I took a Medical Leave of Absence due to psychological/medical reasons in the middle of my undergraduate career. I returned after 1 year of treatment and was successful; I was asked to become a student ambassador for the Office of Student Returns, which was pretty sweet. In my applications I had to explain (NOT in my SOP, but in a separate document) what happened, and I did it in a brief, earnest and mature way. I can explain in more detail if needed.
  18. Hello! I currently have a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Speech-Language Pathology. I earned my bachelor's degree in the Spring of 2016. Although I have a pretty extensive background in research methods/statistics courses, I wasn't able to obtain any actual research experience during my time as an undergraduate. I have decided that I would like to go to graduate school for a Ph.D in clinical psychology. I've found some psychology research labs at my alma mater that I am in the process of applying to. I would be volunteering in these labs as a post-baccalaureate research assistant for two semesters. These labs are researching topics that I am interested in. How long does a potential applicant conduct research before applying for graduate school in the field of clinical psychology? How much research experience should a potential applicant have? Thanks for your responses.
  19. Currently, I'm a Junior at Texas A&M-Commerce, and will be applying for graduate school in December 2018. I'm a psychology major with an overall GPA of 3.9 and a major GPA of 4.0, with experience in independent study, research, and data analysis. I expect to graduate summa cum laude and receive good letters of recommendation from the professors with whom I've conducted research. However, I doubt that I will be able to achieve a high or even average score on the GRE. On all of the practice tests I've taken so far, I've done well in the verbal and written areas (156-160 on the verbal, and 5.0 on the written), but I've performed poorly on all the quantitative sections, receiving scores that ranged from 120-110. I know that with time and practice, I can improve my quantitative scores, but I am still unsure about my chances of getting into UT Southwestern's Clinical Psychology PhD program. Do any of you think that I could have a chance of getting an interview, or do you think I have better chances applying elsewhere?
  20. Hi. I'm planning to apply to clinical psychology PhD programs soon for Fall 2018 and I've decided to start on my personal statements. However, UC Berkeley's prompt (or rather multiple prompts) has me confused. On the psychology department's Application Instructions page and Berkeley's general Writing a Personal Statement page, it says to write a personal statement about... How you have overcome barriers to access in higher education. Evidence of how you have come to understand the barriers faced by others. Evidence of your academic service to advance equitable access to higher education for women, racial minorities, and individuals from other groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Evidence of your research focusing on underserved populations or related issues of inequality. Evidence of your leadership among underserved populations. However, the psychology department also has the FAQ - General Admissions page, which says... The personal history statement should discuss how your personal background influences your decision to pursue a graduate degree in psychology. For example, please include information on how you have overcome barriers; evidence of your academic service to advance equitable access to higher education for women, racial minorities, and individuals from other groups that have been historically under represented in higher education; evidence of your research focusing on underserved populations or related issues of inequality, or evidence of your leadership among such groups. Some questions to consider are: What hardships have you overcome? What have been your successes? What obstacles came up? Show how you persevered. How did you become interested in psychology? Were you in some way different from the majority of students in your class? Was your family supportive in your decision to choose psychology as a career field? Were you influenced by your parents’ education and career? Were you in a single parent family? Was much of your time spent taking care of your siblings? Did you work while going to school? Is psychology a common career field for people of your cultural background? Question 1: Which prompt do I write about? I will admit that I am a white, privileged person whose life has been financially stable. I have ideas about what I would write about if I chose the first prompt (working in a hospital + growing up in a racially diverse area), but they will pale in comparison with the statements of other applicants who have essays that are closer to home. I feel like I could write a better essay if I chose the second prompt (enduring and overcoming the consequences of a natural disaster), but I feel like that's a cop-out. I know Berkeley wants diverse applicants and I shouldn't beat around the bush. Also, when they say "What hardships have you overcome?", do they mean hardships exclusively concerning diversity/underrepresented groups, or would it be inappropriate to write about a natural disaster? Question 2: Where do I put my interest in psychology: the PS or the SoP? If you look at the FAQ - General Admissions page, it says to answer "What sparked your interest in psychology?" in your Statement of Purpose and to answer "How did you become interested in psychology?" I have a good story to tell about how I got interested in psychology, but I don't want to repeat myself. Do I answer in both statements? Maybe give a more lengthy answer in my SoP and briefly mention it in my PS? Can I assume that the AdComm will read one statement before the other so I could treat the two statements like two pieces of a longer work? Thank you for getting this far and reading my wall of text
  21. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated! Bachelors: Psychology Masters of Science: Human Cognitive Neuropsychology Undergrad overall GPA (I had one horrible semester): 3.465 Undergrad Psychology GPA: 3.8 I am a horrible test taker: -GRE Verbal: 149; 42% -GRE Quant: 146; 24% -GRE Writing: 4.5; 82% Research experience: 3 years (Research technician in EEG , fMRI and clinical lab); 3 years (Project coordinator at upper limb prosthesis research lab) Clinical experience: 3 years (Clinical lab working with patients with ASD, dyslexia and schizophrenia and assist with writing neuropsych reports); 1 year (clinical lab learning how to administer cognitive measures and shadowing Clinical Psychologist). Teaching experience: Taught two one-hour courses to research interns on EEG data analysis and protocol for conducting research with at risk populations. Supervised training of summer interns at Neuroimaging lab. Abstract submission and Poster presentation: 5 (3 secondary author @ VA medical center; 2 first authors @ Dubrovnik Conference on Cognitive Science VI; and @ University of Edinburgh, respectively). Publications: 6 (2 second author, 3 third authorships). Potential publication by time I submit PHD applications: 9 (three manuscripts currently under review) Race: Black Gender: Male Languages speak and understand: English (fluent), French (can semi comprehend and speak), creole (can semi-comprehend a little difficulty speaking) Schools applying to, in order of preference: 1. Yale University 2. Harvard University 3. University of Pennsylvania 4. University of Michigan 5. University of Iowa 6. Temple University 7. DUKE University 8. University of Oregon 9. Indiana University Bloomington 10. Washington State University 11. Boston University 12. The university of Vermont 13. The University of Maine 14. University of Missouri, Kansas City 15. George Mason University 16. Eastern Michigan University 17. University of Wisconsin-Madison 18. University of Wyoming
  22. Help! I have been accepted to both Teachers College Columbia (MA in Psychology in Education) and King's College London (MSc in Forensic Mental Health) and I have to decide which one to accept in the next few days. I'm Canadian, and will be attending either school as an international student. I have a small scholarship from TC and no funding offer from KCL yet. The two schools seem extremely comparable, unless I'm missing something - both schools are very expensive, and I'd be taking out a large loan either way. Both seem to have decent reputations in their native countries. Both are one-year programs. My goal is to get a PhD in Clinical Psychology, preferably in my native Canada or in the United States, and licence/practice in Canada. I've spent the last two years working as a youth worker at an inner city high school, and I'm interested in working in the same vein, in forensic psychology, or just generally working with marginalized populations, but I'm not quite sure of my exact career goals yet. I graduated in 2015 with an Honours BA in Psychology from a decent Canadian school (U of A) with a 3.7 GPA. I was rejected by every Canadian PhD program I applied to (ouch), and I'm looking to take a master's program to strengthen my application to those PhD programs. I just don't know which school to pick. So here's my thinking: King's seems to have a really solid reputation in England, forensic mental health is very relevant to my career goals and their program offers/requires a 75-day practicum at a prison or hospital. But I'm worried that a British school won't carry much weight when applying to a Canadian PhD programs, and I have no plans to work in Britain. The program is also very rigid with its course schedule, and doesn't seem to offer much opportunity to get involved in research. On the other hand, I think TC might carry a little more weight when applying within Canada or the USA, and the program seems to have opportunities for more research/field experience if you're proactive. They also offer a concentration in marginalized populations that seems really relevant to my career goals, and there's more flexibility in courses you can take. On a personal level, I'd rather live in NYC than London. But on the other hand, I've heard mixed things about TC; I know two people who went there (one for education, one for psychology) who both give it absolutely glowing reviews and are very successful in their careers, but I've also seen online reviews that say it's a diploma mill that isn't taken seriously, and that has me worried. I've been leaning toward TC, but online reviews have me worried. Is KCL more of a "real school" than TC? Is one of them going to strengthen my application more? Is there an obvious choice here? I don't have long to make my final decision, and I'm freaking out.
  23. SEEKING Bowling Green Clinical Psych Babies

    Trying to get connected with any other BGSU Fall 2017 clinical psych cohort members (:
  24. SEEKING Bowling Green Clinical Psych Babies

    Trying to get connected with other BGSU newly admitted clinical psychology students! If a list of names was sent out, I certainly missed it sooooo. Is anyone out there?
  25. 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!