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  1. Macy

    Psy.D vs. Masters

    Hello! I am a senior psychology student at Texas A&M. After graduation, I want to work in a clinical setting where I can work one on one with patients in talk therapy. Perhaps in marriage and family - more along the lines of counseling psychology. I am stuck between pursuing a Psy.D or a Master’s degree. As I’m not sure which is the better fit. Let me know what you guys think
  2. Hi guys, I'm feeling slightly confused about options right now, and I was hoping to get some guidance. My background: -I have about 6 years of work experience (3 years that are directly relevant to a psych program!) and my MPH -I have a strong interest in Global mental health work, stemming from my master's program, as well as from professional experience (currently working in the global development field) -I am increasingly interested in the idea of going back for a PhD, in order to really develop an expertise in this area (My dream job would be to be affiliated with a university, or a multi-lateral organization doing some kind of applied research and/or policy writing That all being said....I went through an extensive period of unemployment, and I also know one too many desperate, unemployed PhDs out there, so going back for a purely research based degree seems very scary to me and essentially like a non-starter. I do have a year of counseling experience, and I discovered to my surprise that I actually liked that quite a bit. I don't think I would be satisfied only doing counseling, but it would be great to end up in a place where I could see clients part time and do research/policy part time. So, the question is, where does this leave me in terms of grad school options? It seems like the options are: 1. Apply for a research PhD in Psychology or in Global Health etc. (Also thinking about Medical anthro as an option) And then do a quick counseling MA that would let me get my license, on top of that. This feels...excessive to me. Also doing another masters is an option, but considering I still have loans from my MPH, I would rather do a PhD where I would have a chance at full funding. 2. Apply for a Clinical PhD and just make sure it's a program that has a global focus. I'm finding that it easier said than done to find programs like this that fit the bill. 3. None of the above. Something I haven't considered. (Perhaps run off and join the circus?) Any suggestions, thoughts, program recommendations, would be greatly appreciated!
  3. Hi everyone, I am planning to apply for a Ph.D./PsyD program in Clinical/Counseling Psych. From what I know, not many international students are in the Psychology program. I am so lost, as I don't have anyone to ask advice from. Does anyone in our forum who is an F1 student and already attend a program, planning to apply? Thank you!
  4. I noticed there's usually one WAITLIST thread every year. This is where you can post about schools that you are waiting to hear back from. Consequently, if you are holding multiple offers and would like to get opinions, you can post here as well!
  5. clinicalpsych20192020

    Fall 2019 Clinical Psych Interview Invites

    We should be hearing about interviews pretty soon! Here's a template for the info to post that was used last year: School: Type: PhD/PsyD Date of invite: Type of invite: Mass email, email from POI, phone call, etc. Interview date(s): Good luck, everyone!
  6. Waitlistedbuthopeful

    What are people's experiences being waitlisted?

    I'm waitlisted at my top choice and am kind of freaking out. I know waitlisting experiences vary so much across year and program, and realistically the chances of being extended an offer are slim since this program is amazing but I'd love to hear folks' experiences/impressions of being wait-listed... What was it like and when did you finally hear back (with or without an offer)? How do you keep your spirits up? Did you re-apply to the same program? 😭 *sobbing intensifies*
  7. Hello, I'm an international applicant with a BA in Psychology from a Southeast Asian university. My ambition is to be a clinical psychologist and I wanted to apply for several doctorate programs, but I eventually realized that it would be unlikely for me to get in, because my stats are not competitive enough. So I decided to be realistic and applied for several Masters programs and was accepted into the MA in Psychology in Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University and the MA in Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology program at University of British Columbia. Now, I am having some doubts and hesitations about my decision to pursue an MA. While TC is prestigious in name and might help with my profile's competitiveness, it is also really expensive and I can't afford it without going in debt. Columbia is a dream school but realistically I don't see it paying off after evaluating the cost-benefits. Meanwhile, UBC is also good, but I worry that the program is not in line with my next steps of entering a doctorate program in Clinical Psychology. It does consist a masters thesis component, but would I be disadvantaged compared to other applicants who graduated with a masters in general/experimental/clinical/counseling psychology? As for the reason I applied for that program at UBC, I have an interest in the field of psychometrics and I thought that instead of doing a masters in clinical psychology where I would still be unable to practice, I could gain the knowledge and skills in psychometrics, before pursuing a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Another thing is...Should I even pursue an MA? I'm currently working full-time in the space of consultancy, where we administrate assessments and conduct analysis on the data collected for organisations (another reason for my interest in psychometrics). While earning a PhD in Clin Psych and becoming a practitioner is my ultimate goal, I worry about whether pursuing it now is the right decision. Am I ready to go back to being a student without any stable financial income? Should I wait another year and try again better prepared? But, I'd rather not have to go through the whole application process all over again... I have read that PhD looks mostly at research experience and grades, so even if I'm lacking in clinical experience, it's not impossible to get into a program if I cover the former two components. However, I have noticed that Canadian universities tend to combine the masters and PhD program for clinical psychology, though direct entry into PhD is possible, I would have to spend a little more time catching up with MA clinical psych courses (which I don't mind). Again, this is just based on what I've read on existing threads, so I would appreciate to hear some advice regarding the kind of directions I could take... Whether it's an American or Canadian university, I am honestly open to any as long as my research interest is a fit with the faculty and it is possible for me to get a funding package... TL;DR These are my questions... Can I still get into a PhD/PsyD in Clinical Psychology program with an MA that is not clinical psychology? Would I be disadvantaged if so? Should I enter TC instead of UBC because it's more relevant to clinical psychology? Or should I wait another year and try again? Does a Masters really help? I am pretty much on board with the decision to pursue it to better prepare myself for a PhD, but one can't help but worry still... Does an international applicant stand a chance to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology with funding? If it helps as reference, the following are my stats: Psychology (BA) Honors program, First Class Honors; CGPA: 3.49; Major/Honors GPA: 3.81 GRE quant 148 (I know I gotta work on this) verb 159 AW 4.5 (I intend to retake GRE before applying for PhD) Psi Chi member; 1 research experience as a research assistant in a psychometrics project in my undergrad no publications; 1 oral presentation in an international conference (abstract published in the International Journal of Psychology) and 1 poster presentation in local conference Apologies for the length, thanks for reading...
  8. I saw this type of thread for other majors and I thought I start one here. This in no way is meant to pressure individuals to make decisions but rather help the waitlisters in being able to know if there is hope in getting into the program of choice. I hope this thread will be helpful for everyone who is involved in this hectic process of grad school applications.
  9. ...Why was this thread not a thing?! LOL The main psychology thread has gotten so overwhelming with people across so many different areas. It’s too hard to keep up. I also enjoy reading the invites vs. the applicant threads separately. All my fellow Clinically Psychology PhD/PsyD applicants, please feel free to keep this specific thread going with your thoughts, worries, comments, exciting and depressing stories, and all in between... We are all in this miserable hell of a ride together for at least another month or two lmao.. #canitbeoveralready
  10. Hi everyone, I have been exploring old posts and haven't found anything regarding this program so I started a new one. Feel free to let me know if I missed any discussions before. I am a fourth-year student from Canada graduating this year. My GPA is decent (3.85) and have good GRE scores (160/168/4.5). I got a pile of rejections in this cycle. I am not surprised because I know I lack research experiences. I only work as volunteer research assistants since my 3rd year in different labs, basically working for fellows or graduate students on there projects and running participants. I didn't do a thesis for my psychology major, neither did I do an independent project. Therefore no publication, no presentation of results, etc. While my goal ultimately is clinical PhD (I think I am quite sure of that, compared to counselling degrees), I think for my situation right now it is difficult to get publications related to clinical psychology. The labs I worked in were social/cognitive psychology and they are not so open about the opportunities in manuscript writing or publishing papers. Therefore I found this MA program of clinical psychology in Northwestern University. This is a 15-month research program not training clinical practice. I found that this is for preparing students that want to pursue clinical PhD but are not ready for it. I want to gather more information about this program (how is the courses, how the research projects work for the students, and what they expect from applicants, etc.) and any feedback from your guys will be very very helpful! Also since this program starts in 2019 summer, I am actually very worried because I was offered a paid summer-research-student program in a depression lab. I really don't want to miss this opportunity but this MA program seems very perfect for improving my weakness in research experiences. Thanks in advance for viewing this long post and giving thoughts about it!!!
  11. Hi everyone! I recently have been accepted to my top choice clinical psychology PhD program (yay!!!), and my POI informed me over the phone that a formal email would follow within the next week. Is this normally the case? I guess I'm just in such shock, I want to see my offer written out on paper. This has been a long road for me, so I'm so excited to be accepted into my top program. Thank you all in advance!
  12. .......Can we? Come together and bask in our anxieties and worries? Am I the only one here? 😭😭😭😭😭😭 Today I woke up wanting to e-mail the PI (at my top program) and telling them that they’re my #1 choice, lmao. It’s only been a week post-interview for this program, but I love it SO freaking much..... and the PI immediately responded to my post-interview email with such great/warm feedback........... Ugh. What are all of you thinking about and ruminating over? I would cancel my upcoming interviews immediately if I received an offer from this PI, tbh 😩😭
  13. psych12344

    M.Ed vs MSc counselling psych

    Anyone know the difference between an M.Ed vs an MSc in counselling psych? Also can you get a PhD in clinical psych with either?
  14. The anticipation is killing me! I have noticed that two people have posted acceptances and I am wondering when I will be contacted with a decision. Anyone else going through this as well? Anyone have an idea of when we will hear by?? Asking for a friend! (this is post-interview)
  15. I really don't know what to do, I feel like whatever I do is a 'kiss of death' for applications. On one hand, I have been told by several people that you shouldn't ask for recommendations from those who have not completed (if not succeeded at) the work that they need to recommend you for. On the other hand, I have been told by many that not getting a LOR from a thesis supervisor at my stage is a HUGE red flag. The situation gets even more complicated when I factor in the (nonexistent) reputation of my school. I attended a very small (less than 1000 students) unranked teaching college that mainly emphasizes religious studies. I was drawn to the college because of the strength of that program, and ultimately did my other (non-psychology) major in the religious studies department. However, no one outside of academics in religious studies have heard of my college, and its other departments, while acceptable, could definitely benefit from a raise in standards for the majors and more research opportunities. As my thesis supervisor is not only faculty, but also head of the psychology department, I am worried that a LOR from him will reflect badly on my school and highlight the lack of 'name recognition' that I am trying to downplay. This is frustrating because I do really respect and admire my supervisor and think that his lack of a title doesn't make him unqualified for his position. He left his PhD program when he was diagnosed with cancer (not because of any kind of academic failure), he has two master's at prestigious universities (the second was where he was doing his PhD), and he is one of the best teachers I have ever had, which is the real priority of any decent teaching college. In addition to supervising my thesis work in psychology where I wrote my own protocol and completed a self-driven study using the data from a local non-profit, he was advisor to the campus's psychology club that I was president of, and gave me As in all the courses I took with him. This will also be my only reference from my college, so I want to make sure it leaves a good impression about me and my institution. My other two references are pretty well-known in their fields (I worked in labs outside of my college as well) if that makes a difference. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated
  16. hi all! I am currently a senior undergrad psych major! I applied for clinical phds this round and unfortunately I didn't get any interviews so I'm coming to terms with the fact that its not gonna work out this year 😞 Fortunately, the lab that I work in has offered me a full-time RA position for next year! This research is definitely what I want to pursue when I eventually try for PhDs again, and since I have been here for two years I am confident that they will give me responsibilities and experiences that will help me out. Unfortunately I was really hoping to move away from the town my undergrad institution is in, its a very small college town and I know that shouldn't be such a big deal but I'm really not looking forward to staying here another year My dilemma is this: I got my official rejection from Boston University yesterday in which they encouraged me to apply for their masters program. Furthermore, I know that two other schools I applied to and haven't heard from yet automatically consider rejected PhD applicants for their masters program. So now I'm wondering what looks better on PhD applications for people who aren't coming straight out of undergrad: a masters degree or further research experience, like I would get as an RA? My main concern, despite the fact that this lab is incredibly relevant to my interests, is that it wont look as good that I'll have 3 yrs research experience but its all in the same lab, like I didn't diversify myself enough. I feel like a masters program would expose me to different and diverse things, but I also am not sure that it is necessary for me since I did psych in undergrad and I do already have 2 yrs of research experience. also I would feel terrible backing out on my lab from the position they offered me, I'm just not sure what is best for me 😕 More things about me: honors thesis, 2 yrs experience with research and 2 yrs working at crisis hotline for clinical experience, no pubs, 1 conference presentation and 2 more expected next year any insight you have would be super appreciated!!
  17. psychphddreams

    Clinical vs. Counseling vs. School

    I'm currently in the midst of some soul searching as I try to figure out if I'm best suited for a clinical, counseling, or school psych PhD program. Pertaining to those programs, I would love to know as much as possible regarding the differences in research experience, job opportunity, annual salary, program structure, clinical training, acceptance difficulty...anything and everything! I'm very conflicted right now so any personal experience, or knowledge anyone has would be infinitely appreciated!
  18. ASDadvocate

    Psychology Interview Debriefing

    Hi everyone! I have my first interview this Tuesday and Wednesday and wanted to create a place where we can debrief after the interviews. We can share anything from what everyone wore to actual questions and itineraries, as well as hopes and fears post-interview. Hopefully comparing notes will help ease anxieties!
  19. nervous_nellie

    Preparing for Clinical PhD Interview

    So it looks like a few people have heard some positive news from grad schools about upcoming interviews starting next month. How is everyone preparing? I know that I did some initial preparation when I was completing my applications, but I'm not too sure where to go from here. Every POI has published material, ongoing grants and recently completed work, lab websites/department biographies... But what is interview day/weekend really about and what kinds of questions should we be preparing for and what questions should we be asking as we are on these interviews? Happy Holidays!
  20. Hi! I will be interviewing at Hofstra in a couple weeks and was wondering if anyone on here is in or is familiar with the program. I was really excited to apply and get an interview, but am now worried about financial aid.... I read that tuition is not fully covered. Anyone have any experiences or further thoughts about this program?
  21. I'm wondering if anyone on this forum has applied to or is currently completing a Clinical Psychology PhD in America?I have applied to programs for Fall 2019 intake and I am waiting to hear back about interviews. If you have applied or are a current PhD student it would be helpful if you could share your experiences of the interview process and your experience transitioning to America as a UK citizen!Thanks
  22. j1321

    GRE retake question

    Hi, I recently look my GRE and received a 310: 157 V and 153 Q, AWA I am estimating between a 4 -5. I am planning on applying to clinical psychology programs in two years. I am unsure whether or not it is worth it to take the GRE again considering I seem to be at the cutoff, although at the low end for most clinical programs. I have 3 years of undergrad research experience and served as research coordinator my last year. I have two current publications, one of which I have first authorship on, poster presentations, and potentially another first authorship manuscript. I also have one year experience post bac as an RA with an IVY league clinical lab and recently accepted another 2 year clinical neuropsych RA position that could lead to publications in my areas of interest. I also have a very strong extra curriculars and volunteer experience. My undergrad GPA was a 3.44 and major GPA of 3.9. I was wondering if I should focus more on publications and clinical involvement with my current position or is my GRE not competitive enough. I am open to hearing any input you have for me. Thank you.
  23. kiriamara

    University of Houston GRE?

    Has anyone been able to find the average or minimum GRE scores for the Clinical Psychology PhD program at the University of Houston??
  24. 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?
  25. I retook the GRE today, here are my scores: V: 160, Q:159. In my first attempt in October, I got: V: 159, Q:162, AWA: 4. I wanted to improve my writing scores because most of the clinical psychology programs in Canadian universities show the average AWA of the accepted applicants is around 5. I spent 20 days preparing for my second GRE, focused primarliy on writing. However, I can't believe it that my Q is lower than my first time, sigh..... I don't know how to send my scores, if my second AWA is better than 4, then I guess the 2nd set of scores is better? What do you guys think?

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