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  1. I am currently a Psychology major (junior) and am stressing about whether or not to withdraw from a class that I might get a C in. It’s been a roller coaster deciding my career path but I have finally decided on attending a Ph. D. program for clinical (or forensic) psychology after my undergrad. It should be noted that I also plan on either doing Post Bacc or getting my Masters to boost my resume with research and letters of rec to further show my dedication to applying to a Clinical Psychology Ph. D. program (as I know they are very competitive). I started out planning on Med School, but Sophomore year I changed my path to Physicians Assistant school, withdrawing from my Physics class which I was about to receive a C in. I changed my major to Psychology (because I loved psychology) and planned on just filling my electives with the science classes necessary for PA programs (i.e. organismal bio, organic chem, etc.). Here I am, now a junior, and after getting into my psychology classes and assisting with some research, I decided that psychology was my passion. BUT I am in a crisis as I am currently enrolled in Microbiology (as one of my electives) and I may get a C in the course. I have a 3.87 but, if I receive a C I will be bumped down to a 3.75 and that worries me for applying to not only a masters/post bacc programs but also a PhD programs. I know it is still a relatively high GPA but I really want to increase my competitiveness as much as possible and strive to get as close to a 4.0 as I can. I guess my question is, if I withdraw from this class, will graduate programs (masters/post bacc/phd) care? I would have two Ws on my transcript and although they are not considered to be classes relevant to my major, it still worries me. PLEASE HELP!
  2. Hi everyone! I've been reading through past and current threads and noticed School Psych didn't have anything for Fall 2020, so I decided we should have a place, too! What programs are you all planning to apply to? What criteria do you have? Does anyone have any advice - because I need it! I've completed my EdS but decided I'd like to continue on to get my PhD; here's my list so far: University of Minnesota, Northern Illinois University, Indiana State University, University of Kentucky, University of Wisconsin, University of Cincinnati, and Texas A&M. Let me know if you're applying to any of the same places and/or if you have any thoughts on these programs! I am excited to hear about everyone else's applications and how everything's going!
  3. Hi all, I'll be graduating in May with an MSSW and I plan to return to school but I'm struggling deciding which degree to pursue. While I enjoy the clinical aspect of social work and the ability to give therapy, I realized that I'm really interested in advocating for disadvantaged populations on a macro/systematic level. I want to study social systems and policies and create interventions and solutions to problems in the real world, internationally and domestically. I'm really passionate about social justice and I'm looking into Master's of Public Policy programs and considering applying. But I don't know the likelihood of me being accepted as I have no formal training in policy and my bachelor's is in psychology. Which brings me to the next part of my question... Having studied it in undergrad, I'm really passionate about psychology and I can't shake the idea of wanting to further my studies in the field and receive the highest degree in psychology. I've been looking into Phd Psychology programs that have a developmental focus. I'm specifically interested in studying human behavior and childhood/adolescent development and using this understanding to inform interventions. I know Georgetown has a dual MPP/PhD Psychology program which sounds ideal for me. While Georgetown's is renowned for the policy program, I don't know about the quality of their PhD Psychology program. But I cannot find many other dual degree programs like this. (I have been looking into NYU's Psychology and Social Intervention program). Also I don't have much research experience, and I know this is a priority in PhD Psychology programs, so if I decide to apply to Phd Psych programs, I would first have to get research experience under my belt first. So that's my dilemma. Do I get a Master's Public Policy/MPP? Or a PhD in Psychology? Or try to do both? Any advice, direction, or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
  4. Hi everyone! I'm curious to know if any Americans on here have decided to pursue doctoral studies in clinical psychology in the UK. If so, I'd love to hear more about your story (Were you able to practice in the UK afterward? Did you decide to go back to the US to practice instead? Did you have issues with either of those two routes work eligibility-wise? Etc.). Since this tends to be more of a unique case, "Americans hoping to study/practice clinical psychology in the UK" turns up some pretty murky Internet search results, so I'd love some insight. ?
  5. Hi! I am applying to the master's for general psychology at CUNY's Hunter and City College, but I am confused about the difference between the two programs? I've seen Hunter College mentioned often in my search, but City College seemed more obscure. As someone with little insider knowledge, it's hard for me to understand if there's a big difference in reputation, types of research, quality of education, admission rate, etc. I ultimately want to do a PsyD or PhD in clinical psychology, but I didn't didn't take any psychology courses in undergrad. Any advice would be appreciated! NOTE: above message is posted by a friend using my account!!!!!
  6. Hello wonderful people, Was wondering if any school psychology applicants/students/etc. have any advice for a college junior interested in school psych doctoral programs, and if people think I have a decent shot at getting into doctoral programs right out of undergrad. I'm extremely passionate about both special education and school-based mental health, particularly the intersection among the two. I love schools and education, and love the idea of getting to work with teachers and administrators to make school climates better for students' mental health. I would love to work in a middle or high school and get to do a balance of psychoeducational testing as well as individual/group counseling. I'm a psych and women's, gender, & sexuality studies double major at a fairly well-regarded liberal arts school with a 3.92 GPA (3.83 in psych). I took the GRE general test in September and got a 159 on quant, 163 on verbal, and 5.5 on AW, and plan on taking the psych subject test next fall (I know I took it super early but my advisor suggested I spend one summer studying for the general test and one studying for the psych test so it was more manageable). In terms of research experience, I've completed a handful of research projects in undergrad so far, will potentially be an RA next semester while studying abroad (interviewing this week), and plan on completing a senior honors project next year. I'm also looking into summer research internships/RA positions as well. In terms of clinical/applied/non-research experience, I'm a crisis counselor for Crisis Text Line, staff the 24-hour hotline at a local domestic violence shelter, work seasonally/during the summer with individuals with special needs, teach students with special needs at a religious school, and intern with my school's Title IX office. I'm also a member of my school's chapter of Psi Chi, Alpha Lambda Delta (first-year honor society), and National Society of Leadership & Success. I'm looking at both Psy.D and PhD programs. I definitely want a doctorate so that I also have the option of practicing in a hospital/clinic/private practice/etc. and not only a school. I know about the differences between Psy.Ds and PhDs - I am interested in research and would love to do program evaluation type research while practicing in a school, but would not be interested in doing research full-time. I've found some PhD programs that are strongly weighted towards research and have thrown those out the window and am only looking at PhD programs that seem to balance research and practice fairly evenly. And as we all know, PhD programs are generally much more affordable. Sooooo...if anyone has any tips/advice about what types of experiences to get, how to be more competitive, or thoughts on if I can get into doctoral programs straight out of undergrad, please share! Thank you
  7. So I applied to Columbia Teacher's College School Psychology PhD program in November, and I was wondering if competitive applicants are contacted for interviews? I applied in November and have not heard a word yet. I think that the interview process varies per department (not all programs require an interview at TC), so I was wondering if anyone had any experience specifically with the school psychology program. Also, there's a chance that I may have seriously fucked up... I remember submitting a Resume but not a CV (I don't think that Teachers College required a CV, which I found surprising, but I could have possibly overlooked or misunderstood that in the application). Did other people applying to TC submit a CV? anyone remember if it was required? I may have f*cked up, but there's always next year (I only applied to two programs lol) although a gap year or two between grad and undergrad wouldn't be the worst.
  8. Hi guys, I am a senior in college pursuing a Bachelor's degree, and I need some advice on picking my career options. I am double majoring in computer science and psychology, and I am looking for a field where I can utilize my knowledge and skills from both of the fields. I have a lot of research experience and am currently considering going to graduate school to study fields like AI or HCI. I am not interested in becoming a professor as of right now, but I enjoy every step of research projects. However, I am still unsure of what exactly I want to do or how I can integrate two separate fields. There is no professor or staff at my college who has experience in these two fields, and the suggestions I receive from professors are usually biased towards their field. I am also struggling to decide if I should (1) find a job after graduation and keep searching for an ideal field in graduate, (2) go to master's program, or (3) go to master's & doctoral dual program. Getting scholarships is another factor that I have to consider as I will not able to financially support myself without a full scholarship and some stipend. Someone told me that if I want to go to graduate school right away, I should choose a dual program in master's & Ph.D. because they tend to have more funds for students than master's programs. As someone who needs scholarships but also unsure of what field to study, I am very conflicted with what path to take. Could you please give me some insights on this situation? Any advice is helpful. Thank you so much in advance!
  9. I am currently researching for any possible MS programs to apply. I know it's a bit late, but I was having quite a struggle doing this and it took me quite some time (and procrastination) to this point. Now I basically have a touch on what I am looking for, but it is still ideas instead of concrete programs. This is where I am still extremely in need of suggestions. I was mostly focused on positive psych and social psych in my undergrad days. After doing my graduate thesis, it turned out application of theories attracted me more than developing theories. So I am thinking about behavioural economics and did some digging. And then after reading some posts from @spunky, quant psych appears to me as a more realistic option job-wise and still a way to pursue my interests. Now I'm looking for good quant psych programs and possibly behavioural econ or positive psych program with strong quant focus. Is there any suggestions in programs? I am open to PhD programs, but I don't seem to be quite qualified for that. PS: a little background about me: one college level Calculus and one Statistics plus Research Method/ GRE: V163, Q161, confident to level Q to 170 if needed/ Major in Psych and Philosophy and graduate with honor/ GPA 3.77/ One paper as co-author for undergrad capstone in positive psych, a poster and several presentations for the same project Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
  10. Hey there Has anybody heard anything about UIUC's MS Psychology program? I believe it's been recently introduced and tailored to students who eventually want to pursue a PhD but don't have relevant research experience/statistical methodology. I eventually want to get a PhD in Clinical Psychology but I don't come from a Psych background so I believe this would be beneficial for me. But on the other hand, I'm not sure how it will help specifically with clinical psychology. If anybody knows anyone in this course/has any idea how it is please get back to me!! xoxo
  11. Hi y'all! Love all the advice in this forum. I'm currently finishing up my MA in Psychology in Spring 2020. I have decided to take a year off between my MA and starting my Clinical Psychology PhD. So I'll be applying for and starting my PhD in Fall 2021. Is this a good idea? Any thought/advice/tips on what should I do in the year to amp up my PhD application? Background: BS in Biomedical Engineering Current: MA in Psychology, RA in 3 labs on campus, 1 poster presented on campus, no publications yet... Thanks!
  12. Hello, I've been lurking around here for a little while and really appreciate all the great advice you guys give. Thought I'd ask this question here because I'm in a bit of a weird situation - my Overall GPA is pretty meh (3.3 Cumulative) due to my major being Engineering for my Freshman and Sophomore Years of College, even though my Psych Gpa is a lot better (3.6). My GREs are pretty good - 162 Verbal (90th percentile) 161 Quant (78th percentile) 4.5 Analytical Writing (81st percentile) I have strong recommendations and research experience, but am unsure what level of Social/Political Psych program I could apply due given my past grades in engineering pulling down my cumulative GPA. Just wondering if anyone has experience about how much schools will overlook this sort of thing? I'm currently playing with the idea of programs like Michigan, Minnesota, or Boston University, but am not sure if I would be automatically eliminated from contention due to hidden GPA cutoffs. Hope this is an alright place to post this sort of question, I really would be grateful for thoughts from someone with more experience.
  13. Hi I am from India, I want to pursue PsyD in counseling psychology. Can you please tell me which books should I study from for my Subject GRE (Psychology). If anybody has a pdf and can share it with me, please let me know, that will be of great help. Thank you in advance.
  14. Hello! Does anyone know when the applications for clinical psych open at U of M? I wanted to get a head start and just get the very basics out of the way but their application system is a little weird and isn't giving me the option of SEEING how to apply to the clinical psych program. I'm either doing something wrong or I'm on the wrong site. Any help is welcome (:
  15. Hey guys! I am about to attend a masters program in psychology to gain some more research experience. I plan on applying to PhD programs in Clinical psychology afterwards. I have been given the option to do a Thesis or to do Directed research. Articles online say a Thesis tends to be a good idea. However, I feel I could do directed research for two labs of interest instead of a thesis on one interest. Any thoughts on importance of having a thesis in your application/ what exactly directed research is? I have only been able to find that it is similar to thesis but no defense. Trying to take the best steps forward! Thanks!
  16. hello everyone!! i recently graduated undergrad with a psych degree, 2 years research experience and for the next year will be working full time as an RA for the same lab I was with in undergrad. applied for Clinical PhD programs this past cycle with no luck but oh well . I am currently trying to decide several things and was wondering if anyone has input!! the graduate student i work with has been pushing me to retake the GRE and apply again this cycle. my scores were 162 (91%) verbal, 156 quant (61%) and 5 (90%) AW. I know my quant score could stand to go up quite a bit but a lot of personal things have come up this summer (in addition to working full time) that are preventing me from devoting a lot of time to studying. I am worried that not only will I not be able to improve it in time but that it might actually go down and I will have wasted time and money on it. the other option i have come up with is to take another year off and try to get a new lab manager position in a different lab. this would solve some other weaknesses in my application (3rd LOR was not stellar, all my research experience is in one lab) but that's if i even manage to find a position. i'm scared I'll get to that point and not be able to find another job and then actually be out of options. not really sure if there is a question in there lol i'm just really unsure what to do. am I being too paranoid and should I just say what the hell and try to apply this cycle? or do you think it's worth it to take another year off to improve my application? also is my quant score really that bad or do you think it can be balanced by strengthening my research experience? (3.89 undergrad gpa, did a senior thesis + 1 conference and 2 coming up + 1 definite manuscript and 1 or 2 more possible but won't know until after these applications are due, 2 years clinical experience)
  17. Hello! I wanted to hear opinions on what is most important when selecting labs / mentors to apply to since it is such a huge decision in the application process. Is it most important that you match the mentors topics of interest or the methods they use to do their research? Of course having both are ideal! Sometimes, however, there just aren't a lot of people doing exactly what you want to do. So is it more important to connect with a mentor that can teach you the skills you want to learn even if their topic isn't a perfect match or is it more important to find a mentor within the topic you are interested in to build the broader knowledge / foundation and look for other opportunities to build knowledge in the specific skills you want to use to research that topic? Should my applications be a mix of both? Or am I completely off and there is no reason I shouldn't be able to find 10+ potential mentors in the topic and skills I'm looking for that are all accepting students the specific year I intend to apply?
  18. Hello, I'm considering applying for a master's degree in counselling (fall 2020 intake). My prior qualifications are a bachelor's in biotechnology from India (2002) and master's in biomedical science from the UK (2007) with a GPA of 2.9. I have a GRE score of 317, a TOEFL score of 117 and extensive experience in working with children and adolescents in a variety of settings (non profits, schools etc) for over a decade. I'm considering the following schools: Lynch (Boston college), Curry (Virgina), UMass Boston and George Mason. However, I have been out of school for over a decade and more importantly do not have any educational background in counselling or psychology - do you think I would stand a better chance at lower tier universities? Do you have any recommendations? I'm also trying to understand the relative importance universities place on educational background when assessing applicants....your two cents please!
  19. Hi, I am actually an international student and will soon step into my OPT time. The OPT time is (the temporary working visa/ employment that is directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study). Since I want to apply to the Ph.D program in Education Psychology, I decide to gather more research experience after my graduating from college. Thus, I hope to work as research specialist/coordinator or lab manager position for my post-bachelor experience. So, do you think this is a good idea for a candidate in the EdPsych program ? Also, I wonder for the EdPsych program, are there any norms/expectation in this field ? I just want to make sure that I am getting the right type of experience, not just any research experience. Thank you all and I look forwards to hearing all your opinions!
  20. 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
  21. Hi all! I have a few questions that are all sort of related to the application process, and then one that'll be more based on my personal experience. To introduce myself and give you all a bit of background, I'm a current undergraduate student at a small liberal arts college who will be graduating in Spring 2020 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Biology. My areas of interest are animal behavior, cognition, welfare, social behavior, evolution, ecology, etc. I want to start applying to graduate school for a PhD in a related field this fall to enter the Fall 2020 cohort, and ultimately go into academia. I have a LOT of presentation experience, internal and external, and a lot of lab experience both participating in studies led by a P.I. as a lab assistant and creating my own small-scale study for a class/capstone. I also have animal handling/husbandry experience working with mice, non-human primates, various invertebrates, as well as experience doing research with (but not handling) a few bird species. Last but not least, I'm working on two manuscripts, one on developmental/behavioral neuroscience, and one on industrial/organizational psychology that I hope to at least have submitted by the time grad school applications start. I've identified a lot of possible PhD mentors, all in psychology/neuroscience programs (Emory NAB, IU CISAB, etc), but many of them are at the same school/in the same program. My first question is, what is the most polite way to "cold call" a possible mentor, and what should I request? A tour of the lab, or an interview, or an informal meeting? Also, if I have mutual connections with the mentor, should I drop the connection's name, or have the connection contact the mentor themselves and namedrop/CC me? In regards to having multiple possible mentors in a single program, is it polite/appropriate to apply to more than one mentor in the same program? Or should I meet with them and choose just one to apply to? My last question is, based on my background, would it be possible for me to apply to mentors in programs that are more aligned/directly affiliated with biology departments (like GSU's Neurobiology and Behavior program)? There's a lot of intersection between biology and psychology in my desired field, but would they not accept someone who only minored in biology? (Let me know if you need more information about me to answer this question). Thank you for letting me ask you all a billion questions, and thank you in advance for your help!
  22. I finally settled in what I want to do after my undergrad degree which is a masters in counselling. After numerous hours of research trying to find a silver lining in this dire situation of mine, I finally accepted the fact that my inadequate GPA (3.2) and lack of research lab experience is not competitive enough to join this race. What I do have is 400 hours of experience working with people living with disabilities (physical, cognitive, and psychiatric) and another 400 hours to be completed this coming school year (my 5th year in psychology). Alongside completing the additional 400 hours this coming september-april, I will also be completing required courses to finish my program. Basically, I want to retake some courses that I didn't do so well in, take other courses to bump my GPA, and gain more research experience. My 5th year is already swamped with things I need to do, therefore I will need a sixth year to accomplish the abovementioned. In conjunction with the shame of needing a sixth year, I am worried whether needing six years to complete my undegrad will have any effects on my chances of getting into masters in counselling in Canada? Any tips or insight will help this stressed avocado. (Additional info if necessary: After my degree, I'm hoping to apply to MA (ED) counselling psychology in University of Ottawa, but beggars can't be choosers)
  23. Hello, I accepted a PhD position in psychology straight out of undergrad. I interviewed at top schools but ended up only getting an offer from a mid-lower ranked university (fully funded). After doing more research, I am nervous about getting a tenure track position and don't know if this university will get me to where I want to be. Is it too late to tell the university I would like to withdraw my acceptance? I would appreciate any advice and suggestions for what I should mention if I do decide not to attend so I don't burn any bridges with this professor. Thanks!
  24. Hi everyone, Sorry in advance for the long intro, and thanks in advance for your insights! I'm currently researching terminal masters programs in psychology, with a target entry date of Fall 2019. My undergraduate background is in international relations, and I have six years of work experience, including two in a DC-based thinktank and four working for an international conflict resolution NGO (where I spent two years based in Tunisia and two years based in Morocco). Through my experience working in conflict, I've become interested in the link between conflict/violence and psychology, including trauma, resilience, and radicalization to violence. It's because of this interest that I'd like to shift to focus on psychology for my masters' program. Given my lack of academic background in psych and my lack of competitiveness for a PhD (I'd also prefer to gain exposure to the subject through a masters' program before committing to a PhD program, as I've never studied it before), I have been focusing my search on terminal masters programs geared toward non-psych majors (conversion programs in the UK). I am also looking for departments that have researchers or research departments focused specifically on conflict psychology, trauma, or international psychology. Two top contenders meeting this criteria are Kings College, which has an MScs in War and Psychiatry as well as in Psychology of Neurscience and Mental Health as well as a major research department in Trauma Studies; and the MS in Clinical Psyhcology at Columbia Teacher's College, where there is also Global Mental Health Lab and an option to have a concentration on Global Mental Health and Trauma. While I'm finding some really interesting options within the realm of traditional psych degrees, I also continue to stumble across Global Mental Health programs, many of which are more concretely connected to this link between conflict and psychology. The GMH programs of course take more of a macro focus (population health, policymaking, program design, etc), but many of the "career prospects" for these programs are the same or similar to those for the conversion psych programs--working as clinical support or psych assistant in a lab, designing psych/mental health interventions, doing mental health advocacy, doing psych/mental health research, going onto PhD programs... What I would love insight on is what is the value add of a masters degree in psych vs. global mental health (given my interests), and considering that both are one year programs that seem to offer the same or similar job prospects afterward (including the option to go onto a PhD)? I know the field of global mental health is comparatively new, so I'm not sure how some of the GMH programs stack up... Thank you so much for your thoughts! Warmly, Megan
  25. Hi all, I got accepted to Penn GSE’s Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development and Columbia Teachers College's Developmental Psychology program. I’ve gotten a GAship from Penn but that’s only for 5 hours per week. No GA as of yet from Columbia but overall, Columbia is going to be financially cheaper than Penn. What do you all know about each school, program, culture and network. Any tips/advice in making a decision?
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