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  1. Just want to start a topic for those none-psych undergrads who are applying for psych grad schools for Fall2018. Thought that we can share our backgrounds and admission updates so far. I am an international student from China. Did my B.A. in China, and majored in English. Completed my M.S. in Education at Cal State. Enrolled in a Post-Bac Psych program, and loved it so far. I am doing RA at a social psych lab in the UC system, for about half year now. I applied to 13 schools this season (a0r1). It is a tough journey to get in to grad school, especially for those who are switching their fields.......
  2. Hey guys! I was wondering if anyone has heard back yet for an interview from the MA Child Study and Education program?
  3. Interview Attire?

    I have been invited to interview for 3 schools with no choice in the dates and unfortunately, the first interview is my first choice program (Applied Developmental Psych at Fordham). I feel like I have a fairly decent grasp on how to prepare and feel comfortable with the interview process itself, but I have no idea how to dress. I have read so many conflicting reports ranging everywhere from business casual to "it would have been embarrassing to not be in a suit". As a female, the breadth of outfit types is stressing me out more than anything else! Also, what can I expect from an open house (as opposed to an interview) and a department reception the night prior to interviews?
  4. Hello! So I have a weird situation. I was offered an interview at a School Psych PhD program on the same weekend as another program. I had already RSVP'd to the other program, so I had responded inquiring if they had an alternative interview option (skype, phone, in person on a different day, etc.). After several weeks of following up to get my email answered, I received an email today updating me that they do not have another interview day, and that they "wish me the best" in my future endeavors. I have so many feelings about this. I went back and read through the language in their offer letter and it does not indicate that the interview is required for consideration. It states that they "appreciate in-person meetings" (which is why I had offered to come a different date). Their website does not indicate that either. I'm shocked, confused, and feel like I am being punished for something I'm not sure how I could have prevented. Anyway, this post is part rant and part- what do I do? Has anyone else had this happen before? I have never had a problem getting a different interview option. This cycle alone I have rescheduled two- with one resulting in an admission offer! It's so bizarre. After all, we are all in the same boat- everyone is applying and has to juggle/balance between a handful of weekends. I am unsure if I should say anything. Of course, I am disappointed for my own selfish reasons, but more than that this could be an easily preventable situation for future applicants if they were more explicit in their letter about their interview attendance expectations. I would hate to have someone else feel this disappointment in the future. While I want to reach out, I also don't want to be looked at like I am being "dramatic" or "difficult" just because I had the interview option retracted. I also know that programs/professors do and can talk to one another, and I would really hate if that was the tone they perceived and then shared. Maybe I am over thinking things, but its a risk nonetheless. And I am sure we all know that getting accepted is a daunting and terrifyingly delicate road... Anyway, any thoughts are appreciated.
  5. Developmental folks, What is your plan career wise with a Ph.D in Developmental Psychology? The field is wide/vast and I know there's no formal licensure like clinical/counseling folks (depending on program) I've always leaned towards academia and applied settings, but im curious to know what others plan to do!
  6. Hi everyone, I am done with the first interview at the UCL for the PhD program in Language and Cognition (PALS department). They asked me a couple of questions that I wasn't fully prepared for, so, if you'd like to get more details, let me know!
  7. Straight Outta B.A.... to PhD?!?

    Recent graduate with my BA in Sociology, really looking to get my phD in Clinical Psych with a Law emphasis so I can become a psychologist within the law enforcement career. BUT due to certain circumstances while enrolling in uni, I wasn't able to take any psychology undergrad courses along with my sociology degree, so I have very minimal psych background--like maybe 5 classes in total. I have no research experience in psychology, and I'm currently looking at taking a post-bacc program at UC Berkeley. I might have some connects in getting into a lab for research experience, but it's not solid. Regardless, my question is: should I go get my Master's first--and put myself in further debt--and add two years to my already 4-6 years of schooling for my phD? OR Find some research experience, take this post-bacc program at Berkley &apply for my phD for fall 2020? ANY TIPS ADVICE ETC will be so beneficial. Even if its the harsh truth! I will love to hear stories about what others did, especially if it was someone in a non-psychology background to see what challenges they've faced etc. All is welcome though! sidenote: I might have to take the post-bacc program regardless of which path I take. Thanks.
  8. How to Deal with Rejection

    Hi everyone, So I figured I'd start this thread not to encourage pessimism, but to talk about the realistic possibility of receiving all rejections. I have personally applied to seven Psychology PhD programs with no response (as of January 13th) and I think a forum like this would help those of us, like me, who are facing this anxiety. This is my first round of graduate school applications and I think this could be a beneficial space to maybe hear words of encouragement from those students who went through a rotation without any acceptances? "Everything happens for a reason" is a great quote but not necessarily one someone wants to hear after years of their hard work doesn't get recognized the way it should. I hope whoever joins this conversation can give advice on how to stay motivated, what to do in regards to self care, and address the "what nows?" that have infiltrated our thought process. Again, I really don't want this to come across as pessimistic or too hopeless, rather a realistic approach to this tough process. I wish everyone on here the best of luck in regards to admissions. Applications: UT Austin (Counseling Psych); University of Houston (Clinical Psych); University of Louisville (Counseling Psych); Florida International University (Clinical Psych); Clark University (Clinical Psych); Harvard University (Clinical Psych); USC (Clinical Psych) Acceptances: ?/7; Interview Notifications: 0/7; Interviews: 0/7; Rejections: ?/7
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Preparing for PsyD Interview

    Hi! This application season, I applied for both PsyD and PhD Clinical Psychology Programs. I have quite a bit of experience prepping for PhD interviews, particularly with a specific POI. Because I did not apply to a specific lab for the PsyD program, I'm feeling a bit at a loss for how to prepare for my interview. Rather than studying up on specific research, should I be looking at the program more broadly? Do I need in depth knowledge of each professor's research, etc? All advice is welcome!
  12. USF-SP MA in Psychology??

    Hello! Anyone applied (or admitted, or a student) at University of South Florida - Saint Petersburg campus for their MA in Psychology program? I'd like to know more about their admissions process, acceptance rates and how is the program itself? Any help would be really appreciated as I'm currently preparing all the materials before their March 1st deadline. Thank you!!
  13. Hey everyone! I hope you are all doing well. Thanks in advance! I have a few inquiries in regards to getting accepted into a clinical psychology program, specifically in Ontario, Canada. First, I think it would be a good idea to start off by describing what I have to offer to a Clinical Psychology program. I have a decent CGPA of 3.63/4 ( recent graduate from University of Toronto; 4.0 in all psych courses). Currently, I am working for respite care company building some experience in the field and paying back some my OSAP loan. However, I do not have any direct research , lab experience, or any notable references (I can probably obtain these with some ease). I am living at home and working a full-time and part-time job in order to pay back my huge loan, and it is a source of significant worry. The problem is there is no university near my home where I can gather some research experience, which I know is critical to admission to a clinical psychology program. Honestly, I don't know whether I will be able to live on my home with the cost of my loan each month and the uncertainty of finding at job at all. I'm looking for a realistic run down on what I need to be accepted at an Ontario Clinical Psychology. Please note: I have read the relevant university websites, but I am looking for an open and honest response for this question. Furthermore, if anyone can direct me to useful GRE resources, please link them or list them there.
  14. https://www.amazon.ca/Psychodynamic-Diagnostic-Manual-Vittorio-Lingiardi-ebook/dp/B075ZD1K46/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0؟_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= New to This Edition*Significant revisions to all chapters, reflecting a decade of clinical, empirical, and methodological advances.*Chapter with extended case illustrations, including complete PDM profiles.*Separate section on older adults (the first classification system with a geriatric section).*Extensive treatment of psychotic conditions and the psychotic level of personality organization.*Greater attention to issues of culture and diversity, and to both the clinician's and patient's subjectivity.*Chapter on recommended assessment instruments, plus reproducible/downloadable diagnostic tools.*In-depth comparisons to DSM-5 and ICD-10-CM throughout.
  15. Psychology PhD App 2018

    Just wanted to see how applications were going and if anyone has heard anything from the universities yet ?
  16. Skype vs In Person

    So I have a question regarding interviews for counseling psychology programs. I’ve received 3 interviews so far but two of these fall on the same day.. one of the programs is one of my top choices for academic and personal reasons (my partner would have a job in that city by transferring locations through their current job), the other program is also high on my list and provides better funding, Lower cost of living, etc. Both are great schools. School A has declined me any alternatives to the interview day but School B said I can do a skype interview as an alternative (school B is higher on my list though). My question is whether doing my interview via skype could hurt my admission chances at all as I really don’t want to do anything to automatically bump me down the list if that makes sense. This is the only way that I would be able to interview with both schools... but I’ve received conflicting advice on this from different people. Any advice is appreciated!!!
  17. https://chichpscyh.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0fEK7OpDTpDBuEl Hi everyone! I am currently studying for my Masters in Psychology and need help collecting data for my dissertation.I'm looking into academic practices at University so I need individuals who are CURRENTLY studying at University only. I will need around 300 participants in the hopes that these results will be published! This is just a one off questionnaire so I promise I won't pester you once you've filled it out!Please feel free to message me with any questions you may have, and please share this with people you may know how are currently studying at University who would be willing to take part! If you're happy to take part then please click on the link and this will take you through to the questionnaire. Thank you so much, I appreciate your help!
  18. I am leaving for my first interview this week and I'm starting to get pretty nervous . I have prepared for all of the things that are within my control, but I was wondering if anyone had tips or tricks they used to stay calm-ish during the formal interview days? Any other general tips are appreciated as well!
  19. Hello everyone. I am currently a Psychology major/Business minor. I was always fascinated by Artificial Intelligence & cognitive psychology, so I am trying to find out if I could get into the AI field with a non-CS major. Some AI programs only accept CS majors and some others accept people from other disciplines too (including psychology) as long as they have good CS foundations and some basic programming knowledge. My psychology major covers a big part of the cognitive fundamentals and has some statistics courses and my business minor has some extra quantitative courses and a course in information systems in Business. I was thinking that I could cover my lack of knowledge in CS somewhat by adding a minor in Information Technology (IT) to increase my chances of doing well in that field and maybe meet the requirements of more AI programs. Some others have advised me that I could do something a bit closer to psychology, like the MSc in IT & Cognition in University of Copenhagen, or even a Cognitive Science masters. What are your suggestions? Is anyone of you in a similar program? Or does anyone know somebody with a psychology or social sciences background getting into the AI field eventually? Thank you all in advance!
  20. Hi Everyone! Just a few days until the application deadline for my MFT program. Is anyone else applying to MFT programs? Any last minute tips on applications or interviews? Thanks so much & Good luck to everyone!
  21. What did your faculty, lab, or person of interest (POI) attribute to your success? If you don't have that information, what do you think did it? You don't have to be humble.
  22. Hello everyone, I've seen quite a bit of chatter around the timing of results, and the answers are obscure. I wanted to provide my services, and give you all some extra data. The beauty of grad cafe is that it is one of the most (if not the most) centralized data source for graduate students. Some data examples: What schools are most popular, what degrees, applicant metrics, dates of results, etc. Yet, I've yet to find someone that uses this information to help those applying. Until now... I used R (for those unfamiliar) to scrape the grad cafe results data related to psychology. I returned about 35000 records. There were a lot of un-tidy text strings (e.g., PhD and Ph.D.), especially in relation to program-title and institution; however, that is a project for another day. Data regarding dates and decisions did seem clean enough for me to analyze it and turn it into something nice for you all. So what is it....? Here is a PDF based on the results of all Psychology students (over 35000) since the origin of grad cafe. The first 3 tables show the 10 most common dates (by count) for getting an interview, getting accepted, and getting rejected 😣 . I would do relative frequency and should've...maybe tomorrow. Then a longitudinal line graph (which shows these decisions throughout the year) Finally, one that focuses more on the "critical-period" when most decisions are made. Conclusion This was a piecemeal job that I should be done in R Markdown. I'll link my code at the end. Similar methods could be used to look at the "most popular" programs, probability of acceptance by degree type or program type, average GRE score for accepted candidates, and the list goes on. If anyone wants a csv of the dataset I used, please feel free to message me. I also welcome critiques and suggestions. I wish you all the best. R code here
  23. I/O Psychology

    Hey Everyone,I have recently started looking into grad I/O and I just had some questions concerning the career:1) Is it possible to work in industry as a consultant and maintain a position as a professor at my local university? I have always been interested in having a role in academia as well as working somewhere outside of academia as well. 2) What is work/life balance like in this field? In other words, will I be required to work during my "days off" and what not.3) And finally, I hate to be that guy, but what is the typical starting salary? I know this varies based on location, but I looked up the average salary in my location and it said somewhere around 110K which didn't sound right at all (Sounds more like a salary after 10 years of experience or so). Then I kept snooping around and I cam across a more accurate figure: 85K. Does this sound about right?Thanks for your time.
  24. I thought I would start a thread for us that applied to developmental psych programs! I thought this would be a good space to air our stress and see what invites have been sent out! I applied to the following schools and so far got an invite to UCLA for their interview/campus visit weekend: UCLA (invite to interview weekend) Temple University (pending) NYU (pending) Northwestern (pending - Human Development and Social Policy) Where else have people heard :)? Sending good vibes and luck!