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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 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!
  3. 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)
  4. 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!
  5. 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
  6. 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?
  7. 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!
  8. I recently completed my MA in psychology and am finalizing my application list for the Fall, 2019 semester. The research that I've done in my MA, and which I'd like to expand upon at the doctorate level, focuses largely on reproductive health, and doesn't fit squarely into the focus of most psychology programs. I've found the faculty interests of those at public health programs to be more resonant with my research interests, but given my background, I'm not sure if I'm a competitive enough candidate for public health-oriented PhD programs. I have solid research experience, six conference presentations during my master's (ranging from psych conferences to conferences focused on behavioral medicine), received full funding to present a paper at an international conference focused on reproductive health, will have two papers submitted and two papers in prep by the time applications are due. 3.97 GPA, a range of teaching and programmatic experiences at my former university (all in psych, though), volunteer experience in a healthcare/clinical setting, and am anticipating great letters of recommendation. I applied to a small handful of clinical psych programs last year, and had interviews and an offer that I turned down (once I realized that my interests were guiding me more toward research), so I'm fairly confident in the merits of my application. So that's all well and good, but the research I've done in my former lab, which all falls under the umbrella of "gender and health" has been exclusively qualitative, and the journals I'm submitting papers to are either feminist psych or health psych oriented. I have a basic (quite basic) understanding of statistics (and did receive an A in the only stats class I took at a graduate level), am basically proficient in SPSS, but not in any software more useful than that. As much as I would like to think of the work I've done thus far as public health oriented, in essence, I think, what my expertise really is in is: feminist, qualitative psychological perspectives on topics relevant to public health concerns. A mouthful! Health psych programs seem like a good solution, but I haven't found many with faculty who focus on reproductive health. An MpH would also be a great solution, but I need to be funded. As such, I've been looking at Behavioral Health Sciences and Social & Behavioral Sciences programs, all of which sound ideal, but require either an MpH or something comparable. I'm just not sure if my MA is comparable enough? I'll also note that I'm currently interviewing for public health-oriented research positions, so I may be able to speak to that on my applications (though obviously will not have held a position for long). Any insights or advice would be appreciated. Thank you!
  9. 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!
  10. Hey all! I didn't see many forums for the counseling and other related master's and I've been obsessively starting to check my email for interview invites so put yours below! School Name: Program: (MHC, MSW, MFT, etc.) Date invite received: Interview date: if you want
  11. 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!
  12. Hey, cafe-goers! I find myself in a weird position with my grad school apps (don't we all?). Here's my current breakdown. All of these programs are related to industrial-organizational psychology (but not necessarily named that): 1) I'm waitlisted at Columbia (!!!) 2) I've been rejected at Wisconsin, but only because of a 1-year budget shortfall. They've strongly encouraged me to apply again. 3) I've been accepted to Claremont Graduate University...to their MA program. The catch? The program isn't funded. And I have a masters in another field. While I'm waiting to find out if I get off of the waitlist at Columbia, I'm trying to decide what to do about my other options. Should I pay for the second MA, get a credential in the right field, and reapply to other programs? Should I defer for a year at CGU, go back to work, and apply again with the academic credentials I have? The program at CGU looks AMAZING, and I've seen firsthand that the students are getting a great education. But if I pay for an MA...I'm worried that will put a PhD financially out of reach. What do you think?
  13. wannabeschoolpsych

    Fall 2019 School Psychology Applicants

    Hi everyone! I decided to create a thread for the peeps applying for school psychology programs for Fall 2019! What schools are you applying to? Are you going for an EdS or PhD program? How did you pick your programs? In general, how is the whole process going for you all? I hope I can get people to add on to this because it would be nice to have people to relate to haha. I am personally applying for PhD programs. My finalized list (so far) includes: Northern Arizona University, University of Memphis, University of Washington, and University of Virginia. I am excited to hear about everyone else!
  14. Hey everyone! Is anyone else torn between NYU vs Teachers College for a MA in Psychology? I feel like I'm leaning towards Teachers College, but I honestly don't know which school is better. My ultimate goal is to obtain a doctorate after I complete the Masters program. Thanks!
  15. benjidrobinson

    UK to Novascotia

    Hi all, Im currently studying towards an Msc in Counselling and Psychotherapy that qualifies me to work as a counsellor under the BACP. I intend on moving to Nova scotia eventually, therefore recognising i need to be accredited by the CCPA. How would i go about being accreddited by the CCPA? Would i have to completely retrain, or would my current masters be applicable ( see below). https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/postgraduatestudy/postgraduatecourses/counsellingandpsychotherapy/#about-the-course Thankyou!
  16. I did this last 2019 cycle of clinical psych PhD applications and got 3 interviews and 3 rejections. It's fine, I'm over it, it's more than last year so that's great. I've decided to shift gears for a bit and I want to see if I can go for my Masters in Physician Assistantship at some point. However, I have a dilemma: my undergrad degree included like... no biology/chemistry or accompanying labs. So ultimately, I have a very specialized psychology BA and a bunch of research/clinical experience that won't help with any biology/chem pre-req's for PA programs. What should I do? The way I see it is this: go for an associate's that somehow has all the pre-reqs I need (unlikely) go back to school for a second bachelor's which will be repetitive, costly, and lowkey a waste of time take courses as a non-matriculated student and pay my way for the specific courses/labs I need I'm not totally sure what's right, but I'm obviously leaning towards option #3. Can I get your opinions on how to go about this?
  17. Hi Everyone, With the 2019 application cycle ending, I wanted to get everyone's input on how interviews went with faculty, POI, and current Students. I interviewed 2 times this cycle and got some great insight. I am interested in hearing about successful interviews and how an applicant answered a specific challenging question or a question on research. In addition, I asked for feedback from the 2 programs and got some great critical feedback to improve my interview skills for the next cycle. I interviewed for: Denver University (PSYD)- This was the strangest interview by far. I was asked a lot of questions about my current enrollment, thoughts about art, and less about my experience, skills, and why I want to be in the program. Some example questions were: -What is a piece of art that impacted your life in the last five years? -Dead or alive, three people you would want to have dinner with? -Teach me something I do not know I felt unprepared for these type of abstract questions, especially coming from a clinical psychology research program. Texas Tech University (Ph.D- Counseling Psychology) this interview was very extensive. I spent a total of 4 hours with the POI interviewing with her and discussing research. In addition, I interviewed with 6 other faculty members. -ultimately, i felt I was close to getting into the program but the POI's feedback explained that I did not ask questions about the other faculties research interest. Please reply with your experiences.
  18. Hi everyone, So I've been admitted into three Masters programs for Experimental Psychology and I need help deciding. A little background. I applied to a few programs last year while I was still in undergrad and was accepted into two programs. One was a sub-field that I ultimately decided not to go into, and another was an almost perfect offer (great school, nearby, involved faculty...) but with a 25k price tag for the education per year alone with no available funding which would have meant that I needed to take out a lot of loans. I decided not to enroll in either program and instead took a job as a research technician at a very prominent institution that promised me I would be able to continue being a researcher while I was here. I won't go into details, but this position hasn't been great, and I really need to leave. Luckily I have the problem of getting into three programs. I need to pick one before the universal April 15th deadline and I'm very nervous about the choice. Program A Pros:Very well known school and program, excellent faculty. It's in the same state that i live in, so less tuition cost Cons: Located near a major city which means life cost may be larger. No word yet on tuition remissions or stipends. High tuition costs if no remission. Fairly high cost of living. No official word on who my PI would be, which is odd. I was waitlisted at this program last year. There is a possibility for a stipend, but funding decisions have not been made known to me yet. Speaking from a strictly educational standpoint, this would be my first choice program. The faculty research is right up my alley and the program itself seems fantastic. I am going to the Admitted Students day this coming Saturday and will be inquiring about stipends and tuition remission when I go. If there aren't any form of stipend or tuition remission made available to me, I doubt that I will be able to afford this program as it would amount to being about the same cost as the program from the year before. Program B Pros: Seemingly perfect PI. Research interests align very well. Guaranteed stipend (small, but will cover housing at least) Cons: Several states away. Lesser known school. No tuition remission available, and out of state tuition would be applied. I received a personal email from my potential PI, who seems just what i'm looking for in terms of personality and research fit, but they also warned me about a few things. They haven't taken on a new grad student in a while and the ultimate student outcome is a little hit or miss. The stipend that I would receive is a little more than 5k, and the PI is the only one doing this type of research in the program, so they fear I would be isolated from the rest of my cohort if I accepted. (Not actually a concern for me. I am no stranger to being the only one in my program doing different research. My undergrad PI was one of only two neuro researchers, everything else was very clinical oriented). Program C Pros: Well matched research interests. Potential for TA/GA/RA with partial or full tuition remission and a small stipend of 4, 6, to 10k depending on which assistantship and if I can do two (20hr) instead of one (10hr). Nearby to where I am currently living. Cons: Haven't really had any contact with the PI yet. Assistantship is not guarenteed. The way I was informed of my acceptance is a little odd to me. I was emailed by a student (probably an office worker) notifying me of the acceptance and was given additional details about the program and GA/TA positions. I just received the official letter in the mail today and there is no additional information and only included the official letter and the acceptance/rejection notification form that I need to fill out and return to them. I'm a little stuck here. If cost wasn't an issue for me, then I'd probably go to program A for the rigor and reputation of the program. Personally I like the PI at program B, but there's no tuition remission and I would be taking a considerable amount of loans out to pay for it. The PI at Program B has warned me that they don't consider paying for a masters degree a good option if the applicant has any other offers, which I tend to agree with. Program C has the potential for tuition remission and a stipend, but it's not guaranteed, and I haven't had contact with the PI. That last part can and will be fixed shortly. I am going to email the PI from program C, just to introduce myself and ask a few questions about their lab, but I am still at a crossroads either way. Any comments or opposing viewpoints are welcome!
  19. 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.
  20. Hey guys, I am wondering if you or your friends have heard anything from Columbia University Teachers College about the admission into M.A. Program in Socia-Organizational Psychology (S/O Psychology). I have been admitted to the M.A Program of I/O Psychology from NYU, but still waiting for Columbia's decision since it would be my top choice to study at TC. (it's a long wait and kinda drives me crazy...) Lemme know if you are also waiting for hearing from them. Thanks!
  21. Hi all, angsting about this decision. They’re all terminal masters in counseling programs. I’ll also be hearing back from Columbia Teachers College in late April (recommendations not received in time for first wave of consideration). I’m also on the waitlist at Northwestern. I’ve received an offer for a graduate assistantship at Fordham but otherwise sporadic small scholarships and I have about a $6000 education award from serving in Americorps. I have an interview with the Wright Institute so not admitted yet. Otherwise Hunter is generally the most affordable. If a program is really above and beyond another program though I think it may be worth the investment. Any thoughts on how the quality of these programs compare?
  22. Hey Everyone, So After applying to 10 programs, interviewing with 3, and being rejected by all, I am at a crossroads with my academic career. I am thriving to pursue a PH.D in counseling psychology or clinical psychology and I wanted some insight on what other applicants who were or are in my shoes will be doing for the upcoming year until the next application cycle starts. Personally, I am looking into a route in mental health counseling. Despite having a clinical psychology research degree, I was accepted to Fordham's master's program with SCHOLARSHIP & Assistantship. In addition, the academic advisor I was given is the same faculty member I applied to work with in the PH.D program. I am thinking that going for a year to install new pieces to my resume might be the boost I need to get accepted into a PH.D program. Any insight or criticism is greatly appreciated.
  23. Hi everyone, I have received an offer from Teachers College Columbia for their EdM in Psychological Counseling, along with an offer from NYU for an MA in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness. Keeping the cost aside, how do these two programs compare to each other?
  24. I wanted to crowd-source some reasons for how people are making their final decisions. I realize this is a convenient spot for a lot of us to be in, but it is also a very difficult one. I know my pre-submission impressions were that I would not be in this predicament; I wholeheartedly expected to be accepted at just one place. But, here we are. Any advice helps! All the best,
  25. Hi y'all! I was just accepted into TC for their Psych in Education (clinical psych) program. Columbia has been my dream school for so long, and I am so thrilled about this decision! I have a few other offers, but highly considering TC for grad school. I personally want to get my Ph.D. in Clinical Psych, and am looking for a combo of both research and clinical experiences in grad school. I also live in California and as a WOC, diversity is a big thing for me. I'm also really nervous about the tuition of attending because I'm already in debt from my undergrad. For those who are familiar with the program, or are/have been students in the program, could you please provide some insight as to the pros and cons about going there? Any info would be much appreciated! Thanks so much!

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