ERIC Number: ED359450
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Flashlights for the Shot in the Dark: Tips on Application to Clinical Psych. Ph.D. Programs.
Freedman, Susan A.
This document presents tips for individuals applying to doctoral programs in clinical psychology. Suggestions are made for what applicants can do before they apply to improve their "applicant quality." Applicants should increase their Graduate Record Examination scores, go back to school if necessary to improve their grade point averages, obtain good letters of reference, obtain research experience, show how the applicant would fit in to the school, obtain clinical experience, be informed about the school, have publications or conference presentations, and treat rejections as inside information (by finding out what prompted the rejections) to help one's chances next time. A number of things that can go wrong through no fault of the applicant are considered and ways to avoid these problems are discussed. Problems with getting professors to write good reference letters, obtaining transcripts from schools, getting accurate test scores sent on time, making sure the application was received and sent to the right department, and avoiding problems with the postal service are included. A timetable is included to help applicants start early and complete necessary steps on time. The importance of packaging is discussed and a number of suggestions are offered for successful interviews. Sample vitae and sample personal and objectives statements are appended. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Women in Psychology (18th, Atlanta, GA, March 1993).