Originally Posted by printscreen
I actually love research but the process of squabbling over authorship and trying to suck up to "mentors" really gives me the heebie jeebies. I can not see myself in academia in the long term, and switching fields to psychology was to some extent motivated by that career epiphany, since psych does offer so many different paths.
I agree with roubs's responses above, particularly with respect to picking up a copy of the Insider's Guide. Also, keep in mind that this is going to differ quite significantly from program to program, and even advisor to advisor. Thus, sometimes an interview is the best/only way to help sort out which program(s) will be the best fit for you.
I attend an R1, for example, yet have never been overtly pushed by my advisor to conduct research if it's not what I wanted (beyond thesis and dissertation, of course). I've also been fortunate in that I've never squabbled with anyone re: authorship, or had to suck up to any of my supervisors, whether it be for research or clinical work.
Now I realize that my experiences may not generalize to most other situations, but I also believe that their general positivity is due at least in part to my outlook and approach to grad school as a whole. It will be, in large part, what you make of it.