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Do clinical postdocs care how many publications I have?

Discussion in 'Psychology [Psy.D. / Ph.D.]' started by BananaKetchup, Sep 10, 2017.

  1. BananaKetchup


    Sep 10, 2017
    What about clinical (VA) jobs, for that matter? Basically, I'm wondering if it's worthwhile to keep publishing while on internship if I am going for clinical positions.
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  3. Therapist4Chnge

    Therapist4Chnge Neuropsych Ninja Faculty Faculty Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Oct 6, 2006
    The Beach
    If you have the time and can only help. Honestly though, they probably don't care. I encourage students to continue publishing bc it is good for training and most stop once they get licensed and at their first job.
  4. WisNeuro

    WisNeuro Board Certified Neuropsychologist Psychologist 7+ Year Member

    Feb 15, 2009
    I've been at more research heavy VAs, and yes, they definitely care about your research productivity. Especially in the neuro world.
  5. Kadhir

    Kadhir 2+ Year Member

    Nov 13, 2015
    It's always good to take an active role in research early in your career. Perhaps this means you're a secondary author, but this is still beneficial. It's much more difficult to get BACK into the research game after you've been out of it, which may not seem like a big deal now, but may be something future you would like to revisit. So I wouldn't drop the publication efforts entirely. Don't necessarily go out of your way to make the pubs happen but if there are opportunities, certainly take advantage of them.
  6. psych.meout

    psych.meout 2+ Year Member

    Oct 5, 2015
    What are neuro internships and post docs looking for in terms of research productivity at time of application and during each?
  7. WisNeuro

    WisNeuro Board Certified Neuropsychologist Psychologist 7+ Year Member

    Feb 15, 2009
    Going to vary based on how research heavy it is. But you should probably have at least 1-2 first authors, maybe a smattering of secondary/tertiary, and you definitely need to be presenting posters and such at conferences like INS/AACN/NAN.
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  8. Pragma

    Pragma Neuropsychologist Psychologist 5+ Year Member

    Dec 29, 2011
    This is largely in the eye of the beholder. Within neuro, I'd see it as a red flag if someone didn't have at least 1-2 first author publications.

    As others have mentioned, many folks who are predominantly clinicians fizzle out of research pretty fast once they get up and running. It can be hard to keep up, but I encourage people to remain in the game - even as a collaborator on projects if you can. At a minimum it might give you a reason to attend conferences and get your institution to fund your travel.
  9. erg923

    erg923 Regional Clinical Officer, Cenpatico National 10+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    It lost its "glory" once I got out of grad school...:)

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