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Hi,

I'm interested in doing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology but my background is in public health. Do you think I have a chance in fully funded programs? I have plenty of research experience in clinical and academic settings but I do not know if I need to take some additional courses, research experience in psychology, or a master's in psychology. I only took 2 psychology courses but I do have research, statistics, biostatistics, and other public health, social sciences, and natural sciences courses. How can I become a competitive applicant? Do I have a real chance if I apply broadly next year? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
 
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Depending on your academic profile and other factors such as program fit, you might be a good candidate for a Master's program and there are a handful out there that provide partial or full funding.

Your competition for a funded PhD would be against a whole bunch of talented people with an undergrad psych background but also experience in a psychology research lab/team and tangible research products directly related to what they would do in a PhD program so those are pretty large hurdles to overcome without boosting your CV.

I also only took 2 psych undergrad courses but did a MS in psych prior to being accepted into a funded PhD. There are RA options but given that your non-psych background, some programs may want to see a track-record of success in a psychology program, for you to gain some more foundational psych knowledge, and to engage in academic psychology research.
 
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Depending on your academic profile and other factors such as program fit, you might be a good candidate for a Master's program and there are a handful out there that provide partial or full funding.

Your competition for a funded PhD would be against a whole bunch of talented people with an undergrad psych background but also experience in a psychology research lab/team and tangible research products directly related to what they would do in a PhD program so those are pretty large hurdles to overcome without boosting your CV.

I also only took 2 psych undergrad courses but did a MS in psych prior to being accepted into a funded PhD. There are RA options but given that your non-psych background, some programs may want to see a track-record of success in a psychology program, for you to gain some more foundational psych knowledge, and to engage in academic psychology research.
Thank you very much for your detailed explanation. It's nice to know someone with a similar experience and a non-traditional background. I understand now what experiences and activities I need to become a competitive candidate for these programs. I will look into MS in psych and RA opportunities.
 
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