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My theoretical question about scientist/practitioner

Discussion in 'Psychology [Psy.D. / Ph.D.]' started by RayneeDeigh, Apr 13, 2007.

  1. RayneeDeigh

    RayneeDeigh 5+ Year Member

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    Let's say there's a program for a Clinical PhD, fully accredited, yadda yadda. It's a 4 in the insider's guide, there a huge amount of practical training involved, and although the school generally says that there's a total balance between research and clinical work, students perceive that there is a bit more emphasis on solid clinical training.

    Do you think a degree from this University would make a graduate unable to get an academic job should they decide to switch goals later?
     
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  3. tkj

    tkj 2+ Year Member

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  4. RayneeDeigh

    RayneeDeigh 5+ Year Member

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    Thanks for your input, it's good to hear

    And yeah, it's really not much of a "theoretical" question. :laugh:
     
  5. spyspy

    spyspy 2+ Year Member

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    Hey Raynee :) Can you see what the graduates of this program did after graduation? That might give you an idea of what kind of outcome this program tends to produce.
     
  6. amy203

    amy203 5+ Year Member

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    The reputation of your advisor is just important, probably more important, than the reputation of your program. If your advisor is well connected and can help you become well connected, you should be fine.
     
  7. joetro

    joetro Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Is there a minimum number of practicum hours you need to do per your program? At some programs I've interviewed at (very research oriented, however) they basically say students can do more than X hours, and many do, but research oriented people don't exactly want to do that many. So maybe you can do fewer hours than the norm so long as you meet requirements?

    The impression I get is that it isn't vital to have tons of hours on when you apply for internship, especially if you apply to a more research-oriented one. So maybe you can get more research emphasis than you think even from a supposedly practical place? However, if you are really research oriented, maybe it makes sense to try again next year for a program that better fits your needs.
     
  8. joetro

    joetro Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    And per the academic job, a lot depends on your advisor and your publication record. Maybe it means you need to stay a bit longer at school X to build up your record or post-doc or whatever, but you may be able to build up the necessary background even at a more practical place.
     
  9. phd2006

    phd2006 Life is a Highway 2+ Year Member

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    Some academic positions require you have clinical experience -- and be licensed, especially if they are affiliated with a hospital/clinic.
     

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