I have a BA (double major) in Psychology and English and also a credential to teach English grades 7 to 12 in my state. I've worked since my graduation in 1996 in various fields like advertising, proofreading, writing, editing, etc. I have no work experience related to psychology and I didn't know going in as a college freshmen that I'd add the psychology major my junior year! So, I didn't exactly go to a large university with research opportunities. My question is how to make up for this lack of research experience now if I want to apply for PhD in clinical? It is hopeless? I've put off the grad school decision for years out of fear of the GRE and knowledge that I had no research experience. My undergrad GPA was 3.5. I haven't taken the GRE in many years, but am planning on studying (this time!) and taking it. I'm thinking there must be some kind of job or volunteer work I can do to gain more focused references and also research experience. I have plenty of time to devote to this. Should I just apply for an MS in general psychology with a thesis? My idea is that I could gain the research experience and then apply for the PhD after getting the MS. Not sure what kind of job I could get with the MS... I've read about the MSW but I'm just not that interested aspects of social work other than the therapy. In fact, as an undergrad I changed the social work major to psychology since I liked those classes better. If clinical seems hopeless for me, is experimental psy less competitive and perhaps more willing to overlook the lack of research experience (ironically)? I love the research aspect, but am not convinced of having ample job opportunities with the experimental degree. What I want to accomplish is a degree that will enable me to do research, write and practice therapy of some kind. I'm not in love with the idea of teaching, but I could change my mind on that. I have bad memories of teaching high school! I'm 37 now and would love to be in some sort of program in the next two years. Just ordered the GRE prep books. That's about all I've done other than online reading and posting this. Any advice for a newbie would be great. Be honest!