Presenting in a Different Field?


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Apr 14, 2008
    So, I've posted a little about my research with a psychologist who does not work in a psychology department.

    The work I have created can easily fit under a few disciplines and we met this week and the prof suggested we take it to an area in which I have the LEAST knowledge.

    The prof has clearly thought it out and had printouts and packets ready for me to write up a proposal for this particular conference (in an area I've never formally studied at the grad level, let alone presented).

    Any benefits to presenting outside of psychology? Any reasons it will be frowned upon within psychology?

    The eventual goal is, obviously, doctorate in clinical psychology. I don't want to alienate myself but I don't want to miss an opportunity. Anyone with similar experiences ... I'd really appreciate your input as I'm new to co-mingling across the different disciplines.


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    Dec 18, 2005
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      imo, it is a great way to go. a few of my reasons:

      1) usually the journals with the highest impact factor are not psychology journals.

      2) there hasn't been a nobel outta a psychology journal yet

      3) imagine who your future referral sources are going to be. do you want them to recognize the journal you have published in (i.e., a medical journal)?
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        I agree with whats been said so far. Psychology as a discipline both relies upon and contributes to just about any field you can think of (medicine, philosophy, sociology, law, education, etc, etc...). If you can speak to that and what you learned from the experience in your interviews, you will be just fine.

        Being a well-rounded academic is one of the very basic requirements for studying clinical psychology at the graduate level, and being able to fluently "co-mingle" across disciplines is a great indicator of that competency. Depending on the type of program you apply to, and how you present yourself, it could be something that makes you stand out.


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        Apr 14, 2008
          Thanks guys. It's appreciated! Ps, looking through my stack of papers now, the conference proposal is typical, nothing major... but the grant application for trying to get money to finish my curriculum/treatment program is 61 pages long!!! Wow, national grants don't care about trees. Wish me luck!
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