This is my first post and I'm relatively new to the site, so forgive me if this has been covered. I am looking to become a practicing clinician after attending graduate school. As of right now, I'm a graduating senior at a rather prestigious (top 20) university planning to take at least a year "off". I want to be able to stay in California for grad school, but the only prestigious grad schools in CA seem to be HEAVILY research oriented. While I have some research experience (worked as an RA and I'm currently doing an honors thesis), I want to focus on practicing. Is these some way to juggle this? I like the idea behind Psy.D programs but I have heard mixed reactions about them (esp. the ones in CA such as Alliant, Wright Institute, etc.). I feel like a program with more focus on practice is what I'm looking for, but at the same time I have the kind of qualifications (aside from the GREs which I have yet to take) that would make me competitive if I chose to go to a top flight university. What do I do? Can you really learn to be a good practitioner at a major research-focused university? How much more research does a school ranked a 6 on one of those "insider guides to clinical grad schools" likert scales do than one ranked a 4 or 3? Is it worth it to incur the large amount of debt I'd get by going to a Psy.D? Please help!