Research requirement

Discussion in 'Psychology [Psy.D. / Ph.D.]' started by serenade, May 12, 2014.

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  1. Drrrrrr. Celty

    Drrrrrr. Celty Osteo Dullahan 7+ Year Member

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    Does your research need to be in psychology to have a solid shot at clinical programs?

    Let's say for example I have a semester of in school research in a psych lab. Then a year of full time physiology and biochem research.

    Would that put me in a position of competitiveness for clinical programs?
     
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  3. smalltownpsych

    smalltownpsych 2+ Year Member

    I would think that research experience in those areas would be a plus.
     
  4. CheetahGirl

    CheetahGirl Clinical Psychologist 10+ Year Member

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    I agree. You don't need to have clinical research experience in psychology in order to be competitive for clinical programs (although it does show focused forethought in career prep). What is essential is learning the principles behind clinical research from grant submission (i.e. the need in science for this novel research) to publication of the study data (sharing your results with others in the field for feedback & growth...hopefully leading to new & improved standards of care). Now, in 1-2 years time, that will be impossible unless your investigators run concurrent studies, but if you can really understand the global picture of clinical research and then be able to extrapolate to your own research interests in a realistic way...that is what will impress (plus any kind of peer-reviewed materials that you can get authorship on once you've managed to do some of the work).

    Prior to graduate school, I did research on obese mice, people with spinal cord injuries & surgical wounds, people with possible cancer diagnoses plus tons of sub-studies...with only the cancer-related research in the field of biobehavioral medicine. So you can spin it in your favor and start grad school with a great understanding of the research that necessities our field...if you work towards making your experience applicable to your end-goal. Good luck! :luck:
     
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  5. xXIDaShizIXx

    xXIDaShizIXx 5+ Year Member

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    You'll be fine. I see you have headed over from the premed forums? ;)
     
  6. Drrrrrr. Celty

    Drrrrrr. Celty Osteo Dullahan 7+ Year Member

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    I like to keep my options open haha.
     
  7. xXIDaShizIXx

    xXIDaShizIXx 5+ Year Member

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    Its fine, I did as well and look where I ended up lol.
     
  8. Drrrrrr. Celty

    Drrrrrr. Celty Osteo Dullahan 7+ Year Member

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    Yah haha, did you go into a PhD or Psy.D program?


    Edit: On my phone I didn't see the Psy.D candidate status.



    How do you like your program? What are you aiming for?
     
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