In this episode, I interview Daisy Ort, a 4th-year clinical psychology PhD candidate, and her doctoral advisor, Dr. Barry Farber, about the graduate school application process. We focus mainly on clinical doctoral programs (particularly PhD), but also touch on other routes (e.g., PsyD, MSW, MFT, LMHC). This is Part II of a two-part series. In Part I, we covered preparation: what do you need to do before it actually comes time to apply? In Part II today, we will cover the actual application — the process and its materials.
Daisy is currently a 4th year clinical psychology PhD student at Teachers College, Columbia University. Besides having gone through the process herself, Daisy has helped countless students through every stage of the grad school process.
Dr. Barry Farber has been on doctoral admissions committees at TC for over 40 years. He reviews hundreds of applications every single year and really understands what makes for a successful application. He was also the Director of Clinical Training for 25 years.
To read more about Daisy and Barry, go to their lab website here.
Resources mentioned in last week's and this week's episode:
Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling PsychologyPsych Mic Grad School PanelMagoosh test prep Kaplan test prepTopics we cover (see chapter markers to click time stamps)
00:00:00: Intro00:04:52: Some questions covered today00:06:33: How to compile your list of schools00:09:46: How picky can you be?00:12:27: Turning down an offer… to do or not?00:16:27: When will I know if faculty are accepting students? 00:17:15: Sending emails to potential advisors00:21:15: Lessening the financial burden of applying00:23:39: How many schools to apply to?00:25:53: CV—Communicating your readiness00:28:27: Personal statements—standing out00:41:17: GRE00:47:30: Letters of Recommendation00:50:51: Embellishing your interest in research?00:54:41: Grades & GPA00:57:34: Assessing program/faculty fit01:01:54: Final words of hope & comfort Visit psychmic.com to sign up for the newsletter, where you'll get career tips, grad school resources, and job opportunities straight to your inbox! Follow @psych_mic on Instagram to submit questions for speakers and stay in the loop.
Music by: Adam Fine