Be sure to check out my Grad School Advice YouTube playlist for videos about getting in and thriving in grad school.

Getting in to Graduate School

Here are some resources I recommend that will help you think about whether or not pursuing graduate education in psychology is a good choice for you, how you can best prepare yourself to be a competitive applicant to master’s and doctoral programs, and other important advice.  Some of this advice is tailored to applying to counseling, clinical, and school psychology programs, but much of it remains relevant to applying to other types of psychology and allied mental health (e.g., social work, counseling) graduate programs.

Thriving in Graduate School

  • How to Relate to Counseling Psych Faculty (In this 28-minute video, Drs. Brewster and Hammer give advice to graduate students on how to connect with counseling psychology professors, especially their faculty adviser.)
  • International Students in Counseling Psychology Graduate School: Applying & Thriving (In this 47-minute video, Cheryl Kwok, counseling psychology doctoral candidate at UK, joins Dr. Hammer for a chat about issues some international students may need to think about when they are applying to or navigating graduate school in counseling psychology (PhD programs in particular).
  • Research Interest Shift & Dealing with Research Frustrations (In this 29-minute video, Dr. Hammer talks about how his research interests have shifted over time and how to cope with the inevitable frustrations and intimidation that comes with doing independent research.)
  • Dr. Hammer Answers 9 Questions about Grad School Success (In this 20-minute video, Dr. Hammer answers UK counseling psychology graduate students’ questions about grad student success, mentoring, time management, etc.)
  • Using Google Scholar Alerts & PsychAlerts (In this 13-minute video, Dr. Hammer explains how to use Google Scholar Alerts, PsychAlerts, and other scholarly publication alert systems to keep tabs on new scholarship being published in your research interest areas and in the academic journals you care about.)
  • List of Helpful Statistics, SPSS, and MPlus Tutorial Videos (List of helpful tutorial videos on a variety of statistical and research method topics, with an emphasis on step-by-step instructions for conducting statistical analyses using popular computer programs.)
  • List of Research Skill Development Resources (List of resources related to developing your skills with social scientific research. These resources will primarily focus on those skills used to conduct social science research using large-sample survey designs.)
  • List of Counseling and Psychotherapy Demonstration Videos (List of videos featuring a variety of mental health professionals using various theories and techniques to help clients with an array of presenting concerns and mental illnesses)
  • Imagine PhD (Free, online career exploration and planning tool designed specifically for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars in humanities and social sciences.  Helps students assess career-related skills, interests, values; explore career paths appropriate to their discipline; create self-defined goals; and map out the next steps of their career.)  Similarly, UKentucky graduate students have access to two resources: Aurora is an online platform to assist doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars with preparing for careers within and beyond academia and The Versatile PhD is focused on careers beyond academia.
  • APPIC Psychology Internship CV Checklist (a list of tips for formatting one’s CV when applying for pre-doctoral psychology internship, which builds on APAGS’ Internships in Psychology workbook.

After Graduation: Taking the Next Step