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.)
  • 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 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.)
  • 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