I am a senior at Smith College, graduating May of 2023, with a double major in Statistical and Data Science and Psychology. Here are my stats:
GPA: 3.99, 4.0 in data science, stats, and psych
GRE: 163V, 157Q (I know the Quantitative isn’t great, I’m seeking advice on whether to include it for GRE optional programs)
Research Interests: primarily creating novel treatment protocols for incarcerated juveniles and sex trafficking victims. I am also interested in heart rate variability and dissociation in trauma survivors.
LoRs: I anticipate all three of my recommenders to write strong, comprehensive letters on my behalf. The first will be the chair of the psych department at Smith, who specializes in trauma and clinical psychology. I have worked in his lab for two years, taken several of his classes, and will go to the APA this summer with him. The second is my statistics advisor, who will speak to my quantitive abilities. The third is a lecturer who recently got his PhD, but who I have built a relationship with. He can speak to my programming skills and a meta analysis I did with him.
Clinical Experience: I am most recently a registered behavior technician with the BCBA, and have worked with autistic youth. I also have a background in working as a juvenile corrections officer, a counselor at an adult halfway house, volunteer work with sex trafficking survivors, and other jobs that require extensive work with people.
Research Experience: I am co-author on an APA poster that I will present later this year at the conference. My work study job is recruiting peer reviewers and reading over manuscripts for a high-impact psychology journal. I am currently completing an honors thesis aimed at determining risk factors for sex trafficking. I’ve also been a research assistant for the psych department head for two years, and a summer research fellow for two entire summers.
Other info: I am a non-traditional student because I went into the workforce after high school. After witnessing a suicide attempt at the juvenile prison I worked at, I was inspired to pursue clinical psychology to develop novel interventions and treatments. I will write about this experience in my admissions essay.
I will apply to the following clinical psychology programs:
UNC Chapel Hill
I am interested in hearing others’ thoughts on my chances at these schools, whether or not I should submit my GRE scores to test optional places, and maybe where I will place against most applicants.
Thank you - any advice is helpful and appreciated!