Applying for graduate school?

Applying to graduate school can be super confusing and stressful. I wanted to try and give some insight into what you can do along the way to maximize your potential for admission into a psychology doctoral program, and how I (and many others) view applications and the process in general. There is a lot more that I could say, but I wanted to give some sense of my perspective about applicants and their “fit” with me as a mentor.


A few take-aways

  1. Consider funding – being debt free is important
  2. Make sure the program has good training outcomes
  3. Make sure your mentor is someone you want to be in a professional relationship with for several years (how you are treated matters)
  4. Be flexible in your pathways to career goals, and in your geographic openness
  5. Be proactive in your planning – being a lab self-starter is a HUGE thing
  6. This is an extremely competitive process, so it is possible that you are a good candidate and that you don’t get accepted.

Published by Dr. Ingram's Psychology Research Lab

I'm an assistant professor of counseling psychology at Texas Tech University and an active researcher of psychological assessment, veterans, and treatment engagement. I am also in private practice here in Lubbock Texas.

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