Menu by Dr. Robert Edinger: My Interview Form, Psychology Admission Free Model First Paragraph at no Charge or Obligation.

Please do not worry about furnishing me with any kind of finished text! Neither grammar or spelling matter. Just write as much as you can off the top of your head in direct response to the question asked (after a little reflection)! If you send me a CV or resume as an email attachment to, you do not need to duplicate this information on the Interview Form. If you provide me with sufficient information for your Psychology statement, as soon as I have time, I will write a model first paragraph on your behalf at no charge or obligation.

Contribution to Society: This is generally my central focus for all Psychology Statements, the ways in which you will be able to benefit your communities--local, national, and global--in the future, especially for the long term. If you are given the privilege of studying towards an advanced degree, what kind of professional psychologist do you most want to become? Especially with respect to the most vulnerable among us, often referred to as the 'underserved'? You need to be as specific as possible and think like a social scientist as well as a practicing psychologist about the people that you most want to help, in terms of social class and ethnicity, as well as other socioeconomic and geographical factors.

Long Term Objectives: What is most important, and the area in which applicants are often the weakest, is in their professional dreams in Psychology, particularly your long term plans. Tell me everything that you can think of about your professional dreams and aspirations, especially in the long term. Even if you think that it is not all that likely that you could really achieve what you would most like to do—your ideal job, for example, or starting your own NGO—tell me about it! It would be a great honor to work with you at the realization of your professional aspirations to the fullest extent possible. Long term plans that are well articulated often result in an acceptance letter.

Research Interests: In most cases, it is a good idea to pursue research in the areas that one knows best. If one is from Saudi Arabia, for example, and one is pursuing a PHD in Pharmacy, it would be generally advisable to describe an interest in the structures of pharmaceutical distribution in Saudi Arabia. If one is a member of an ethnic minority group and raised in the inner city in America, to cite just one another example, an interest in the special health challenges faced by minority groups in our inner cities might be seen as an especially appropriate choice by an Admissions Committee. It is advisable to have well defined research interests that dovetail with your realities and background, especially in Pharmacy.


Do you intend to study full time?

In 2011, government data indicated that 1 in 5 adults suffer from a mental illness. The SAMHSA survey revealed that 11 million Americans had a serious disorder, and 62% failed to receive treatment for their illness.

This may reflect a healthcare distribution problem. Thomas, Ellis, Konrad, Holzer and Morrissey (2009) examined the availability of different types of mental health professionals in different States and how well distributed the services were. 96% of counties needed more psychiatrists. A poor distribution of “non-prescribing” mental health professionals was also found, with a shortage in one in five of the counties studied. Health industry employment has also increased and it is predicted that it will keep on expanding (Keckley & Coughlin, 2012).

A Centre for Workforce Studies survey in 2010 looked at 1,246 graduates of psychology doctoral programs one year after graduation. 63% were working full-time, 7.3% were part-time and only 5.7% were unemployed, either seeking employment or not.

The career options for individuals with an MA in Clinical Psychology include teaching, conducting research, drug and alcohol treatment and offering testimony in legal settings, aside from the most obvious – assessing and diagnosing psychological disorders and providing treatment. A CNN Money report in 2009 states that the median annual salary for experienced practitioners in this field was $81,100, and ranked this job as one of the “Best Jobs in America” for that year, with a projected 16% growth rate expected through 2016. It also ranked high for job security.

A Master’s in Experimental Psychology prepare students for a career in research, as research assistants, lab managers and market researchers. There are a number of areas of specialization that people with a Master’s degree can pursue. One of those is developmental psychology. The U.S. Department of Labor shows job growth as average over the next decade and the increased number of senior members of society and returning veterans will increases demand for psychologist trained in geropsychology and psychologists highly trained in working with the mental health disorders associated with combat, such as PDSD.


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