This perennial bestseller, now in its 2014/2015 edition, is the resource you can rely on to help you select--and get into--the graduate clinical or counseling psychology programs that meet your needs. The Insider's Guide is based on intensive research and includes information and advice not available from any other source. In-depth profiles on more than 300 accredited programs in the United States and Canada provide details on specializations or tracks, admission requirements, acceptance rates, financial aid, research areas, clinical opportunities, and more. Planning and decision-making worksheets help you streamline the selection process and zero in on your top choices.
About the Author
John C. Norcross, PhD, ABPP, received his baccalaureate summa cum laude from Rutgers University, earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Rhode Island, and completed his internship at the Brown University School of Medicine. He is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Scranton, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University, and a board-certified clinical psychologist in part-time independent practice. He edited the Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session for 10 years. Past-president of the American Psychological Association's (APA's) Division of Clinical Psychology and Division of Psychotherapy, he currently serves on APA's Board of Educational Affairs. Dr. Norcross has published more than 300 articles and has authored or edited over 20 books. Among his awards are the Pennsylvania Professor of the Year from the Carnegie Foundation, Distinguished Practitioner from the National Academies of Practice, and the Distinguished Career Contribution to Education and Training Award from APA. Dr. Norcross has conducted workshops and research on graduate study in psychology for many years.
Michael A. Sayette, PhD, received his baccalaureate cum laude from Dartmouth College. He earned his master's and doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University and completed his internship at the Brown University School of Medicine. He is Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, with a secondary appointment as Professor of Psychiatry at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Sayette has published primarily in the area of substance abuse. His research, which has been supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Cancer Institute, concerns the development of psychological theories of alcohol and tobacco use. Dr. Sayette is a Fellow of the APA and of the Association for Psychological Science. He has served on National Institutes of Health grant review study sections and is on the editorial boards of several journals. He also has served as an associate editor of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology and of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. Dr. Sayette has directed graduate admissions for the clinical psychology program at the University of Pittsburgh, and has presented seminars on applying to graduate school at several universities in North America and Europe.
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