Department Chair

  • Dean Amadio
    Associate Professor of Psychology
    Roger Bacon 403
    (518) 782-6768

Careers & Graduate School

Useful links, information, and articles about Careers and Graduate School Programs in Psychology

  • Writing a Personal Statement (Dr. Diana Betz's Fall 2013 Presentation) (will open as a PowerPoint file)
  • Academic Advising for Siena Students
  • Siena College Career Center
    Search for graduate programs by subject area and geographical region. Because schools have to pay to be listed here, this list is not as comprehensive as the APA Guide.  However, this is still a useful source of possible programs to explore.
  • Careers in Psychology
    A resource for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of psychology. The site has career and licensure info, jobs, experts (some of the top psychologists in the world), and internships.
  • Psych Web
    Psych-related information for students and teachers.
  • Marky Lloyd's Careers in Psychology page
    Excellent resource containing information and lots of links, not restricted to grad school information
  • Graduate School Testing Information (GRE)
    website with registration and general information on the GREs
  • Graduate and Postdoctoral Education Information from the APA
    American Psychological Association's web page on applying to and surviving graduate school; dissertation research; career planning; internship match imbalance; postdoctoral training; faculty and supervisor development. (links to much additional grad school info also available)
  • Timeline for submitting graduate applications in Psychology
    A recommended timeline for the graduate school application process.  Please note: guaranteed to increase your anxiety to dangerous levels
  • Psychology Degree Guide
    an on-line guide to psychology degree programs
  • Careers and Graduate Programs in Psychology (Rider University)
    Information on careers in counseling and clinical psych (types of programs and degrees) includes general advice about applying to graduate school. Overall a good resource, but with some misinformation about the competitiveness of doctoral programs: M.D. (medical school) psychiatry, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, and Ph.D. Counseling Psychology programs are in fact all extremely difficult to get into. PsyD programs in Clinical Psychology (and rarely, Counseling Psychology) have enormous variability in terms of competitiveness but are generally less competitive.  
  • Some good books
    • Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology 2004/2005 Edition by Michael A. Sayette, Tracy J. Mayne, and John C. Norcross
    • American Psychological Association. (Updated annually) Graduate study in psychology. Washington, D.C.: Author.


    Graduate Study in Psychology
    1971 to 2004

    John C. Norcross University of Scranton
    Jessica L. Kohout and Marlene Wicherski American Psychological Association

    This article traces the evolution of graduate study in psychology in the United States and Canada during the past 3 decades. The authors summarize the 2003–2004 characteristics of graduate programs and departments in psychology and compare these data to those obtained in 1970–1971, 1979–1980, and 1992–1993. The most recent data were obtained from the 2005 edition of Graduate Study in Psychology and were based on 495 institutions, 601 departments, and 1,970 graduate programs. Information is presented for both entire departments (e.g., faculty characteristics, student profiles, admission criteria, Graduate Record Examination and grade point averages, tuition costs, financial assistance) and individual graduate programs
    (e.g., areas of study, number of applicants, acceptance rates, enrollment statistics, retention rates). Particular attention is devoted to the emergence of PsyD programs in professional psychology, the ascendancy of neuroscience programs in academic psychology, and the steady rise in acceptance rates across programs over the past 33 years.
    Complete article is available on-line through Standish Library (PsychArticles):
    December 2005 ? American Psychologist Vol. 60, No. 9, 959–975


    Appreciating the PsyD: The Facts
    by John C. Norcross and Patricia H. Castle - University of Scranton

    Fields of Psychology Graduate School

    Students contemplating doctoral studies in clinical psychology are confronted with a confusing diversity of training opportunities. Boulder model or Vail model, PhD or PsyD? Without a firm understanding of the differences in these training models, many applicants will waste valuable time and needlessly experience disappointment.
       In this article, we distinguish between the two prevalent training models in clinical psychology--the Boulder model and the Vail model--and then outline the research-based differences between PhD and PsyD programs. Our objective is to help you appreciate the PsyD degree, whether or not you ultimately find it to your taste, by acquainting you with the facts.

    Link to complete article:

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