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Your Career in Psychology. Putting Your Graduate Degree to Work

  • ID: 2247346
  • Book
  • July 2009
  • Region: Global
  • 320 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Each year several thousand students receive a doctoral degree in psychology. Most graduates are likely to be confronted by such questions as Must I complete a postdoctoral placement? , Should I establish a private practice? , Will I be able to pursue both my teaching and research interests? , What steps must I take to get licensed? , and At what type of institution do I want to work? Without proper preparation to deal with these and other issues, the resulting frustration and anxiety are not surprising.

Your Career in Psychology helps answer these and other critical questions posed by most graduates in psychology. A carefully selected cadre of authors –– all authorities in their respective areas –– directly addresses the major issues confronting recent doctoral graduates. Yet, having a doctoral degree in hand is not necessary in order to benefit from this book. The breadth of the content is relevant to a diverse array of students, aspiring professionals, and their advisors, at all educational levels and in both applied (e.g., clinical, counseling, and forensic) and nonapplied areas.

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Notes on Contributors ix

Preface xiii

Part I General Considerations 1

1 Maximizing Your Graduate Training: Issues to Think About from the Start 3
Elliott D. Hammer and Elizabeth Yost Hammer

2 Dealing with Student Loans 13
Jason P. Kring

3 Creating Balance as a New Professional: Caring for Others by Caring for Yourself 29
Carolyn A. Licht and Diana Nash

Part II Finding an Academic Job 43

4 Your Advisor and Department Chair: Key Figures in Your Early Career 45
Dennis R. Papini

5 Negotiating the Application and Interview Process 59
Christia Spears Brown

6 Being a Good Departmental Citizen: Getting Your Career Off on the Right Track 75
Randolph A. Smith

7 The Life of a College Professor: Teaching, Research, and Service 89
Lonnie Yandell

8 Preparing for a Career at a Research University 103
Kenneth J. Sufka

9 Preparing for a Career at a Teaching Institution 117
Jessica G. Irons and William Buskist

Part III Special Considerations for Psychologists in Clinical, Counseling, and Related Areas 133

10 Using Externships, Internships, and Postdoctoral Placements to Your Advantage 135
Erica M. Chin

11 Preparing for Licensure 151
Janet R. Matthews and Lee H. Matthews

12 Practical Considerations When Beginning to Practice: Ethics, Billing, Insurance 163
Roy E. Hutton

13 Specialist versus Generalist Careers: Choosing Your Path 175
Dean McKay

14 Managing Multiple Roles: How to Work as a Clinician and Still Pursue Research and Teaching 187
Michael J. T. Leftwich and Warren W. Tryon

15 Working in Hospitals and Community Mental Health Centers: Rewards and Pitfalls versus Private Practice 201
Whitney Maynor and Derek Suite

16 The Role of the Psychologist in a Medical Setting: The Interdisciplinary Team Approach 215
Natalie N. Humphrey and Ezer Kang

Part IV Special Considerations for Psychologists in Other Applied Areas 229

17 Preparing for Careers in School Psychology 231
Barbara H. Wasik, Samuel Song, and Steven Knotek

18 Preparing to be a Forensic Psychologist: There is No Single Right Way! 245
Matthew T. Huss and Valerie M. Gonsalves

19 Industrial and Organizational Psychology 259
William J. Attenweiler

20 Neuropsychology 271
Cooper B. Holmes

21 Continuing Education and More Specialized Credentials 283
Theresa A. Wozencraft

Conclusion 295

Name Index 297

Subject Index 303

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Stephen F. Davis
Peter J. Giordano
Carolyn A. Licht
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