Molly will review applications for 2022-2023 admission to the Clinical Psychology (Community Track) Ph.D. program at DePaul University.
In acknowledgment of the complexity and stress of navigating the application process, Molly is offering transparency in her policy regarding contact with applicants. Molly works to create an even playing field for applicants, so she will not meet individually with applicants prior to our program’s interview day. Applicants who send inquiries via email will not receive greater consideration for admission than those who do not. Molly looks forward to reviewing your application!
Molly reviews applications holistically such that areas of strength in applications may compensate for areas of weakness. She acknowledges the inherent and intersectional inequities and privileges at play when gaining the necessary experience and credentials for applying to clinical psychology Ph.D. programs. As a first-generation college student herself, she keeps applicants’ level of opportunity in mind when reviewing applications.
The information below aims to demystify Molly’s application review process. Please note that 1) the guidance does not speak to the review process and expectations of other DePaul clinical faculty, and 2) our program’s admissions decisions also include an assessment of applicants’ overall fit for our Clinical-Community Psychology program.
Strong applicants typically have a GPA of 3.4 or higher. DePaul’s clinical psychology program will not accept GRE (general or subject exam) scores in the current application cycle.
Applicants must have research experience. Demonstrated scholarship through conference presentations or publications (including manuscripts in progress) is highly suggested. McNair Scholars (or participants of similar programs) are strongly encouraged to apply.
Letters of recommendation from research mentors carry the greatest weight. It is recommended that at least two of the three letters come from research mentors. However, applicants providing one very strong research letter will be considered. Research letters may be written or co-signed by doctoral student mentors with whom applicants worked most closely. Letters from psychology professors/course instructors carry the second-greatest weight, followed by workplace supervisors (particularly those from human services organizations).
The personal statement is critical for applicants’ articulation of their fit with their prospective research mentor. See below for writing tips specific to Molly’s review process.
Applicants should clearly describe their research interests. Applicants should show some familiarity with Molly’s past or current studies. Although fit with the lab is important, Molly appreciates the added value of students’ unique research passions to the lab, so applicants may express research interests that are not perfectly aligned with her current projects.
Applicants are highly recommended to articulate their intention to promote diversity and equity through their work. This may be expressed through research interests in addressing diversity, equity, and/or cultural competency in homeless service delivery and/or the field of clinical psychology.
Molly values the inclusion and inherent wisdom of students with lived experience of homelessness (and/or any other relevant experiences) on her team. Applicants who wish to disclose lived experience are invited to do so in brief, and emphasis should be placed on how such experience informs one’s research and/or career goals. Please note that lived experience is not a selection criterion so as not to disadvantage applicants who choose not to disclose.
Applicants are encouraged to express their long-term career goals. Molly welcomes applicants with all sorts of career paths, such as academic research, policy, or clinical professions. However, given the research emphasis of clinical psychology Ph.D. programs, applicants with non-research-focused aspirations should provide a clear rationale for their pursuit of a Ph.D.
Applicants are welcome to express an interest in more than one prospective faculty mentor in their personal statement and on the application form. Listing other faculty will neither benefit nor harm applicants’ chances of a favorable review by Molly.
Current as of January 2021.
Applications for 2022-2023 admission to the clinical psychology doctoral program at DePaul are due December 1, 2021.
With the understanding that the GRE is not an equitable representation of students’ capacity to succeed in a doctoral program, GRE scores will not be accepted.
Applying to doctoral programs in clinical psychology is an intimidating process! Below is a list of resources to help guide your preparation. Resources specific to applicants from underrepresented backgrounds are included.