Department of Psychology†††††††††††

Professor William H. George

Prospective Graduate Students

For prospective 2014 graduate students: Thanks for expressing an interest in our work. I typically admit one graduate student each year, on average. However, last year was another unusual year, in that I admitted two students. Also, I presently have seven active students and only one will be graduating this year. Therefore, regardless of whether I take a new student next year, I will be starting the 2014-2015 year as primary advisor to at least six doctoral active students.

Although I do anticipate recruiting a student for the fall of 2014, funding for the next year has not been definitively determined so I will not know for sure about 2014 recruitment until mid-November. If I do recruit, I will be particularly attracted to applicants demonstrating strong interests and research experiences related to one or more of the following areas: alcohol administration experimentation, sexual psychophysiology, sexual risk-taking, sexual assault, sexual victimization history, child sexual abuse history, affect regulation and dysregulation, and Asian American and African American cultural factors pertinent to HIV/AIDS risks and sexual assault.

Please consider the rest of this website as an up-to-date source of information on my current research interests and activities and those of my graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and colleagues. For the near future, my work will be focusing mostly on alcohol consumption and sexual health topics, especially sexual risk-taking and sexual assault.

Our recently funded renewal project focuses on emotional regulation and sexual victimization history and their effects on intoxicated sexual risk taking. I am also very interested in new lines of investigation, which further incorporate culturally relevant models into my current areas of interest.

Some general advice: Our program is highly ranked and therefore tends to be very competitive. As a consequence, we have come to rely heavily on paper credentials such as GRE scores and GPA for our initial screening purposes. You can learn more about the typical criteria at the department's website. Beyond that, we look for research experience and the degree of match between prospective students and current faculty. In your applicant essay, you will be able to articulate the degree to which your aspirations and interests match my current pursuits and those of other faculty. Also, most students entering our program demonstrate previous experience publishing and present scientific findings. Furthermore, of course, it is best to apply widely to different graduate schools.

Finally, the following general point is worth emphasizing. Situated in a world-class psychology department, our clinical programís chief training objective is to produce research scientists who will advance knowledge concerning the etiology, prevention, and treatment of human psychological distress. All of our students are expected, after graduation, to pursue faculty posts or research psychologist positions at universities, university-affiliated hospitals, and research institutes. Therefore, applicants who plan at the outset to seek primarily clinical non-research positions long-term tend to fit less well with faculty training interests and program objectives here.

 

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