Category Archives: Grad School Info

VIPitt prospective grad student program

From a dear mentor and friend of Dr. Ploran, Dr. Natasha Tokowicz in the Cognitive Psychology program at University of Pittsburgh:

The Pitt Psychology Department is excited to announce the second year of our VIPitt program which is a two-day program for prospective graduate students who from racially and/or ethnically underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in graduate study and research in Psychology at Pitt. The program will be in October 2018, and the deadline for applications is July 1st, 2018. I’m wondering if you know any eligible students who are either graduating seniors or a few years post-bac who you could forward this link to?

Here’s the link with additional information:

The application is brief. The program has dual goals of helping students improve applications and interview skills, as well as giving them more information about Pitt in the hopes that they’ll consider applying to work with faculty here for their graduate work. We cover basically everything: travel to Pittsburgh, housing, meals, and transportation to and from the airport both in Pittsburgh and home towns.

Please let me know if you have questions, and if you would, please forward the link to your colleagues, and your Psychology advising office, so that other eligible students can learn about the program.



If you have questions about Pitt as a place to go to grad school, please reach out to Dr. Ploran. If you are curious about Pittsburgh in general, Drs. Novak and Masnick also stopped over in the city (for grad school and a postdoc, respectively). We all highly recommend it!


VIPitt program for underrepresented groups in psychology

The Department of Psychology in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh invites students to apply for an exciting opportunity to learn from cutting edge researchers in psychology. The goal of the VIPitt program is to provide support and information to underrepresented students applying for graduate study in psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. The weekend includes seminars, panel discussions, and workshops on the components of a competitive graduate application, as well as formal and informal meetings with current graduate students and faculty in the applicants’ area of interest. Attendees also will be introduced to the Pitt psychology department, specific graduate programs, and graduate training in psychology broadly. Meetings with university administrators will focus on funding and resources available to underrepresented students. Travel, housing, and meals are provided for all attendees, as well as a tour of the city of Pittsburgh.

More info can be found here

Side note: This is Dr. Ploran’s grad program and Drs. Masnick and Novak also spent time in Pittsburgh (1 mile down the street at Carnegie Mellon). We are all happy to wax poetic about the psychology scene, the city, and other bits if you are skeptical about Pittsburgh.

Graduate school information session – Wed, 3/26, 11:30, Hauser 109

Dr. William Sanderson  (Professor of Clinical Psychology at Hofstra) will give a talk about admissions requirements and other important details to consider for applying to graduate programs in Clinical Psychology. It’s never to early to start thinking about life after college. Even if graduation is a ways off for you, if you think graduate school is in your future, you should attend Dr. Sanderson’s talk.

FREE practice tests (GRE, LSAT, MCAT) Sat, 3/1 10 am

Kaplan partners with Hofstra Continuing Education to bring free programming on campus to help students learn everything regarding graduate school entrance exams.  This spring, we are offering students the opportunity to take the GRE, LSAT, and MCAT Practice Test on campus on Saturday, March 1 at 10am.  We simulate the test day experience so students can pinpoint their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to these tests and the types of questions they receive.

Locations: GRE: TBA; LSAT, Breslin 111; MCAT, Breslin 112

We are also offering GMAT, DAT, OAT, and PCAT online throughout February and March. Students can take the tests in the comfort of their homes and get their results immediately.
Students can enroll at


Saturday, February 8: Explore Careers in Counseling and Mental Health Professions 2-5 p.m., Hagedorn Hall Lobby, South Campus

Hofstra University School of Health Sciences and Human Services’ Department of Counseling and Mental Health Professions (CMHP) comprises multiple programs in counseling, creative arts therapy, marriage and family therapy, and rehabilitation counseling. Please join the faculty and representatives from each program in Hagedorn Hall lobby on Sat., February 8 from 2-5 pm and explore career opportunities in the counseling professions. You will be able to have your program-specific questions answered, learn about the application and financial aid process, and have your application fee waived if you start an application within 48 hours of the event. Transportation to the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center, the location of the four CMHP clinics providing practical training, will be provided.

To RSVP, please visit, or for more information, please contact Nicolle Davis, Recruitment Specialist for the School of Health Sciences and Human Services, at  or 516-463-6467.

Saint Joseph’s University – Masters in Psychology

The Saint Joseph’s University graduate program in psychology offers students a general curriculum of study emphasizing experimental psychology. The program is designed to complement the strengths and interests of the present psychology faculty and facilities and reflects the current state of the discipline of psychology. It consists of a traditional and academically oriented forty-eight credit curriculum and requires the successful completion of a qualifying comprehensive examination and an empirical thesis project. The program is designed for successful completion over two academic years.

Fore more details, read their flyer.

Queens College – Graduate Program in Multicultural School Psychology

Queens College is recruiting 15 select graduate students for a grant-funded program in Multicultural School Psychology. It is a 4-year program.

Graduate students accepted in this training grant must sign a Service Obligation Agreement with the U.S. Department of Education that includes a payback agreement stating that individuals who receive grant funding are required to repay the costs of their assistance by providing two years of full-time employment for each year that they receive tuition support (i.e., 4 years of academic support = 8 years of full-time service). The payback agreement is fulfilled by providing direct services in a setting in which the majority of the infants, toddlers or children are receiving special education, related services, or early intervention services from the individual; or, the individual spends at least the majority of his/her time providing special education, related services,
or early intervention services to infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities; and, the children served must fall under the definition of eligible children as described in the Individuals Disabilities Education Act (see IDEA Sec. 602(3)).

For more details, read their flyer. Or visit one of the open houses (11/6 and 11/19).