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Psychological Organizations and Graduate Programs
National and international societies the sponsor conferences and publish journals relevant to personality include:
By no means a complete list, the following universities have graduate training programs in personality research or individual differences. Two comments: some departments offer training in "psychopathology" that is almost identical to those programs that offer training in "personality".Also note that some departments do not have web pages, although the university does. (Also note that this part of the page is sadly out of date.)
European universities that have active research programs in individual differences include:
Graduate Programs in related fields
A much more complete list of graduate departments is available from the American Psychological Society server at Hanover College.
Very good advice for undergraduates interested in graduate schools is available from PSYCH WEB, a project of Russ Dewey at Georgia Southern University. Marshall Dermer offers frank advice (missing) to graduate students and their advisors. He also has offered An insider's guide to choosing a graduate advisor. Advice geared to applicants to clinical psychology graduate programs is also useful.
Most graduate schools in the United States require taking the Graduate Record Examination. Information about the Advanced GRE in Psychology is available from Kaplan, one of the groups that provide coaching on the GREs.
The National Academy of Sciences offers advice on Being a Scientist:Responsible Conduct in Research.This includes discussions and examples of such problems of whom should get publication credit, the difficult relation of graduate advisors and students, and general issues in research ethics. The NAS also offers a publication and online information about careers in science.
See also the The Next Wave the online publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) devoted to the next generation of scientists. The pages include discussion forums on problems faced by graduate students and post doctoral fellows, as well as information on job availabilities and salaries in multiple disciplines.
The Ethical Principlesof the American Psychological Association should be consulted to understand how psychologists deal with human subjects, publication credit, other work related aspects of academic and professional psychology. The code "applies only to psychologists' work-related activities, that is, activities that are part of the psychologists' scientific and professional functions or that are psychological in nature. It includes the clinical or counseling practice of psychology, research, teaching, supervision of trainees, devel- opment of assessment instruments, conducting assessments, educational counseling, organizational consulting, social intervention, administration, and other activities as well. These work-related activities can be distinguished from the purely private conduct of a psychologist, which ordinarily is not within the purview of the Ethics Code."
Then, once you are almost finished with graduate school, you might want to think about how to get an academic job. Guidelines for the job interview (missing) are very useful.
Why people want to teach and study at research universities was discussed in a commencent speech, "In praise of the research university" by Harry Mairson at Brandeis.
Faculty at most of the schools listed above may be contacted by searching either the departmental or the university directories. It is possible to search for some faculty by using The Community of Sciences Databases
For a more complete listing of psychology departments around the world,consult the lists at
Comments, criticism, suggestions for additions or deletions, etc. should be sent to
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