Prospective PhD Students

Dr. Hamilton is accepting applications for a doctoral student to the clinical psychology PhD program for the 2021-2022 year!  

For more information about Rutgers University's APA- and PCSAS-accredited clinical psychology doctoral program,

please visit the main website here

The application submission deadline for students applying for the 2021-2022 academic year is December 15, 2020.

Resources for Applying to Clinical Psychology PhD Programs

Links below include advice and guidance from those who have been there before. Resource are designed to help level the playing field for clinical psychology PhD applications. 


Do I need to email you to apply to your research lab?

No! I am more than happy to chat with you about my research or answer any specific questions you may have. However, you do not need to email me to apply, and this will not be considered in the application review. 

What makes someone a good 'fit' for your lab?

Students who are motivated and excited about the research we are conducting (see here) and who hope to have a broader impact on suicide prevention (achieved through a combination of research, clinical work, teaching, and/or community outreach). We also think it is important for our lab members to enjoy their work, and to enjoy their lives outside of work in whatever ways are meaningful to them! 

Should I apply if my GPA is lower than the average?

What about the GRE?

Yes, please apply! We recognize that your GPA or GRE scores do not fully reflect you or your talents (or potential to be an incredible PhD student and clinical scientist!), so we encourage you to apply regardless of your GPA or GRE score. This year, Rutgers Department of Psychology has waived the GRE as a requirement for admission to the Rutgers clinical psychology PhD program. Your clinical research interests, prior research experiences, intellectual curiosity, and motivation to improve the burden of mental health among adolescents are more valuable indicators of fit than standardized scores. 


Jessica L. Hamilton, PhD
Department of Psychology
Rutgers University- New Brunswick
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