What happens after you've been accepted into a psychology graduate program?
How can you best prepare for the challenges ahead and make the most of your graduate school career?

In Surviving Graduate School in Psychology: A Pocket Mentor, author Tara L. Kuther offers her considerable knowledge and skills to help you master the complexities of graduate school and realize your goals.

Kuther, a leading authority in professional and academic development, provides pragmatic, step-by-step advice for new graduate students on such essential topics as:

  • managing your money
  • adapting to unspoken rules
  • navigating departmental politics
  • understanding how and where learning takes place
  • maintaining personal and professional relationships
  • thriving in practicum and internships
  • developing an identity as a psychologist

This "pocket mentor" will oversee your journey and provide authoritative encouragement as you change from a new student to a confident professional ready to contribute to the world through basic or applied research, academic appointments, or clinical work.

This invaluable resource is enriched with handy tips, checklists, practice interview questions, teaching guidelines, dissertation strategies, sample CVs, and other practical visual aids.

Table of Contents



  1. Pragmatics of Graduate Student Life
  2. Transition to Graduate School
  3. The Daily Grind: How Graduate Students Spend Their Time
  4. Self-Management for Graduate School and Beyond
  5. Department Relationships: Mentors, Peers, and Politics
  6. Relationships During Graduate School
  7. The Personal Demands of Graduate Study
  8. Thriving in Practicum and Internship
  9. Teaching
  10. Writing the Dissertation
  11. Finding Your Professional Voice
  12. Developing an Identity as a Psychologist
  13. Career Moves for Emerging Psychologists




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