Prospective Students

Public Significance Statement

The use of the Graduate Record Examination Quantitative Score (GRE-Q) in psychology Ph.D. program admissions may interfere with the field’s efforts to create a racially and ethnically diverse workforce that can meet the educational, training, and intervention needs of diverse populations. In a study of psychology Ph.D. students in a Carnegie-classified Highest Research Activity (R1) large Midwestern university, we found that strict guidelines that bar admission into the psychology doctoral program for students with low GRE-Q scores would have disproportionately impacted underrepresented minorities (URMs), resulting in 44% being barred admission versus only 17% of their White/Asian/Pacific Islander American counterparts. With the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic sparking reappraisal of the GRE, practical implications include introducing holistic review protocols into the admissions process, while educating faculty on how heavy emphasis on the GRE-Q contributes to inequitable exclusion of capable URMs.

Link to Article

Gómez, J. M. (in press). Epistemic oppression, construct validity, and scientific rigor: Commentary on ‘Bias, fairness, and validity in graduate admissions: A psychometric perspective.’ Accepted Manuscript Version. Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Recruiting Students

Following my CASBS Fellowship year at Stanford University (AY 2021-22) while affiliated with Wayne State University (Clinical Psychology and the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child & Family Development (MPSI)), I, Dr. Jennifer M. Gómez, will begin as an Assistant Professor at Boston University (BU) School of Social Work, Clinical Practice Department, and Faculty Affiliate at BU’s Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health (July 2022).  

Therefore, I will no longer be recruiting graduate students for the clinical psychology Ph.D. program at Wayne State University (WSU).

Curriculum Vitae

The HOPE Lab

Prospective students can review the Current Students, HOPE Lab, and About sections of my website, along with the Gómez HOPE Lab Professional Development Series and the Gómez Social Justice & Institutional Change Collection to gain more information about my approach and priorities.

PI: Dr. Jennifer M. Gómez

Sample Questions for Campus Visit Interviews

To help all applicants have the opportunity for equal preparation for the campus visit, below are sample questions for the 30-45 minute interview with me: 

Welcome! How has the day been so far?

We have a relatively short amount of time, so we can dive right in. I’m going to ask you a few questions, and then we’ll hold space at the end for you to ask me questions. This is designed for us to get to know each other, not to be an interrogation!

These things will evolve, but at this moment:

  • What research projects are you most excited about doing—from limitations you’ve noticed in the work on CBTT so far to directions to take?
  • Why Me as advisor?
  • Why this university and this program?
  • What would your ideal relationship with your graduate advisor be?/What are you looking for in your graduate advisor?
  • What kind of career do you want to have after you earn your Ph.D.?
  • What questions do you have for me?

Awards My Students Have Won

Graduate Student Daeja Marzette (2019)

  • Wayne State University Dean’s Diversity Fellowship: $93,550
  • Wayne State University Graduate School & Division of Research $1,000 Grant to supplement her research activities. This award is based on her submitting a grant application to the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program, administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine (NASEM; Pre-Doctoral Fellowship: $81,000). 

Undergraduate Student/Post-Bac Logan Zelenak (2021, 2022)

  • 2021-22- International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD) 2021 David Caul Research Grant; Initial Validation of the Religious Betrayal Multidimensional Inventory: Dissociation & Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church ($1,500)
  • 2022- Center for Institutional CourageInitial Validation of the Religious Betrayal Multidimensional Inventory: Dissociation & Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church ($1,500)

Student PI: Logan Zelenak; Faculty Advisor/Collaborator: Dr. Jennifer M. Gómez

Graduate Programs with a Trauma Research Focus

  • Boston University (social work; Dr. Jennifer M. Gómez–beginning 2022; Dr. Dawn Belkin Martinez; Dr. Ellen DeVoe; Dr. Janice Furlong; Dr. Hyeouk Chris Hahm; Dr. Rachel Sonia John; Dr. Luz Marilis López; Dr. Donna McLaughlin; Dr. Ruth Paris; Dr. Judith C. Scott)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (community health, Dr. Robyn Gobin)
  • University of Georgia (psychology; Dr. Isha Metzger)
  • University of Denver (psychology; Dr. Anne Deprince)
  • Oregon State University (psychology; Dr. Kathy Becker-Blease)
  • University of Tulsa (psychology; Dr. Lisa Cromer)
  • University of Regina (psychology; Dr. Bridget Klest)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (psychology; Dr. Eileen Zurbriggen)
  • University of California, San Diego (contact Dr. Carolyn Allard)
  • Alliant University (contact Dr. Constance Dalenberg)
  • Nova Southeastern University (contact Dr. Steve Gold)
  • Western Washington University (Master’s degree only; Dr. Brianna Delker)
  • Towson University (Master’s degree only; contact Dr. Bethany Brand)
  • Penn State-Erie (Master’s in Applied Clinical Psychology, Dr. Melanie Hetzel-Riggin)
  • ISSTD’s list of academic supervisors with trauma focus
  • APA-Div 56’s list of trauma psychology graduate programs

Resources on Applying to Graduate School

Advice for Marginalized Students on Choosing a Ph.D. Program

8 Tips for Standing Out as a Grad School Applicant

How to Ace a Grad School Application

Ten Tips for Students to Succeed in College

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