January 2012 | Vol. 10 No. 1

gradPSYCH January 2012

COVER PACKAGE: Dissertations vs. diapers

  • Dissertations vs. diapers

    The question of when to focus on your career and start a family can be a difficult decision for psychology graduate students and young professionals.

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HOT CAREERS

Video game design and development

Video game companies are increasingly turning to psychologists for help analyzing data and making sure their products are as effective as they can be.

Connection

CAREER CENTER

Staying connected

Keeping your professional contacts organized and accessible can be done by using online tools like Facebook and creating contact lists on cell phones or paper.

Power up your PowerPoint

A successful presentation can be achieved by writing your speech first, leading with an outline, using sentence fragments and smart fonts, using graphs and summarizing.

Wael M.Y. Mohamed left his career as a physician to study psychology at Penn State University

CLASS ACT

Searching for answers

Uneducated Egyptian parents often don't know about the importance of iron for growing brains and how it can produce lifelong problems with cognitive development, as well as lead to problems with motor skills, attention and behavior.

Work relationships

DEGREE IN SIGHT

Friends and co-workers

Research shows that workplace friendships can increase job satisfaction, productivity and job commitment while decreasing stress and turnover; however, some workplace friendships can cause problems.

Time to bail?

Only 65 percent of psychology doctoral candidates finish their degrees due to student-program mismatch, program difficulty and a lack of financial and community support.

Scaling Mount Publication

Advice on how to persevere the publication process from some of psychology's most productive researchers includes laying the groundwork, writing and submitting papers, working with reviewers.

Need to heal thyself?

An APA survey found that psychology graduate students reported experiencing anxiety, symptoms of depression, and even suicidal thoughts.

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