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date: 01 October 2020

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Selecting students for psychology doctoral programs and doctoral internships is a challenging process because the costs for doctoral students, academic and internship programs, the profession, and the public can be high. This chapter reviews the literature examining predictors of doctoral student selection by academic and doctoral internship programs. Although there is limited research specifically examining counseling/clinical academic program selection factors, there is some support indicating that GRE scores are predictive of academic performance but not of clinical performance. Structured interview procedures as compared to less structured interviews are better at differentiating between doctoral students. Other methods of assessment, such as letters of recommendation, have little value in the prediction of doctoral student performance. New methods for selection of doctoral students are also discussed.

Keywords: doctoral students, training, education, doctoral internship, counseling psychology, clinical psychology

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