A qualitative methodology was adopted to explore the lived experiences of doctoral level students in applied psychology. A total of 15 students ranging in age from 24 to 43, who were at varying levels of their doctoral education, participated in individual semi-structured interviews exploring themes related to influences for the pursuit of graduate study, experiences in their program of study, and general reflections of the graduate school journey. All interviews were conducted from a constructivist-interpretivist model, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed using a phenomenological coding approach (Creswell, 2012; Moustakas, 1994). Emergent broad themes included antecedents leading to graduate study, current experience of doctoral education, and reflections on the doctoral experience. Implications for future research are discussed and recommendations for graduate programs based on findings are provided.
Lived Experiences, Doctoral Students, Psychology Students, Qualitative Research, Doctoral Study, Applied Psychology
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Frydman, J. S., Cheung, L., & Ponterotto, J. G. (2019). The “Journey” of Doctoral Study in Applied Psychology: Lived Experiences of Students in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology. The Qualitative Report, 24(6), 1181-1210. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol24/iss6/1