How to Select a Target Supervisor & Graduate School Program

Course Length: 2 Hours
Course Style: High-Definition On Demand Video

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this comprehensive and engaging course, you will be able to:

  1. Use a step-by-step process to create an initial list of target graduate school supervisors
  2. Assess a target supervisor’s bibliometrics using Google Scholar
  3. Strategically evaluate goodness-of-fit with a target supervisor based on their CV
  4. Use an email template to make first contact with a target supervisor
  5. Explain how to systematically build a strong relationship with a target supervisor
  6. Describe the challenge of applying against “internal candidates”
  7. List the 7 criteria for selecting the perfect graduate school program for you”
  8. Discuss where to find the 9 key pieces of admissions information for your target program
  9. Use an email template to successfully request a Letter of Recommendation from a mentor
  10. List the 4 most common reasons why you should NOT go to graduate school
  11. Avoid the 5 most common mistakes made when selecting a graduate school supervisor
  12. Avoid the 7 most common mistakes made when selecting a graduate school program


Jay Phoenix Singh, PhD, PhD is a Fulbright Scholar and the internationally award-winning Executive Director of Publication Academy. Author of over 90 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters (average 400+ citations/year since 2010) as well as 4 books (published by Routledge, Wiley, Sage, and Oxford University Press), he completed his graduate doctoral studies in psychiatry at the University of Oxford and clinical psychology at Universität Konstanz. He was named the youngest tenured Full Professor in Norway in 2014 before accepting faculty appointments at the University of Cambridge as well as the University of Pennsylvania. Since this time, he has become the only psychology professor to have lectured for all eight Ivy League universities (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Cornell, Brown, Dartmouth, UPenn) as well as both Oxford and Cambridge. Dr. Singh has provided keynote speeches at leading academic conferences on six continents, and his work has been featured in leading newspapers such as The Washington Post and magazines such as People. He has been the recipient of awards from organizations including the American Psychological Association, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Society for Research in Child Development, the Society for Research in Adolescence, the American Board of Forensic Psychology, the American Psychology-Law Society, and the European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry.

DISCLOSURES: This course can be classified as video-based homestudy without interactivity, and has an intended audience of professionals in the following sectors: Non-profit, Industry, University, Community College, Government Agency, Hospitals & Clinics, and Independent Researchers. Publication Academy, Inc. reports no conflicts of interest and has received no commercial support in the development and hosting of this training from its instructors. Publication Academy, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. If you wish to enquire about a refund due to technical difficulties, please e-mail

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