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This handbook consists of two volumes (see Volume 1). In this volume, the chapters provide advisors and students with information about how to prepare for a career in one of the many sub-fields of psychology.  The book is divided into four sections. The first section addresses how to make the decision between a job and graduate school. The second section provides information about careers in basic areas of psychology, e.g., cognitive, physiological.  In the third section, the authors address applied areas of psychology, e.g., clinical, school.  The last section describes how to prepare for a career outside of psychology, e.g., medicine, law. In the companion volume, there are chapters that are intended to provide the reader with ideas on how to organize the advising process, advising students with a wide range of special needs, using the advising process to promote both curricular and extra-curricular activities, what to say in an advising session, and how to assess advising.

ISBN: 978-1-941804-36-0

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Table of Contents

Section 1: Advising Students about Making the Broad Decisions
1. Fostering the Future: Advising the Career-Seeking Baccalaureate 1
2. Getting an Advanced Degree in Psychology: Which One is Right for Me? 5
3. Preparing for Graduate School in Psychology: It’s Never Too Early to Get Started! 15
Section 2: Advising Students about Careers with a Basic Area of Focus
4. Biopsychology Advising 21
5. On the Origin of an Evolutionary Psychologist 24
6. Pursuing Careers in Physiological Psychology 27
7. Advising Students on Careers in Neuroscience 31
8. Quantitative Psychology 35
9. Preparing for a Career in Psychological Clinical Science 39
10. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 43
11. Comparative Psychology 47
12. Cognitive Psychology:  Examining the Mind 51
13. Advising Students Interested in Social Psychology 55
14. What to Know about Ethnic Minority Psychology 59
15. Developmental Psychology: An Academic Journey of Life and Discovery 64
16. Experimental Analysis of Behavior  67
Section 3: Advising Students about Careers with an Applied Area of Focus 
17. Clinical psychology: Is it the field for you? 71
18. School Psychology: Working with Children in the School Setting 76
19. Pursuing a Career in Health Psychology 80
20. Applied Behavior Analysis: An Exciting Career for Psychology Students 83
21. Advice for Pursuing Careers in I/O Psychology 86
22. Advising Future Legal and Forensic Psychologists 92
23. Teaching of Psychology 96
24. Advising Future Community Psychologists 100
25. Advising Future Environmental Psychologists 104
26. Gerontology 107
27. Advising for Sport Psychology 111
Section 4: Advising Students about Careers Outside of Psychology
28. Psychology and Law 114
29. Advising the Pre-Med Psychology Major 117
30. Advising for Students Interested in Health Science Careers 120
Our Contributors 123


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Suggested Reference Format

We suggest that the overall text be referenced in this fashion:

Irons, J. G., & Miller, R. L. (2015). Academic advising: A handbook for advisors and students volume 2: A guide to the sub-disciplines. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site:

Individual chapters may be referenced in this fashion:
Stuber, D., Thielen, K., Evans, D., & Lyne, J. (2015). Fostering the future: Advising the career-seeking baccalaureate. In J.G. Irons & R.L. Miller (Eds.). Academic advising: A handbook for advisors and students volume 2: A guide to the sub-disciplines. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site:

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