Our Team

  • Alison Miller, PhD, Dissertation Coach, Owner and Founder of “The Dissertation Coach”

    Alison Miller Owner The Dissertation CoachSince 2000, Alison Miller, PhD has been coaching graduate students to finish doctoral dissertations and master’s theses. She developed the strategic, structured approach that all of our coaches use to motivate and guide students to the finish line. Alison is the author of Finish Your Dissertation Once and For All: How to Overcome Psychological Barriers, Get Results, and Move On with Your Life, published in 2009 by the American Psychological Association. She frequently leads dissertation and thesis workshops and has extensive experience as a dissertation coach. She has worked with thousands of graduate students individually, in groups, and workshops over the last decade. Alison has a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cornell University. She is also the owner of Life Essentials, a company that offers life coaching and corporate seminars and workshops and Tiara: Exceptional Women’s Coaching. For more information, visit: www.lifeessentialscoaching.com and www.tiaracoaching.com. Alison is a frequent contributor to Fox News in the Morning in Chicago and her work has been featured in many publications including Crain’s Business, The Chicago Tribune, WGN radio, and Time Out Magazine. Alison is passionate about coaching graduate students. Her clients benefit from her direct yet gentle approach that helps increase awareness of beliefs, emotions, and behaviors that interfere with their dissertation or thesis progress and learn ways to successfully move forward. Alison strives to create collaborative coaching relationships of safety and openness that help her clients overcome barriers and learn tangible skills that will benefit them beyond the experience of earning their graduate degree.

  • Kristine L. Jones, M.P.H., PhD Dissertation Consultant

    IMG_0563Kristine Jones is an experienced qualitative field researcher and has written numerous technical reports, grant proposals, and articles in her academic discipline. As a faculty member at several universities, both in the U. S. and in Latin America, she directed numerous theses and dissertations with graduate students in history, public health, and the social sciences. She holds a PhD in Latin American and Native American History from the University of Chicago and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago, has received NEH, SSRC and Fulbright grants for archival and ethnographic research in Argentina and Chile, and was a Fulbright Professor in History in Chile. As a consultant, she enjoys helping students narrow and clarify their research problem, structure arguments, identify optimal methodological approaches, prepare proposals for IRB approval, interpret and synthesize research findings, respond to committee concerns, and produce polished final drafts. She understands the importance of having a non-judgmental sounding board to help work through problems and analyze qualitative research results in the fundamentally creative process of completing an original research project.

  • Curt Preissner, PhD – Dissertation Coach

    Curt Preissner The Dissertation CoachCurt earned his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is currently a mechanical engineer at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at UIC. At Argonne, he uses his expertise to design innovative x-ray instrumentation. Curt has published many conference papers and journal articles and has presented at national and international conferences. He has experience with many types of research projects and has designed and conducted a variety of experiments. Having worked in research environments for over 10 years, including as a principal investigator on a federally funded grant, he thoroughly understands the processes of investigation, experimentation, and writing. Curt connects easily with students and is an empathetic listener. He has developed and facilitated a dissertation/thesis group for graduate students at ANL. He is dedicated to and inspired by coaching students in overcoming obstacles to complete their dissertations while at the same time creating opportunities for the students to develop new ways of being that will enable them to complete their graduate work and serve them in post-graduate life.

  • Stephanie Latkovski, PhD – Dissertation Coach and Consultant

    Stephanie Latvosky The Dissertation Coach Stephanie Latkovski has a PhD in Linguistics from Indiana University. Currently an independent consultant and grant writer, Stephanie has extensive experience in foreign language education and study-abroad programs. As Associate Dean of the College at the University of Chicago, Stephanie recruited, trained and supervised graduate students as faculty assistants for study-abroad programs. Throughout her career, Stephanie has coached graduate students in humanities and social sciences through various phases of graduate school, from the application and grant-seeking phase to interviewing for tenure-track positions. She has helped graduate students identify and narrow research topics, clarify the scope of a project, and offer a sounding board for studies to be included in the review of literature. Stephanie has taught French and Spanish on the secondary level, as well as linguistics and writing on the university level. In 2006-2007, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach English as a second language and modern American literature in Ukraine. Stephanie has studied several languages, traveled extensively, and has worked with many students from other countries who need advice navigating the American system. Stephanie also advises post-doctoral junior faculty needing support for tenure-track advancement.

  • Laura E. Plybon, PhD – Dissertation Consultant and Statistician

    Laura-Plybon-finalLaura received her PhD in experimental developmental psychology, with an emphasis in program evaluation, from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Having over fifteen years of research experience, she has worked in academia as an assistant professor, primary investigator, and director of assessment and in the non-profit world as a director of research and as an evaluation specialist. Currently, she is as an adjunct professor at colleges and universities in southwest Missouri and provides grant-writing consultation services for area non-profits and educational organizations. She is a co-author on a book on violence prevention, has published numerous research publications in peer-reviewed journals — the most recent with two of her former students as co-authors — and has conducted over 35 presentations at local, state, and national conferences. Her research interest are diverse and address topics in the fields of developmental, social, community, cultural, counseling, and educational psychology; behavioral health and health promotion; prevention program development and evaluation; psychometrics and survey development; and higher education assessment. A self-admitted statistics nerd, Laura has extensive statistical expertise and is highly knowledgeable of advanced statistical analyses, including ANCOVA/MANCOVA, exploratory- and confirmatory-factor analysis, structural equation modeling, and HLM. Laura greatly enjoys being a collaborative consultant with students and, in the words of one of her former students, is very patient and teaches each individual person in way that he/she learns best. She enjoys assisting students at any stage of the research process, but is especially skilled at helping students on literature reviews, methodology, and statistical analyses.

  • Rebecca Schwartz-Bishir, PhD – Dissertation Coach

    Rebecca Schwartz Bishir The Dissertation CoachRebecca Schwartz-Bishir has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from the University of Michigan.  A specialist in the relationships of music and dance, over the past fourteen years she has taught classes in musicology, dance history, and ballet. In addition to working for five years at MUSA, the publishing branch of the American Musicological Society, she has been employed as a free-lance editor of music and scholarly texts.  As a professional academic writing coach, Dr. Schwartz-Bishir has worked with more than 1000 graduate students and professors in the humanities, arts, social sciences, and sciences. By providing her clients with methods to get unstuck and become more productive in their writing and research, she has guided them to successful outcomes in their endeavors. Her coaching involves time and project management, overcoming perfectionism and other internal negative dialogues that slow down the writing process, and motivating people to work with realistic expectations and behaviors.  She considers academic writing an enriching process from which people can grow as thinkers and as individuals.

  • Kathryn Peterson, PhD – Dissertation Coach and Consultant

    Kathryn Peterson The Dissertation CoachKathryn Peterson holds an M.A. in playwriting from the University of Cincinnati, and an MFA and PhD in creative writing and literature from the University of Houston. Dr. Peterson has worked with arts, humanities, and social science students for the past 16 years, teaching everything from developmental writing and reading to graduate level seminars in research.  She currently teaches at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, where she advises theses and mentors both undergraduate and graduate literature students. Her students have won local, state and national prizes and have published in a wide variety of journals. She has written plays, short fiction, and literary criticism, with research emphases in managing writing anxiety and in the application of mythic structures to the composition of lengthy projects.  As a coach, she enjoys helping students at various stages of the writing process, particularly those who are stuck in the phases of idea development and generation.  She helps students identify their writing blocks and figure out strategies to overcome them and manage the physiological aspects of writing anxiety.

  • Michal Lemberger, PhD – Dissertation Coach and Consultant

    Michal Lemberger The Dissertation CoachMichal Lemberger holds a PhD in English from University of California, Los Angeles. She has taught at various local colleges and universities in Los Angeles in subjects ranging from composition to American and British Poetry and Bible as Literature and has acted as thesis advisor for students, guiding them though the process of formulating a topic, conducting appropriate research, setting goals, and producing a written product. As an editor, she has worked with graduate students and academics at various stages of their careers, providing feedback and assistance on everything from thesis proposals to articles or dissertation chapters to entire book manuscripts. She has experience working with scholars in the fields of literature, history, education, sociology, theology, philosophy, fine arts and art history, and law. Michal has developed a specialty in working with scholars for whom English is not a primary language. She can help guide students through the entire process of conceptualizing, writing, and editing a dissertation. Michal has a love of language and a thirst for knowledge. Compassionate and attentive, she relishes the opportunity to support students as they find their authentic voices and progress to completion in a timely manner.

  • Christopher Bradley, PhD – Dissertation Consultant and Statistician

    Christopher Bradley The Dissertation CoachChristopher began his career in higher education at Northern Arizona University where he earned a bachelors degree in sociology and a minor in social work. From there he went on to Bowling Green State University where he earned a masters degree and a PhD in sociology. At the doctoral level Christopher specialized in social psychology and also obtained formal minors in statistics and both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Now a tenured professor at a Southern university, to date Christopher has published nine peer-reviewed articles in scholarly journals, authored eighteen applied research reports, accrued a quarter of a million dollars in research grant funding and coauthored a book on the connections between western social psychology and eastern Zen Buddhism. His current research interests are grounded in the social psychological domains of emotion, motivation, the self, religion and intimate relationship violence. He has expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Christopher’s warm and personable approach to helping clients is complemented by his rigorous attention to detail and his ability to provide logical and concise feedback in a timely fashion. Christopher enjoys helping his clients with all aspects of the dissertation process. He feels that it is his responsibility to provide clients with the tools, guidance and knowledge they need to successfully complete their dissertation.

  • Melinda Valente, EdD – Dissertation Coach

    Melinda Valente The Dissertation CoachMelinda earned her Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University. She also holds an M.A. and a B.A. from Emerson College, where she gained experience in the areas of mass communication, media management, and television production. After working in the entertainment industry for a few years she decided to return to her true passion, academia. For the past ten years Melinda has worked at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, CA. In her current role as Associate Director in the Office of Admissions, Student Information and Services, Melinda helps guide prospective students through the admissions process in addition to counseling current law students on academic policies, degree requirements, and other concerns. Melinda has a great deal of compassion for the ups and downs on the doctoral journey and is committed to helping students more effectively manage the dissertation process and overcome the internal and external challenges they face. She truly enjoys helping students accomplish this significant milestone in their academic careers.

  • Valentina Kloosterman, PhD – Dissertation Coach and Consultant

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    Valentina holds a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut and a MA degree in Psychology from University of Belgrano in Argentina. She is an Educational Psychologist and currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Psychology and Early Childhood Education at two universities, where she also serves as a Dissertation Chair and Methodologist for doctoral students. Over the past twenty years, Valentina has been teaching and researching in education with a particular emphasis on issues of child development, intelligence, and cultural diversity. Valentina has expertise in qualitative research and program evaluation and for the past decade, she has co-directed the design and implementation of research-evaluation projects, as well as provided guidance and mentoring to undergraduate and graduate students both in the United States and Latin America. In addition, Valentina has served as editorial reviewer and managing editor, advisor, presenter, and committee leader for national and international associations, and has written extensively in English and Spanish in her areas of expertise. One of Valentina’s most gratifying professional experiences is working one-on-one with students in the process of research, including literature review, data collection and analysis, and writing of findings and implications. She also encourages and guides students in the submission of conference proposals, academic presentations, and writing of publications.

  • Harold K. “Harry” McGinnis, PhD- Dissertation Consultant

    Dr. McGinnis earned his Ph.D. from Florida State University, in Public Administration and Research Methods in 1982, and a Master’s degree, in Applied Statistics with a minor in Oceanography, and undergraduate degree, in Applied Mathematics and Economics, both earned from Florida Institute of Technology.  Dr. McGinnis taught applied mathematics at Florida Tech, mathematics and science at Tallahassee Community College, graduate public administration, research, and business management science at Florida State, and graduate math education at Nova Southeastern University.  For 13 years, he held the position of Associate Professor and Founding Director of the Burruss Institute, a public service research “think tank” at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta.  Recently, he served as a Full Professor at Argosy University-Atlanta teaching content courses in higher education and research and quantitative methods, including SPSS.  At Argosy University, he served as the Vice-Chair of the IRB and a member of the Campus Research Board. He is a charter member of the American Evaluation Association, serves on the Board for the International Journal of Higher Ed Teaching and Learning and peer reviews for the International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership and the Journal of Public Affairs Education.

  • Ani C. Moughamian, PhD – Dissertation Consultant

    Ani MoughamianAni received her PhD in Educational Psychology from UCLA. Her dissertation focused on the relationship between oral narrative ability, language skills, and literacy outcomes in Armenian American English learner students in fourth through sixth grade. She is currently a Lecturer in the Graduate School of Education at Saint Mary’s College of California where she teaches research methods courses to students pursuing their master’s degrees in a variety of programs including TESOL, special education, counseling, school psychology, early childhood, and educational/teacher leadership. In this capacity, Ani provides students with structured guidance through the research process, including developing research questions, writing a literature review, developing research methodology, conducting data analysis (both quantitative and qualitative), and writing up results and conclusions. Ani also works closely with students as they work on applications for the Institutional Review Board and is a thesis chair for several students. She has significant research experiences in the field of education and has worked on a number of projects focused primarily on English learner students’ language and literacy development. Ani truly enjoys working with graduate students and finds great satisfaction in supporting students through the research process. She is compassionate, straightforward, optimistic and passionate about helping individuals succeed in all they wish to accomplish.

  • Rebecca Rohloff, PhD – Dissertation Coach

    Rebecca-Rohloff-finalRebecca Rohloff holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and a PhD in German from the University of California, Irvine. She has taught writing, Humanities, and German literature, language and culture since 2007, helping students successfully complete projects with subjects ranging from the first “book” in recorded history (The Epic of Gilgamesh) to contemporary depictions of gender and sexuality in social media. For her coaching clients, Rebecca specializes in creating a high-energy, safe, nurturing environment that makes dissertation writing and revising fun—for her, the primary goal is to help coaching clients look forward to and enjoy the dissertation process, either again or for the first time. For her consulting clients, Rebecca specializes in creating a strategic approach that can originate from any point in the dissertation process (from proposal to final revision) that maximizes both the dissertation’s potential to be completed in a timely manner, and the dissertation’s viability and impact in its discipline. Rebecca particularly enjoys working with interdisciplinary scholars who bridge humanities and non-humanities fields, scholars specializing in LGBT studies or LGBT issues, humanities scholars preparing for crossover or “Alt-Academic” careers, scholars who “don’t consider themselves writers,” and those who are writing in their non-native language. Rebecca can coach in both English and German.

  • Kathy Stansbury, PhD – Dissertation Consultant

    Kathy-Stansbury-finalKathy Stansbury holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, with special training in quantitative and statistical methodology and experimental child psychopathology from UCLA. She completed post-doctoral training at the University of Minnesota in developmental psychobiology. Kathy has worked as an Assistant and Associate Professor for more than 20 years, has obtained federal grant funding, and published more than 15 peer-reviewed research papers. As a professor, Dr. Stansbury has mentored many undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students through the completion of their research projects, and several of her Ph.D. students now hold academic positions as professors themselves. Dr. Stansbury’s experience includes teaching courses in research methods and statistical analysis, and she can be particularly helpful to students who are seeking to understand the strengths and limitations of particularly methodological designs, and in choosing the correct statistical test to answer particular research questions or test a specific hypothesis. She can also provide statistical analysis services using SPSS. She has extensive experience with the incorporation of qualitative coding systems into experimental or quasi-experimental studies, and has conducted many studies on the emotional and behavioral interactions between mothers and their children, including the evaluation of psychophysiological variables. Dr. Stansbury has assisted students in psychology, education, business, kinesiology, counseling, family studies, biology, and child development in completing their doctoral degrees, and particularly enjoys assisting students in sharpening their writing skills, constructing strong hypotheses, and developing research designs. She approaches her work with dissertation clients as a relationship between mentor and apprentice and feels the development of a positive working relationship between the client and consultant is the basis for progress and high quality outcomes.


  • Elline Lipkin, PhD – Dissertation Coach

    EllineLipkin-finalElline Lipkin received her PhD in Creative Writing/Literature from the University of Houston, her MFA in Poetry from Columbia University, and her BA in English from Wesleyan University. She was a Postdoc with the Beatrice Bain Research Group on Gender at UC Berkeley for two years and is currently a Research Scholar with UCLA’s Center for the Study of Women.  She was a Visiting Assistant Professor in English at Prairie View A & M University and has taught Comparative Literature, Gender Studies and Composition at UC Berkeley. Her academic research has focused on creative writing, contemporary literature, and gender studies and her two books, The Errant Thread and Girls’ Studies, reflect these interests.  Prior to her life in academe, Elline worked as a copyeditor for a variety of newspapers and magazines and in traditional book publishing in New York.  She specializes in helping reluctant writers break through their blocks and find passion for their subjects.  Elline enjoys creating positive relationships with her coaching clients so that they can effectively move towards their goals and earn their graduate degrees.

  • Rowena A. Robles, PhD – Dissertation Consultant

    Rowena-Robles-finalRowena has Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Economics; a Master’s of Education in Education Policy, Organization, and Management; and a PhD in Ethnic Studies—all awarded from the University of California, Berkeley.  She has taught at the university level for over a decade and has worked with thousands of students on research papers with topics ranging from race- and class-based analyses of academic achievement; education policy implementation; urban politics; to immigrant political integration. Rowena is a published author and an expert in sociological theoretical frameworks that focus on race, class, and gender; education; immigration; and politics; and has extensive experience in quantitative and qualitative research design and data collection.  Her doctoral degree is inter-disciplinary so she is also able to pull from and utilize various disciplines to assist and advise clients in their research and writing.  She enjoys and derives great satisfaction from working with students to develop strong hypotheses, construct research and fieldwork methodologies and plans, and assist in the overall organization of theses and dissertations.  Rowena is committed to assisting students get over blocks and barriers to their research and writing processes and is most happy and feels most successful when her clients feel confident and are close to completion of their projects.

  • Deirdre Rogers, PhD – Dissertation Consultant

    SommerladRogerscropDeirdre Rogers, Ph.D., received her Associates Degree in Psychology and a minor in Native America studies from De Anza College, her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from San Jose State University, in Psychology and Sociology, and her Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University, in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology and minors in Women’s Studies and Social Psychology. She is currently an associate professor and department chair of Sociology and Criminal Justice. Her areas of interest include criminal justice, social inequalities, environmental justice, and social construction of difference, but she is also a generalists who can do everything from Introduction to Sociology classes to Serial Killers to Cultural Geography. She has taught research methods, theory, as well as graduate classes in activism and social justice. She is well versed in both qualitative and quantitative techniques, having published research using both types of methodologies. She has worked as a grant evaluator and author on large, community and direct services grants from the Department of Health and Human Services. She has worked with under-graduate and graduate students for over 10 years. She has mentored honors thesis and graduate thesis in a wide variety of topics, helping students to complete their projects in a timely manner. Having had her own experiences dissertating, Dr.  Rogers knows the ups and downs of working through the process. But she also knows with the right mentoring and help, you can overcome the obstacles and successful complete your degree.

  • Michael Sikes, PhD – Dissertation Consultant

    resizeMSphoto2014Michael began his educational research career at the University of South Florida, where his graduate training led to a full-time position at a campus research institute. He went on to earn his PhD in education and a Certificate in Program Evaluation at Florida State University. After a decade of supervising and conducting research in a variety of government agencies, nonprofits, and academia, Michael launched a successful independent consulting practice, with a concentration in program evaluation. He has taught and supervised graduate student research at Antioch University, taught evaluation at Florida State, and designed and delivered hundreds of workshops on research design, evaluation, assessment, survey development, data analysis, and reporting. A devoted writer whose bachelors degree was in English, Michael has authored or co-authored three published books and numerous articles. Michael believes that the thesis or dissertation can be one of the most fulfilling and extraordinary journeys a person can take. He understands that for each individual, the journey will progress along its own path and often at its own pace. He is dedicated to helping each student find his or her own way toward completion of the journey.

  • Jennifer Gonzalez, PhD – Statistician and Dissertation Consultant

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    Jennifer Gonzalez earned her doctoral degree in epidemiology from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 2011. She has a strong background in biostatistics and has conducted the statistical analyses for the majority of her 60 peer-reviewed, published research studies (11 of these were published with a graduate student) in prominent public health and medical journals. Currently, Jennifer works collaboratively with doctoral students, MD/MPH students, medical students, and physicians to identify and conduct the appropriate statistical analyses necessary for their research. The National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Justice currently fund her research agenda, and she also serves as the program evaluator for several large, grant-funded prevention programs.  She has also published a research methods textbook that uses a story-telling (and reviewer-proclaimed, “humorous”) approach to teaching topics like secondary data analysis, the integration of theory and research, and evaluation design to undergraduate students across the U.S. In her own research, Jennifer has direct experience using SAS, Stata, SPSS, and R to conduct a variety of descriptive and inferential statistical methodologies, ranging from t-tests and correlations to psychometric testing, sensitivity and specificity analyses, survival analyses, clinical trial evaluations, structural equation modeling, and latent transition analysis.  Jennifer enjoys working with students and takes a lighthearted and friendly approach to create an enjoyable learning environment, and she realizes that learning and applying statistics is often one of the most tedious of tasks for students and medical professionals alike.

  • Jim McGinley, PhD – Statistician and Dissertation Consultant

    Jim McGinley, PhD earned his PhD in Quantitative Psychology with a minor in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). He has obtained funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations. His research has been published in varied journals focused on psychology, substance use, and statistics. He is dedicated to effectively disseminating knowledge to wide-ranging audiences and his efforts in these areas (e.g., research presentations and teaching) have earned multiple awards. Jim takes great pride in his ability to bridge the gap between quantitative methods and applied research. In doing so, he helps his clients identify and implement the best analytical solutions for rigorously evaluating research hypotheses. Most importantly, Jim’s core objective is to help each student reach their academic goals in a timely manner while minimizing stress, frustration, and anxiety. He has also been known to do the impossible – make statistics fun!

  • Kirk Ketelsen, PhD – Dissertation Consultant and Statisitican

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    Kirk received his PhD in Applied Statistics and Research Methods from the University of Northern Colorado where he also earned a Masters in Applied Statistics (M.S.) and a Masters in Neuropsychology (M.A.). Working actively as a consultant for almost 10 years, Kirk has helped hundreds of students from a broad variety of disciplines with their theses and dissertations. From identifying a topic to the writing of the results, Kirk enjoys the process and one-to-to interaction that comes from with working closely with students. Kirk’s knowledge of methodology and design, including the more classical analytic techniques (e.g., Multiple Linear Regression, the ANOVA family of tests, Categorical data analysis, and Factor Analysis) and modern techniques (Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Generalized Estimating Equations, Multiple Imputation strategies, and Monte Carlo simulations) helps students avoid many of the pitfalls that can be encountered along the way. An educator who has taught at every level from K-12 to advanced graduate-level courses, Kirk brings his passion and knowledge of the educational process to help adult learners with this challenging phase of their educational journeys so that they may move on to a successful defense and graduate.


  • Cassady Pitt, PhD – Statistician and Dissertation Consultant

    Cassady-PittCassady began her career in higher education at Central Michigan University where she earned a BA in sociology and psychology (double major) with a concentration in criminal justice.  From there she went on to Boston University where she earned a masters degree in criminal justice.  After completing her masters, Cassady worked in the field of community corrections for 5 years before returning to graduate school.  At the doctoral level Cassady went on to Bowling Green State University’s sociology program specializing in criminology and also obtained a minor in family sociology.  While in graduate school, Cassady published three articles; two solo pieces and one co-authored piece.  Now she teaches as an Affiliate Professor at a small liberal arts college in the Midwest.  Cassady is well versed in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.  Her current quantitative research interests are grounded in juvenile delinquency, criminological theory, and the effects of religiosity as a condition to crime/delinquency relationship.  Her qualitative research is examining similarities and differences in religious conversions across various religious groups.  Cassady’s student-centered approach helps her identify with students and their individual needs. She strives to help students overcome their fears and barriers in the thesis/dissertation writing, research, and statistical process.   Cassady believes that it is her responsibility to provide students with the guides and tools they need to complete their theses/dissertations.