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  • J. Foster, PhD, Clinical Psychology

    Thank you to Alison and Ray for running such an amazing company. From my first phone call with Alison to the last time I talked with her after my dissertation defense (successful defense), I felt that she was completely committed to my success. It is very clear that she is truly committed to helping students not only earn their degrees but also to learning skills they can use for many years to come. I learned a great deal about myself including skills I can use in the years to come for myself and that I can teach others in my clinical practice. I learned to be self-compassionate in a way I never new was possible and I now understand that compassion, not criticism is a key pathway to being motivated and productive in life.  I learned to approach my day to day goals in a systematic way and how to break things down so that I am can meet my goals and take care of myself along the way. I also learned how to relate to my negative thoughts and feelings in a healthier manner. Alison taught me how to have thoughts and feelings without them “having” me in their grip and hijacking my life. Thank you so much for your coaching and your incredible support. To anyone out there wondering if dissertation coaching can help you get unstuck, I say it is worth a try.  If you are willing to be coached, you can find a way to finish your dissertation.

  • RJ, PhD, Business

    I just wanted to let you know that I successfully defended my dissertation and I am now a PhD.

     

    Thank you for getting me started on the right path and helping me through this process. Although Your direction in terms of the project management and psychology of completing a large work such as this were absolutely invaluable to me. Thank you for your coaching! 

  • Lily O’Hara, PhD, Public Health, Health Promotion and Critical Weight Studies, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia

    “Help, I’m stuck.” These were the first words I communicated to The Dissertation Coach, and from that point on, I was in good hands. I had been enrolled part time in a PhD program for 8 years at that point, and had to submit my dissertation within 4 months. I couldn’t see how I could possibly finish in that time, but knew that it just had to be done. Working with Kathryn Pattrson, I developed a work plan that in theory at least, would get me to the finish line on time. For a while, I didn’t actually believe that my work plan would actually work, but Kathryn did, and over time, so did I. I was astonished to realize one day that I was actually ahead of the work plan schedule. With Kathryn’s structured approach, I was able to get unstuck and get going, and submit my dissertation on the scheduled day. Her kind and gentle manner, together with her skills in project and people management, were exactly what I needed. I highly recommend working with a dissertation coach at any stage of the process.

  • Anonymous, PhD in Psychology

    For about two years I struggled to write my dissertation on my own, barely making any progress. My supervisor wasn’t supportive, didn’t know my research area well, and was living in a different city from me. Also, my committee members had differing opinions about what to include in my dissertation and I didn’t know who to listen to. Things were a mess. But then my husband found the Dissertation Coach for me and I started working with Melinda Valente. Melinda helped me turn things around so that I could move forward and finish my dissertation. I still had a long journey to the finish line, but with Melinda’s help, I was moving forward instead of backwards or nowhere. She had lots of suggestions to help overcome my procrastination tendencies like making weekly plans with tasks broken down to manageable pieces, using the pomodoro technique, and preparing everything I needed the night before if I was going somewhere to work the next day. Melinda also helped me deal with my supervisor and committee issues that continued to plague me until the end. She listened to my emotional complaints, guided me to see feedback more objectively, and suggested ways in which I could communicate better with my supervisor. Throughout coaching, Melinda gave me the support and encouragement that I wasn’t getting from my school, as well as the strategies I needed to overcome all the hurdles along my dissertation path. I couldn’t have finished without her help so thank you!

  • Anonymous, PhD, Literature

    After working on my dissertation for a year, I was hardly advancing. I started to feel very anxious and began contemplating quitting my PhD program. I had read “Finish Your Dissertation Once and For All,” but I hadn’t been able to put its principles into practice on my own. I felt completely demotivated, and without anyone I could trust to talk to about my work and my progress.

     

    Working with Kathryn Paterson from the Dissertation Coach helped me overcome a lot of the anxieties I had about my work, and helped me make substantial steps forward immediately. Our frequent discussions about what exactly had to be done day by day helped me clarify what I needed to do for each chapter and what sequence it needed to be done in so that I could finish on time. Kathryn was incredibly understanding and supportive throughout the process, and even offered me guidance as I went on the job market. I don’t think I would have finished without her, and I certainly wish I had worked with her from the very beginning of my PhD!

  • Anonymous, M.Sc.

    I was struggling to put my thesis together and I was in deep need of someone who would provide me guidance on getting it done. I was helped by one of the coaches who helped me put a plan together and kindly held me accountable to the plan until I finally completed the thesis. I completed my thesis and graduated, an indescribable achievement. I wish someone told me about this The Dissertation Coach and their staff from the beginning. I would had completed the thesis much earlier. Thanks a lot!

  • Michelle Fuentes, PhD

    Today, I passed my defense with flying colors! And, I really believe that my coach, Rebecca Rohloff, was essential to helping me develop skills necessary to finish successfully. The day before my defense, my advisor and I had a meeting where he told me “you should be in a place where you can produce 10-20 pages a day,” “if you had another year to work, this document would be in great shape,” and he switched a committee member! Yes, the day before the defense. Thanks to Rebecca, I was absolutely able to handle all of this with grace. Coaching helped me to manage my time and to interpret my advisor’s words! (They really do mean well!) Rebecca really did a wonderful job teaching me time management skills so that I can apply them to many different parts of life. The project management skills I learned through coaching will help me in future endeavors! The Dissertation Coach system really helped me to make my dissertation manageable!

    Thank you!

  • KBB, Ed.D. Candidate, Organizational Leadership

    Like many other graduate students, I struggled with anxiety and a feeling of being overwhelmed when it came to my dissertation. I knew I needed to write, but just didn’t feel like I had what it took to take the next step. Enter Elline Lipkin, PhD. Elline was a very supportive coach who took the time to get to know me, and familiarize herself with my study – although it was vastly different from her expertise. Elline was an encourager, yet stayed on me about accomplishing the goals I set for myself. I appreciate her, and am thankful for the contribution she made to my doctoral journey.

  • Laura G., Instructional Design, Capella University

    After I finished my coursework, the idea of writing my dissertation had left me terrified and paralyzed. I did not know that anything like The Dissertation Coach existed, however, so I set out to do it on my own. After a month had passed and I had made absolutely no progress, I found the website and got in touch with Alison. She immediately paired me up with Rebecca Rohloff, Ph.D., and that’s when things started to change. Rebecca has taught me how to combat my perfectionistic tendencies and to plan for the short-term. Using the weekly plans that we put together, I have been able to get more done than I ever imagined, and if all goes according to plan, I may be graduating earlier than I had originally thought. Working with Rebecca has been nothing short of a miracle. Every week I am able to make more progress, and even when I have setbacks, she is there to offer help and support. I would recommend The Dissertation Coach to anyone who is working on a dissertation. I am now confident that my work is good, I can deal with the criticism of my committee, and I know that I have someone who believes in me and really wants to see me succeed.

  • Anonymous, Ph. D. Literature

    When I contacted the Dissertation Coach, I was in a panic. I wanted to finish my dissertation desperately, but I was working full-time, and I had a committee that just wasn’t helping. I thought I’d never get the project done. However, once I started working with Kathryn Paterson, I was able to develop a writing schedule that worked for me and kept me making steady progress, despite a 6/6 course load at a community college. With Kathryn’s guidance I gained confidence, momentum, and pride in my work. I finished my dissertation, graduated, and shortly thereafter was offered a tenure track job. It took a lot of hard work on my end, but the support provided by Kathryn made all the difference. I would highly recommend this service to any candidate who needs help establishing a writing routine and finding support and motivation.

     

  • F. H. Ethnomusicology

    Finishing a dissertation is all about remaining un-stuck! Having someone to help me work through the knots of my dissertation and hold me accountable was invaluable in my determined quest to submit the final draft of my dissertation. My dissertation coach helped me diffuse the angst and rediscover my interest in the work I was banging my head against the wall to finish!

    I recommend Rebecca Schwartz-Bishir, PhD and The Dissertation Coach without reservation!

  • Anonymous, Ph.D., New York University

    I had felt for a long time that my progress on my dissertation was at a near-standstill.  I came to The Dissertation Coach in order to give my research and writing process more structure, in the hopes of making more forward motion.  Working with Stephanie Latkovski, PhD I was able to develop a system of weekly and long-term goals, which I learned to meet as well.  This structure and sense of regular achievement reenergized my commitment to my project and restored my confidence in my ability to finish it.

    To any student out there who is not progressing as you would like, whether you are in a short-term slump or on the verge of giving up altogether, I urge you to give dissertation coaching a try.  With the proper support, you can graduate.

  • Lindsay, PhD Candidate, Chicago, IL

    Since I started working with The Dissertation Coach — and with Rebecca Schwartz-Bishir more specifically — I’ve been more productive than I have in a decade. After years in a confidence-shaking PhD environment, I had nearly forgotten what it was like to feel capable, energized, and smart. Coaching allows you to feel this way on a daily basis. Really. Coaching isn’t a miracle, but it definitely helps you to feel less terrified, less behind, less overwhelmed and, to put it bluntly, less like a “failure.” When I entered my PhD program, the lack of confidence I experienced caused me to neglect my writing and spend most of my time finding creative (if somewhat subconscious) ways to avoid my work.

     

    As the two year “writing period” for drafting my dissertation began to approach, I noticed the familiar feeling of avoidance/dread/loserdom settling in, and knew I couldn’t spend two entire years continuing to feel anxious and awful. That’s when I found The Dissertation Coach and set up a conversation to learn more about the program. I felt better immediately, not because I was promised a miraculous turn of events, but because I was now doing something about my situation rather than simply complaining about or avoiding it. I began working with Rebecca Schwartz-Bishir in August of 2013, and I’ve found her to be one of the most organized and disciplined people I’ve ever interacted with. Rebecca has helped me to break my overwhelming dissertation project into smaller pieces, pushing me to do at least a little bit of work per day (or occasionally, a lot!) in order to make the progress I need to make. Rebecca’s rigor is matched only by her kindness, warmth and genuinely supportive nature: even if I’ve had a bad week and have made little progress, Rebecca is encouraging and forward-looking: she listens carefully, lets you know you haven’t failed — and that you won’t fail — and immediately helps you see what manageable steps you can take to get back on track. Endless thanks to The Dissertation Coach and Rebecca for helping to change my graduate school experience!

  • Anonymous, PhD, Education

    I sought help from The Dissertation Coach after months of spinning my wheels in a vicious cycle of perfectionism and unproductivity. Kathryn Paterson immediately guided me in establishing reasonable daily routines that fit my life and work style and in creating actionable work plans so I could make progress one work period, one day at a time. With her unconditional support and positivity, I learned to celebrate effort as much as outcome, to value continued growth over short-term achievement. A warm and kind listener, she normalized the anxiety I often felt about my dissertation and taught me to face my fears not with judgment, but with self-compassion and courage. The skills and perspectives I learned from Kathryn not only helped me to complete a dissertation that I am proud of, but will undoubtedly serve me well in future endeavors. I am eternally grateful.

     

  • BLB, DMH, Medical Humanities, New Jersey

    My experience with Dr. Stephanie Latkovski was absolutely incredible! When I first began working with her, I had already begun writing my dissertation. However, I stopped abruptly after my beloved husband passed. This was the worst time of my life. I knew he would want me to complete my work and graduate, but understandably, I was depressed, unmotivated and “stuck.” I knew that I had to find the strength to finish. Enter Dr. Latkovski! She was sensitive to my needs. I loved how she helped me to find “my own” words. She has a way of helping you bring out your own thoughts and feelings. I would also like to add that many of us are not huge fans of criticism of our work. Dr. Latkovski explains how you could do better without sounding negative. It was very clear to me that she cares how successful her clients are.  Although I believe I would have “one day” graduated, I know it would not have happened as quickly without Dr. Latkovski’s assistance. I would recommend her to anyone!

     

  • CM, PhD Candidate Social Work, Toronto Canada

    I just wanted to write to let you know again how helpful my dissertation coaching with Stephanie Latkovski, PhD has been.  We have just recently ended our work as I feel that I am well on my way to understanding the steps ahead for me to be successful. She was patient, kind and understanding, particularly of my own anxieties. What was extremely helpful was that through her coaching, I discovered things about my working style that needed adjusting.  They weren’t necessarily large adjustments but having Stephanie guide me to help me notice them, as well as how to work through them, has changed my approach and attitude towards my dissertation.  Stephanie was accommodating to my schedule and I always looked forward to talking with her. She was flexible and incredibly kind. The payment system was easy and I felt like I could really focus on what was important: moving forward. I was pleasantly surprised that even though Stephanie and I were from different fields, I still found everything she said to be incredibly helpful and relevant for my own work. In my final call with Stephanie, I confessed how sad I feel not to be continuing for now, but that I am sure that I will be consulting with her through The Dissertation Coach again in the future.

  • Jeff Wetzler, PhD, Education

    Thank you for all your help.  Your coaching provided me the encouragement, structure, and concrete help to manage through this ambitious project on top of a busy full-time job and personal life.  I would recommend your coaching to anyone in a similar situation!

     

  • Anonymous, PhD, Religious Studies

    Working with Kathryn Paterson was a true game-changer for me.  Her coaching pushed me through a crossroads and provided the accountability I needed to graduate.  She helped me to move forward methodically and to create a schedule that addressed competing demands.  And, with her encouragement, I learned to trust my ideas and the writing process.  By the time I hit revisions, I was confident enough and had the good habits to finish independently.  I continue to use her techniques to both organize my work and coach others in my organization.

     

  • Jesse, PhD, Los Angeles

    I worked with Alison for several months during the crucial period between data analysis and the writing of my dissertation. She helped me navigate this transition effectively because she understands that dissertation writing isn’t just intellectually demanding; it is also emotionally challenging. Alison listened deeply, offered acute psychological insights, and helped me develop a personally-suitable working method that made a once unwieldy project feel manageable.

  • Anonymous, PhD, Literature and Religion

    I had the good fortune to work closely with Dr. Stephanie Latkovski during the dissertation stage of my doctoral program at Boston University.  It was an extraordinary and deeply gratifying experience that, without a doubt, made possible a strong final paper and successful defense.  Stephanie’s academic background, intellectual bandwidth and seasoned grasp of the dissertation process were evident at every turn. From the outset, I knew I was in the hands of a coach and guide I could trust, and someone with integrity and a genuine  commitment to my success. Her technical feedback on my writing and the structural aspects of my argument were on target and yet always respectful of my voice and vantage point on the material.  When we booked a session, I knew that Stephanie would be online on-time and fully prepared to discuss whatever obstacles or challenges I was facing. She held me accountable and kept me solidly on track with good advice and good cheer, always urging me to my best work. Stephanie “gets” the art and science of dissertation writing and is surely one of the top coaches in the business.

  • DJW, Ph.D., Classical Studies, University of Florida

    I entered a Ph.D. program over 15 years after failing to complete another one in the same field, in which I had reached the dissertation stage but hit a wall I couldn’t get through.  I needed to make another attempt because I was teaching full time at the college level, and my department made it clear that if I wanted to keep my job I needed to finish the Ph.D.  In addition to the usual difficulties and frustrations of finishing a dissertation while working full time, I was also carrying the burden of my previous failure and was beginning to repeat my previous pattern of counterproductive habits and spinning my wheels.  I was reaching the point where I really needed to get cracking if I was going to finish the degree, or be close enough to completion, by the time of my job review.  This was compounded by the fact that I was working at a great distance from my adviser and committee, so I had little active supervision.  My wife, seeing how frustrated and defeated I felt, found The Dissertation Coach online and suggested that I contact Alison Miller.  Alison matched me with Kathryn Paterson, with whom I worked for two months.  This was exactly what I needed to kick-start my work and set me on a path to completion.  Kathryn helped me organize my daily work schedule and find ways to break a large, overwhelming task into smaller, more manageable chunks.  In particular, she taught me the importance of scheduling regular breaks into my daily workplan, so as not to get exhausted and frustrated.  She also taught me how to use smaller chunks of time in productive ways, and to approach thesis-writing as a job rather than as a measure of self-worth.  Kathryn and I kept in touch daily through Google Docs, where we monitored and tweaked my daily workplan, and through weekly phone calls.  My work with Kathryn helped me set a pattern of working productively which enabled me to finish a draft in time, get the promotion at work, and complete the degree.  I highly recommend The Dissertation Coach to anyone working on any kind of long-term writing project.  One of the hardest parts about writing a dissertation is that one feels very alone and not understood.  You are not alone, and there are people who understand and can help.  Please don’t hesitate to contact The Dissertation Coach and ask for the help you need.

  • L.S., University of Colorado.

    I was a little skeptical the first time I visited the dissertation coach website: sure, they helped all these people, but I don’t think they can help me. I had tried everything else and was running out of time, so I decided to give it a shot. I had just started a teaching job in a new city and was still trying to finish up my PhD remotely. I had a hard deadline, so in ten weeks I had to finish my research (which consisted of simulations that were not working at the time), and, of course, write my entire dissertation. It sounded completely impossible.

     

    Alison Miller,PhD put me in contact with Kathryn Paterson, PhD and immediately things started to move forward. I had a lot of trouble sticking with the plan, but just the fact that I was talking to Kathryn and telling her what were the next steps made me have a really clear idea of what I had to do. When I was getting anxious about not having enough time to finish everything, she would always make me realize that I could do what I needed to do if I just worked on it for a few hours. She was very encouraging and made me feel I could do it, even when it really sounded impossible.

     

    I ended up writing over 100 pages of my dissertation in the last 10 days  and, surprisingly, except for the last three days, I was still living a normal life: fulfilling my teaching obligations, watching TV, having dinner with my friends, sleeping enough. This is what surprised me the most, because I always thought that the only way I was ever going to finish was to stop doing anything else! Kathryn taught me that it is better to take time off and work when I’m more productive than trying to work when I’m too tired. She also made me realize that I could get a lot of things done in 15-20 minutes. I still can’t believe all the stuff that got done with Kathryn’s help! And now my PhD is DONE!

  • PhD Candidate, Australia

    My PhD journey was the delight of my life until about nine months ago. I was about halfway through writing my first draft when suddenly I found that each time I sat down to work on it I had a mild panic attack and would get up and walk away. After about three weeks of this pattern, I decided I needed some help. I wasn’t winning on my own. My university supervisor was excellent in the content of my study but I needed a different kind of help – someone to help me with the everyday psychological battle. I was fortunate enough to secure Alison Miller’s help for 6 months. It was exactly what I needed to break-through that tough spot and get me back on track. With Alison’s guidance, I was able to identify how the stress of my home situation was infiltrating my study. I learned how to separate the issues, and allow myself grace when I needed time to cope with things at home and not feel like my PhD was losing. Alison taught me to replace the guilt and panic about the PhD, with peace, acceptance and success. It was about making my whole life work, so that my PhD could work. Then on top of that, I learnt how to deal with those specific feelings of panic, and how to keep moving forward instead feeling like I was trapped and helpless.  The best thing was being held accountable every single day. It meant every single day I had to look consciously at how I coped or didn’t cope and what to do next time. I couldn’t hide in denial any longer. Thank you, Alison. Your wisdom and insight was exactly what I needed. You made a difference in my life.

  • Anonymous, Ph.D., Psychology

    After struggling with my dissertation for many months with little help from my dissertation committee, I felt frustrated and lost.  I had no idea how to tackle such a huge task with so little support or direction.  I remembered that a friend had previously mentioned how helpful a dissertation coach had been to her, so I searched online and found The Dissertation Coach.  Melinda Valente helped me formulate a plan of action, find ways to stick to it, and identify obstacles.  She provided the emotional support and encouragement that was so lacking in my program.  Melinda and I communicated daily through a Google Doc/Task List, and the accountability and structure that she offered were key to helping me stay on-track.  In just under a year of starting my work with Melinda, I successfully defended my dissertation.  What a great feeling!  Thank you so much, Melinda!

  • Sam Herbster, MBA, MA

    I had all my course work complete when I ran into a huge brick wall, which was writing my thesis to complete my program.  I new what I wanted to do and what I wanted to write about but I didn’t know where to start.  The task was daunting and humongous and even when I tried to start writing I couldn’t get very far.  I didn’t have much tome left and I knew I needed to do something.  When I did quick Internet search I came across the dissertation coach website and gave them a call.  They got back to me right away and I was able to get into contact with a coach named Rebecca within the next few days.  I can honestly say that if it were not for Rebecca’s help I would have not finished my thesis in a timely manor.  I suspect that it would have taken me at least another semester or year if not longer to complete my thesis on my own.  It was very helpful to have daily feedback from someone that was on your side and for someone that wanted you to complete the task as hand just as much as you did.  Rebecca gave me multiple writing tips and techniques to help get me started and to help keep me going once I was on a role.  She helped me to get rid of my fears of the enormous project and take it one step as a time.  She helped me put a weekly plan in place and I looked forward to seeing her comments and speaking with her every day and week.  She understood the difficulties I was having and helped me to get through them.  She also did a great job at lifting my spirits and helping me to look at things from a different perspective that didn’t cause unnecessary stress and anxiety.  Without my thesis coach Rebecca I am sure I would still be writing my thesis today and I will be forever grateful for her help and dedication because without I would not have my two masters degrees today.

  • Doctoral Student at the University of California

    After a decade hiatus from my dissertation writing, I heard about The Dissertation Coach at a friend’s birthday party. His wife was completing her doctoral degree and using the support of a coach. I called Alison Miller and she put me in touch with Curt Preissner, Ph.D. We have been working together for the past year and as a result I have written several major chapters. There is simply no way that my writing would have started up again and continued without his support and specialized experience. He has taught me how to make a realistic plan for each chapter, maintain contact with it on a daily basis, and see it through to completion. Curt is an excellent instructor; his advice and incisive observations have helped ensure that this project keeps moving forward: this really has changed my whole approach.  Now I am engaging the long-stalled project as a creative challenge. Indeed, Curt’s insights and commitment to teaching have provided me with tools for striking a healthy balance between inspiration and perspiration in my work in general.

  • HJJ, Ph.D., Evanston, IL

    I found myself in a unique situation – with a job, without an advisor, and without a completed dissertation. My first advisor left academia after my proposal defense so one of my committee members stepped in as an “adopted chair.” Unfortunately, this particular member was stretched too thin to give me the kind of support I needed and he was going on sabbatical…overseas. On top of that, I had two young boys at home and accepted a job in another state. I moved my family and started my job assuming that I was months away from finishing. But, I found myself in a holding pattern with my dissertation work at this very hectic time: I did not know how I should approach my analysis; I was confused about the story I wanted to tell; I had limited time to work with my new job. After almost six months of spinning my wheels and only one conversation with my chair while he was overseas, I remembered a talk Alison Miller gave at my university and I pulled out her book. I started to believe I was making excuses for myself – allowing myself to fill my time planning for courses, or giving enormous amounts of feedback to my students, or saying I could not work on a piece of the dissertation until I talked to my chair. The dissertation was not getting done and I needed help – I had to finish to keep my job. I put in the call… and Alison connected me to Kathryn Paterson. Kathryn was what I needed. She agreed that I was in a challenging situation – but not an impossible one. She worked with my schedule to squeeze in times to get work done – and checked on my progress during these work sessions. She pushed me to be more assertive with my chair so we could connect more often and move forward. She helped me break down my overwhelming tasks into reasonable goals that could be accomplished within the timeframe I had allotted. More than anything, Kathryn was a weekly conversation that I could count on. It helped me see that I was making progress – even during the times when it was difficult to reach my chair. This reinstated the motivation and confidence I needed to continue working. I am so happy to say that she brought me all the way to the end. I can now say the dissertation is behind me and I can put my time and energy back into my family and my job!

  • Doctoral Student, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

    I was in the sixth year of my PhD program and hadn’t written a single word in months when I received an email announcement that someone called “The Dissertation Coach” would be speaking on campus. A bit grudgingly, I pulled myself out of bed — where I had been spending most of my time suffering from chronic depression — and went to the talk, where I heard Alison Miller describe the experiences of graduate students who, like me, were overwhelmed by the process of writing a dissertation. A few days later, Alison set me up with Rebecca Schwartz-Bishir, who has been my coach for the past three months. At a time when I was ready to quit altogether, Rebecca reminded me why I had come to graduate school in the first place: to learn, and to share my ideas with others. In just a few short weeks, I went from writing nothing at all to writing every day. By breaking down what seemed to be an impossibly huge project into manageable 30-minute tasks, Rebecca showed me how to use my time and energy in a healthy and productive way. I now feel confident that I will complete my dissertation this year, and I truly believe that I would not be where I am today without Rebecca’s guidance and support.

     

  • RDK, PhD, Biology, Pittsburgh

    I was simultaneously tasked with writing my dissertation from scratch, continuing laboratory research, and teaching.  I needed to complete my dissertation in six months, leading me to feel depressed and overwhelmed.  When I searched for dissertation help, many places focused on the writing only and not the underlying challenges inherent in finishing a laboratory-based dissertation.  I specifically requested Dr. Curt Preissner because of his laboratory background.  He gave me the tools I needed to focus my energy and complete my dissertation on time.   One month before the due date, my advisor told me to add a whole new chapter on a new research topic.  Armed with skills suggested by Curt, I tackled the new chapter.  I was able to submit, defend my dissertation, and respond to the suggested corrections within a week and a half of the original submission.  I now have tools that I can use whenever necessary to reduce stress and increase my focus.

  • E.B. PhD, Literature

    When I contacted the Dissertation Coach in September 2011, I was in despair. My department was putting pressure on me to finish within the academic year. I had a draft of one chapter, and half a draft of a second one (out of three), and I was going to teach full-time for the first two quarters. And I had to find a job. To crown it all, I was battling with chronic depression and I had developed crippling procrastination habits. I simply could not figure out how I was going to finish the dissertation within the little time that was allotted to me. Alison Miller promptly called me back and put me in contact with Kathryn, who coached me for 6 ½ months. Kathryn really helped me build a realistic writing schedule and taught me that I could work on my dissertation even if I only had 30 minutes to spare. She was an incredible source of support and empowerment, and was there for me every single day, commenting on my progress and cheering me up. Less than a year later, I can proudly say I successfully defended and got a new job. Kathryn has a special place on the acknowledgements page of my dissertation. Being able to work with her was a blessing that made my Ph.D. come true.

  • Anonymous, PhD in Social Work

    When I first sought out Dr. Alison Miller for Dissertation Coaching I was becoming increasingly terrified that I would never finish my dissertation. I had suffered anxiety related health problems and was getting pressure from my program to finish. My committee was supportive, but getting annoyed with my lack of progress. I was stuck, bogged down in “To Do” lists and becoming increasingly disengaged from a project that I had once been passionate about.  I felt like somewhat of a failure because I was seeking help and was worried that I was a person who was potentially “uncoachable.” From the beginning, Alison was calm, positive, genuine and accessible. She both validated my concerns and helped me see how I could become more systematic (and sympathetic) in my approach to my work. The techniques she introduced me to greatly increased my productivity and reduced my anxiety; within a few months I was submitting strong drafts to my committee members. I defended my dissertation less than a year after I started coaching with Alison and she supported me through the process even though we were no longer meeting regularly. I will use the insights I gained from our experience throughout my career. Thank you!

  • Doctoral Student, Los Angeles, CA

    I attended your dissertation workshop about a week before beginning writing my qualifying exam, and some of the things Alison Miller, PhD said were very helpful to me in getting through the process. The two pieces of advice that were particularly helpful to me were:

     

    1. The “warming the pool metaphor” – I was thinking about how to make my work environment and work-time most productive and efficient by planning ahead.

    2. Remembering that the process is about learning, not about proving myself. I tried to see the qualifying exam as a time for me to work through my thoughts and knowledge, and as an opportunity to receive feedback from my committee, rather than as a “test”.

     

    When I was working and found myself trying to “escape” from difficult sections, I remembered that I’m facing a challenge, and tried to engage with it rather than escape it. These ideas helped me get through the 10 days of the qualifying exam, and already are helpful in preparing toward my defense – thinking of it as an opportunity to receive feedback and advice, rather than as “being grilled”.  Thank you for that, and I hope you keep helping many more students.

  • Richard LaRocca, PhD, Finance & International Economics, NYC

    After hearing a fellow doctoral cohort talk about how she was able to finish her dissertation after reading Dr. Alison Miller’s book, I decided to contact Dr. Miller directly to discuss my dissertation and my lack of progress and motivation.
    After my initial discussion with Dr. Miller, I discovered that she not only possessed the ability to guide me through my dissertation, but she could also provide me with the necessary tools to develop a positive strategy towards my goal while also helping me deal with life outside of the dissertation process. This was just what I had needed since I was a single parent about to be married again. Alison helped keep me focused on my dissertation goals while balancing the wedding plans, family and life. She was more than just my dissertation coach. She was an influential life coach who inspired me to succeed not only in academia but in life as well. I honestly believe that if I had not worked with Alison, I would not have completed my dissertation in a timely manner and would not have been able to secure a tenure tracked teaching position.  Alison has my highest recommendation, and I am forever grateful to her and her work.

  • Recent Graduate, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

    I contacted the Dissertation Coach at the final stages of writing my first draft. Dr. Alison Miller connected me with Kathryn Paterson, PhD after I explained that I had become obsessed with finishing and felt the dissertation was completely taking over my life. Because I was not lacking in discipline when it came to working on the dissertation, I was somewhat dubious that a coach could help me, but since I was feeling quite miserable and thought I’d try it out anyway. Kathryn did a great job of helping me structure my work even further, put limits on my work, help me determine what was realistic within a given time frame, and establish some balance. She was always cheerful, super reliable and positive. Her encouraging words on my work plan and in emails gave me good energy! I was very appreciative of her flexibility. I’m now done and rejoicing! Thank-you!

  • Michelle Schladant, Ph.D., Special Education

    When I first contacted Dr. Alison Miller, in October of 2010, I was completely overwhelmed and doubted whether I could finish my dissertation while working full-time and managing a busy family life. I found Dr. Miller’s website, after doing an Internet search for “dissertation coach.” I was looking for someone to help get me on the right track and hold me accountable. I was also seeking guidance and support to address the tremendous amount of self-doubt and anxiety I was experiencing about writing. After our first telephone conversation, she related her experience with getting through her doctoral program and I was intrigued by the fact that she too at one time was a student trying to complete her doctoral program. I knew she understood what I was going through. She put into words what I had been experiencing. That is, I was paradoxically in a constant state of either procrastination or perfectionism and this was impeding my ability to write. As soon as we started working together she helped me to develop a reasonable timeline and she also helped me break down the writing process into manageable steps.  She taught me tools to be a more effective writer. We set up a system where she could check my progress daily and she communicated with me by phone and email almost daily giving me positive encouragement and constructive feedback. She helped me to work through those internal blocks (fear, procrastination, perfectionism) that were inhibiting my progress and preventing me from finishing and she taught me tangible tools to remove those blocks. I worked with Dr. Miller for 6 months and she empowered me to stay focused and productive. The tools I learned from her not only helped me with finishing my dissertation, but I continue to use these tools in my professional and personal life. I am extremely grateful for her help and I highly recommend the Dissertation Coach for anyone who is struggling to finish.

  • K.B., Ph.D., History, Chicago, IL

    Without the assistance of Alison Miller, I would not have been able to finish my dissertation. Before I began dissertation coaching, anxiety, depression and uncertainty were creating barriers so severe that I was on the verge of abandoning my PhD program. Working with Alison, I was able to remember not only what I liked about my dissertation topic, but also what I loved about my discipline in the first place. The lessons that I have learned are vitally important to my future career, and I recommend Alison in the highest terms to anyone who is struggling with graduate work–from the earliest stages of research to the completion of the dissertation.

  • Steve Tolley, PhD

    Like so many other ABD students, I allowed the frustrations and uncertainties of the dissertation process to permit too much time to elapse and created giant crevices of self-doubt in the path to completion that truly seemed to be unbridgeable. With a looming, non-negotiable deadline, I was fortunate enough to discover Dissertation Coach and, through Dr. Miller, work with Dr. Stephanie Latkovski. Beginning with our first meeting on Skype and continuing through submission of the completed dissertation, Dr. Latkovski was either with me or available to me every step of the way. While her title may be coach, she became an indispensible advisor, supporter, counselor, mentor, teacher, and a bright beacon of light in what began as a very dark tunnel of uncertainty. At the onset of working with Dr. Latkovski, a plan leading to dissertation completion was quickly constructed and composed of manageable components. With the successful conclusion of each bite size component she offered further guidance and encouragement, and I felt more confidence and the ability to see with greater clarity the end of the dissertation process.  Dr. Latkovski’s contribution to me achieving my lifelong academic goal of a PhD cannot be adequately expressed in this testimonial and I am forever grateful to her.

  • Fred Kiser, D.M.A, Iowa

    I had let my thesis work slide over a period of years and was coming up on a couple of very important deadlines, both for the thesis process and for a job application. My wife strongly encouraged me to get help in moving past my mental roadblocks and she located Alison and her services at the Dissertation Coach. Alison did an outstanding job at giving me a structure and approach to writing my thesis and she had the right balance of encouragement/accountability to get me past my mental blocks. I know this is going to sound odd, but I actually had a heart attack about a month after I started working with Alison. Through my recovery, she was a source of strength and inspiration and helped me manage getting my life and work back together. With the tools she gave me, I was able to finish my thesis and defend. If your life has gotten in the way of your research or you find it impossible to move the “boulder” of a dissertation, I highly recommend the Dissertation Coach.

  • Melissa Smith, PhD

    The dissertation writing journey has been a long road for me. I had reached a point where I was completely overwhelmed. Even worse, I didn’t believe in myself as a writer. When I received dissertation coaching and consulting as a birthday present, I was relieved to feel that someone would be there for me. I didn’t know what to expect, but I was tired of feeling I was on my own to figure it all out. Working with Dr. Stephanie Latkovski was an amazing gift. She reminded me to celebrate small accomplishments, helped me keep things in perspective by maintaining a sense of humor, and offered empathy and encouragement when I needed it. She held me accountable, yet she was compassionate when I didn’t meet my own expectations and deadlines. Stephanie worked with me to break the task into manageable chunks and create an action plan. At the end of each phone meeting, I had insightful feedback about the strengths and weaknesses of my argument, as well as very tangible steps toward improving the overall logic and coherence of my writing. I am especially grateful that Stephanie somehow always found the time to talk or be in touch with me when I had to make a critical push to meet a deadline. She made me feel like a priority (even over country music and Letterman’s top ten!). When giving suggestions about what needed improvement, she also reminded me of what I had done well. It was nice to feel like someone was really on my side. She believed that I could and would get my dissertation done and that it would be good. Most importantly, working with Stephanie has restored my confidence as a writer. Thank you so much for the support and collaboration.

  • Gina Mieszczak. Doctoral Student, Chicago, IL

    I was in the depths of ABD for several years. After dealing with frustration and procrastination, I decided I needed professional help to guide me through the dissertation process. It was such a relief to find a dissertation coach. My coach worked with me through scheduling, recognition of time restraints, and process development of the work involved. I went through several years of thinking “I can finish my dissertation this weekend.” My coach’s approach of gently developing and guiding my current way of working was incredible. His coaching results in so much more than completion of milestones in my dissertation. It gave me a reality check in what I needed personally to work more efficiently and effectively. I cannot recommend a better service than what my coach provided. His efforts are directly related to the work I have accomplished. I am so grateful that I found his services and cannot thank him enough. He was instrumental to my dissertation proposal submission. The methodology that my coach provides ensures success.

  • Catherine Mariani Partamian, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology

    I began working with Alison Miller in Feb. 2008. I was at the stage in my dissertation where I had defended my proposal, collected my data, done some preliminary statistical analysis and written up the beginning of my methods section. In short, enough work that I thought I did not have that much to do and should certainly be able to keep going on my own, but enough still that I felt completely overwhelmed and uncertain of how to begin to take the next step forward. I began to toy with the idea of a coach after a friend in another city had used one with successful results (a degree) and when I began to take an honest, hard look at how long I had been at the point of “only have to run the rest of my stats, write up the results and the discussion” going on a couple of years! Recognizing I was stuck and acknowledging to myself that I did really want to finish was the first step. The hardest part, for me, was overcoming the shame I placed on myself for needing extra help when my friends and colleagues did not need this help to finish their degree. One of the many wonderful aspects of working with Alison is that she helped me address this block to completing my dissertation project as much as she helped with the block caused by my lack of stat knowledge needed to move forward. As a result of working with Alison I defended my dissertation and received my degree in August 2008 (and in all fairness it probably would have been May except for outside committee circumstances), but not only do I have the degree, I have more knowledge and awareness of personal, self-inflicted “road blocks,” organization, scheduling and creating a daily structure that make me more successful in all areas of my life. She gave me many “tools” throughout the process of completing my dissertation which definitely have made me a better person and mother today than I was before working with her! She is incredibly supportive, timely, persistent, practical, non judgmental and knowledgeable about what it takes to complete a dissertation, and, for me, more importantly, what can get in the way of completing any large project and how to effectively deal with those impediments, large and small. I have no shame now in sharing with anyone that I used a dissertation coach, and in fact, am quite pleased to publicly share how rewarding the experience was (obviously).

  • Marta Rusten, psychologist, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    My coach at Life Essentials helped demystify the dissertation experience for me. My coach has helped shift my perspective from viewing it as an overwhelming and anxiety-provoking process, to seeing it as a series of manageable tasks with a visible end (and reward) in sight! Working with my coach has also helped me develop valuable time/task management skills that will be of great help to me in my future professional and personal life.

  • Janine M. Jurkowski, MPH, PhD, Post Doctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois at Chicago

    The skills and weekly support I received from my coach helped me complete my dissertation close to schedule while still maintaining balance in my life. The time and task management skills I learned from her are valuable and transferable to my postdoctoral work. She has a great sense of humor and she provides excellent perspective, both of which made some of the toughest moments of the process more manageable.

  • P. S., PhD, Linguist, Chicago, IL

    My experience with Alison was exactly what I needed to reach my goals. I met Alison in late May 2005, and went from feeling hopeless to handing in a final dissertation draft by December, and I had my degree in hand by March, 2006. I basically worked with Alison for 8 months. I had been ABD for a year, hadn’t made much headway on my dissertation, and was in a true funk. I had projects piling up, teaching demands and a few part-time work schedules to juggle in addition to my Ph.D. program and upcoming nuptials. I felt that everything was too daunting to finish, and I did not know where to begin. I was also losing faith in my ability as an academic researcher, and was in a pretty dark place-largely due to the pileup of work I had accumulated. Alison basically gave me two things: organizational structure and moral support. She helped me organize and prioritize my projects into smaller, more manageable due dates, made me feel as though it was possible to reach my goals, and validated my feelings. Her style is straight to the point, firm but kind- exactly what I needed. She is not the type of “life coach” one usually hears about- she has her PhD and works with intelligent professionals who are looking to keep sane as they reach their goals. She helped me come up with a schedule for my projects, and then checked up with me throughout the week, via email and by phone, to keep me accountable as well as to give me someone to talk to throughout the process. It was nice to have someone who understood what I was feeling/going through help me through the process.  Thanks to Alison’s help, I finished my dissertation (running all subjects, all data analysis, write-up, and defense) and graduated in March 2006. I was also able to successfully find employment and successfully plan a large wedding. I am now a married, employed woman with a PhD, who has much more confidence and faith in her abilities than I did before I worked with Alison.

  • Tina Curran, PhD in Dance, NYC

    Alison brings her experience as a writer, her ongoing research in psychology and personal growth, and her open heart to her clients. As my dissertation coach, Alison has helped me to develop practical skills including project management and writing strategies to keep my work flowing. More importantly, she generously shares her expertise and support to help me navigate the emotional and psychological landscape of the dissertation writing experience. As a dance educator, I appreciate the ways that Alison has “danced” with me to continuously find ways to support me and to guide my work.

  • Amanda Flagg, PhD in Nursing, San Antonio TX

    I have had the privilege of Dr Miller’s dissertation coaching and I can truly state that without her expertise, I would never be so close to finishing as I am presently. I hope to defend my dissertation late this year. The key struggles that would have perhaps delayed me indefinitely in this endeavor have been the following: 1) procrastination, pure and simple and 2) fear. Dr Miller was able to and continues to help me overcome these two major obstacles by first addressing those two items head on using a kind and compassionate but firm approach. Secondly, she acknowledges that I am not alone in these concerns, by allowing me to vent in a safe environment, and then assists me by engaging in the use of excellent strategies that have enabled me to succeed and to move on to being close to finishing. Her excellent use of coaching skills, encouragement, organization skills, strategies for not only writing but communicating with dissertation committees and leadership, along with countless other forms of interactions have been invaluable to me. She has my highest recommendation as one of this nation’s top dissertation coaches!

  • K.B., PhD candidate, Northwestern University

    I was mired in the “writing” phase of my dissertation for three years before I began working with Alison meaning that’s how long I had been unproductive, anxious, and increasingly depressed. I was on the verge of quitting my PhD program because I believed that I was incapable of completing the degree. But before giving up on my academic career, I decided to try out this mysterious service called dissertation coaching something no one I knew had ever done. Four months later, I had analyzed thousands of pages of documents, outlined the entire dissertation and written nearly 100 pages. More importantly, I have developed the skills I need to progress on my own and if at some point I do find myself struggling again, I know that support will be just a phone call away. Alison’s approach to the coaching process has done more than put me well on the road to finishing my dissertation. The skills I have learned have spilled over and improved how I live the rest of my life.

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  • Preeti Amolik, Masters of Public Health

    My coach was Kristine Jones. I am so thankful that she took on the responsibility of helping me with my resubmission just two weeks before the deadline. I was 8 months pregnant and was feeling discouraged. Kristine encouraged me, gave me detailed feedback on my work and helped me stay focused. Her expertise and kindness is just what I needed to complete my thesis. I now have my Masters degree.

  • CB, PhD

    I just wanted to let you know what an AWESOME help Christopher Bradley has been to me!!  His knowledge, way of delivery and effective teaching methods with some of the most complicated of statistics has been all I could have ever hoped.  He has been conscientious with our appointments, available and more than supportive and kind to walk me through all I need to do.  His incredible knowledge of statistics and the SPSS program is a God-send.  Because of him, I am on the home stretch of my dissertation!!!    I am so impressed with the qualiity of help and support from your company and from Christopher in particular.  I have referred all my class-mates, they are likely to be contacting you!    I can’t say enough about what an incredible service you offer to doctoral students struggling through their dissertations.  I am grateful to you for setting this up and bringing in such high quality individuals as part of your organization.  You guys are THE one-stop shop for support with dissertations, hands down!!  I did interview someone else prior to you guys–they didn’t speak English as a first language (were very hard to understand) and they just crunched numbers without any support along the way.  Christopher not only understands my language, he has helped me understand his (statistics!!)  I am so glad I stumbled across you on the internet.   Keep up the great work!! You have my total support!!

  • Anonymous, Doctoral Student

    I thought I’d drop you a note to tell you how much I appreciate the services offered by the Dissertation Coach. For years, I struggled with writing my dissertation.  Despite my best efforts, I just could not take it past infancy.  In frustration, I signed up with the Dissertation Coach last December. Since then, my progress has been phenomenal! I am happy to say that the dissertation is now a toddler and I continues to progress.  I could not have done this without the Dissertation Coach and the support of my fabulous editor and writing coach, Michal Lemberger!

  • Shirley M. Mayton, PhD, SPHR

    The Dissertation Coach services were instrumental in the successful completion of my Dissertation. Christopher Bradley could not have been a better consultant. He walked me through everything with patience and clear explanations. It had been many years since I studied statistics, and he brought everything to life again. I received high allocates from my committee and passed my Oral Defense with flying colors! I could not have accomplished this without Christopher.

  • Dr. Clayton R. Alford

    I have had the distinct pleasure of having Dr. Kristine Jones work privately with me while I was a Doctoral Candidate in The School of Advanced Studies at the University of Phoenix. Dr. Jones worked with me to fine-tune my Dissertation research topic and to format my hypotheses into the format required by the University. Working on a dissertation is challenging for many learners, Dr. Jones had a wealth of experience to help me understand the process and with her help, and I was able to use my time wisely during the formal writing process. Dr. Jones thoroughly understands APA formatting and editing and can provide students with accurate editorial services as well as tools to understand theoretical questions. Dr. Jones did not perform the work for you, but, rather, she worked with you to understand the techniques necessary for completing theoretical analyses. I highly recommend Dr. Kristine Jones as a research advisor who has the intellect and first-hand experience to help doctoral students navigate the dissertation process. I have no hesitation in recommending Dr. Kristine Jones as an exceptional and capable dissertation consultant  who has the experience and skills to work effectively with students needing technical assistance writing the dissertation.

  • L.R., EdD Candidate

    Dr. Ani Moughamian has been great! She has provided me with specific feedback and focus with writing my dissertation. She is very encouraging. Even with life challenges, she guides the learner with ways to make progress. With her assistance, I hope to be submitting a completed proposal in the next couple of weeks and a completed dissertation over the next couple of months.

  • MG, Dissertation Candidate

    Having worked on my dissertation for a number of years now, I was eager to move forward with my goals. Valentina Kloosterman, PhD was assigned to me. I wasn’t sure what to expect even though I worked with an editor in the past. The experience with Valentina was more about helping me bring my content to life than just editing it by itself. I knew that I had a lot of good data and an opportunity to benefit the research field. However, I just couldn’t articulate my thoughts in a scholarly manner or in a way that would be worthy of publication. Valentina was able to help me improve my work a great deal. She provided suggestions that didn’t change what I was trying to say but instead, helped me improve my writing and delivery without doing the writing for me. I am so grateful for the time and effort she put into assisting me.  It was worth every penny. I look forward to celebrating as I am now at the final stage of oral examination. I was impressed that it was the owner, Alison Miller, PhD who contacted me directly after I contacted her company. She took extra care to match me to Valentina. This is a good company with good intentions and well worth the investment, so don’t think twice!

  • Anonymous, M.S.

    I have to admit that in the beginning, I was very skeptical and nervous about hiring a dissertation consultant. I had heard and read some terrifying stories about some of the other consulting companies, however, when I got in touch with Dr. Miller she put all my anxiety to rest in a very supportive and gentle manner. Working with my consultant has been such a wonderful experience that I don’t even have the words to describe it. Her attention to detail and level of care was extraordinary. At times, she could even sense my anxiety over the email and was able to calm me down and help me progress even further. She was able to explain statistics to me in a way that I have finally been able to understand it. Learning statistics in undergrad and grad school was dreadful for me, but she has actually made it exciting which is quite an accomplishment. She walked me through understanding SPSS and helped me understand the results of my analysis. What has impressed me the most is that it really feels that this work isn’t just a business, but it is evident that they both actually care about students’ success. I couldn’t be happier with their services. Soon, I will be defending my doctoral dissertation and I couldn’t have done it without their support.

  • Renyaldo Hernandez, PhD

    A few days ago, I finished my dissertation and the day I passed my defense was the happiest ending of a very long but productive and rewarding journey. The PhD program was a very successful family project that involved and impacted the entire family for many years and although it was very successful, it was extremely challenging. Writing my dissertation was the hardest part of my journey. Quite often, I was discouraged and overwhelmed about the entire process and more than once, I thought about deserting the program. However, finding Dr. Alison Miller from Dissertation Coach was a lifesaver for me. During our initial conversation, she immediately understood my needs and quickly assigned Dr. Jill Blackwell to my project. Dr. Blackwell was able to successfully guide me through the entire process and gave me the tools to successfully finish my dissertation. Dr. Jill Blackwell always had the right words of encouragement when I felt the sky was falling, she coached me and guided me through the entire dissertation process in addition to reviewing and editing my entire manuscript, she is an excellent and very knowledgeable professional and a great person to work with, I am so happy and lucky I had Dr. Jill Blackwell as part of my dissertation team. Thank you Dr. Blackwell.

  • Anonymous, PhD

    I had the good fortune to work with Michal Lemberger, PhD when I was behind schedule and struggling with my first chapter in the beginning stage of writing my dissertation. By carefully reading my half-coherent notes, she was able to envision the whole project and guide me through the painful process of rethinking and restructuring my chapters. Her suggestions were always concrete and helpful. She infected me with her “can do” attitude and gave me simple tools to fight procrastination and other obstacles that interfered with productive work. As a result, I was able to complete my dissertation on time and improve the quality of my analysis.

  • Donovan Hugh James MSc. BSc. (Hons) MCMI

    I am writing to inform you that I was successful in completing my Masters Degree in Security and Risk Management with the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. This was confirmed by the school’s External Examination Board Meeting on 10 June 2014. I also wanted to express my sincere gratitude to Dr. Kristine Jones for the guidance and encouragement that she provided to me throughout my dissertation re-submission process. At time, the process of writing a thesis was really challenging but Dr. Jones never gave up on me, and as a result I did not give up on myself. Now I can see that with hard work and perseverance, one can always achieve greatness.Dr. Jones, thank you for being so patient and understanding with me during the process. I truly believe that you actually placed yourself in my shoes, you were able to relate to me and what I was trying to achieve in my dissertation, on every level. I could not ask for more than that. For that, I am extremely grateful. Dr. Miller I do believe that you are providing a great service to the academic community and I will not hesitate to recommend your services to anyone in need. Please keep up the good work.

  • Marie Ice, Masters of Art Degree in Religion from Fordham University

    The task of writing a Masters thesis was overwhelming for me until I connected with The Dissertation Coach and specifically Kathryn Paterson. Kathryn was an ideal match for me because of her constant encouragement based in professionalism and knowledge of writing. She taught me how to organize my outline within a specific chapter before I began to write. When my writing began to wander away from the subject of the chapter she expertly guided me back to task with a simple question.   I am very grateful for Kathryn’s advice and expert attention to detail.

     

  • Sarah, PhD Candidate

    I was in a terrible situation with my committee – stuck and paralyzed and uncertain that I’d be able to graduate. After the first hour of talking to my consultant at The Dissertation Coach, she re-assured me that this was not an insurmountable situation and that we could work through it. In the subsequent months my consultant has been helping me to develop a new topic, work through dealing with my struggles with my committee chair, and given me tremendous insight into how to navigate this process. Honestly, I would never be where I am without her guidance and support. She has saved my sanity and been one of the best things to come out of this process. I still have a ways to go before completion but I’m so grateful that I have The Dissertation Coach on my team now.

  • Evan Kent, Doctorate in Music Education

    When I finished the first draft of my dissertation, it was returned with significant comments. I knew I no longer had the perspective to re-edit and re-format the dissertation.  Through an internet search, I found The Dissertation Coach, beginning a long and fruitful relationship with my personal dissertation consultant, Michal Lemberger, Ph.D. Michal provided the “tough love” I needed. Her knowledge, method, and no-nonsense approach provided the scaffolding I needed to rewrite and reorganize hundreds of pages. Eventually, I developed a document of which I was quite proud.  At the 11th hour, one of the readers of the dissertation found fault with large sections of the document. Again, Michal’s wisdom and care provided a sound and concrete method for addressing these revisions head on. Without her care, I would have not been able to see the proverbial forest from the trees.

    Michal has also helped me with post-doctoral program applications, conference and paper proposals, and my dissertation is currently under review for publication by an academic press. She has been an exemplary coach and I am truly grateful to her wisdom and  guidance.

  • Doreen F., PhD

    In my case, it wasn’t a lack of hard work or motivation holding me back.  I was successful in my classes and enjoying the journey of graduate school when I was assigned an incompetent advisor for my dissertation. Long story short, I received no assistance whatsoever from her in crafting my first dissertation proposal; after she singlehandedly rejected my proposal, she assigned a new topic and demanded another full proposal.  Her feedback was routinely convoluted and condescending.  Feeling frustrated and lost, I started surfing the internet for a coach. I cannot express the enormous relief I felt after just a few minutes on the phone with Dr. Alison Miller, and then with Dr. Christopher Bradley, my coach.  It was clear he knew his stuff, and it was also clear he knew how to teach it.  Suddenly, after spinning my wheels for two years with a nightmare for an advisor, the project flew.

     

    I can say with 100% certainty that I would have quit had it not been for Dr. Bradley’s support and expertise.  He was incredibly insightful about the inner workings of the academic world, and skillfully navigated me through the drama with patience and a cheerfulness that I was sorely lacking at the time.  Furthermore, once the project was underway, Dr. Bradley was there for me every step of the way.  He is a quality editor, a brilliant statistician, and thoroughly knowledgeable in every aspect of the dissertation process.  He was always on time for appointments and quick to provide feedback despite his busy schedule.  He respected my input, and worked with me to find solutions to my questions and concerns. He was also funny, warm and personable.  From the start, I knew I was in the hands of a superior coach who was sincerely committed to my success.  After successfully defending my dissertation, he was one of the first people I called to share the news.  No revisions were required, and the committee told me it was the tightest dissertation they had seen in some time.  I can’t recommend Dr. Bradley and The Dissertation Coach highly enough.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

     

  • Susan N. Werkheiser, D.Ed.

    I found the Dissertation Coach online as I was preparing my dissertation proposal and IRB application. When I began working with Dr. Christopher Bradley, he listened to what I needed, made suggestions, took what I had put together and helped to polish it. As a seasoned researcher, his help with the IRB application was invaluable due to some unique circumstances and his work with me saved my study from needless delays. When my study was complete and I was at the analysis phase of my work, Dr. Bradley was again of immeasurable assistance. With both his statistical experience, qualitative data expertise, and editing skills, he helped my especially negotiate the chapter of my dissertation I was dreading the most. I can say with confidence that Dr. Bradley greatly contributed to my ability in completing my project and ultimately my doctoral degree. I am so glad I made a contact with the Dissertation Coach because now I’m D.Ed. and not ABD!

  • J. G., Florida

    Over the past year I’ve worked with Laura Plybon, PhD on my dissertation.  Her insight and wisdom regarding not only the research and statistics, but also the process was invaluable.  By working with Laura at the beginning stages, she was able to help steer me in the right direction and save time in the long run.  Her statistical knowledge and help was invaluable as it helped to alleviate a lot of concerns with that portion of my research.  She was always friendly, professional, and timely with answering questions and making recommendations.  I would highly recommend working with Laura as your dissertation consultant.

     

  • Anonymous, PhD

    I wanted to let you know that Colleen Halliday-Boykins, PhD was fantastic to work with and provided me with invaluable assistance when I needed it the most.  Colleen saved me a lot of time and aggravation by helping me to clarify my own thinking and to become a better writer.  I sincerely enjoyed working with Colleen and would wholeheartedly recommend her and your company to anyone embarking on the dissertation journey.

  • L.K., Education Doctoral Student, Illinois

     

    Several months ago, I was looking for assistance and guidance to wrap up my dissertation. Thank God I found The Dissertation Coach! First, I spoke with Alison Miller. She was so friendly and accommodating…I could tell that she was genuinely in this to help people and I was so grateful.  Then, I met my consultant, Christopher Bradley, PhD. He was there for me when I needed him! Christopher wasn’t your average dissertation consultant. He had a very thoughtful, direct, and detailed interaction style when he was providing feedback. Additionally, he was sensitive to my concerns and needs, very patient, and professional! I was extremely pleased with the final product that he delivered.  Christopher is just great at what he does! Thank you Dissertation Coach!

  • Anonymous, Clinical Psychology, CA

    I have really been impressed with the professionalism and the scholarly input I have received from Christopher Bradley, PhD at The Dissertation Coach in reviewing my dissertation proposal prior to submitting it to my Chair.  I was not only looking for an editor to scrub my paper for APA standards, but I also needed to improve the logic and flow.  I had been working alone on my paper for over two years with very little guidance. Thus it was very helpful to have Christopher read it and let me know where there were gaps.  Also, he is a wiz at methodology, which I am not.  His guidance was invaluable.  I highly recommend him.

  • Robin Tellez, Doctoral Student, University of Pheonix

    Dear Alison:

    On June 4, 2013, I received notification that my dissertation proposal finally received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval.  This event transformed my life and my status from “doctoral learner” to “doctoral candidate” allowing me to begin the data collection and analysis for my research study.  The prospect of completing my doctorate degree became a reality…far from when I first contacted you after reading your book “Finish Your Dissertation Once and for All!”

     After reading your book in March 2012, I reached out to you by phone and after listening to my dissertation journey dilemma, you astutely recommended my current dissertation coach, Dr. Kristine Jones.  After just one phone conversation with Dr. Jones (Kris), I felt that I found someone who understood my study, my methodology, and dissertation struggle… attempting the most difficult accomplishment in academia: A doctoral degree.

    I am writing this letter to recognize Dr. Jones in her abilities to “meet” me where I was as a lost struggling doctoral learner a year ago.  Through her patient guidance and support on not only how to write, but how to become assertive and make the best of a lonely journey in obtaining a doctoral degree from an online, for-profit university.  Words cannot truly express how she took me under her wing and nurtured my progress to this point…I look forward to her assistance during the rest of the journey…now on to the finish line. 

  • Anonymous, PhD

     

    “I honestly don’t think I would have received my Ph.D. if it wasn’t for Stephanie’s support. Being an American at a UK PhD program, I was surprised by the “hands-free” nature of the degree- there was no support, just a meeting every few months with my supervisor to go over what I had written since the last meeting. I wasn’t succeeding, and no one was able to tell me what I was doing wrong. So I kept chugging ahead, but I was miserable and worried.

    Stephanie was able to give me the weekly contact/support that I craved. She even went out and read some of my primary (fiction) texts so she would know what I was talking about. It was amazing. She was able to help me with general drafting/planning, with writing and crafting an argument, and ways to research. But she also provided emotional support, letting me know there was someone on my side who believed in me and my work.

    Again, without her, I just don’t know how it all would have worked out. But today I can say I have a PhD!”

  • Anonymous, PhD

    When I began working with Michal Lemberger more than a year ago, I lacked the confidence in my ability as a writer to turn the ideas I had in my head into a written product. But Michal helped me see past the dread of looking at a blank screen and provided essential (almost daily) consulting which resulted in a magnificent doctoral dissertation. One of the committee members at my defense—a very accomplished writer himself—went on and on about the quality of my prose. I could not believe it!

     

    Michal was so much more than a copy-editor for me, although she does that task extremely well. She had the uncanny ability to suggest developmental and analytical routes I could not see because of stress and anxiety. Once I explained the arguments I wanted to make she helped me turn them into written text quite quickly. She is an amazing intellectual and a very accomplished writer, so she knew exactly how to help me refine my prose into an appropriate style. As the project progressed she was able to coordinate the earlier chapters with the later ones so that the constituent parts of the thesis spoke to each other. She was also very prompt in her feedback. Rarely a day went by when she did not get something done.

     

    I learned so much about writing from Michal. Working with her has been one of the smartest decisions I have made. I had worked with another consultant outside of Alison’s group in the past, and Michal provided a lot more bang for her buck. The money I spent would have gone to continuing enrollment fees at my university regardless of whether I hired a consultant. I now have my degree and can move on with my life. Thanks Alison and Michal!

  • Anonymous, PhD Candidate, Counseling Psychology

    Completing my dissertation was a daunting task, and I struggled from the very beginning. I had very little assistance from most of my
    committee members, so I felt alone in the process. I completed as much of the manuscript as I could and submitted to my committee chair, who continued to offer little support. He even said he was “overwhelmed” by my product and suggested I hire a writing consultant to improve the organization of my manuscript. I felt so defeated and honestly almost gave up after receiving such inflammatory feedback. I trudged ahead, however, and came upon the dissertation coach website through an internet search. I was hesitant to pursue the services but I contacted Alison, who offered to speak with me personally via telephone to explain the process and quell my fears. She was able to put me at ease immediately and selected a writing coach who was familiar with my area of study. I worked with Ani Moughamian. Working with Ani was a great experience. Communicating with her was easy and comfortable. She provided quick and comprehensive feedback and was positive with her critiques. Ani took the time necessary to assist me throughout the process of finishing my dissertation and did so in a manner consistent with my tight deadline. I recently submitted my final draft. My chair provided me with some positive feedback and said the draft was in good shape to move forward. I now have my defense date set, and I couldn’t be happier! I’m not sure I would’ve gotten to this point without help from Ani and Alison. I only wish I’d begun working with them earlier in the process. Please do not hesitate to work with Alison and her team. You will not regret it! Thank you, Alison and Ani!

  • J.R., Recent PhD Graduate

    Colleen Halliday-Bokyins at The Dissertation Coach has been absolutely wonderful. The minute I spoke with her on the phone, I knew that she was the one that I would hire to help me during the dissertation process. I had spoken with several other dissertation consultants but none of them felt right to me. I couldn’t have finished my doctoral dissertation without her help. She is to be commended for her excellent work and support. She was always so kind and patient with me. She was very professional and courteous. She listened intently to my needs and provided outstanding suggestions and guidance. Whether it was via e-mail or via telephone meetings, she was always extremely helpful. Many times, after our telephone conversations, I felt as though the “light bulb” went on in my brain. I had those Aha! moments which made me feel much more confident and gave me the motivation to keep moving forward in the dissertation process. In addition, she always gave me such encouraging words which lifted my spirits when I was a bit discouraged. There are not enough words to express my deepest appreciation for Colleen and her excellent assistance. I will certainly consider her for any additional assistance that I may need later on as I start publishing articles. And I will definitely recommend her to anyone who needs dissertation consulting assistance.

  • JD, Doctoral Student

    Dr. Christopher Bradley has been a tremendous resource in helping me to keep on track and work through the dissertation process. I contacted Christopher after several months of inactivity and writer’s block. He helped me to clarify the direction of my project and get me moving in the right direction. He has done a fantastic job of reviewing my work, editing, and providing many helpful suggestions to keep the project on track. Christopher is a pleasure to work with and I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone who is struggling or would like an extra set of eyes to help with their dissertation.  Knowing that he is there for me has been a tremendous help through this process.

  • Michelle Thompson, PhD

    When I contacted The Dissertation Coach, I had drafted all of the chapters of my dissertation, but my advisor liked none of them. I didn’t know where to go for help. I knew I needed more than a copy editor and the person who would be up to the task was hard to find. Michal Lemberger, PhD did a thorough and phenomenal job editing my chapters. The feedback was thoughtful and consistent, so I could take what she did and apply it to the two chapters I didn’t give her to edit. I graduated in January and my committee said that I had made real contributions to the field. Michal’s work really kept what I wrote in my voice and made it more concise and organized! Thank you! You saved me!

  • Cecile Mallory, PhD, Instructional Design for Online Learning, Capella University

    With the help of Dr. Boykins at The Dissertation Coach, I was able get past a significant hurdle of writer’s block coupled with a lack of clarity and scope with respect to how I structured my dissertation. I could not see the problem with what I had written because I was too close to it. Dr. Boykins shed light on the issues and provided solid direction for improvement. It is because of her support and resourcefulness I was finally able to complete my PhD. I do not think I could have without her help. Thank you!!

  • Dr. Linda Kaiser, Capella University

    Dr. Colleen Halliday-Boykins is an excellent dissertation consultant and is highly recommended. I contacted Colleen when I reached Chapter 4 in my dissertation. I had collected data and was now on a tight timeline. I knew I couldn’t complete all of the necessary analysis alone in time. From the very first phone call with Colleen I knew she was a confident and highly experienced professional in the area of statistics. She immediately put my mind at ease, was consistently professional in all communication, and quickly responsive to all questions I had throughout the process. I was never left wondering if I would get a response – she was that quick at addressing any questions or concerns I had. I was provided with high-quality work that exceeded all of my expectations. Everything was explained so very clearly and I completely understood the how and why of the entire process. Colleen remained engaged in this process completely through my defense answering any question, no matter how small, almost immediately. In our final email conversations, Colleen asked to be notified as soon as I had completed my defense call so she could be one of the first to call me Dr. Kaiser! That shows that Colleen is interested in her clients not just for business reasons but also as real people. I have since referred Colleen to several of my colleagues who have also given me thanks for the referral as their experiences were just as stellar. Thank you so very much Dr. Colleen Halliday-Boykins for a superior job not only in the service you provide but for your excellence in customer service as well.

  • Tracy Thomas, PhD., Psychology

    After an exhausting experience writing chapter 2, I knew I needed help editing both my chapter 2 and all of the subsequent chapters to come. Jill Blackwell, PhD helped me streamline a 265 page project into a dissertation that received feedback such as, “this is the best dissertation I’ve ever read” from multiple members of my university. Jill was not only efficient, she was fast, thorough, and spot on with her input. Jill was also incredibly encouraging and enthusiastic about my dissertation, which was validating and motivating. The accessibility I had to Jill, her quick response time and problem solving ability, gave me the feeling that I had a partner, a team member, a mentor, a teacher, a therapist, and a cheerleader along the way. It’s a great thing when you get more and better help than expected, and from someone you’d want to be friends with. I cannot say enough about Jill Blackwell.

  • M. O., Doctorate in Psychology

    With literally a few emails and two short phone calls, Colleen was able to provide me with the guidance and direction that my committee collectively had not provided over the course of the two years I had been working on my dissertation. I had already defended my proposal, collected data, and written several complete drafts of my dissertation. Even though it seemed I was close to the end, I could not get past this part of the dissertation process due to several challenges with lack of support from my university, as well as various struggles with my committee. Colleen was able to provide me with the support and guidance one would expect from a dissertation chair. I worked with several dissertation coaches who honestly were a waste of my money and added to my frustration, so by the time I had the initial consultation with Colleen, I was very discouraged that my project would ever be completed and was quite frankly exhausted.  From the start, Colleen provided me with what I needed…someone with specific experience and know-how in my field, realistic goals and flexibility, and the right attitude…that “in spite of” the challenges I was facing with my actual committee, I was going to be successful in creating a solid finished product.  In essence, she acted as my pseudo-chair. I really appreciated her direct approach and was very happy with her efficiency with product turn around and concise feedback. What I was most surprised about was that she actually corrected very little of my actual writing, but rather she taught me how to approach things differently, and empowered me to be a more skilled writer.  So in essence, I am much more competent in compiling literature reviews and writing up research. By the time I submitted a completed paper to my actual committee, my confidence surrounding my project was unbelievably improved. Not only was I confident in my product, but my passion for my project was renewed which definitely helped facilitate getting to the final defense and then successfully defending. Wholeheartedly, I feel every penny spent for Colleen’s services was well worth it. I have recommended and will continue to recommend Colleen to other colleagues in need of something more than what they are getting from their actual committee members.

  • Melva Turner, Ph.D., Capella University

    I began my dissertation journey in January 2009 and after many revisions, my proposal was accepted by the Institutional Review Board in August 2010.  Once I completed my research, I made the decision to contact a statistician to assist with a quantitative analysis.  Prior to contacting The Dissertation Coach, I had contacted another company.  However, I was not completely satisfied after talking with the representative of the company.  Subsequently, I went online and searched for another statistician.  I was fortunate enough to find The Dissertation Coach.  After reading about the company, I decided to call and talked with Colleen Halliday-Boykins, Ph.D. with whom I immediately felt comfortable.  Once I e-mailed all the data and necessary forms, Colleen was very expeditious in performing the analysis and providing notes explaining the outcome.  I wrote Chapter 4, and sent it to ColIeen for her to critique as well because I did not want to prolong the dissertation any longer.  Needless to say, Chapter 4 took far less time for approval than the previous three chapters.  I signed the contract with The Dissertation Coach on November 11, 2010, and Chapter 4 was approved by my mentor on January 22, 2011, on the first review.  Without Colleen’s guidance, I would probably have gone through one or two more quarters trying to complete Chapter 4.  I will be forever grateful for the assistance from Dr. Collen Halliday-Boykins. The Dissertation Coach would be a valuable asset to anyone working on a dissertation.

  • Steve Tolley, PhD

    As I floundered in the dissertation process, the seemingly greatest insurmountable obstacle was full development of the qualitative methodology and research effort set forth in the dissertation proposal. Then, as part of my association with Dissertation Coach, I had the very good fortune to work with The Dissertation Coach team. From our first meeting on Skype, my consultant proved to be an invaluable coach, mentor, advisor, teacher, and supporter. She was truly committed to understanding the scope and intent of my research, helping me understand qualitative methodology to a much greater degree than my classroom exposure, and then in a coaching role gently guided my efforts to conduct and report on the heart of the dissertation my qualitative research effort. Every step of the way in formulating and conducting the research was only possible because of the clarity my consultant brought to the qualitative process. From development of the coding manual, through the analysis and discussion of the results, She provided timely and effective feedback that made me feel pride and resoluteness in my efforts. Without the coaching and encouragement of my consultant, I know that I would not have completed my dissertation. For her extremely important role in making this lifelong academic goal a reality for me, I am eternally grateful.

  • C.M. Doctoral Student in Education

    I began working with Colleen after several failed attempts to get my committee to approve my proposal. Although I was told that I had a good topic for research, I could not express the significance, purpose and methodology in a coherent manner. I was at a breaking point in my dissertation where I was about to be removed from my program because it was taking so long to pass this first phase of approval. I had drafted my first two chapters of about 60 pages worth of content and could not progress any further. Then, I was blessed to have been connected with Colleen through the Dissertation Coach. After one full semester, with her invaluable guidance and review of my work, I am now ready to conduct my research. I’m past committee and IRB approval. For the first time since I began this process I now know I will obtain my PhD. It has been an arduous journey that I have traveled while managing an intense career, family and personal challenges. My only regret is that I didn’t reach out to the Dissertation Coach sooner. I am confident I could have completed my program long ago with the tremendous support provided to me by Colleen. I can simply not thank her enough.

  • Anonymous, Doctoral Student in Psychology

    I am currently a student in a Psychology doctoral program in the final phases of my dissertation. I was stuck on the Data Analysis and Results section of my dissertation and was not receiving any help from my advisor. Colleen Halliday-Boykins, PhD worked with me on completing this section of my dissertation. She was absolutely amazing! She was very professional and really knows her stuff. She was patient with me and took her time explaining complex concepts, making even the most complicated seem effortless and easy to understand. On many occasions, after refusing to provide assistance, my advisor would say that I should know all of this stuff on my own. I felt incompetent and questioned my abilities and skills and even questioned whether I could see this through and graduate. Colleen not only helped me understand statistical analyses and concepts, but she also offered me support and encouragement when I really needed it. Her expertise and support made it possible for me to get through this section and move forward with my dissertation. Because of her help I will be graduating this December. As a native New Yorker who questions everything, I was skeptical at first and wary about using a service like the The Dissertation Coach. I wish I could tell every graduate student that it was absolutely the best decision I ever made and it is what made it possible for me to graduate. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

  • Salah Shakir, doctoral student, North Central University

    I started my doctorate program in 2006 and in early 2009 I started working on the concept paper. The concept paper took more than nine months and I had to register for the same course again due to many delays, revisions, and changes. I did not have much coaching from my previous chair or committee members. In early 2010 I had the privilege of working with Dr. Halliday-Boykins at The Dissertation Coach. In less than four months working with her, I am the process of finishing my dissertation proposal with the university which is a huge accomplishment. Dr. Halliday-Boykins has provided excellent assistance, directions and comments for revisions that were on target with my dissertation and with my chair and committee members. The Dissertation Coach company provides quality consultants who will save time and money and take out the anxiety of going through the process of writing a dissertation. I have learned great deal of skills and knowledge that I can use for future research.

  • James Harris, Jr., Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey

    When I first began writing my proposal I was encountering many problems such as sentence structure; sentence flow; and the overall content of my proposal. There were many times when I was just going to give up on the dissertation. I remember being one computer “click” away from dropping out of the doctoral program. But I didn’t give up. I knew that I needed “expert” help in the completion of my dissertation so I searched the web for dissertation “experts” and came upon The Dissertation Coach and Alison matched me with an amazing consultant who was was  instrumental in helping me restructure my proposal. After many revisions based on my consultant’s feedback, my proposal was finally complete. Then I e-mailed my proposal to my mentor. After a few days, I received feedback from my mentor and in capital letters she wrote “WOW! this proposal is fantastic.” I know that I wouldn’t have gotten this far if it hadn’t been for The Dissertation Coach . Right now, I am beginning the data collection phase of my dissertation and look forward to continuing my relationship with The Dissertation Coach.

On Statistical Analysis Services

  • David F., doctoral student, Australia

    Alison and her team were delightful and helpful to deal with. They listened to my requirements and then aligned a resource that worked through statistical models to help me complete my research. I would definitely recommend there services. Pleasure to deal with.

  • C. Miller, EdD

    After struggling through the final few classes of my dissertation, I called The Dissertation Coach and was put in contact with Dr. Christopher Bradley. Immediately, I knew that he was going to help me finalize my dissertation. He was very knowledgeable about my topic and saw that there were some fundamental flaws with my stats. After only three months of Dr. Bradley guiding me, I was all set for my oral defense which I passed with flying colors. I wish I would have contacted The Dissertation Coach three years ago! Thank you for all of your help!

  • KV, Ed.D, Counseling Psychology

    I feel that using The Dissertation Coach was one of the best decisions I made while completing my dissertation. I worked directly with Christopher Bradley, PhD. He was amazing, professional, and knowledgeable. I needed assistance with the statistical analysis portion of my dissertation. His expertise made me feel comfortable and made such a difference in me finally finishing in a timely manner. Thank you Christopher and The Dissertation Coach for the support and guidance that you provided.

  • Student at the University of Liverpool

    It was very enjoyable working with Dr. Jeffry White on the statistical analysis portion of my dissertation. He was instrumental in working out the best solution to my analysis, guiding me through SPSS, hypothesis testing explanations, and writing up my findings. I would highly recommend Dr. White to those that need some direction in statistical analysis.

  • Anonymous, Ed.D.

    Originally I questioned using a service to help me with my dissertation. I explored several services prior to engaging The Dissertation Coach. Several other companies offered to provide me a quote on receiving the data without any further conversation. The Dissertation Coach was only willing to provide a quote based on learning more details about my work and talking directly with me. What made me move forward with The Dissertation Coach was the fact that the first statistician Dr. Miller matched me too was honest and told me that he did not feel he had the right expertise to assist me. Dr. Miller then matched me to Dr. Christopher Bradley who did have the experience and skills to assist me. After this experience, I felt confident that this service would not take on clients that it could not realistically help.

    My committee was aware that I had engaged a statistician and mathematical editor. My challenge was in the area of statistics and I needed to have a editor to check for accuracy. Dr. Bradley ensured that I had written and conducted the data analysis correctly. He reviewed my methodology and results chapters for accuracy as well as making recommendations on my writing. In addition, my conversations with Dr. Bradley helped me effectively evaluate my own work and prepare for the defense. I definitely feel that the service augmented the committee’s support and speed up the entire process and gave me additional confidence at the defense.

  • Erin, EdD candidate, Curriculum Leadership

    My dissertation involved analyzing a large amount of data. Even though I only have a surface level understanding of statistics, I was planning on learning the software and doing the analysis myself. I was spending a great deal of time learning how to do this and became completely overwhelmed. I had heard of statistical consultants and through a search found The Dissertation Coach. I had a free phone consultation with Dr. Jeffry White and learned so much just from our brief phone call. Dr. White was very clear about what services he would provide and gave an accurate estimate of the cost. I sent Dr. White my data and within days he had the analysis done and talked me through each step so that I felt prepared to write about the results. He responded very promptly to each of my emails and answered my many questions throughout the process. I can honestly say that this was the best money I have spent. It saved me hours of work and Dr. White really helped me feel comfortable with the statistics so that I could confidently write about them. I can’t say enough about what a positive experience I had with The Dissertation Coach.

  • A.C., Psy.D., Chicago

    The Dissertation Coach proved a wonderful service. Laura Plybon, PhD was a pleasure to work with and she helped me organize and interpret my data analysis in a competent and friendly manner. She always responded to my questions and concerns with thoughtful answers and within a short time-frame. I primarily sought help with statistical analyses and data interpretation, but the service can be as comprehensive as you need. With Laura’s guidance, my dissertation went from being one of the most stressful aspects of my program to one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences. Moreover, my oral defense was a resounding success and my committee members said my completed work was one of the strongest they had seen to date.  If you’re considering this service, I would wholeheartedly recommend it. Thank you.

  • RC, EdD, Educational Leadership

    I was initially apprehensive about using the services offered by The Dissertation Coach, but the owner, Alison Miller, PhD put me at ease. She put me in contact with Dr. Jeffry White and it could have not worked out better. I had already collected and coded my data. Dr. White reassured me that I had done a good job getting the data ready to input into SPSS. He gave me confidence that I was on the right track and helped me develop a data analysis plan and ensured I reported my findings in the correct APA statistical format and language. What I appreciated most is how Dr. White made me part of the process which gave me ownership of my results section. He was also available for questions, revisions and follow up. Working with Dr. White was the most enjoyable and educational part of my dissertation process. The services of The Dissertation Coach definitely expedited my dissertation process. I would strongly recommend the services of The Dissertation Coach. You will not regret it. They are ultimate professionals.

  • Anonymous, Ph.D., School Psychology

    After struggling with my dissertation for many years with little help from my committee, I felt frustrated and overwhelmed. I was ready to throw in the towel. I then turned to The Dissertation Coach and was introduced to Dr. Laura Plybon. Despite being on a short timeline, due to several extensions, Dr. Plybon took me on and was never judgmental. She was professional, meticulous and articulate. She was also very empathetic and warm. After the initial phone conference, I felt as though I was speaking with an old friend. Dr. Plybon helped me develop a manageable plan, assisted me with multiple edits, explained difficult statistics to me in an understandable manner, and coached me prior to defense. She spoke with me on the phone as needed and answered all of my emails promptly. Dr. Plybon made the entire process more feasible and helped me work through severe anxiety issues associated with the process. In just a few short months Dr. Plybon helped me successfully defended my dissertation.  For this I am eternally grateful. I would not have been able to tackle such a feat without her support and guidance. I highly recommend Dr. Plybon and cannot say enough positive things about her. Even after defense, she continued to support me and helped me with corrections until my final submission. Thank you Dr. Plybon!

  • Carmen Ochoa-Galindo, Ed.D, LCPC, Chicago

    I knew that I had to hire someone to help me analyze my data for my dissertation, since there was no way I would be able to do that myself. I sought out a couple of different dissertation service companies online, and was shocked by what they were charging me to help me with my data analysis. Then I found Dr. Alison Miller at The Dissertation Coach and she connected me with Dr. Laura Plybon, who was everything I needed and more. Not only was her work incredibe, she was also very professional, organized, easy to work with, and did my data analysis in a timely manner. She did a fantastic job analyzing my stats. Also, I was pleased with the reasonable rates that The Dissertation Coach charged me; they are affordable and worth every penny! My experience with the Dissertation Coach was very positive., I like how Dr. Alison took the time to match me with who she felt would be a good fit based on my project and time zone. I would definitely recommend The Dissertation Coach to anyone who is in need of assistance with their dissertation. My brother is currently writing his for his doctorate and I told him I already found who can help him with his stats! Thanks Dr. Alison and Dr. Laura so much!

  • Susan S., PhD Candidate

    Working with Dr. Jeff White has been a great learning experience, going above and beyond my expectations.  Dr. White provided many points of consideration for my study, during pre-analysis consultation and discussion, working to make my study even better than originally planned.  His work product is clear, understandable, and with timely delivery.  He walked me through each step of the process and analysis, remaining available post-analysis for questions via phone and email.  In our phone discussions he never made me feel inferior in my knowledge or as if I did not know what I was trying to accomplish.  He always focused on the my strengths and challenged me to look deeper.  An excellent experience that cut my timeline down considerably.  Would recommend him and the dissertation consultants to anyone who needs help in the dissertation struggle.

  • Jeff, EdD, Educational Administration

    The dissertation process is a very hard process to get through, and Dr. Miller’s company successfully was able to get me through the process in under 4 months.  I contacted The Dissertation Coach in March of 2012 and told her how I was stuck in the revision/pre IRB dissertation proposal stage.  I let her know that I really needed help getting through chapter 4; the statistics section of the dissertation. She introduced me to Dr. Jeffry White who is a professor of statistics in Louisiana and he took a look at my chapter three proposal and immediately identified the problems and issues with my statistics plan.  It took us only a week to come up with a new statistical plan.  Dr. White then helped me through the proposal and in one month I passed the IRB and was ready to collect my data.  Over the next two or three months Dr. White advised me through the writing of chapters 4 and 5 and on July 27, 2012 I set up my dissertation defense.  Dr. White then reviewed chapters 4 and 5 of my dissertation and told me I was ready to defend.  So,now I am Dr. Jeff.  Thank You Dr. Miller and Dr. White for helping me.

     

  • J.M.C., Ph.D.

    I just successfully completed my dissertation defense in the fall of 2011.  It went extremely well, with few revisions and I owe a large part of that to the guidance and support of your team.  I contacted your company after extensive research of dissertation coaches and it paid off!  I never dreamt that a statistician could provide so much encouragement and guidance throughout the last two chapters.  Keep up the good work and be assured your service is a vital one to all us new scholars.

  • Jennifer Smith, University of Pennsylvania

    I wholeheartedly recommend The Dissertation Coach to anyone who seeks statistical assistance. Having first tried working with two other statisticians who did not deliver on what they promised, I know what to look for (and what to avoid), and my statistician provided professional, informative, and productive statistics with rapid turnaround. He also took the time to carefully explain the selection of statistics for my study and how they should be interpreted. At the completion of our work together, I felt I had learned more about statistics than I did in the actual statistics classes I took in graduate school. I would embark on another quantitative study only with my statistician as my guide.

  • Julie Marsden, doctoral student

    The Dissertation Coach has been a tremendous help. My statistician is extremely knowledgeable but he explains everything step by step. I feel much more confident about my project having worked with The Dissertation Coach on the analysis and findings.

  • M.B., Doctoral student

    I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the  team at The Dissertation Coach. My statistician is patient, understanding, and a clear thinker. He is an outstanding teacher and is great at helping you sort through the complex world of statistics. He explains things in a clear and concise manner. My interactions have been very professional. It is clear that he enjoys his work and working with students.

  • S.D., Doctoral Student

    Dr. White is thorough, efficient and presents results in a way that is easy to comprehend. He has a knack for making complicated analyses understandable. He has addressed my many questions with clear, quick responses and seems genuinely concerned that I grasp the details of the methods and analyses. He has been a pleasure to work with.

  • Sheila Astuccio, PhD

    The Dissertation Coach has provided statistical and editing expertise for my doctoral dissertation report. My statistician statistical editing approach included time to allow comprehension of the best statistical approach to respond to my research questions. He patiently explained the regression analysis option used with SPSS. He was respectful, responsive, and thorough to assure that the dissertation analysis and interpretation was reflective of the research questions for my study. It has been a pleasure to work with my statistician due to his concern for a successful outcome. Thank you very much.

  • Robert S. Frey

    My direct experience with the leadership and subject matter-experts of Ms. Alison Miller’s “The Dissertation Coach” was genuinely extraordinary and highly beneficial to me during the pivotal pre-defense stage of my dissertation. The level of customer care provided was characterized by rapid responsiveness, beginning with my initial query and continuing throughout our interaction together. Special recognition of the statistical acumen and interpersonal skills of my statistician is richly deserved. He approached statistical treatment of my dataset in the context of my overall dissertation and the associated research questions and hypotheses going far beyond treating the data as merely “input” for SPSS statistical software. Patiently and steadily, he assisted me in understanding the strengths and constraints of specific statistical approaches. He helped me gain knowledge and confidence in “thinking” and “speaking” in a statistically sound and defensible manner. He was there when I needed his expertise and guidance the most. I reserve for him my highest praise and appreciation.

  • Dr. Kay L Prendergast

    I had the pleasure of working with The Dissertation Coach during an extremely stressful time of my life. I was working and traveling as well as finishing my dissertation. During this time I also experienced several unexpected family deaths which pushed me the limit. I truly believe that without the professionalism and statistical expertise of The Dissertation Coach team I would not have succeeded or finished my PhD. They have excellent listening skills and is very open to client feedback which makes for a high quality finished product.

  • Kim Clark, PhD

    My statistician provided excellent statistical analysis and explained the analyses he used and why he used them. He was able to explain the results. He answered any questions I had and was available at any time. He also provided a disc that tracked his actions in SPSS so that the person can actually see what he had done.