September 29, 2018

About a year and a half before my dissertation defense, I was at a standstill with the statistical component of my dissertation and was not sure if I would even be able to complete the writing if I did not get the help I needed. My data set is extremely large and complex, and I was unsure as to how to manage and go about choosing the most appropriate tests to use. Needless to say, the light at the end of the tunnel was extremely dim. But I reached out to Alison Miller and she introduced me to Jim McGinley. Once I started working with Jim, everything (in terms of my PhD journey) changed, allowing me to see the light in a rather short period of time. Not only is Jim tremendously knowledgeable in an array of statistical methods, he is extremely personable, patient, kind, and professional. I am the type of person that asks lots of questions and really tries to understand the innerworkings of things and for some that can be difficult to handle. But, this was not the case for Jim. He was always willing to go above and beyond with making sure that I understood the things we were working on as he is genuinely concerned with his clients’ comprehension of the statistical tests. Jim is also extremely organized and always responded to my concerns in a timely manner—he never missed a deadline. Jim is someone you can rely on, hands down. I am forever grateful to Jim McGinley for his role in the completion of my dissertation and I highly recommend him as the ideal go-to-stats consultant. In sum, the Dissertation Coach is an incredible organization that will support you to the finish line—thank you, Alison Miller!