R. S., PhD
Dr. Kirk Ketelsen was instrumental in helping organize and present all the data! The professor on the defense committee who is the “stat” expert specifically referenced the data analysis and clarity of presentation. This compliment reflects back to Dr. Ketelsen! He understood my research focus and needs and put it all together! Truly an amazing job! I also must thank you for pairing me up with a professional such as Kirk. I am still emotional about my successful defense. The committee was so impressed they made a recommendation for journal publication and national conference speaking presentation. Again, it came down to the data and analysis as well as presentation. Thank you for your support and service!
Anonymous, PhD, Psychology, Texas
I was facing a tight deadline in order to graduate as planned when I sought out assistance from The Dissertation Coach. Although I had taken a course on SEM, it had not prepared me adequately for the advanced analysis that I needed in order to complete my dissertation. My statistics consultant (Jim McGinley) and I devised a plan and he was sure that he could help me to cross the finish line. Each step of the way his response was prompt and informative. He helped me to complete my analysis and I am happy to say that I successfully defended my dissertation last month. Due to the expert assistance from my coach, I am graduating soon and will embark on my next phase as a professional. Needless to say, I highly recommend these services because it helped me meet my goals and avoided paying costly tuition for an additional semester’s enrollment.
Jim McGinley helped me learn how to use some statistical tools (like MPlus) to analyze data that I had never used before. With Jim’s help and support, I am now much more confident using new data analysis techniques, which has improved my own research and my confidence in reviewing papers. Jim is clear, patient, and extremely helpful. It is amazing to have someone that you can go to with statistics questions and trust that he will spend the time to help you become confident approaching the problem on your own. I found working with Jim a much more efficient use of my time than trying to learn the software and techniques on my own, and I will not hesitate to reach out to Jim in the future if I ever want to discuss statistical issues with another highly skilled person.
Elizabeth, PhD, Arizona State University
After consulting with Alison Miller, she handpicked Jennifer Gonzalez to work with me based on my topic and Jennifer’s background. I had completed half my dissertation at that point, but needed some extra help with running my statistics and understanding the results. Jennifer was instrumental in my success and was so reassuring – she would have conference calls as needed and would get back to me via email regarding any questions that I had in a matter of hours. The cost was so reasonable and the extra one on one tutoring was worth every single penny. I highly recommend The Dissertation Coach. They can provide exactly the support you need during an incredibly stressful time.
Debra, PhD, Miami
When I reached chapter four of my dissertation, I contacted The Dissertation Coach for help with statistical analysis. It certainly was a worthwhile investment. Kathy Stansbury was committed to my success. She provided clear, concise explanations every step of the way. Whether it be via phone or email, I felt like I was interacting with a friend. Thanks to Kathy, I defended my dissertation with confidence and earned my PhD.
I dedicate those three letters after my name to Jim McGinley. My dissertation journey was long, complicated and gut wrenching at times. It wasn’t until I started working with Jim about one year before my defense that I was able to turn a corner in the process and finally reach the finish line. He provided step by step guidance for each analysis and helped me to feel confident in my methods and results. He answered every tiny question promptly (often within minutes) and helped to bolster my ability to answer my own questions. He checked in on my progress throughout and was always available when deadlines started to pop up with very little notice. Our Sunday morning dissertation defense prep calls were so valuable to me in helping me to feel completely prepared to defend all questions from my committee. My committee was blown away by the amount of work put into the methods section–and the clarity in which every step was explained. And to my astonishment, my very opinionated committee accepted my dissertation at my defense with no revisions. Jim was one of the first people I reached out to after this milestone since he was truly with me every step of the way. I am beyond grateful to Jim and know that I as continue to move forward professionally he will be the first person I reach out to for any and all methods related questions.
Working with The Dissertation Coach was a solid investment. Statistician Dr. Cassady Pitt guided me through the entire statistical analysis process, from preparing and cleaning the data set to reporting the results. By working with Dr. Pitt, I was able to be more confident in my knowledge of statistics and SPSS and felt prepared before my defense. Without Dr. Pitt and The Dissertation Coach, I would not have been able to complete and successfully defend my dissertation. I would highly recommend this service!
Meghan Lee, PhD
Over the past year I have worked closely with Cassady Pitt running various analyses and interpreting the findings for my dissertation. I am very satisfied with the quality of service that I received from her. Overall, Cassady was quick to respond to requests, provided estimated turnaround timeframes, and was readily available for questions when needed. After struggling somewhat with my proposal (prior to hiring the Dissertation Coach), it was a breath of fresh air to leave my defense knowing that my committee was very satisfied with the end result. I would highly recommend Cassady and The Dissertation Coach to other graduate students who need assistance.
I thank the statistics God for directing me to Jim McGinley and The Dissertation Coach. I was having tremendous concerns about the results chapter and anxiety around whether I would finish my dissertation. I was at a loss and did not know where to turn. Fortunately, I sought guidance and found Jim. He was both patient and knowledgeable and took the time to understand the topic and purpose of my paper. He guided me through every step of the process, including the last step of preparing for my defense. I cannot emphasize the support he provided, from the statistical analyses, explanations, tables, and everything else that goes along with this very challenging chapter. We had bi-weekly meetings to discuss the progress, my next steps, and answer any and all questions I had. The feedback he provided allowed me to develop a greater understanding of my statistical plan and my overall study. He is absolutely an expert in the statistical realm, not to mention a pleasure to work with. He is honest, practical, diligent, and takes such care of his clients. I could not have had a better experience. Jim was my lifeline and an invaluable component of completing my PhD.
Cynthia Phillips, EdD, Curriculum and Instruction, Liberty University
After a quick “Google” search and contacting several services available to provide support to me as I struggled to understand and utilize SPSS for the statistics in my quantitative study, I watched Alison’s video for the Dissertation Coach. I was drawn in immediately, but the frankness and honesty displayed through the process led me to contract with the Dissertation Coach to help finish my dissertation. Alison matched me with a statistician, Harry McGinnis,who was just right for my study. I was able to complete the process in just a few short weeks. I absolutely recommend The Dissertation Coach for anyone working to complete a thesis or dissertation. They provide great feedback and gently guide you along the way. The cost is very reasonable, too!
J. Swartz, EdD
Dr. Miller was right! She said she had the perfect match for my time crunch and Dr. Kathy Stansbury supported my statistical efforts for my dissertation. She assisted me from the point of creating a data analysis plan all the way through the presentation of the findings. She surpassed my expectations. I highly recommend this team!
Laura Plybon at The Dissertation Coach has been amazing to work with. I have learned more about statistics working with her on my dissertation than I have in statistic courses. She walks you through everything in order to help you understand your analyses, findings, etc. Laura is easy to talk to and will patiently explain and teach you important concepts. She encourages you to learn and understand rather than “doing everything for you.” This was a great learning experience and it was definitely helpful in terms of completing this milestone. I highly recommend her and The Dissertation Coach.
My experience with The Dissertation Coach has been amazing since the moment I chose to email Dr. Alison Miller (owner) for more information. Dr. Miller patiently listened to my needs, frustrations with the dissertation process, and concerns about utilizing an agency, all the while showing genuine interest in my dissertation topic. She indicated that I would have a selection of statisticians to interview so that I could find the best fit for me, but after speaking with Dr. Cassady Pitt I knew that I did not need to speak with anyone else. Similar to Dr. Miller, Dr. Pitt was empathetic with my situation and poor knowledge of statistics, never once making me feel rushed. Within 24 hours of our conversation, Dr. Pitt created an itemized estimate of the work that I needed done, and within a week of our initial contact we were able to begin working on my analyses. During this process she was highly communicative, emailing me to provide me with updates or ask questions when needed. She would also inform me of how much time she had spent on each step so that I would not be surprised when the invoice arrived. I was so pleased with our working relationship that I asked her to do more work beyond what our initial contract included. Overall, I could not be happier with the services that The Dissertation Coach and Dr. Pitt have provided me. I would highly recommend this company as well as Dr. Pitt to all those in need of dissertation help!
MS, Ph.D. University of Nevada Las Vegas
When it was time to write my dissertation prospectus, I was told it was to be the first three chapters of my dissertation. I looked everywhere for guidelines on how to actually write a dissertation, but there were none to be found in my department and the grad college guidelines were broad and vague. I read dozens of other dissertations in my field trying to get a feel for what I was supposed to do. Soon, I was confused and overwhelmed. I worked full time, so I did not have much opportunity to work on other projects with my committee. They were exceptionally busy and with my schedule, we did not have much time to meet. I knew I needed a personal consultant who could devote time to walk me through the process. I did lots of research and called lots of agencies, but never felt good about any of them. Then I called the Dissertation Coach. Alison Miller called me back right away. She seemed to understand everything I was going through. She completely understood my situation and exactly understood the type of support I needed. She introduced me to my consultant, Laura Plybon. Laura was amazing! She calmly walked me through the steps. Explained what I was supposed to do. She reviewed and edited my chapters and gave me critical advice where I needed to strengthen my arguments. Needless to say I passed my prospectus with flying colors. As I slogged through my data analysis (20,000 cases and I can’t even remember how many variables), she was there for me with helpful advice and support when I knew my data didn’t look right after transforming it and I had to do it all over again. She gave me advice on the right statistical package to use for complex samples and how to get it at a lower cost. Laura and I had weekly meetings throughout my dissertation process until I felt like I could stand on my own two feet. Although my committee was also very helpful, especially towards the end. I think that Laura knew my project better than my committee did. She was amazingly patient, intelligent, and a true professional. This organization is everything they advertise themselves to be and I would never have been able to complete my dissertation without them. The costs were very reasonable and the billing process was amazingly easy. The invoices came to me via email and I was able to pay by PayPal with a click of a button. So simple and worth every penny. The last thing I needed during that time of stress was problems dealing with paying invoices. All I can say is THANK YOU for providing such a valuable and much needed service!
C. S., PhD in Finance, School of Management and Technology
I just wanted to say thank you to you and Dr. McGinnis. Dr. Miller, you matched me up with the perfect Dissertation Coach and Statistician. Dr. McGinnis was great to work with and he did an excellent job. Once I gave him my Proposal, he provided me with some sound recommendations. He was always professional, courteous, and attentive with my concerns and questions. He was prompt to respond to my questions and was quick with providing me my data analysis. I enjoyed my experience with your staff and I am so grateful that you provide such a tremendous service.
I will graciously recommend others to your service!
Jim McGinley at The Dissertation Coach comes at my highest recommendation for assistance and support with dissertation statistics. Jim’s work was truly lifesaving and an integral part of my dissertation process. Jim was reliable, prompt, and kind at all times. He walked me through the consulting process and was always responsive to each of my (many) questions throughout the months we worked together. His expertise was invaluable and I could not be more thankful that I had his help for one of the most important projects of my graduate school career. Thanks Jim!
Anonymous, PhD in Psychology
Dr. Jim McGinley was an invaluable help to me in running SEM analysis for my dissertation. I had no idea how much I had gotten in over my head, but Dr. McGinley was patient, knowledgeable, and responsive. I seriously do not think I could have done it without him. My data were extremely complex, and required much more advanced statistics than the majority of graduate students would be able to handle alone. I appreciate Jim’s help and patience as we worked together for months to get the analysis just right.
Dr. Erika Ziedler
The consultant, Harry McGinnis, who was assigned to me was amazing. After nearly being scammed by one company and receiving incomplete work from another consultant, I was very hesitant to use another service. However, I was at a point in my data analysis where I was unable to proceed without assistance. Harry was professional, helpful, and his work was above standard. He always responded quickly and made himself available to answer any and all questions. I went into my dissertation defense confidently, and my committee commented they should have recorded my presentation as an example for future students. I am sure that my success is due in part to the support that Harry provided me through The Dissertation Coach. Thank you for all of your hard work and assistance.
Pamela, Doctoral Student
I worked with Deirdre Rogers and she was excellent. She was professional, organized and clearly communicated how she would analyze the data and she gave me an accurate timeline for when she would have the work completed. I ended up needing additional work done beyond my original requests for assistance and she was very helpful and timely in completing those requests as well. I would highly recommend her services.
A.P., Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology
Jim McGinley was fantastic. He zeroed in on my needs immediately and worked incredibly quickly to help complete my statistical analyses. The statistician on my committee agreed with everything Jim suggested — and up until then, nothing I did could please that committee member! Jim’s turnaround time was amazing, and he was extremely responsive over email and efficient during our phone calls. I can’t say enough good things about my experience with him. I truly believe that he is the reason I finished up my dissertation in just a few months after years of spinning my wheels. As cliché as it sounds, my only regret is that I didn’t use Jim sooner!
Ryan Giffen, PhD, Hospitality Management
The Dissertation Coach, specifically, Harry McGinnis proved to be a true asset throughout my time as a doctoral student. Knowing that statistics was my Achilles’ heal, I reached out to the dissertation coach for help. Harry was patient, understanding, and motivating when it came to my countless emails and phone calls. Through his guidance, I started to grasp statistics and the data analysis in which I deployed in my research. Thanks to Harry’s qualities and The Dissertation Coach, I was able to successfully complete a solid body of research and earn a PhD!
David F., doctoral student, Australia
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 The Dissertation Coach 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 The Dissertation Coach to those that need some direction in statistical analysis.
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 The Dissertation Coach and learned so much just from our brief phone call. My statistician 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.
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.
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
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.