APA 7th Edition Changes: Inclusive Language

After nearly a decade, the American Psychological Association (APA) has updated their style guide, publishing the 7th edition of the manual in late 2019. There are numerous important changes to the guide that will impact doctoral students and candidates as schools begin transition from the 6th to the 7th edition. I hope to highlight some

Common Quantitative Research Questions – Group Differences

Generally speaking, there are four types of commonly asked questions in that lead to inferential analyses in quantitative research. Those questions examine differences between groups, differences over time, relationships between variables, and prediction of outcomes. We’ll look further at the construction of some group difference questions, keeping in mind that many reviewers don’t like research

Commonly asked questions in quantitative research – Group Differences

Generally speaking, there are four types of commonly asked questions in that lead to inferential analyses in quantitative research. Those questions examine differences between groups, differences over time, relationships between variables, and prediction of outcomes. We’ll look further at the construction of some group difference questions, keeping in mind that many reviewers don’t like research

Assigning Self-Value to Your Dissertation

How often do you reflect on your accomplishments and then applaud your dedication and hard work?  If your answer was ‘not often,’ you are extinguishing your own light! Assigning yourself and your efforts value, especially during the dissertation process, is critical for sustained success and continued motivation. Self-value is more behavioral than emotional, meaning it

Practicing Patience: Key to a Successful Mindset

Patience is the theme for May’s newsletter. Patience is described by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “the ability to remain calm when dealing with a difficult or annoying situation, task, or person.” During these trying times, we must remain patient with our peers and colleagues, our friends and family, and most importantly, we must practice patience

Popular Dissertation FAQ’s

The Importance of Research Part 1: The Research Problem and Background

In helping people with their dissertation studies, I have noticed a central recurring issue: lack of appropriate in-depth research. Research is so fundamental to a study that students may sometimes overlook its importance. Or, someone may just not be strong researcher, which can be addressed by using resources and through the assistance of a school

Love Your Dissertation

Fall back in love with your research and learn to love the dissertation process. How? The same way you began your doctoral journey, with dedicated motivation and purpose! Procrastination is a killer of progress for most graduate students, so our February theme is about honing your intellectual passion to create the dissertation progress you’ve been

Reject the Null or Accept the Alternative? Semantics of Statistical Hypothesis Testing

If you are conducting a quantitative study for your dissertation, it is likely you have created a set of hypotheses to accompany your research questions. It is also likely that you have constructed your hypotheses in the “null/alternative” format. In this format, each research question has both a null hypothesis and an alternative hypothesis associated

The Chi-Square Test in Structural Equation Modeling

Anyone familiar with structural equation modeling (SEM) will know that there are a myriad of measures and indices that researchers may use to evaluate the fit of a model. Here, we will briefly highlight one particular assessment of model fit: the chi-square (χ2) test. The chi-square test is unique among possible the measures of fit


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