There’s more to a dissertation than the research!


dissertation-image-300x240Ask yourself these questions:

  • Why is the dissertation so important for completion of the PhD?
  • Is it a test of a student’s knowledge?  Research skills?  Fortitude?
  • Or is it merely a rite of passage?
  • What are some of the habits, skills, or practices that make some students more successful than others at completing the dissertation?
  • What do you need to do to successfully complete the dissertation process?

We are excited to announce that Dr. Jennifer Read will be joining us this coming Friday, October 30, to help answer these questions. The theme of the call will be There’s more to a dissertation than the research!

Dr. Read, a professor at the University of Buffalo, has been conducting research on PTSD and substance abuse, particularly in college students. She has also developed the Young Adult Alcohol Consequences Questionnaire (YAACQ), a widely used measure of alcohol consequences that has been translated into a number of languages.

This will be the second call in our Visiting Scholar Series.  Whether you are a student, post-doc, or faculty member, this call will provide you with a valuable perspective on the dissertation process. This second Conference Call will take place this coming Friday, October 30 at noon (CDT; 1 p.m. EDT). Here is how you can join us for the call:

At noon (CDT; 1:00 p.m. EDT), dial into the conference line: (712) 775-7031
When prompted, please enter the meeting ID: 784-557-822#

Please RSVP by leaving a comment in the “Leave a Reply” box, below. Feel free to introduce yourself, and include your name, University affiliation, and current status such as student, post-doc, etc. If you are a student, please also note your program and year in the program and ask any questions you might want addressed on the call.

Again, please note that the time is 12:00 p.m. Central Daylight Savings Time, which is 1:00 p.m. on the East coast and 10:00 a.m. on the West Coast.  Hope to hear you on the call!

Bruce S. Liese, PhD, ABPP
Chair, SoAP Membership Committee

Lauren A. Hoffman, MS
Student Chair, SoAP Membership Committee

For more information about our conference calls or any other APA Division 50 membership issues, contact Bruce Liese, PhD, Division 50 Membership Chair (

17 thoughts on “There’s more to a dissertation than the research!

  1. I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Education at UCI with a specialization in Educational Policy and Social Context. I’m a 5th year student and in the final stages of my dissertation titled “English Language Learners Opportunities to Learn: Language Proficiency Classification and its Consequences in Diverse Middle Schools.”

    1. I have 7 months to complete my three study dissertation. I have analyses and writing goals but usually my work takes longer than I expect. How can I make sure to meet my 7 month goal? Any scheduling suggestions?
    2. Do most students have their dissertation publication ready? Or do most students work on their dissertations after graduating?

    • I hope we can answer these questions, even if only by talking about “priorities” and “time management.” Looking forward to having you on the call!

  2. Hello!

    I am Teneisha McIntyre, 3rd year doctoral student in Howard University’s school psychology program. I look forward to hearing from you all!


  3. Hello. I am a 5th year PhD student at Temple University School of Pharmacy. I am within the department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and specialize in Behavioral Pharmacology. I am in the process of writing up my dissertation proposal and will present it to my committee in the end of this year or at the beginning of 2016. I plan on finishing my research within a year and defending it shortly afterwards.

  4. Hi there, I am a 5th year PhD student at the University at Buffalo. I am looking forward to this conference call and hearing more about expectations of a dissertation and tips on how to do it well and in a timely manner.

  5. Hello All,

    I’m Frances Adomako and I am a first year PhD student at Howard University. I have started the dissertation writing process and looking forward to learning more about the process, what to expect, what are some of the challenges and more importantly solutions to overcoming challenges that we may encounter.

    I look forward to hearing from everyone!

  6. Hello,

    My name is DonNika D. Jenkins and I am a first year doctoral student at Howard University; I am in my beginning stages of my dissertation research and I am looking forward to this conference call.

  7. Hello,
    My name is Claudia Delbasso and I am a first year doctoral student in the Clinical Medical Psychology program at Mercer Medical University. I’m a bilingual (Spanish & English) first-generation Hispanic student.

  8. Hi all,
    I am currently in my first year of the Clinical Medical Psychology program pursuing a doctoral degree at Mercer. I’m looking forward to this conference call and hearing more about successfully completing the dissertation process.

  9. Hello.

    I’m a fourth year graduate student pursing my doctorate degree from Mercer University in Clinical Medical Psychology. Thanks for creating this opportunity for us to learn about the dissertation process!

  10. Hi everyone,

    I am a first year Clinical Psychology PhD candidate at Old Dominion University through the Virginia Consortium Program. I don’t have any specific questions at this time, but am looking forward to the call.

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