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Feeling alone, frustrated, confused? Thinking of throwing in the towel? Founded on the belief that you can realize your dream of becoming a doctor with your sanity, health, and relationships intact, the Happy Doc Student Podcast delivers weekly inspiration through academic wisdom and esoteric insight. It's no secret the doctoral journey is a difficult one, but you're not alone; join us and put more JOY in your journey!

Happy Doc Student Podcast Heather Frederick, PhD

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Feeling alone, frustrated, confused? Thinking of throwing in the towel? Founded on the belief that you can realize your dream of becoming a doctor with your sanity, health, and relationships intact, the Happy Doc Student Podcast delivers weekly inspiration through academic wisdom and esoteric insight. It's no secret the doctoral journey is a difficult one, but you're not alone; join us and put more JOY in your journey!

    #32 Recover from the Post-Dissertation Slump and Other Insights with Dr. Veronika Larova

    #32 Recover from the Post-Dissertation Slump and Other Insights with Dr. Veronika Larova

    Dr. Veronika Larova was a student turned colleague. In this episode, we discuss the emotional rollercoaster ride of the process, the post-dissertation slump, and lessons I learned as her Chair. 

    Her doctoral project was titled:
    "The Evolution of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Treatment: Lessons Learned from MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy" Her project resulted in the development of the PACT Model and was recently published in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology: The PACT Model: Improving Outcomes in the Treatment of PTSD.
     Link to article: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/00221678211009993
    She is currently completing her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Wright Institute in Los Angeles, where she provides individual therapy and facilitates women's groups. 
    Veronika presented as a “rockstar” student. She dedicated time to her studies and possessed the raw ability to make her a natural scholar-practitioner. 
    Take-Aways:
    1.    Don’t go this alone: Everyone needs support during the process. 
    2.    Getting feedback can be tough, especially if you are not used to getting significant feedback on your scholarly work; listen to this podcast episode: How to Feel Good about Feedback: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/8063165
    3.    Trust the feedback will strengthen your project.
    4.    Build a community of support; this podcast will help: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/8234175
    5.    Seek support from your network – this includes peers, your Chair, and your family. While you can do this alone, the journey is more pleasant when you can count on the support of those who want you to succeed.
    6.    Take this one step at a time – you only need to know your very next step.
    7.    Trust the process
    8.    When you finish, just as you will be a different person, so might those who have had to take up new hobbies to fill time while you were working on your degree. 
    9.    Acknowledge the post-dissertation slump and check out The Artist’s Way (journaling and the Artist’s date): https://amzn.to/3xowzvB
    10. Be kind and gentle with yourself and those who support you
    Resources available at: http://Expandyourhappy.com
    Happy Doc Student Swag: http://Expandyourhappy.com
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    • 25 min
    #31 Reality Check: Is a Doc Program for You? with Jamie Hillman

    #31 Reality Check: Is a Doc Program for You? with Jamie Hillman

    Jamie Hillman is a multi-passionate, purpose-driven human, on a mission to make the world a better place. Her podcast and blog (Jamie on Purpose) are for young professional women to learn all things professional and personal development along their journeys to being tomorrow’s world-changing CEOs, government officials, and community leaders. In this podcast she considers whether or not to pursue a doctorate. 
    STEP 1: REALITY CHECK
     #1. Do I have the time?  Residential programs often require you to work on your research full time making this question less relevant.  Online programs will require a minimum of 15-30 hrs/week depending on course load and your ability.  This is the equivalent to a part-time job.
     #2: Do I have the money?  How much debt am I willing to incur, understanding I may not receive the degree? Be proactive and decide right now the amount of money you are willing to spend. Yes, education is priceless, and many of those who start and don't finish say the experience was worth it, but please do ask yourself this question. 
     #3 Do I have the support? A doctoral program is not a Master’s degree plus. It is a transformative journey that will change you and those close to you. Do people do this without the support of their friends and family? Sure. But, it's often not pleasant. 
     Have a heart-to-heart talk with those who are close to you. How do they feel about the time and financial commitment? Are they willing to attend events without you (remember that 20+ hours?), take on extra responsibilities, incur debt with you, etc. 
     #4 Am I up for the task? A doctoral program is rigorous and even if you listen to every podcast, your body will experience stress. When was the last time you had a physical? Can your body take the added stress? How about your mind? Do you consider yourself a resilient person who can "bounce back" after trauma? 
    Get a physical and have a heart-to-heart with the person who knows and loves you best and ask them to share with you, candidly, if they think you are up for the task.
     STEP 2: LET’S DIG DEEPER
     #5 Do I have a clear end goal?  Why do you want this degree? A doctoral degree is costly in terms of time, effort, and often money. You will need a clear and focused why for two reasons: (1) To confirm you even need this degree and (2) to keep you going when the going gets tough. 
    #6 Will a doctorate get me closer to this goal? Spend time researching whether or not this degree will get you closer to your end goal. Find someone doing what you want to do and ask their advice (LinkedIn is a great resource for this). If they do encourage you to get your doctorate, be sure to ask them what type. 
     #7 Is pursuing a program in line with your core values?  If it’s not, why do it? See  Jamie on Purpose and her core value exercise: https://jamieonpurpose.com/blog/core-values
     EXTRA CREDIT: Do you consider yourself a nerd? Do you get excited when someone shows you how to improve something you think is already perfect because you see it as a learning experience? 
    Spend at least two weeks mulling over these questions. 
    Resources
    #16  - The Good Goodbye: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/8016142
    #21 – Should I Pursue a Doctoral Degree: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/8169838
    #25  - Applied versus PhD: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/8409468
    More at:http://Expandyourhappy.com

    • 32 min
    #30 Is the Secret to Writing Well Learning to Fail? with Louie Centanni

    #30 Is the Secret to Writing Well Learning to Fail? with Louie Centanni

    Learn tips and tricks that will make writer’s block a thing of the past!
    Louie Centanni, MFA, is a lecturer at San Diego State University and has been teaching writing, rhetoric, and composition for over a decade. He is also an online writing consultant at the University of Arizona Global Campus Writing Center, and as a writer, he has published several short works and essays. When the global pandemics aren't killing everyone's social lives, he tours as a standup comedian. 
    It's a lot easier to make bad writing good than to make no writing!Writer’s Block – Does not exist – it is just an excuse for the fact we are terrified our writing doesn’t sound good.Writing is like any other skill: Practice, fail, practice, fail.  Do not be afraid to fail. Our society teaches that failure is the worst thing ever, and it's not. Failure is feedback. Don't take it personally; laugh at yourself.Tips:
    1.     JUST DO IT! Start writing anything that's on your mind, even if it's bad; just get some words on the page.
    2.     Write first, edit later (pretend like your delete key does not exist).
    3.     Make an outline; have a plan.
    4.     Then, ask yourself, what do I need to do in each sentence? 
    5.     Write what you think you need to write, then show it to someone for feedback; feedback is information that will help you get on track. 
    6.     Do not take feedback personally – this is a common theme on many of the episodes and if getting feedback is tough for you, listen to episode #18: “How to Feel Good about Feedback with Dr. Kelly Stewart” https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/8063165
    7.     Beware of imposter syndrome (we spoke about this on episode #9 “The Dissertation Shift with Todd Fiore” https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/7242724 
    8.     Do not try to sound smart, do not attempt to “dress up” your writing. The BEST writing is CLEAR writing. 
    9.     Follow templates if you get stuck (see the resource below).
    10.  Turn off Facebook, your phone, email – ANYTHING that can distract you (remember those grey activities that Mark Woods talked about in episode #6: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/7136806
    11.  Resist cleaning your house (see #1)
    Resources:
    Happy Doc Student Swag: https://www.bonfire.com/store/happy-doc-student-podcast-swag/
    They Say/ I Say by Gerald Graff and Cathy Berkinstein: https://amzn.to/3uqog0g
     Grammarly:  https://grammarly.go2cloud.org/aff_c?offer_id=3&aff_id=66812&source=website
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    • 30 min
    #29 Leverage Your Librarian (and other time saving tips) with Anna Uribe

    #29 Leverage Your Librarian (and other time saving tips) with Anna Uribe

     Take-home message: Utilize the librarian and your library! 
    Anna Uribe: Masters of Library and Information Services and lead instruction librarian and the liaison for doctoral programs at the University of Arizona global campus, AUGC.
    Tips:
    1.     Don’t use links to save your research
    2.     Download that resource
    3.     Figure out how you will organize your references: Zotero, Mandalay, Refworks (check to see if your tuition covers citation software – if not, check out the free links I have on my website: https://www.expandyourhappy.com/online-resources)
    4.     Book a one-on-one appointment with a librarian to discuss your research area
    5.     Don’t spend more than 30 minutes being confused or frustrated!
    6.     Start learning how to do advanced searches now so you have this under your belt by the time you get to your dissertation/doc project
    7.     Librarians are experts in finding information  - they do this for their JOB and they LIKE IT! (utilize them: 24/7 chats, emails, phone calls, etc.)
    8.     Estimate that it will take you 90 minutes to find ONE resource – this includes searching, evaluating search results, reviewing an article, and note taking
    9.     Schedule time to be in the library to work on your research (communicate your need for this dedicated time with your family and friends)
    10.  Research AND then write (don’t try to do both together)
    Other recommended resources: https://www.expandyourhappy.com

    Get the article: The Doctoral Journey - 12 Things You Should Know (that they probably won't tell you!): https://www.expandyourhappy.com/HDSP121

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    • 22 min
    #28 The Connection Between Your Posture & Your Success with Moylan Ryan, Rolfer®

    #28 The Connection Between Your Posture & Your Success with Moylan Ryan, Rolfer®

    Moylan Ryan
    Somatic psychotherapist in Europe Rolfing® practitioner (Structural Integration). Learn more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81n-B1WI3BgCertified posture exercise professional Movement educatorProvider of continuing education with the national certification board of therapeutic massage and bodyworkEmbodiment coach (virtual men's groups)What is posture?
    Posture is really a representation of how we feel about ourselves. It's a representation of our self-image, our self-worth, our self-esteemIt is not static but based on a triad of experiences: balance, alignment, and motion Why care about your posture? (it’s more than just looking good!)

    Physical
    An epidemic of forward head position/protraction in the shoulders; the body is so intelligent that it supports our activity, or inactivity. A stooped concave type of position leads to your body laying down layers of connective tissue that will keep you in that shape. Forward head position puts pressure on the thoracic cavity, impeding pulmonary function, your breathing ability, and also it's having a diminished effect on your cardiovascular system. Could lead to heart disease and COPD. FatiguePsychological
    If your body is expressed in tension, torsion, and compression you’re in a collapsed state and playing small. You cannot be in FLOW. A body that has length, breadth, and depth has space in it. Most bodies have run out of space. Cognitive
    Poor posture impedes the flow of the oxygenated blood coming up into the brainstem leading to mind fog. Bottom Line: The shape of your body is related to your ability to accomplish your goals (read that TWICE!  - at least). Listen up guys: The mind-body connection is very real!
    Power in the breath – Understand the link between inspiration and respiration.
    Move from a reactive state to a responsive one (from fight, flight, or freeze into FLOW)Practice deep breathing (relax the pelvic floor, breath into the belly, extend the exhale)Tips:
    Use a standing deskTake lots of breaks & move your body oftenPractice balancing on one foot (put one hand on a wall for support)Be conscious of your alignment (look at your feet)Practice deep belly breathing (stay centered & build your resilience)Get Rolfed®“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In our space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.” Viktor Frank
    Connect with Moylan Ryan
    Website: https://moylan-ryan.com
    YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/PostureIQ
    Recommended resources: https://www.expandyourhappy.com

    Get the article: The Doctoral Journey - 12 Things You Should Know (that they probably won't tell you!): https://www.expandyourhappy.com/HDSP121

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    • 29 min
    #27 Navigating the Path to Doctoral Success with Dr. Lonny Ness

    #27 Navigating the Path to Doctoral Success with Dr. Lonny Ness

    As you pursue your doctoral degree, you might feel a bit like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. There will be wicked witches, fireballs, and flying monkeys. But, there will also be munchkins and good witches. 
    Here’s how to navigate the Yellow Brick Road:
    Trust the process (and ENJOY IT!)Realize doing a dissertation is both art & scienceDon’t over-complicate thisYou can’t boil the ocean (find the balance between too broad and too narrow) Your dissertation/doc project isn’t going to win the Noble Peace Prize (so just let that go and get it done! You probably do not need to do mixed-methodsYour dissertation/do project is simply a demonstration project (it must demonstrate to the academy you are worthy of the degree)Scholarly writing and APA are a huge part of the processEnsure a solid topic:aligned with your degree and specialization (you might need to “turn the lens”)it’s something you want to be known as an expert in (and will hold your interest for years)substantiated by recent (3-5 years) scholarly (peer-reviewed) research (you must be able to answer: Why are we doing this research?)consider the population – if “protected” per IRB you might need to “turn the lens” (instead of minors/prisoners, etc. maybe the people who work with them?)consider data collection (how will you access the population?) Seek alignment before you write your proposal (is the problem, purpose, RQs, design, analytical strategy aligned?  See below for Dr. Lonny's download and also this episode that speaks specifically to the issue of alignment:  https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/7455607Lonny (Lawerence) Ness holds a PhD in Business Management and has been in the field of online higher ed for nearly 20 years. To date he has worked as a chair with close to 100 graduates. Not only is he the founder of Dissertation101 Mentoring Services, Inc. and mydissertation.coach, He is also the founder of donut explorers created as a community to seek, share, and promote the world's best donuts. 
    Connect with Dr. Ness:
    @mydissertationcoach1 (Facebook)
    @mydissertation6 (Twitter)
    https://bit.ly/3rWQYF6 (Youtube)
    mydissertation.coach (website)
    https://mydissertationcoach.quora.com/ (Quora)
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/dissertation101/ (LinkedIn)
    Annotated Prospectus Template & Literature Review Matrix Template: https://mydissertation.coach/downloads
    Recommended resources: https://www.expandyourhappy.com

    Get the article: The Doctoral Journey - 12 Things You Should Know (that they probably won't tell you!): https://www.expandyourhappy.com/HDSP121

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    • 28 min

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