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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!

    #37 The Paul Shaw Story: From Jazz Musician to PhD (Part 1)

    #37 The Paul Shaw Story: From Jazz Musician to PhD (Part 1)

    At the time of this recording (Dec 2020) Paul Shaw was a second-year doctoral candidate at Union Institute and University with his is major area of concentration: Humanities and Culture. He was also pursuing a certification in Creative Writing and splits his time working on his musical career in performance and composition, conducting scholarly research, and teaching.

    You don't have to be a born-academic to thrive in a doctoral program.

    What's more important is to make sure you are in the program that is right for YOU!

    BEFORE YOU APPLY:
    1. Consider if this is the right time:  https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/8169838
    2. Consider if what program would be value add:  https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/8609514
    3.  Do your research (including understanding if the program requires a dissertation or applied doctoral project and read the course descriptions).
    4. Decide if a residency component is important to you and understand what the requirements are surrounding residencies.
    5. Once in your program, find your tribe ASAP (having trouble? check out the group I host at https://www.expandyourhappy.com
    6. Once you find your tribe, build those relationships (you will need their support and they will need yours!)
    7. Find your happy space (a way to be grounded); breaks will keep you sane and thinking clearly - In fact, this is episode is one of my pillars: Unleash Your Genius - The Secret of Self-Care: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/6988105
    8. Set your default to discovery mode!

    Remember: Being an independent scholar does not mean going on this journey alone!

    Learn more about Paul Shaw: http://paulshawmusic.com/about

    Check out his musical creations: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1PGRqVgCmkro8xRFvwZJpo?si=1d7b48ae13f841c6

    Other resources available at: http://Expandyourhappy.com
    Happy Doc Student Swag: https://www.bonfire.com/store/happy-doc-student-podcast-swag/
    Support this free content by treating Heather to a yummy green tea: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/expandyourhappy

    • 21 min
    #36 Meal Planning Hacks with Ben Mastracco

    #36 Meal Planning Hacks with Ben Mastracco

    Ben Mastracco is a Plant-Based Food Coach based out of San Diego California. He specializes in helping overwhelmed dieters transition to a (mostly) plant-based diet, become meal planning pro's, and find confidence, ease, and enjoyment in healthy eating. 
    Planning meals is a time-saver AND when you plan you are more likely to eat better (and you need to take care of YOU during this process).
    Meal planning can be SIMPLE and FUN!
    Ten Tips:
    1.    Approach meal planning and cooking from the lens of “How can I have more fun?” Ask yourself: What do I want to eat? What would be FUN to eat?
    2.    Do not over-complicate things (buy healthy pre-made items, like pizza crust and sauce versus making those from scratch)
    3.    Find 3-4 recipes (that’s it!) You can find recipes on Ben’s website (below), google or use the app Epicurious
    4.    When searching recipes, add the keyword phrases “20 minutes” or “fast” or “simple”
    5.    Get the whole family involved (from finding recipes, to shopping, to prepping, cooking and clean-up!)
    6.    Make a grocery list based on the recipes
    7.    Make extra so you have left-overs
    8.    Prep one day/week
    9.    Try the Buddha Bowl (ebook below)
    10. Stick with it (like all new habits you need to be consistent)
    Buddha Bowl eBook: www.BenMastracco.com/Buddha
    Connect with Ben:
    https://www.benmastracco.com/
    @benmastracco
    Other resources available at: http://Expandyourhappy.com
    Happy Doc Student Swag: https://www.bonfire.com/store/happy-doc-student-podcast-swag/
    Support this free content by treating Heather to a yummy green tea: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/expandyourhappy

    • 25 min
    #35 Best Practices for Students and Chairs with Dr. Eva Mika

    #35 Best Practices for Students and Chairs with Dr. Eva Mika

    Dr. Eva Mika obtained her PhD in clinical-community psychology from DePaul University Chicago. She is a leader, educator, advocate, and applied researcher who thrives on helping adult learners acquire the practical skills related to applied psychology. She is currently Acting Associate Dean for the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at Loyola University Chicago where she embraces and promotes cura personalis as part of the Ignatian Heritage of caring for the entire person. 
    Tips for students
    Communication is keyListenTrust Show respectBe candid  Be an advocate for yourself – request a 30-minute video call at the beginning of the process and regularly during the processUnderstand that Chairs are busy people; respect their timeDO NOT IGNORE FEEDBACKAsk questions Be ok with rejection (see feedback podcast below)Cool off  before communicating something you might regret laterFind support outside your Chair (see podcast below)Understand that conflicting feedback is a part of the processPause and consider if you really want thisYou chose this so drop the victim mentality (time to leave your program? see the good goodbye podcast)A good question to ask when you are getting feedback: Are the bones there? Ask about the foundation of your project.Don’t be stubborn Be mindful of your topic selection (see podcast on things you should know)Ask for what you need, but understand you may be asking for things that aren’t your Chair’s responsibilityDo your part – step up to the plate and be responsible and accountable for your degreeTips for Chairs
    Communication is keyOffer a video call prior to starting the project and regularly throughout; be candid about how you work with students Have the conversation about WHY the student is pursuing the degreeRecognize your role of welcoming the student into the profession - this goes beyond mentoring a dissertation/doc projectIf you have a resistant student, share this podcast Be aware of possible burnout - do you need a break or reduced student load to be the best Chair you can be?Encourage students to build a support system outside of you (you are not their therapist!) Don’t forget about your self-care (see self-care podcast below)Build your own system of support Loyola University Chicago Applied Psychology Program
    https://www.luc.edu/adult-education/degree-completion/applied-psychology/
    The Doc Journey: Things You Need to Know (that they probably won’t tell you)  https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/6911234
    How to Feel Good about Feedback  https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/8063165
    The Online Doctoral Journey: Building a Community of Support  https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/8234175
    Reality Check: Is a Doc Program for You? 
    https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/8609514
    Should I Pursue a Doctoral Degree – https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/8169838
    The Good Goodbye https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/8016142

    Unleash Your Genius: The Secret of Self-Care  https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/6988105

    Learn more: http://Expandyourhappy.com

    • 40 min
    #34 Use Sound to Sleep and Study Better with Karen Newell

    #34 Use Sound to Sleep and Study Better with Karen Newell

    Karen Newell is an author and specialist in personal development with a diverse body of work that rests upon the foundation of heart-centered consciousness. As an innovator in the emerging field of brainwave, entrainment, audio meditation, Karen empowers others in their journeys of self-discovery by demonstrating how to connect to inner guidance, achieve inspiration, improve wellness and develop intuition. She is co-founder of sacred acoustics and coauthor with Evan Alexander III, MD, of Living in a Mindful Universe. 
    The Power of Sound
    Sound has been used for millennia to healWe are mostly water and water is highly impacted by vibration/frequency, so this makes senseCertain tones can be very calming (like crystal bowls, tuning forks, or brass bowls – see links below)If meditation is difficult for you, try using sound (think of it as training wheels)Sound will help you pay less attention to the thoughts (that will always be there)YOU CAN MEDITATE! Research by Dr. Anna Yusim found a 26% decrease in anxiety levels, better sleep and better focus after using the technology for just two weeks (this pilot test used the Whole Mind Bundle)Brainwave entrainment is moving the brainwaves to a particular state.
    You might not find results with recordings on YouTube due to the way the sound is delivered (so give Sacred Acoustics a try – link below). 
    Get the best results by using headphones or earbuds (so you are delivering the sound to each ear separately).
    Brainwave states
    Delta – sleep state 0-4 Hz
    Theta – meditative state 4-7 Hz
    Alpha – focused state 7-12 Hz
    Beta – waking state 12-30 Hz
    Binaural beats are used to deliver a different frequency to each ear. The difference between the frequencies creates the brainwave state. 
    Sacred Acoustics uses binaural beats, monaural beats and harmonizes the frequencies so the sound is pleasing to the ears.
    Bottom line: We all have a unique brainwave print (like a fingerprint). So different sounds will impact people differently. Don’t give up! Keep on trying. You might have results immediately, or it might take a few weeks. 
    Connect with Karen Newell: Karen@sacredacoustics.com
    Sacred Acoustics: https://www.sacredacoustics.com/
    Podcast with Anna Yusim, MD: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/7913662
    Crystal bowl (root chakra): https://amzn.to/3gNrEiw
    Tuning forks: https://amzn.to/3qjSaDd
    Brass bowl: https://amzn.to/3qglfzv
    Other resources available at: http://Expandyourhappy.com
    YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZJ2EkKDtTbuC4C7FeM-69Q
    Happy Doc Student Swag: http://Expandyourhappy.com
    Support this free content by treating Heather to a yummy green tea: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/expandyourhappy

    • 27 min
    #33 Bedtime Stories and a Positive Doctoral Experience with Dr. Corey Carlson

    #33 Bedtime Stories and a Positive Doctoral Experience with Dr. Corey Carlson

    Corey Carlson has his PhD in Higher Educational Leadership from Old Dominion University. His multidisciplinary approach to life and learning has led him to research endeavors in higher educational leadership, higher educational student engagement and retention, as well as community workforce educational development.
    Keys to facilitating a positive experience: 
    1.    Peer support is critical, so find your tribe. Places to look: Your courses, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc. I have a group as well; you can find it at: https://expandyourhappy.com
    2.    Vocalize your ideas – talk to anyone who will listen. Be cognizant of how much you are talking; don’t burn out your network
    3.    Adopt a growth mindset. You are in a doc program, remember? YOU LOVE LEARNING!!! When you hit a block ask: What am I learning here?
    ·       It’s OK to be pissed. But be sure to move through that feeling. See:  https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/6988105
    4.    Realize the Doctoral Research part of your program is VERY different from completing your core courses. Want to know why grades mean nothing now? Download this: https://www.expandyourhappy.com/HDSP121
    ·       More about this here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/7242724
    5.    Facilitate a good relationship with your Chair
    ·       Communicate and request regular synchronous meetings –let your Chair decide how often they should be
    6.    ALWAYS be curious. When you experience feelings of discomfort, ask: “I wonder what I might be learning here?”
    7.    Your dissertation is an opportunity to LEARN. You will learn about science, your area of specialization, and you as a human. 
    ·       Learn more here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/8063165
    Corey’s biggest piece of advice: Work 15 minutes/day on your project. It will add up and will get you DONE! Can’t bear opening up your doc? Then do 15-minutes of self-care and call it working on my dissertation. Here are some ideas: 
    TIPS for CHAIRS:
    1.    Remember they have never done this before; help them by being very clear about the very next task and what they need to do to complete that task. 
    2.    Be timely in your responses to your students – even if the response is simply: “I got your doc and will have it reviewed in the next 10 days. Meanwhile, please be working on this, that, and the other thing.”
    3.    Consider the value of real-time communication 
    4.    If a student doesn’t ask you for regular synchronous meetings, you might want to (especially if the student seems “stuck”). Personally, I find this schedule helpful: every other week pre-proposal and then weekly during data collection and analysis, then as every other week while writing chapter 5 and up until the defense. These can be 10–15-minute meetings but can save MONTHS.
    5.    Invest in yourself. Your students need you. Learn how to do this in a super simple way here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/6988105
    “Reaching out to embrace the random, reaching out to embrace whatever may come” Tool
    Resources available at: http://Expandyourhappy.com
    Support this free content by treating Heather to a yummy green tea: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/expandyourhappy

    • 25 min
    #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
    Support this free content by treating Heather to a yummy green tea: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/expandyourhappy

    • 25 min

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