Happy Doc Student Podcast

The Road to Getting PhDone - Research Alignment with Dr. Allen Roda

January 17, 2024 Heather Frederick, PhD Episode 119
Happy Doc Student Podcast
The Road to Getting PhDone - Research Alignment with Dr. Allen Roda
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Show Notes

In this episode I welcome back Dr. Allen Roda, author of PhDone. We chat about everything from topic generation to oral defense.


  • Don't get married to your research method - changing your method is not the end of the world (we promise!)
  • Being flexible is part of the doctoral process - learning how to respond rather than react is a life-skill that will benefit you beyond your program 
  • Alignment is often a huge issue - you must have alignment from your topic to theoretical framework to purpose to research questions to method -   check out this podcast to understand how to reach alignment with your project: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/7455607
  • Be thoughtful and intentional about every single change you make; this is YOUR project -- Own it!
  • It's important listen to feedback about the scale and viability of your project - get narrow and laser-focused (we want you to finish!)
  • Do not habituate to feedback and make revisions blindly - you must make decisions about what feedback you will implement thoughtfully
  • Do not go into your defense defensive - celebrate this event where your project is going to be the focus of critical feedback from people who support your work
  • Replace your judgement with curiosity
  • You are not alone (you've found your tribe and we are here for you!)

Check out episode #114 Tips for Publishing here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/13522392

Listen to the previous episode with Allen: #90 Dissertation Editing: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/11791626

Connect with Allen
@allenroda on instagram
Allen Roda on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/allen-roda-770b381/
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