We are a team of project managers, editors, consultants, and analysts who collaboratively provide a comprehensive suite of first-class academic services.
The ethos and expertise we bring to our work is reflective of our diverse doctoral backgrounds and experience in top-tier institutions of higher education. Indeed, as a prerequisite for work with our firm, we stipulate that every team member hold a PhD or analogous advanced degree, such as a JD, and have received that degree from one of the CCHIE-rated Research I or II Institutions of Higher Learning.
Our staff are not only practicing scholars, writers, educators, and researchers in their respective fields, but are proven editors and formatters who have helped hundreds of students through the dissertation process. As such, we as a collective are well-versed in the complexities and requirements of advanced higher education and are uniquely experienced in helping usher doctoral candidates through the taxing process of dissertation development and finalization. We are delighted to commit ourselves to support you and your students accordingly.
Allen Roda, PhD
CEO and Editor-in-Chief
PhD, Ethnomusicology, New York University
MA, Anthropology, Columbia University
Dr. Roda oversees operations at Dissertation Editor. A former professor and an alumnus of Columbia and NYU, Dr. Roda earned his master’s degree and PhD in Music and Anthropology. Passionate about helping PhD students expand their knowledge and succeed, Dr. Roda works closely with the management team to ensure our clients receive the highest quality of service.
Adrienne Dougherty, PhD
VP, Statistics and Data Analysis
PhD, Social Psychology, University of Michigan
MA, Social Psychology, University of Michigan
BA, Psychology, California State University
Dr. Dougherty is passionate about helping PhD students create and execute a theoretically sound research design and analysis. Dr. Dougherty manages our team of statisticians and works directly with clients who require assistance with qualitative or quantitative studies. A National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRFP) recipient, she has taught courses in Statistics, Research Methods, and special topics in Social Psychology. She is a former Visiting Assistant Professor at Whittier College, and she has held research internship positions at Yale University.
Anna Malik, PhD
PhD, Music Studies, New York University
MA, Social Anthropology, Queens University Belfast
BFA, Music History, University of Wisconsin
Dr. Malik assesses client orders and works closely with our clients to ensure they completely understand our process and the services we offer. She is intimately familiar with the dissertation process and able to answer client questions related to our process. She has taught courses at NYU and held academic fellowships that have taken her to live and work on four continents.
Sara Cole, PhD
PhD, Language & Culture, University of Maryland
MA, Liberal Arts & Film Studies, Johns Hopkins University
BA, Communications & Media Studies, Goucher College
Dr. Cole helps students determine how our editors can best assist them in their graduate studies. Having run a dissertation-writing seminar and advised students in diverse fields to support the completion of their degrees, Dr. Cole guides clients through the academic coaching and dissertation writing process. She is an active lecturer and author, focusing on sociolinguistic studies of new media narrative.
Margaret Farrell, PhD
PhD, Ethnomusicology, CUNY Graduate Center
BA, English, Douglass College, Rutgers University
Drawing on her experience in English studies and academic publishing, Dr. Farrell works closely with clients to develop tailored services for them and collaborates with Managing Editors to execute their orders effectively. Dr. Farrell’s doctoral expertise in ethnomusicology has exposed her to a variety of humanities and social science perspectives. She has over ten years of teaching experience at the university level and continues to pursue research on music cognition in relation to Argentine tango dance.
William Caskey, PhD
PhD, Microbiology, Michigan State University
MS, Microbiology, Texas A&M University
BS, Bacteriology, Louisiana Tech University
Dr. Caskey manages the editing process to ensure the quality and timeliness of our process. With over 20 years of writing and editing experience, he has also conducted research and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in microbiology before shifting to research administration, overseeing proposal submissions, and negotiating awards for research funding.
Kady Bell-Garcia, EdD
EdD, Organizational Leadership, University of La Verne
MA, Communications, California State University
BA, Communications, University of La Verne
Dr. Bell-Garcia assists in managing our team of editors to ensure projects are returned promptly and of the highest quality. She has 14 years of writing and editing experience, specializes in APA style, and is passionate about higher education.
Jennifer Pollan, PhD
PhD, Human Factors Psychology, Wichita State University
MA, Experimental Psychology, Wichita State University
BA, Psychology, Wichita State University
Dr. Pollan assists in the project management process for both our editorial and statistics departments. Dr. Pollan enjoys assisting graduate students in generating and completing scientifically sound research study designs. She has 25 years of technical writing and editing experience, specializing in APA style. She has taught a variety of research methods, statistics, and psychology courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level.
Dawn Leach, PhD
Operations Manager, UK Branch
PhD, Psychology, Kingston University
MS, Experimental Psychology, California State University
BA, Psychology, North Dakota State University
Dr. Leach works closely with clients in the UK and Europe. She is knowledgeable and passionate about the thesis-writing process in UK and European universities and works hard to ensure that our clients receive the help they need. She has experience teaching psychology courses in both the United States and abroad, and especially enjoys teaching research design and methodology. She has a passion for psychology research and her research interests include mindfulness-based therapies, cognition, and metacognition.
Editors and Consultants
With over 50 doctorates on staff, we can typically match you with an expert in your field of study. Here are a couple of our team members.
Lauren Benke, PhD
PhD, English, University of Denver
MPhil, Irish Writing, Trinity College Dublin
BFA, Creative Writing, Chapman University
Dr. Benke draws on extensive experience consulting in university writing centers and teaching literature courses to assist writers with every stage of the dissertation process. As an in-house editor, she is available to provide timely services to clients and enjoys working on a broad range of editing projects: from addressing the minutia of formatting and citation to coaching writers in idea development. Specializing in Chicago/Turabian, MLA, APA, and MHRA style guides, she provides detailed, thoughtful recommendations to help clients achieve clarity and precision in all genres of writing.
Desmond Harmon, PhD
PhD, Musicology, UCLA
MA, Musicology, UCLA
MA, Historical University of Pittsburgh
BA, Cultural Studies, University of Pittsburgh