Information for Academic Clients

As a collaborator, my primary focus is on academic clients. I work with everyone from seasoned faculty researchers and lab groups, to students from all disciplines who may be approaching research or capstone projects for the first time. Whether you are already sufficient at handling various aspects of quantitative analysis, or are brand new to the tools and methods involved, I am here to serve as a partner in your work.

What I Offer
I offer assistance with many parts of quantitative research, including the following:

  • Identification/quantification of research or clinical questions appropriate for study goals
  • Survey and experimental design
  • Determination of proper methods of statistical analysis
  • Review of study proposals
  • Sample size and power analyses
  • Advice on data collection
  • Data management
  • Statistical analyses
  • Interpretation and review of results and discussion

I can provide assistance ranging from advising on the above to performing statistical analyses and writing a personalized report to help you understand your results.

Notes and Policies for Students
It is very important that all members of your team are able to communicate with one another. Therefore, I will request approval from a representative of your program (whether that is an instructor, mentor, chair, etc.) in order to work with you. I do not make exceptions to this policy; however, if your program openly requests that you work with a statistician (like the Chamberlain College of Nursing), then I will not require any special action. Or, your program may require me to sign a confidentiality agreement, IRB form, or similar document acknowledging that I am working with you, and this also suffices as approval. Note also that I do not write your dissertation, thesis, or capstone project document for you--my goal is to give you a deep understanding of the quantitative portions of your research that will allow you to confidently complete your own work.I regret that I currently do not offer tutoring services for coursework.

Authorship Policy
For established researchers and university faculty, I maintain an active interest in co-authorship when appropriate. I follow the ICMJE recommended guidelines with respect to determining the nature of my contributions. Please let me know if you have any questions about my authorship policy, including the impact on fees.

The Meeting Process
Once I receive your request, you will receive an email with a link to schedule your meeting. I am not currently scheduling in-person meetings due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, but you will receive links to schedule by phone or through Zoom. When we connect, I will ask you questions about your project to be sure I have an understanding of your goals, and discuss how I can help you to reach them. After we are both comfortable with these aspects of your project, we will determine together the best way to proceed. I may work with you one-on-one during a series of meetings, or I may work independently and check in with you by email as needed--or we may use a combination of strategies that best suit your needs. Every project is different, and I strive to provide individualized working arrangements that meet each client's goals.

Rates and Payment
As of July 1, 2021 my rate for academic collaboration is $110/hour, rounded to the nearest 15 minutes.

I do not offer free statistical advice or analyses, but I do not charge for the initial time that I spend learning about your project and goals. I want to ensure that I am a good match for your needs before requiring payment. I will be clear when I am charging for my time; you should never be surprised by an invoice. If your project requires extended work outside of meetings, I will provide you with an estimated maximum cost prior to starting work, and will request your approval should we need to exceed that amount. I understand that you are working on a budget, and will work with you to make you comfortable with both the costs and the outcomes of our collaboration.

Typically, I will provide an invoice for full payment at the time a project is completed. Although rare, some longer projects may require a down payment before work begins. In the case of long term or ongoing work, I may request to send invoices monthly. I can accept cash (if meeting in person), check, credit, or debit. Invoices can be paid online.

I currently have access to SPSS, R, and SAS On Demand (for academic clients only), but if you prefer to work with different software, please let me know! We can discuss whether it is a possibility.