Current Walden Program: PhD in Forensic Psychology
Location: Missouri (central time zone)
Research Interests: Crime statistics, organized crime, human and drug trafficking, and law enforcement safety
Hobbies and interests: Exercise/fitness, photography, traveling, and spending time with my dogs
Advice for a new Walden student: Your key to success is time management and scheduling. Don’t try to eat the whole elephant, take it one bite (step) at a time.
Current Walden Program: PhD Social Work with a focus in Clinical Social Work
Location: Arlington, Texas
Research Interests: Mental Healthcare deficiencies in U.S. Rural Communities and Military/Veteran mental health
Hobbies and Interests: Traveling, listening to music, singing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.
Advice for a New Walden Student: As you begin your course work use your class café to interact with classmates, develop strong networks at your residencies, and develop alliances with your mentors for added support through this wonderful and challenging process. Having a solid support system is one of the most helpful parts of this process because that’s where you’ll develop your motivation to keep pressing forward and experiencing growth. You can do it!
Current Walden Program: PhD Program of Public Policy and Administration
Location: North Carolina. Go Panthers!
Research Interests: I am interested in economic policies, international trade relations, social mobility, educational policies, and social marginalization of target populations.
Hobbies and interests: I enjoy jogging, spending time and conducting research with my wife, video gaming, reading, and speaking publicly at engagements. I also very much enjoy speaking with mentees! It is one of my greatest pleasures.
Advice for a new Walden student: Pace yourself and learn all you can! Don't rush through your courses and let valuable information pass you by. The courses at Walden are informative and a major asset of attending the university. I look forward to sharing in your unique, academic experience.
Current Walden Program: Forensic Psychology, PhD
Research Interests: Anger Dysregulation and Help-Seeking Behaviors in Combat Veterans; Violent Juvenile Offenders as Adolescent Mothers; Neonaticide, Filicide, Infanticide and Adjudication Disparities
Hobbies and interests: I am a staunch advocate for off-the-track thoroughbreds. Every retiring racehorse deserves the chance at a second career. I also have a heart for three-day eventing, dressage, and foxhunting.
Advice for a new Walden student: Do not let the excitement of your journey drain your stamina. Remember to take a mental break, even if you do not feel the need to do so. Also, remember that this process and your dissertation entails a perpetual learning experience, thus always focus on maintaining progress before perfection.
Making the Most of Your First Residency, by Deanna Deaton
Current Walden Program: PhD Higher Education Leadership & Policy
Location: Elk Grove, CA
Research Interests: Early Intervention Advising, STEM Education, Imposter Syndrome, Growth Mindset
Hobbies and Interests: Reading mystery novels, Muay Thai kickboxing, spending time with my two daughters, everything Disney, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Marvel.
Advice for a New Walden Student: Believe in yourself and your journey! Doctorate programs are meant to be challenging, if it was easy, everyone would have a PhD.
Current Walden Program: PhD Management - Leadership and Organizational Change
Location: Pennsylvania (Eastern Time Zone)
Research Interests: online student retention, management, leadership, and enterprise applications
Hobbies and Interests: officiating baseball and offshore fishing
Advice for a new Walden student: Begin thinking about your dissertation topic early. This will allow you to integrate your research into the coursework, giving you a head start on your final study.
Current Walden Program: PhD Curriculum and Instruction
Location: California (Pacific Time Zone)
Research Interests: academic intervention, articulation process between high school and colleges
Hobbies and interests: Reading, working out, and spending time with my family
Advice for a new Walden student: The journey will be a marathon so embrace the experience, be patient, and enjoy every step of the way. You will go through some difficulties but be mindful that overcoming these difficulties will make you a better person!
Current Walden Program: PhD Nursing – Education
Location: Oconto Falls, WI
Research Interests: Student success, decreasing student attrition, and decreasing the activation of COMT genetic allele in students
Hobbies and Interests: When I am not working, I enjoy kickboxing, rock climbing, hiking, snowshoeing, fishing, cooking, and just generally being outdoors. My partner, Dean, and I have 4 cats (Gussie, Talula, Charles Nelson Reilly, and Cheddar) and a dog (Eva).
Advice for a New Walden Student: Firstly, get organized and have a plan for how you will get everything done. It is important to allow time for work, school, and personal life. Secondly, store all of your work in a cloud storage account. This allows you to access your work even if your computer crashes. Last, enjoy the process. It will be long and hard, but find the joy in it so that you can get the most out of your education.
Current Walden Program: PhD in Educational Technology
Research Interests: Educational Technology, Professional Development, Educational Trends, GSFE
Hobbies and interests: Baseball (Go O's!), traveling, and spending time with my family & friends
Advice for a new Walden student: You are stronger and capable of much more than you believe. Take a breath, believe in yourself - you can do this!!! Follow your passion and trust your gut - it will lead you to your dissertation topic.
My Doctoral Journey: Walden's Doctoral Writing Assessment, by Kimmy Porter
Current Walden Program: PhD in Clinical Psychology
Research Interests: Generational trauma, vicarious trauma, religion in psychotherapy, masculinity, fatherhood stress, adverse childhood experiences
Hobbies and interests: Taekwondo, Latin dancing, traveling, Netflix!!!
Advice for a new Walden student: Identify your dissertation topic early in your journey and connect with faculty members that can guide you in your research process. There is no better way to address your dissertation fears than to connect, connect, and connect!