Is your dissertation stuck?
We can help get you moving again.

Whether you are struggling with selecting a topic and developing a proposal, or you received more feedback from your chair than you expected, we can help.  Don’t waste time (and money) trying to figure it out on your own.  We can greatly reduce the number of quarters/semesters you spend in the dissertation stage, and you will have a polished finished product that will be an excellent representation of your work as a scholar/researcher.

Dissertation Coaching and Professional Editing

About Us

Dr. Mary Marken is founder and principal consultant of Dissertation Coach Extraordinaire. She has worked in higher education for more than 18 years, and she has helped hundreds of PhD candidates get through the dissertation phase. In other words, she has climbed the mountain, and she is ready to guide you to the top! Her goal is to help you finish your dissertation as quickly as possible, with a product you will be proud of for the rest of your life.

With compassion, caring, and a sense of humor, Dr. Marken is able to keep people moving through all the inescapable trials and tribulations of obtaining a terminal degree. She specializes in helping those who are “stuck” at some point in their dissertation. From topic selection, through methodology development, statistical analysis, and results, she’s got you covered!


My editor, Dr. Mary Marken, became more than my editor, she became my cheerleader, pushing me and encouraging me when I floundered.

Dr. L. S. Completed dissertation 2016

“Thank you so much! Will you please stay with me all the way through?”

E. A. Currently completing research proposal stage

Dissertation Coaching

It’s hard to pin down the average length of a dissertation, but it’s safe to say that when you’re writing one it feels like it’s longer than some of those ancient commentaries written by some hermit who obviously never had to contend with distractions like cell phones, email, and Facebook. Writing a dissertation is a big undertaking and it’s okay to need some help along the way.

Knowing when to get some help can save you a lot of time, maybe even years of struggling with an unwieldy research question or conflicting theories.

Writing a dissertation isn’t just about putting words down on the page. From the very beginning when you compose your proposal and determine your research questions, we help you think strategically about how you will succeed in completing your dissertation. The Patrice Group provides assistance in choosing the theories that guide your inquiry, conducting a lit review, and developing your methodology. We know how to develop critical interview questions and effective survey instruments, and we can coach you through statistical analysis as well.

If you want to finish your dissertation, we can make it happen.

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Editing Services

Are the references formatted correctly? What about that in-text citation? Should it include a page number? How is a chapter title formatted? Subheadings? How are figures and tables supposed to look? What about grammar?  Even comma usage isn’t always straightforward. We have the editing experience to help you polish your dissertation so that it is a shining representation of your excellent research abilities.

Sometimes, all you need is a little editing help. We know APA and MLA styles inside and out, and nothing makes us happier than helping you produce a well-formatted dissertation.

Perhaps you have already finished your dissertation and want to publish journal articles based on your research. We can help you find journal guidelines and submission requirements, and we can help you edit you research for submission to a journal.

We are personable and frank, and super easy to work with. Whatever editorial assistance you might need, we get the job done quickly and correctly.

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