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Calling all doctoral students: Join a year-long program to help you make progress on your PhD

Recent research indicates that PhD students are at greater risk for depression and anxiety, face ever increasingly competitive job markets and, either in spite of or despite, only 50% of them complete their degree. These factors can make PhDing a lonely road, but it doesn’t have to be.

Join us in the PhD Progress Collective, a research study featuring a facilitated, group coaching program for PhD students.

What Past Participants Said about the Collective

“The PhD Progress Collective became incredibly important to me over the course of the year. It was a group of strong, amazing fellow PhD students that I was accountable to and supported by. It was a tremendous problem solving resource, a source of useful changes in perspective and a reminder that you are not alone on the PhD journey, with all its pitfalls.”

“The PhD Progress Collective helped me change my attitude and mindset about my PhD experience. Participating in the group helped me foster self-confidence and independence, and made me realize that I’m not alone on this journey.”

“Being a member of the Ph.D. Progress Collective was a truly empowering and enlightening experience. It provides graduate students with a much-needed space to discuss their goals and challenges in their respective programs.”

This program will be facilitated by a board certified executive coach consisting of monthly 90 minute meetings over the course of the academic year. The meetings will help you to set and make continual progress toward your goals while surfacing and discussing any issues that may arise along the way.

The program is offered as part of a wider research study to understand how the coaching process enables PhD student progress and well-being. To participate, students are asked to participate in two 45-minute interviews, at the beginning and end of the program; three 20 minute surveys at the beginning, middle and end of the program; complete four 1-page journal entries reflecting on the progress they have made toward their goals as part of the group coaching experience; and a 90-minute focus group once the program has finished.

This program is supported by the Case Western Reserve School of Graduate Studies, the Coaching Research Lab and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women.

To be eligible to participate, participants must be a PhD student that has completed two years of their program at Case Western Reserve University, be able to attend in person group meetings, and plan to be a PhD student for the entire 2018-2019 academic school year.

To register for the PhD Progress Collective, please register at between Wednesday, October 24th and Friday, November 2nd or visit for more information.

We hope you will join us!

The PhD Progress Collective

IRB study approval #: 2017-2155