Meet The Coaches of

Team Write The Damn Dissertation

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Dr. Tara Sievers-Hunt

Director of Mentorship; WTDD Coach

Dr. Amy Boyd

Founder and CEO of Write The Damn Dissertation

Dr. Yvette Morrell

Community Ambassador; WTDD Coach

Dr. Jennifer O’Neil

WTDD Coach

Dr. Heather Hicks

WTDD Coach

Dr. Amber Kelly

WTDD Coach

Dr. Stephanie Silva-Del Toro

WTDD Coach

Erica David

WTDD Coach

Meet The Coaches of

Team Write The Damn Dissertation

Dr. Amy Boyd

Founder and CEO of Write The Damn Dissertation
Coach, Motivational Speaker, Podcast Host


about Amy

I spent the first 40 years of my life beating myself up. Finishing my doctoral dissertation after spending four years in the “drift”, it took a personal transformation for me to silence the inner mean girl and activate self-kindness. Now, I’m obsessed with helping other women befriend their inner critic, get out of their own way and achieve their biggest dreams. A seasoned K-12 educational leader and coach, when I finished my dissertation, I started Write the Damn Dissertation. Since 2018 me and my team have helped over 3000 doc students (and masters thesis students) make progress on their dissertation and thesis. I live on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland with my husband and teenage son, two French bulldogs, and a ragdoll cat. Some things you may not know about me… me and my husband have an Airbnb with 98 (5.0-star) reviews, and absolutely love being hosts. I’m a certified Master Gardener, I’ve raised Nubian Goats, Chickens, Turkeys, Peacocks, and I’m a former Lavender Farmer..

Dr. Amy Boyd

Founder and CEO of Write The Damn Dissertation
Coach, Motivational Speaker, Podcast Host


about Amy

I spent the first 40 years of my life beating myself up. Finishing my doctoral dissertation after spending four years in the “drift”, it took a personal transformation for me to silence the inner mean girl and activate self-kindness. Now, I’m obsessed with helping other women befriend their inner critic, get out of their own way and achieve their biggest dreams. A seasoned K-12 educational leader and coach, when I finished my dissertation, I started Write the Damn Dissertation. Since 2018 me and my team have helped over 3000 doc students (and masters thesis students) make progress on their dissertation and thesis. I live on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland with my husband and teenage son, two French bulldogs, and a ragdoll cat. Some things you may not know about me… me and my husband have an Airbnb with 98 (5.0-star) reviews, and absolutely love being hosts. I’m a certified Master Gardener, I’ve raised Nubian Goats, Chickens, Turkeys, Peacocks, and I’m a former Lavender Farmer..

Dr. Tara Sievers-Hunt

Director of Mentorship; WTDD Coach


about Tara

Grounded in a critical constructivism and qualitative approaches, Dr. Tara is an a/r/tographer who celebrates her rhizomatic identities of artist, researcher, and teacher. Her dissertation in critical educational psychology is a methodological bricolage of narrative inquiry, ethnography, a/r/tography, and poetic transcription. It explores the professional musicianhood journeys of her former college students through the creation of a digital ethnodrama which is a combination of narrative monologues, spoken word choruses, life trajectory mapping, and a 313 Musical River Mixtape. Tara is an experienced educator in both secondary and collegiate settings, a playwright, an opera singer, and a lover of scotch.

Following the closing of the Detroit liberal arts college where she was a professor and the passing of her father, Tara’s progress on her dissertation had come to a complete stand-still. As she entered the Stuck to Unstoppable program in January 2020, Tara was ashamed to admit that she had been in the drift for nearly three years. She not only questioned her ability to finish the dissertation, but her right to do so. Through her work with Dr. Amy, Tara learned how her perfectionism was creating the anxiety, avoidance, and hopelessness that was keeping her from Phinishing. She established a new “Why” for completing the dissertation and learned how to manage her Inner Jury, which had been cruelly and unfairly passing judgment on her efforts. Over time, she came to embrace the discomfort and uncertainty that comes with personal transformation. Then, working Pom by Pom, she submitted her proposal, her chapters, her edits over the next 18 months. Finally, with the insights of the S2U curriculum and the support of her S2U sisterhood, Tara not only became Dr. Tara in August 2021–but her dissertation study was later awarded the 2021 Outstanding Dissertation Award by her institution, Oakland University.

In her work with the WTDD community, Dr. Tara employs a conversational and collaborative approach to coaching. She loves to help members find a stronger writer-researcher identity and improve their self-accountability through a renewed sense of agency within and passion for their area of inquiry. She encourages her 1:1 clients to develop mindsets, fashion work habits, and set goals that go beyond the limiting beliefs of “should'' so they may enter into more authentic, empowering ways of Being. With qualitative researchers, Tara strives to help them to embrace the messy, iterative journey that comes with exploring their unique lens as a researcher and the emergent nature of storied data analysis. Dr. Tara can help you untangle the knots keeping you in the drift and get you back on your journey to “Dr. You”.

Dr. Tara Sievers-Hunt

Director of Mentorship; WTDD Coach


about Tara

Grounded in a critical constructivism and qualitative approaches, Dr. Tara is an a/r/tographer who celebrates her rhizomatic identities of artist, researcher, and teacher. Her dissertation in critical educational psychology is a methodological bricolage of narrative inquiry, ethnography, a/r/tography, and poetic transcription. It explores the professional musicianhood journeys of her former college students through the creation of a digital ethnodrama which is a combination of narrative monologues, spoken word choruses, life trajectory mapping, and a 313 Musical River Mixtape. Tara is an experienced educator in both secondary and collegiate settings, a playwright, an opera singer, and a lover of scotch.

Following the closing of the Detroit liberal arts college where she was a professor and the passing of her father, Tara’s progress on her dissertation had come to a complete stand-still. As she entered the Stuck to Unstoppable program in January 2020, Tara was ashamed to admit that she had been in the drift for nearly three years. She not only questioned her ability to finish the dissertation, but her right to do so. Through her work with Dr. Amy, Tara learned how her perfectionism was creating the anxiety, avoidance, and hopelessness that was keeping her from Phinishing. She established a new “Why” for completing the dissertation and learned how to manage her Inner Jury, which had been cruelly and unfairly passing judgment on her efforts. Over time, she came to embrace the discomfort and uncertainty that comes with personal transformation. Then, working Pom by Pom, she submitted her proposal, her chapters, her edits over the next 18 months. Finally, with the insights of the S2U curriculum and the support of her S2U sisterhood, Tara not only became Dr. Tara in August 2021–but her dissertation study was later awarded the 2021 Outstanding Dissertation Award by her institution, Oakland University.

In her work with the WTDD community, Dr. Tara employs a conversational and collaborative approach to coaching. She loves to help members find a stronger writer-researcher identity and improve their self-accountability through a renewed sense of agency within and passion for their area of inquiry. She encourages her 1:1 clients to develop mindsets, fashion work habits, and set goals that go beyond the limiting beliefs of “should'' so they may enter into more authentic, empowering ways of Being. With qualitative researchers, Tara strives to help them to embrace the messy, iterative journey that comes with exploring their unique lens as a researcher and the emergent nature of storied data analysis. Dr. Tara can help you untangle the knots keeping you in the drift and get you back on your journey to “Dr. You”.

Dr. Yvette Morrell

Community Ambassador; WTDD Coach


about Yvette

Dr. Yvette is a military brat and considers herself a child of the world. She was born on Guam. Her mother was a local islander, and her father was a sailor stationed on the island. She spent the majority of her early life moving every few years. She joined the US Army and served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician. Her experiences in the Middle East were instrumental in solidifying her desire to be a lifelong learner.

Dr. Yvette began her doctoral journey in January 2015. She easily navigated her way through the coursework then became hopelessly stuck in the drift when it was time to write her dissertation. In January 2020, she came to the harsh realization that she made a mistake and had traveled down the wrong path. After a heart-to-heart with her husband, she decided that the spring 2020 term would be her last. Then one day she was scrolling through Facebook and an advertisement for Write the Damn Dissertation popped up. Dr. Amy was offering the 5-Day Think Like a Phinisher Workshop, and it was FREE. She decided to give it a try. After all, what did she have to lose? She wrote more in those 5 days than she had in the previous 2 years. She was reinvigorated and remembered her reason why. She was immediately sold on the program and never looked back. When she started the program, she didn’t even have an approved prospectus. She defended her dissertation on May 17, 2021.

From the moment Dr. Yvette signed up for this program, she knew she wanted to not only be helped but also help other women on this journey. She was excited to join the Stuck to Unstoppable team as the Community Director in May 2020 and later joined the team as a private coach. Dr. Yvette is a no-nonsense coach. She offers a balance of tough love and a gentle nudge. As a mom, wife, and full-time educator, she understands the difficulties of balancing it all and has sound, practical advice for how to navigate the many roles we often play. She can help you develop SMART goals and create a schedule that will help you organize your time, so you can write, work, spend time with the kids, and schedule the occasional date night.

Dr. Yvette Morrell

Community Ambassador; WTDD Coach


about Yvette

Dr. Yvette is a military brat and considers herself a child of the world. She was born on Guam. Her mother was a local islander, and her father was a sailor stationed on the island. She spent the majority of her early life moving every few years. She joined the US Army and served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician. Her experiences in the Middle East were instrumental in solidifying her desire to be a lifelong learner.

Dr. Yvette began her doctoral journey in January 2015. She easily navigated her way through the coursework then became hopelessly stuck in the drift when it was time to write her dissertation. In January 2020, she came to the harsh realization that she made a mistake and had traveled down the wrong path. After a heart-to-heart with her husband, she decided that the spring 2020 term would be her last. Then one day she was scrolling through Facebook and an advertisement for Write the Damn Dissertation popped up. Dr. Amy was offering the 5-Day Think Like a Phinisher Workshop, and it was FREE. She decided to give it a try. After all, what did she have to lose? She wrote more in those 5 days than she had in the previous 2 years. She was reinvigorated and remembered her reason why. She was immediately sold on the program and never looked back. When she started the program, she didn’t even have an approved prospectus. She defended her dissertation on May 17, 2021.

From the moment Dr. Yvette signed up for this program, she knew she wanted to not only be helped but also help other women on this journey. She was excited to join the Stuck to Unstoppable team as the Community Director in May 2020 and later joined the team as a private coach. Dr. Yvette is a no-nonsense coach. She offers a balance of tough love and a gentle nudge. As a mom, wife, and full-time educator, she understands the difficulties of balancing it all and has sound, practical advice for how to navigate the many roles we often play. She can help you develop SMART goals and create a schedule that will help you organize your time, so you can write, work, spend time with the kids, and schedule the occasional date night.

Dr. Jennifer O’Neil

WTDD Coach


about Jenn

Hello! I am Dr. Jennifer O’Neil and am a Dissertation Coach and Mentor with Write the Damn Dissertation. I am a born and bred New Englander who was born in Massachusetts and currently live in Southern Maine.  With the help of the Stuck to Unstoppable program I defended my dissertation in August of 2020.

I joined the November 2019 Stuck to Unstoppable for the free 5-day workshop after being in “the drift” for 12-18 months. Immediately I knew that this community and the structure it provided is what I needed to complete my degree. After my initial cohort was finished, I immediately joined the Alumni cohort and just kept joining until I was finished. Writing your dissertation can be a lonely endeavor.  The Stuck to Unstoppable program provides with a community that both understands and supports you on your doctoral journey. As a Dissertation Coach and Mentor, I am here to add another level of support and accountability.

I went back to school to complete my undergraduate degree when I was 38 years old. I quickly followed up with a master’s degree in social work and found myself working in academia. After a few years I decided to apply to a PhD program, was accepted and started that program in 2014. My PhD is in Adult Learning and Development and my dissertation was a qualitative student that explored the experiences of women veterans who completed their undergraduate degrees post discharge.  As an adult learner now in my 50’s I understand the many competing priorities that we all have while we are trying to finish our degrees.  Working together we will clarify your goals and identify the best tools and processes that will move your forward.

My coaching style draws on my social work skills that include using strengths-based model and understanding your environment. We will build on these to create a plan that works for you and helps you achieve the goals that you have set.  I look forward to working with you as you become a Phinisher!

Dr. Jennifer O’Neil

WTDD Coach


about Jenn

"Hello! I am Dr. Jennifer O’Neil and am a Dissertation Coach and Mentor with Write the Damn Dissertation. I am a born and bred New Englander who was born in Massachusetts and currently live in Southern Maine.  With the help of the Stuck to Unstoppable program I defended my dissertation in August of 2020.

I joined the November 2019 Stuck to Unstoppable for the free 5-day workshop after being in “the drift” for 12-18 months. Immediately I knew that this community and the structure it provided is what I needed to complete my degree. After my initial cohort was finished, I immediately joined the Alumni cohort and just kept joining until I was finished. Writing your dissertation can be a lonely endeavor.  The Stuck to Unstoppable program provides with a community that both understands and supports you on your doctoral journey. As a Dissertation Coach and Mentor, I am here to add another level of support and accountability.

I went back to school to complete my undergraduate degree when I was 38 years old. I quickly followed up with a master’s degree in social work and found myself working in academia. After a few years I decided to apply to a PhD program, was accepted and started that program in 2014. My PhD is in Adult Learning and Development and my dissertation was a qualitative student that explored the experiences of women veterans who completed their undergraduate degrees post discharge.  As an adult learner now in my 50’s I understand the many competing priorities that we all have while we are trying to finish our degrees.  Working together we will clarify your goals and identify the best tools and processes that will move your forward.

My coaching style draws on my social work skills that include using strengths-based model and understanding your environment. We will build on these to create a plan that works for you and helps you achieve the goals that you have set.  I look forward to working with you as you become a Phinisher!"

Dr. Heather Hicks

WTDD Coach


about Heather

Hi! I’m Dr. Heather Hicks, a certified GIS Professional (GISP), with decades of business and academic experience in the geospatial technology field. I’ve been teaching in higher education since 2004, and phinally earned my PhD in 2021.

My PhD journey started shortly before finishing my Master degree as I explored the university I wanted to attend and reached out to Faculty there. I found my advisor, and she agreed to take me on as a graduate student. Then life happened. My Master’s advisor left, so I had to switch tracks and that delayed graduation by a year. I was able to take a few courses, and really was excited to get into the nitty gritty of my research. I had to take a pause when I had my second child. Then, the following year, I was in an automobile accident that left me with several injuries. I felt like I was sort of student, sort of patient, and I tried to focus on completing coursework and just keeping up with the kids, working full-time, and teaching in the evenings. My research was a distant idea that I couldn’t quite find the time to focus on. After years in the drift, years I spend reading background material and a lot of (then) current articles, I still felt no closer to a done dissertation. I got a proposal approved with a new focus and then I felt stuck again. Despite being a project manager in real life, for some reason, that academic process was more difficult. I found Dr Amy’s 5 day Facebook challenge in 2018, and for the first time, I was able to write a full finishing plan. I made enough progress, not just with writing but with planning, that I enrolled in the May 2019 cohort of Stuck 2 Unstoppable. I finished my preliminary exams in 2019, and defended and graduated in Spring 2021.

As a working professional, adjunct faculty member, wife, mother, and Newfoundland dog guardian, I can relate to an overscheduled life where you can’t see how you can carve out time to focus on research. I get it! I want to help you find the focus and carve out the time you need to not only be a researcher and writer, but a Phinisher as well!

Dr. Heather Hicks

WTDD Coach


about Heather

"Hi! I’m Dr. Heather Hicks, a certified GIS Professional (GISP), with decades of business and academic experience in the geospatial technology field. I’ve been teaching in higher education since 2004, and phinally earned my PhD in 2021.

My PhD journey started shortly before finishing my Master degree as I explored the university I wanted to attend and reached out to Faculty there. I found my advisor, and she agreed to take me on as a graduate student. Then life happened. My Master’s advisor left, so I had to switch tracks and that delayed graduation by a year. I was able to take a few courses, and really was excited to get into the nitty gritty of my research. I had to take a pause when I had my second child. Then, the following year, I was in an automobile accident that left me with several injuries. I felt like I was sort of student, sort of patient, and I tried to focus on completing coursework and just keeping up with the kids, working full-time, and teaching in the evenings. My research was a distant idea that I couldn’t quite find the time to focus on. After years in the drift, years I spend reading background material and a lot of (then) current articles, I still felt no closer to a done dissertation. I got a proposal approved with a new focus and then I felt stuck again. Despite being a project manager in real life, for some reason, that academic process was more difficult. I found Dr Amy’s 5 day Facebook challenge in 2018, and for the first time, I was able to write a full finishing plan. I made enough progress, not just with writing but with planning, that I enrolled in the May 2019 cohort of Stuck 2 Unstoppable. I finished my preliminary exams in 2019, and defended and graduated in Spring 2021.

As a working professional, adjunct faculty member, wife, mother, and Newfoundland dog guardian, I can relate to an overscheduled life where you can’t see how you can carve out time to focus on research. I get it! I want to help you find the focus and carve out the time you need to not only be a researcher and writer, but a Phinisher as well!"

Dr. Amber Kelly

WTDD Coach


about Amber

Originally from Los Angeles, California, Dr. Amber currently lives in Texas with her kids, fantastic husband, and a menagerie of small cats and big dogs. Her eclectic degree collection includes a BFA in Theatre from New York University, Masters in English and History from Sul Ross State University, and, most recently, a PhD Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy, Diversity, and Language from Texas Tech. A community college professor and accreditation liaison, Dr. Amber spends her free time training for marathons with her husband, obsessing about snacks, and (more often than not) having her heart broken by her beloved Los Angeles Lakers.

Having spent most of her masters and doctoral studies as a focused, working mom, Dr. Amber lost her educational groove in spring of 2019 when, days after sailing through her qualifying exam defense, her dissertation chair departed the university. Shortly thereafter, one of her children had a mental health crisis that put everything else on the back burner. The dissertation fell down the list of priorities until it became neglected aside from the ever-present sense of shame. When the pandemic hit, Dr. Amber decided to say yes to opportunities, which brought her to the 5-Day Think Like a Phinisher Workshop. Skeptical of self-help, she realized the first day that Dr. Amy was a smart woman talking to smart women—the guide so desperately needed. Dr. Amber joined the August 2020 Stuck to Unstoppable Cohort and eventually the Private Coaching program under Dr. Tara. With the help of Dr. Amy, her team, and the ladies in the program, she went from almost no proposal to a defended proposal by the beginning of November 2020, defending her dissertation in October 2021.

Dr. Amber subscribes to a down-to-earth, approachable coaching perspective. Her research areas are in adult learner creativity and writer identity, fields that color her coaching as well. She believes in practical, realistic strategies and goal setting, catering to individual needs. Because the dissertation process is so grueling, she attempts to help clients find the joy in their work, navigate the discomfort with humor, and develop a trust in their abilities to cross the finish line. Her frequent co-coach is her shepherd mix, “Dogtor” Randi, who has been an essential part of her dissertation journey. Like Dogtor Randi, Dr. Amber offers non-judgmental support through the good days and the not-so-good days.

Dr. Amber Kelly

WTDD Coach


about Amber

Originally from Los Angeles, California, Dr. Amber currently lives in Texas with her kids, fantastic husband, and a menagerie of small cats and big dogs. Her eclectic degree collection includes a BFA in Theatre from New York University, Masters in English and History from Sul Ross State University, and, most recently, a PhD Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy, Diversity, and Language from Texas Tech. A community college professor and accreditation liaison, Dr. Amber spends her free time training for marathons with her husband, obsessing about snacks, and (more often than not) having her heart broken by her beloved Los Angeles Lakers.

Having spent most of her masters and doctoral studies as a focused, working mom, Dr. Amber lost her educational groove in spring of 2019 when, days after sailing through her qualifying exam defense, her dissertation chair departed the university. Shortly thereafter, one of her children had a mental health crisis that put everything else on the back burner. The dissertation fell down the list of priorities until it became neglected aside from the ever-present sense of shame. When the pandemic hit, Dr. Amber decided to say yes to opportunities, which brought her to the 5-Day Think Like a Phinisher Workshop. Skeptical of self-help, she realized the first day that Dr. Amy was a smart woman talking to smart women—the guide so desperately needed. Dr. Amber joined the August 2020 Stuck to Unstoppable Cohort and eventually the Private Coaching program under Dr. Tara. With the help of Dr. Amy, her team, and the ladies in the program, she went from almost no proposal to a defended proposal by the beginning of November 2020, defending her dissertation in October 2021.

Dr. Amber subscribes to a down-to-earth, approachable coaching perspective. Her research areas are in adult learner creativity and writer identity, fields that color her coaching as well. She believes in practical, realistic strategies and goal setting, catering to individual needs. Because the dissertation process is so grueling, she attempts to help clients find the joy in their work, navigate the discomfort with humor, and develop a trust in their abilities to cross the finish line. Her frequent co-coach is her shepherd mix, “Dogtor” Randi, who has been an essential part of her dissertation journey. Like Dogtor Randi, Dr. Amber offers non-judgmental support through the good days and the not-so-good days.

Dr. Stephanie L. Silva-Del Toro

WTDD Coach


about Stephanie

Dr. Stephanie grew up in the southwest corner of Puerto Rico, Cabo Rojo. She pursued a Biology/Microbiology bachelor’s degree at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, followed by a two-year post-baccalaureate program at Mayo Clinic to further explore host-pathogens interactions. Stephanie then pursued a PhD in Immunology at the University of Iowa where she studied white blood cell responses (neutrophils) to a bacterial infection. Stephanie was awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, a Sloan Scholar fellowship, and various presentation awards in national conferences. She has mentored more than a dozen undergraduates and graduate students in the Allen Lab. Today, she is working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Missouri where she studies neutrophil nuclear morphology. When not involved in her research, Stephanie loves spending time with her favorite people, baking, painting, scrapbooking, listening to good music and eating, all the while taking care of her pup Jelly Bean.

After wrestling with the inner mean girl, Stephanie began a journey of self-discovery and embracing her muchness, joining the Think Like A Phinisher Challenge and Stuck To Unstoppable program in 2020. Here she found a support system, a group of friends; but most importantly, a map to navigate her complex mind, and embrace her limitless self. She also figured out how to get in a daily flow of writing and how to overcome procrastination kindly but effectively. Stephanie struggled with her strong inner mean girl, with her perfectionist tendencies being the reason she felt stuck.

As a coach for Write the Damn Dissertation, Dr. Stephanie strives to help you identify what is holding you back, develop intentional habits, identify short- and long-term goals, and strategies to hold yourself accountable. By learning from the ups and downs of the process of writing the dissertation; Dr. Stephanie will help you map your thoughts, learn from your experiences, and celebrate all the wins; no matter how small or big they are!

Dr. Stephanie L. Silva-Del Toro

WTDD Coach


about Stephanie

Dr. Stephanie grew up in the southwest corner of Puerto Rico, Cabo Rojo. She pursued a Biology/Microbiology bachelor’s degree at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, followed by a two-year post-baccalaureate program at Mayo Clinic to further explore host-pathogens interactions. Stephanie then pursued a PhD in Immunology at the University of Iowa where she studied white blood cell responses (neutrophils) to a bacterial infection. Stephanie was awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, a Sloan Scholar fellowship, and various presentation awards in national conferences. She has mentored more than a dozen undergraduates and graduate students in the Allen Lab. Today, she is working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Missouri where she studies neutrophil nuclear morphology. When not involved in her research, Stephanie loves spending time with her favorite people, baking, painting, scrapbooking, listening to good music and eating, all the while taking care of her pup Jelly Bean.

After wrestling with the inner mean girl, Stephanie began a journey of self-discovery and embracing her muchness, joining the Think Like A Phinisher Challenge and Stuck To Unstoppable program in 2020. Here she found a support system, a group of friends; but most importantly, a map to navigate her complex mind, and embrace her limitless self. She also figured out how to get in a daily flow of writing and how to overcome procrastination kindly but effectively. Stephanie struggled with her strong inner mean girl, with her perfectionist tendencies being the reason she felt stuck.

As a coach for Write the Damn Dissertation, Dr. Stephanie strives to help you identify what is holding you back, develop intentional habits, identify short- and long-term goals, and strategies to hold yourself accountable. By learning from the ups and downs of the process of writing the dissertation; Dr. Stephanie will help you map your thoughts, learn from your experiences, and celebrate all the wins; no matter how small or big they are!

Erica  David

WTDD Coach


about Erica

Born and raised in Wyoming, Coach Erica completed her graduate work in Perth, Western Australia; working with the University of Western Australia and the Kings Park Science Directorate to earn a Ph.D. in Ecology. From a young age, Erica has held a deep-rooted love for nature and conservation, and a curiosity to explore why & how our ecosystems function the way they do. Her inquisitive nature quickly led to science research, competing in academic research competitions, and presenting at her first international conference at age eleven. Throughout her career, Erica has worked on projects around the globe, across systems and biomes (from glacial stream ecology, to pathogen and drought resistance in crops, to blowing and drifting snow in the Rocky Mountains, to endemic orchids conservation and arid mine restoration in Australia), through which she has continued to push for innovative approaches to conservation, with a growing publication record and patent focused on developing best-practice methods in ecological restoration. When she is not writing, Erica often taps into her creative side, and can be found with her watercolors and her two darling puppies, on an adventure to explore some new corner of the world, chase down a butterfly, or photograph some strange and endemic wildflower.

Her doctoral work investigates the ecological and physiological impacts of wind on native Australian vegetation, integrating ecosystem aerodynamics with the science and practice of ecological restoration in post-mine environments. Erica’s doctoral journey was not traditional or easy. Erica joined the Write the Damn Dissertation community as a client in April of 2020, after sitting in the drift for several years as she recovered from a personal trauma and mental health crisis. At that point, “I was desperate – throwing every fiber of my being at my dissertation and still unable to gain traction”. While she initially struggled with imposter’s syndrome, overwhelm, isolation, and burnout, Erica was able to find a path forward by “shedding the resentment, and reconnecting with the joy of my research”. Erica submitted her dissertation for examination in October 2021 and is now in the final revision stages of her institution’s examination process.

Erica joined the Write the Damn Dissertation coaching team in March 2021. Her coaching mentality draws a multi-pronged approach: deep mental work and personal reflection, paired with meticulous goal setting and accountability. She works with clients across disciplines and methodological approaches (quantitative/qualitative/mixed methods), and with clients at all stages of their doctoral journey. Coach Erica specializes in leveraging a project management approach to the dissertation to build and maintain momentum, and strives to provide warmth, support, and understanding to help navigate and unpack the mental/emotional/social challenges along the way. Let’s get you to the Phinish line!

Erica  David

WTDD Coach


about Erica

Born and raised in Wyoming, Coach Erica completed her graduate work in Perth, Western Australia; working with the University of Western Australia and the Kings Park Science Directorate to earn a Ph.D. in Ecology. From a young age, Erica has held a deep-rooted love for nature and conservation, and a curiosity to explore why & how our ecosystems function the way they do. Her inquisitive nature quickly led to science research, competing in academic research competitions, and presenting at her first international conference at age eleven. Throughout her career, Erica has worked on projects around the globe, across systems and biomes (from glacial stream ecology, to pathogen and drought resistance in crops, to blowing and drifting snow in the Rocky Mountains, to endemic orchids conservation and arid mine restoration in Australia), through which she has continued to push for innovative approaches to conservation, with a growing publication record and patent focused on developing best-practice methods in ecological restoration. When she is not writing, Erica often taps into her creative side, and can be found with her watercolors and her two darling puppies, on an adventure to explore some new corner of the world, chase down a butterfly, or photograph some strange and endemic wildflower.

Her doctoral work investigates the ecological and physiological impacts of wind on native Australian vegetation, integrating ecosystem aerodynamics with the science and practice of ecological restoration in post-mine environments. Erica’s doctoral journey was not traditional or easy. Erica joined the Write the Damn Dissertation community as a client in April of 2020, after sitting in the drift for several years as she recovered from a personal trauma and mental health crisis. At that point, “I was desperate – throwing every fiber of my being at my dissertation and still unable to gain traction”. While she initially struggled with imposter’s syndrome, overwhelm, isolation, and burnout, Erica was able to find a path forward by “shedding the resentment, and reconnecting with the joy of my research”. Erica submitted her dissertation for examination in October 2021 and is now in the final revision stages of her institution’s examination process.

Erica joined the Write the Damn Dissertation coaching team in March 2021. Her coaching mentality draws a multi-pronged approach: deep mental work and personal reflection, paired with meticulous goal setting and accountability. She works with clients across disciplines and methodological approaches (quantitative/qualitative/mixed methods), and with clients at all stages of their doctoral journey. Coach Erica specializes in leveraging a project management approach to the dissertation to build and maintain momentum, and strives to provide warmth, support, and understanding to help navigate and unpack the mental/emotional/social challenges along the way. Let’s get you to the Phinish line!