DJ Simons, MA, is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina’s developmental psychology program, where he had a formal concentration in quantitative methods. He has served as a teacher’s assistant many times, including four times for Statistics for Psychologists and twice for Research Methods for Psychology. He has also served as a data analyst for a private education research firm, and has privately tutored undergraduate and graduate students in statistics.
DJ has aided students and colleagues through all steps of the research process, from formulating a research question and hypothesis, through data analysis, to reporting the results in a scholarly fashion using APA style. He is happy to help undergraduate and graduate students with their statistics classes, master’s theses or doctoral dissertations in the social sciences, explaining every step of the process clearly and concisely. He will make sure that you understand your data, and that you can speak intelligently on its content, use and application.
He can advise on, among other things, research methodology, ANOVA, ANCOVA, t-tests, linear, multiple and logistic regression, chi-square, factor analysis, and hierarchical linear modeling/multilevel modeling (HLM). Although his background is in quantitative psychology, he can help with statistics for other social sciences such as Sociology, Social Work and Education. He is highly proficient with SPSS, both menu-based and syntax, and can also help with SAS, CEFA, and R.
Social Science Data Analysis
Strengths in research methodology, including instrument design and sampling.
Familiar with and able to perform an array of statistical analyses, including:
Hierarchical Linear Regression (HLM) or Multilevel Modeling
Longitudinal data analysis
Statistical Computing Software:
SPSS/PASW & SAS, R, CEFA
All MS Office software (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, etc.)
Teaching experience in statistics & research methods
Research Associate – Horizon Research, Chapel Hill, NC
For a private, education research firm, responsible for:
Preparing datasets for analysis using data cleaning and data mining techniques
Performing statistical analyses on large, longitudinal data sets, using SPSS syntax and HLM
Interpreting and reporting results of analyses to researchers in layman’s terms
Teaching Associate - Department of Psychology, CSU Long Beach and UNC Chapel Hill
For Statistics and Research Methods in Psychology, responsible for:
Leading lab/recitation sections; Holding office hours
Leading computer laboratory sessions to teach statistical methods and SPSS for Windows.
Aiding students in every step of the research process, from data collection, to statistical analyses, to reporting results in an APA-formatted scholarly paper.
Graduate Research Assistant - Center for Developmental Science, Chapel Hil
For the Durham Child Health and Development Study, responsible for:
Preparing data reports for statistical database
Coding, entering and analyzing data, both as a team and individually
Maintaining the study’s web site using HTML and Dreamweaver
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill M.A. Developmental Psychology
Formal concentration: Quantitative Methods
CaliforniaStateUniversity at Long Beach M.A. Research Psychology (ABT)
OhioStateUniversity, Columbus, OH B.A. Psychology
“D J was very fast to respond to my request. It was a rush request but he was able to lower the cost for me and work was given back in time. He was very efficient in answering questions I had about the analysis he did for me. I got replies to my questions in just seconds. He is the best he did an excellent job and all the analysis had simple explanations that I built on. I would definitely recommend him and the network too.” - Nansukusa Stella
"As a graduate student in the mental health field I was not prepared for statistics. I was lucky enough to link with DJ for statistics tutoring. He is an amazingly patient, highly intelligent, statistics tutor. He gave me realistic concepts to apply with the assignments that made the foreign language of statistics make a little more sense. He allowed me to learn at my own pace and I never felt rushed or inferior because I wasn’t grasping the information quickly. He is able to relay the information in such a way that is not demeaning or belittling but rather straight forward and concise." Meg (Contact information on request)
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