Elizabeth L. Pearman, Ph.D. has spent more than 17 years
designing surveys, analyzing data using SAS and SPSS,
programming SAS and SPSS, developing assessments for
unique situations, research design, developing sampling
frames, calculating sample size, program evaluation,
qualitative design, and qualitative analysis.
being an independent consultant in program evaluation, she
teaches graduate classes Master's and Doctoral level
research methods, qualitative methods, program evaluation,
statistical programming, and lifespan development at the
University of Northern Colorado for the Department of
Applied Statistics and Research Methods and the Department
of Educational Psychology.
Elizabeth has completed over 40
program evaluations for clients, made more than 40
presentations at national conferences, published articles
in several different fields, and authored three books. She
has served on 25 dissertation committees and has consulted
with another 40+ doctoral students on design, statistics,
statistical programming, conceptualization, and writing in
fields diverse as: sports administration, special
education, educational leadership, human rehabilitation,
educational psychology, applied statistics, school
psychology, music education, chemistry education, biology
education, instructional technology, psychology, reading,
early childhood, and others.
Her formal education includes
a B.M. from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, an
M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in
Educational Psychology specializing in research methods,
measurement/assessment, program evaluation and statistics.
Betsy can help you with all phases of your
dissertation/thesis from conceptualizing the
dissertation/thesis, use of qualitative methods,
qualitative design, qualitative analysis or quantitative
methods. Her statistical skills are extensive
(descriptive, inferential, multivariate, regression
analysis, factor and cluster analysis, and reliability and
validity, etc.) along with expertise in
survey/questionnaire design and development, methodology
chapter editing, sampling techniques and sample size
calculation, proposal development, defense preparation,
web-based surveys, data entry, data editing, statistical
programming, measurement/ assessment, data interpretation
and understanding, experimental and quasi-experimental
design, Internal Review Board applications, informed
She can make
statistics understandable, will help you develop and edit
your methodology chapter, assist you in understanding your
data, help you with formulating your research questions,
and guide you from the conceptualization of your
dissertation/thesis to the defense so you will learn and
understand your data, results, and study.
Conceptualization of research,
asking questions, what question to
ask, how to use the data
Questionnaire or survey
Knowledge and ability assessment
Survey creation, validity,
Measurement selection, creating
new measures, appropriateness
Research design (experimental,
Sampling - all types and sample
Descriptive statistics (Frequency,
Distributions, Measures of central
tendency, Measures of variability,
Correlation, Chi Square)
measurement, and analysis
Longitudinal research and analysis
"Betsy, I wanted to thank you again for your help on the data
analysis of my dissertation. Everything went well and I was able to complete,
defend my dissertation successfully and graduate in December. Your help was
essential in getting me going again to achieve this goal. Thanks again and have
a Happy New Year!" —(Contact info on request)
"Thanks for the help in data analysis. I could not have completed the study
without your guidance. Data analysis made the difference because I was
able to extract meaning from the text. The meaning extracted from the
text was the strength of the dissertation and the strength of my defense
presentation. —(Contact info on request)
"... after my wife and children, you come in a close second.
Below are my acknowledgements and while you're listed after my committee (I
felt compelled to put them at the top) you are truly the most important
contributor to my work. While the statistics were
a component, your help with the survey instrument leading up to the statistics really
helped me bridge a gap and work toward closure. Without the instrument and the
associated statistics I would have been lost and at a time when I didn't know what to do, you gave
me guidance. It may not even be anything you remember but your
effort on the survey really set me on the right path. For that I thank you!" —(Contact info on request)
"Hello Betsy, Thank you for your support!!" —(Contact info on request)
"Words can't express how instrumental you were in this
process. When I sought out assistance I didn't expect someone as
dedicated as you. Although my dissertation focused on the motivation of
elementary students the findings had implications that suited me as
well. It's always nice to be believed in. Your goal
structure is definitely in the 'mastery' realm. You made me
believe in myself even when there was so much doubt. I appreciate the long
hours that you invested in me, not to mention, the encouraging words that
often times calmed my fears. You knew exactly what to say at the right time.
Your expertise is invaluable." —(Contact info on request)
"I was just thinking--what would I have done without
you? I am very grateful for all of your knowledge, support and
availability. Just wanted to tell ya." —(Contact info on request)
"Thanks for all you have done to help me through the
process." —(Contact info on request)
"I simply would not have completed my dissertation without Betsy's help, she made it data understandable, interesting, and I learned a lot!" —Dr. Charlotte Nicodemous, San Diego State University.
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