Happy Doc Student Podcast

Happy Doc Student Podcast

Feeling alone, frustrated, confused? Thinking of throwing in the towel? Founded on the belief that you can realize your dream of becoming a doctor with your sanity, health, and relationships intact, the Happy Doc Student Podcast delivers weekly inspiration through academic wisdom and esoteric insight. It's no secret the doctoral journey is a difficult one, but you're not alone; join us and put more JOY in your journey!


March 15, 2023 43 min

Nyce Jones is pursuing his EdD in Higher Education and Management. He is a pop culture educator and entrepreneur motivating minds one moment at a time. His unique use of Hip Hop culture and creative energy impacts anyone he encounters.


1.     Candid conversations with mentors can help you get clarity on how to reach your goals.

2.     Do your due diligence to ensure a doctoral program will help you meet your goals – and th...

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Robin Landa is a distinguished professor at Kean University USA and a globally recognized ideation expert. She is a well-known “creativity guru” and a best-selling author of books on creativity, design, and advertising, including The New Art of Ideas: Unlock Your Creative Potential. 

The 3 G’s: Goal, Gap, Gain


1.    Stimulate your curiosity with questions like: “What if?” and “If only”

2.    Use the 3 G’s and write down your...

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In this episode, I chat with Don Davis, Ph.D. about being overcommitted and his new book: Overcommitted: How to Transform Your Habits and Achieve the Life You Desire. 

Take the Overcommitment DARE here: https://drdavisphd.com/overcommitted/

Connect with Don

Audible here: https://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B09ZD57BB6&source_code=ASSORAP0511160006&share_location=pd...

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In this episode, I chat with Dr. Rhett-Lawson Mohajer and his decision to use qualitative research methods for his doctoral research. 

Title of  Rhett’s doctoral research “Duet with Fairbairn: Psychoanalysis, Music, and the Endopsychic Personality Structure”

 Article “Leaving the Underworld with Jung on the Blue Note”


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This episode is best viewed as a video: https://youtu.be/fiaH3NLyCJo

Lauren is an Integrative Energy Practitioner & Coach, specializing in the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT – also known as Tapping) for stress, anxiety, and chronic pain. 


·      EFT/Tapping is like acupressure without needles 

·      Tapping on these specific points gets energy moving (if this sounds weird, that’s OK; try it and see how you feel)

·     ...

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Daniel is the co-founder of Spacemakers®, a productivity consulting group for busy leaders.

 Spacemaker: How to Unplug, Unwind and Think Clearly in the Digital Age: https://amzn.to/3iEzHkT

Raising Tech-Healthy Humans: How to reset your children's tech-habits and give them a great start to life: https://amzn.to/3FE85Fv

Free chapters + videos to plan a weekly day of rest:  https://spacemakers.com.au/book/free-chapters/

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Dr. Abby Hamilton is a 2-time TEDx speaker, Filipino-American industrial/organizational psychologist, and author of Amazon Bestseller “Speak Up, Anak”. Dr. Abby helps people find their voice so they can be more and do more in life.

The bamboo ceiling, a glass ceiling for Asian Americans, served as an inspiration for Dr. Abby’s dissertation. 

How can you be assertive without being ugly? When it is done right, it is beautiful!


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In this episode, I chat with Dr. Allen Roda. Allen received his PhD from NYU in Music and Anthropology and currently oversees operations at Dissertation Editor.


  • Hiring outside help in the form of an expert editor or statistical consultant can save you much time, money, and sanity!
  • Most universities will require a certain style (for example, APA) and that your manuscript follows a detailed format (including ve...
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Founder of Humans First, Rob Krecak is a thrill-seeker, self-professed nerd, question asker, voracious reader, competitor, keynote speaker, and business builder. Rob is on a mission to help individuals and companies reduce stress and get back time so they can master their careers and lives. He founded Humans First to provide a one-of-a-kind consulting experience that analyzes people’s efficiency and energy by paying attention to th...

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As the founder of MasterTalk, Brenden  Kumarasamy coaches individuals to become the top communicators in their field. He also has a popular YouTube channel called MasterTalk, with the goal of providing free access to communication tools for everyone in the world. And today he shares tips that will help you become a rockstar communicator. 


·      The fear of communication comes from a lifetime of mandatory presenting, giving talk...

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Dr. Frank Buck is a retired school administrator, productivity speaker, writer, and coach. His dream for you is to make organization easy so you can increase productivity, decrease stress, and yes, even enjoy life! Frank has been ranked #1 in the world in the "Time Management" category by Global Guru’s every year since 2019. 

Frank’s dissertation was on time management, and on this episode he shares actionable st...

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On today's episode, Kyle Mitchell shares three steps for overcoming social anxiety.

Kyle is a mental health advocate, international & TEDx speaker, and social media influencer who is passionate about solving the problems associated with poor mental health, especially among teens and youth. 

 Get the three steps PDF here: https://www.socialanxietykyle.com/3-steps-to-social-confidence

Listen to Kyle's T...

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The literature review presents many challenges. On this episode, Dr. Ellen Beattie walks you through a process that will set you on a path to a successful Chapter 2!
Ellen is an educational leader, developer, and consultant specializing in positive academic leadership, online teaching and learning, and neuroscience. She also operates an educational consulting platform, the Center for Intentional Learning.


  1.  C...
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If you are in a doc program, chances are your ANGRY muscle will be triggered at some point.

In this episode, Dr. Gina Simmons Schneider explains why it is OK to be mad and how to move past this emotion to get on with your degree (and life!). Gina received her PhD from United States International University and is a licensed psychotherapist, executive coach, and corporate trainer. As a coping skills expert, she has more tha...

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 On this episode I have so much FUN chatting with Ellen Leonard. 

Ellen is a speaker, stress management consultant + coach, and expert who teaches and coaches business leaders, teams and organizations how to manage and prevent stress. Ellen’s professional background and expertise include 12 years as a published scientific researcher, 9 years as an award-winning university instructor, and 9 years leading The...
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On this episode, I dive deep into Imposter Syndrome (what it is, what it isn’t, the difference between coping and overcoming, and MORE) with Sheryl Anjenette. 

Sheryl is a best-selling author, international speaker, thought leader, and the CEO of Anjanette Wellness Academy. 

 Her newest book: The Imposter Lies Within: Silence Your Inner Critic, Tame Your Fear, Unleash Your Badassery, is a holistic journey past imposter syndrome.

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In this episode, I chat with Scott Miller, the host of On Leadership with Scott Miller. He is a Thought Leadership Senior Advisor at Franklin Covey and authors a leadership column for Inc.com. He is also the bestselling author of the Mess to Success series and more recently, Master Mentor Volume one.


1.     Efficiency and Effectiveness are not the same things – know when to be efficient and when to be effective (hint: you ...

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On this episode Zahra Karsan, peak performance coach, founder and CEO of GetZend shares nuggets of wisdom from her book: Six Weeks to Happy the Ultimate Roadmap to Retrain Your Brain for Better Health, Greater Abundance and Long Lasting Happiness.

What makes you happy?

  • The definition of happiness is so unique – what does it mean to you?
  • How do you realize your optimal well-being?

We have four bodies (how are you attending to e...

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Stress Less and Do More!

On this episode, Blaine Oelkers, America’s only Chief Results Officer, shares productivity hacks that deliver a 30 minute hour™ that any busy person, but especially Doc Students can use!

Start by asking: What would you do with two guilt-free hours?  Because, once you learn how to compress time, it’s an opportunity to do more of these things 

How to get an hour's worth of things done in 30 minutes:

1.    Ta...

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In this episode, Dr. Scott Burrus, Provost at United States University chats about the oral defense.


  •  Keep your presentation clear and concise; use bullet points and not complete sentences.
  • Do a dress rehearsal with your chair. Ask them to quiz you on potential questions and record the meeting so you can refer back to it as you prepare.
  • Once your chair has approved your presentation, practice it both in front of a ...
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