Our Authors & Experts

PhDs.me’s authors and experts are trusted and experienced specialists in their fields. They come from a wide range of backgrounds and include professors, researchers, analysts, journalists, and higher education professionals. Our contributors share phds.me’s mission to give readers updated and in-depth resources to advance their PhD or practical doctorate journey. In addition to researching, writing, and editing our content, our contributors lend their expertise by reviewing the accuracy and quality of our pages.

Angela Myers

Health & Finance Writer

Angela Myers is a freelance writer who specializes in writing about health, finance, and education. When she's not writing, you can find her reviewing books on her Instagram and TikTok. Angela received her degree in Professional Writing and Rhetoric from Elon University. Currently, she's traveling the world as a digital nomad.

Bernard Grant

Researcher & Writer

Bernard Grant is a writer, editor, and advocate who serves as a board member of NeuroGuides and Autistic Women's Alliance as well as a life coach at Autism Personal Coach. Bernard holds a Ph.D. in creative writing and literature from the University of Cincinnati, where they taught writing. They're currently Associate Fiction Editor at Tahoma Literary Review.

Blake Huggins

Researcher, Writer & Educator

Blake Huggins is a writer, researcher, and educator based in New England. He writes widely on a range of topics with specific expertise in the higher education, healthcare, and technology spaces. An Oklahoma native, Blake holds a PhD from Boston University and has taught college courses in writing and composition, religion, and philosophy.

Blake Weil

Education Writer

Blake Weil is a medical student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College, and a freelance writer. Outside of his writing on education, he writes as a theater critic for No Proscenium.

Cobretti Williams

Staff Writer

Ellery Weil

Education & Nonprofit Specialist

Ellery Weil is a historian and writer. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan and University College London, and has worked in education, nonprofits, and the arts.

James Mielke

Staff Writer

James Mielke is a freelance writer currently based in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition to higher education topics, other areas of research and writing include food history, cooking, dining, and golf. James has a history degree from Belmont University and is an unapologetic fan of the Grateful Dead.

Kathleen Curtis

Staff Writer

Kathleen Curtis is an American writer currently living in Louisville, Kentucky. She has developed content around education for more than a decade for both domestic and international clients.

Katy McWhirter

Staff Writer

Kenya McCullum

Staff Writer

Kenya McCullum is a freelance writer based in California.

Kristina Brune

Journalist & Features Writer

Kristina Brune has worked as a copywriter and marketer for 10 years, with businesses and entrepreneurs around the world, including digital influencers, small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, and one of the largest investor-owned utilities in the Midwest. Her work has been published in Forbes, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Inc.com, and various other publications. Her first novel, Weight of Memory, was published in March 2021 by Sands Press.

Kyra Sutherland

Education Writer

Kyra Sutherland has been a freelance writer since 2017 and enjoys infusing her work with her passion for education. When she isn’t writing she can be found building her backyard garden, experimenting in the kitchen, or chasing her two energetic boys and their feisty cat. You can find out more about Kyra on her blog No Nightlights.

Megan Harrington

Staff Writer

Megan Harrington is a writer living in Upstate New York. She graduated from Wesleyan University and has been freelancing for magazines and websites for the past 15 years. When she's not writing, Megan enjoys being active with her family. For more on Megan, you can follow her on Instagram or visit her website.

Michael Hoffman

Attorney & Journalist

A former practicing attorney, Michael Hoffman has years of experience as a freelance journalist specializing in the research and writing of higher education content – from online learning to financial aid, and everything in between. Michael is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara College of Law. Prior to becoming a professional writer, Michael practiced for several years as a civil litigator in Los Angeles and worked in Santa Monica, California as a development executive for a major film producer.

Mikala Lugen

Content Creator & Journalist

Mikala likes to keep life on its toes, which is why she's dedicated her life to being a brand advocate for all things music and mindfulness. She's worked as a music journalist, social media coordinator, and content creator for over seven years and finds something new and exciting to explore and learn about everyday. She loves to collaborate with people and inspire people to pursue their passions through creative endeavors and projects. When she's not working, you'll find her hiking, rock climbing, dancing to live music, walking her dog Jameson, and discovering new music.

Paul Blumer

Staff Writer

Quinn Dannies

Education Writer

Quinn Dannies is a freelance writer with a focus on education, global affairs, and public policy. She currently studies Rhetoric and Public Engagement at the University of Nevada Reno.

Rebecca Newman

Psychotherapist & Writer

Rebecca (MSW, LCS) is a psychotherapist and writer in Philadelphia, specializing in working with and content about eating disorders, anxiety, depression, infertility, substance abuse, grief and loss, gender and sexuality, trauma, and adjustment to life changes. She earned a BA in Creative Writing from Oberlin College and an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received the John Hope Franklin Award for Combating American Racism.

Shannon Daigle

Staff Writer

Shannon Daigle is a freelance writer currently living in Chicago, Illinois. A former marketing professional, she now partners with clients to develop informational and educational content.

Shannon Lee

Features Writer & Novelist

Shannon Lee has been a freelance writer, editor, and novelist for over 25 years. Her work has appeared on Fox Business, Forbes, MSN, Bob Vila, Modernize, Nashville Scene, MoneyGeek, MVP Parent, and many other outlets; her writing on home improvement led to an editorial position with The Spruce in 2021. She's written extensively on higher education, relationships, and the intersection of technology, health, and medicine. When she's not freelancing, Shannon also writes fiction novels.

Timon Kaple

Writer & Researcher

Timon Kaple, Ph.D., is a full-time writer and researcher. His work focuses on sociolinguistics, small-group folklore, the anthropology of sound, higher education, and student support services. He has experience as an ethnographer and enjoys conducting fieldwork and archival research.

Venus (Ivy) Locke

Staff Writer

Ivy Locke is a versatile creative writer with over thirteen years of experience. She enjoys writing on topics such as personal finance, self improvement, psychology, and pop culture. You can find her on Twitter @THEEIVYLOCKE or Medium @Ivylocke.

Andrea Clement

President of Clem.co

Andrea Clement is the President of Clem.co, Healthcare Communications and Career Collateral. She has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare staffing industry, including ten years as a healthcare recruiter placing physicians and advanced practice clinicians in hospitals and health systems across the country, and more than a decade of experience providing media relations and communications for a variety of corporations including healthcare staffing, clinical research, medical publishing, and physician consulting firms. From 2007-2018, Andrea wrote about healthcare careers and provided online medical career / job search advice for About.com, which is now VeryWell.com and TheBalance.com, both of which host much of her health career content currently.

Dr. Deniece Deniece

Graduate School Expert by NPR

Dr. Jolie

Professor, CSU

We sat down with Dr. Jolie, a three-time tenured California State University Professor to ask for her input on funding a PhD

Dr. Luke Allen

Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Luke Allen (he/him/his) is a licensed psychologist in Oregon and Nevada in full-time telehealth private practice and has over three years of experience working in university and college counseling centers, most recently at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has supervised graduate students in a training capacity since 2018 and continues to support graduate students in individual therapy. Dr. Allen specializes in college student mental health, treating anxiety and depression, as well as working with transgender and non-binary youth and their families on matters related to gender identity. Dr. Allen is also a WPATH Standards of Care 7 (SOC7) Certified Member and a WPATH SOC7 Certified Mentor and a co-author of the Standards of Care for the Health of Transgender and Gender Diverse People, Version 8.

Michael Fountain

Scholar, Veteran, DEI Advocate

Michael Fountain is a strategic leader with experience in operational efficiencies, transformational processes, and innovative strategies, with a proven track record of increased process improvements, strategic project management, and leading large transformation and changes management efforts. Fountain is a scholar, professional, military veteran, and DEI advocate for building, creating, and sustaining diverse work outcomes and nurturing organizational cultures. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Global Leadership and Change at Pepperdine University.

Rebecca Newman

Psychotherapist & Writer

Rebecca (MSW, LCS) is a psychotherapist and writer in Philadelphia, specializing in working with and content about eating disorders, anxiety, depression, infertility, substance abuse, grief and loss, gender and sexuality, trauma, and adjustment to life changes. She earned a BA in Creative Writing from Oberlin College and an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received the John Hope Franklin Award for Combating American Racism.

Robert Bolden

Financial Advisor

Rob Bolden began working in the financial services industry soon after ending his football career. He spent six years gaining experience and licensing as a financial advisor for an insurance-focused broker-dealer before branching off into the fee-only space. Outside the office, Rob is either exercising, spending time with family and friends, or burying his head in a book.

Wesley Wade

Wesley Wade is a PhD candidate in the counseling and counselor education program at North Carolina State University, where he researches the associations between neurodivergence, career development, and components of racial identity. Wesley is a licensed clinical mental health counselor, clinical addiction specialist, and nationally certified counselor who collaborates as a neurodiversity consultant with various organizations internationally. He’s cultivated career programming in higher education through the state of North Carolina for neurodivergent students as well as programs that center on the experiences of undergraduate Black men attending primarily white institutions (PWIs).