Dissertation Statistics Consulting

My name is Dr. Kempton Smith. I'm a retired Ph.D. statistician who specializes in assisting graduate students with statistical aspects of their quantitative dissertation. I can help with:

  • Formulation of research questions and hypotheses.
  • Research methods, including design and sample size requirements.
  • Statistical analysis using SPSS and R. These can include:
    • Calculating appropriate descriptive statistics,
    • Correlations between independent and dependent variables,
    • Regression analysis, including multiple regression and binary logistic regression,
    • Analysis of variance and analysis of covariance,
    • Multivariate analysis of variance.
    • Factor analysis and principal component analysis.
  • Interpretation and presentation of results.
  • Construction of tables and charts using Microsoft Word or Excel.

My Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I've been through the rigors of writing a dissertation myself.
  • Former Associate Professor of Statistics at UNC Chapel Hill. Taught statistics to undergraduate and graduate students in various disciplines. Served on dissertation committees.
  • 20+ years experience as professional statistician in the biopharmaceutical industry.
  • Many years of experience in working with scientists and medical researchers.
  • Advanced user of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, SPSS, and other statistical software.
  • Twelve years experience as a dissertation statistics consultant.


My rate for statistical consultation or analysis is $60 per hour. (See discounted price for purchase of four hours below.) I work on an hourly basis only and do not give fixed price estimates. My time is billed in half-hourly increments.

Please note that I require payment of the first hour in advance, prior to starting any work on your project.

I will keep track of my time spent on your project and will give you an informal invoice after each block of work (usually about one or two hours) has been completed. Prior to starting on the next block of work I expect payment of any outstanding invoice.

Many students seeking a statistical consultant are curious about the cost. My short answer is: 95% of the time, it will be between $120 and $600. Rarely can your project be completed in less than 2 hours; it also rarely requires more than 10 hours of my time. This data is based on my experience over 15 years with several hundred dissertation projects. About 75% of these have been in the social sciences. One project required over 20 hours of my time; that project won a prize for the best social science thesis at the University of Chicago.

Getting Started

The first thing I suggest you do, even before you have made the decision to work with me, is to send me your proposal or a brief summmary of your project. Please let me know which parts of your project you expect to need my help with.

After I have looked at your material, I'll contact you by email and suggest the next steps. If you decide to work with me, all I require for us to get started is payment of the first hour in advance.

I do not require a contract. I do require a minimum commitment of one hour of consulting time.

APA Format

I will provide you with tables formatted according to APA specifications. This will save you the agony, effort, and time you would otherwise have spent reformatting tables from the default SPSS format. I can also help you modify your installation of SPSS so that it will generate APA tables by default. Contact me for more information about this.

Quick Questions

Perhsps all you need from me is the quick answer to a question about some statistical aspect of your project. For example, should I use an analysis of variance or a regression analysis for testing my hypothesis 2? I'll be glad to answer your Quick Question. Just send me your question. No up front payment is required. I'll research your question and send you an invoice prior to sending you the answer. My usual rates apply.


I accept payment by Paypal only. To pay by Paypal, please click on the pay now button below.

NEW: I now offer a non-refundable block of four hours of consulting time for $200 (save $40). Just mention this offer when you purchase below.

Contact Information

Please don't hesitate to contact me by email at kempton2009@gmail.com. I am usually available by phone every day from 11 am to 8 pm Eastern time. Contact me by email for my phone number. I recommend scheduling an phone appointment with me in advance by email.