Please join The Writers’ Exchange in congratulating Anthony Primavera in the successful completion of his dissertation:


No Time for That: Graduate Psychology Student Perspectives On Self-Care Culture

My qualitative dissertation study used an interpretive phenomenological analysis-based method, with the goal of learning: (a) how graduate psychology students experience their program’s promotion of self-care, and (b) how this may or may not interact with their perceived stress, and comfort level in engaging with self-care activities.


WEX is always interested in learning from successful writers about their process. Here, Anthony Primavera shares a few pointers:


How has WEX professional coaching/editing support promoted your academic and/or professional success?

WEX’s professional editing service has provided the best editing experience I’ve had, especially given the length and complexity of a dissertation. The editor I worked with was very clear about marking, describing, and advising every single edit I needed to make, which made the editing process as brief and seamless as possible. WEX was respectful and responsive throughout the entire process, and I’m very grateful to have had their support!


What advice would you give to others writing a dissertation?

Brainstorming, executing, and writing up a dissertation study is a truly daunting task! I’ve found that breaking up the process into small chunks (e.g., writing out one heading of one section), alongside frequent contact with my dissertation chair has been very helpful. I’ve also had great success with handwriting my thought process when mental blocks had inevitably arisen. Best of luck to all the writers out there!


What are your next steps in your academic/professional career?

I’m looking forward to beginning my postdoctoral fellowship at a group practice, LifeStance Health, near my hometown. After gaining experience in college counseling, community mental health, and integrated care settings, I’m excited to learn more about this new setting to help inform my future career decisions.


Anthony Primavera, PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Antioch University New England


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