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Posted by Daniel Sloan on Jun 28, 2017 7:20:10 AM

Graduates of Trident’s Ph.D. programs are trained to become independent researchers. As students work towards the completion of their dissertation, they collaborate closely with University faculty who help to guide the development of research skills.

A goal of many graduates is not just to successfully defend their dissertation, but also to see it published in an academic journal. Research that is published in a peer-reviewed journal is a formal recognition of a scholar’s contribution to the public body of knowledge for his or her chosen field.

Not all journals are created equal. Students and alumni alike should be aware of the types of journals out there – many are quite good and can be great CV-builders, while there are some that need to be avoided.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, Faculty, Doctoral Program Tips, Doctoral Degrees, Glenn R. Jones College of Business, Academic Publishing


Posted by Daniel Sloan on May 3, 2017 6:05:58 PM

Dr. Betty Cappelletti will walk across the stage as a graduate of Trident’s Ph.D. in Health Sciences program in July. This will be the third degree she has earned from Trident – one of only nine such alumni to hold this distinction.

Currently residing in Orange County, CA, Dr. Cappelletti keeps herself busy as the founder and director of Project A-Pulse®, a high school motivational program for students who are interested in the health sciences or careers in medicine. It’s a perfect setup for someone who is passionate about teaching and the field of health sciences.

Trident: Since you were a student at Trident, have you made moves upward in your career?
Dr. Betty Cappelletti: I am currently seeking employment at the collegiate level as a professor in health sciences and research. I hope to go into research specifically in the area of ADD, ADHD, or Alzheimer’s disease.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, Public Health, College of Health and Human Services, Alumni


Posted by Daniel Sloan on Mar 22, 2017 3:02:39 PM

Dr. Priscilla Okunji is a tenure track Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing & Allied Health Sciences at Howard University in Washington, DC. She earned a Ph.D. in Health Sciences from Trident in 2010, and has been part of Howard’s faculty since then.

Since her graduation, she has become a distinguished academic researcher. Her latest research project, which commenced earlier this year, is to enhance the use of electronic records to better understand diabetes and cardiovascular disorders in minority populations. Additionally, she has been named a diversity scholar through the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS).  

Trident: Since you were a student at Trident, have you made moves upward in your career?
Dr. Priscilla Okunji: Yes, I advanced from Instructor to Coordinator of the RN-to-BSN track (2011-2016) and tenure track Assistant Professor (2013-present). I have been awarded external and internal grants focused on the use of big data to knowledge (BD2K) to better understand health disparities.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, Student Success, Alumni


Posted by Daniel Sloan on Feb 23, 2017 4:36:58 AM

Dr. Vincent Havrilko is an Air Force civilian serving the 366th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 366th Mission Support Group, 366th Fighter Wing, Air Combat Command at Mountain Home AFB in Idaho. He served for 22 years in the Air Force, retiring as a Master Sergeant.  

Dr. Havrilko completed a Ph.D. in Business Administration at Trident, as well as degrees at the master’s and bachelor’s levels. He is one of only nine alumni to have earned a degree at each program level from Trident.
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Topics: PhD Degrees, Business Adminstration, Military, Glenn R. Jones College of Business, Military to Civilian Transition


Posted by Daniel Sloan on Oct 17, 2016 2:32:15 PM

Dr. Alberto Llanes is a 2016 graduate of Trident’s Ph.D. in Business Administration program. He currently serves as the Chief Enterprise Architect for IRIS Health Solutions, LLC, supporting the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) as one of their two contractor Lead Enterprise Architects.

Trident: Since your time at Trident, have you made moves upward in your career? Or accomplished specific career goals?

Dr. Alberto Llanes: As a student at Trident my career progressed from chief technology officer of a small organization out of New York, through Lead Enterprise Architect at General Dynamics Information Technology, to Chief Enterprise Architect at IRIS Health Solutions, LLC. I’m better positioned to contribute to the betterment of our nation’s health system and have to give some of the credit to my learning at Trident University International. I am now a more disciplined critical thinker which has led to more career success.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, Glenn R. Jones College of Business, Alumni


Posted by Trident University on Oct 7, 2016 12:00:00 PM

This article, authored by former Trident professor Dr. Steven J. Gold, originally appeared in the TUI Network in 2012.

Joining Trident University in 1999, about one month before we opened our doors for business, was like stepping into the wild west of technology and teaching. We had a plan, we had a detailed model to help guide the University, and it all conceptually was perfect. But actually making it happen, three, and soon five, faculty members (with maybe 9 students at first) getting our hands dirty and trying to figure out what would really work technologically, pedagogically, so this vision of quality education could be realized at Trident, well, they were days that will never come again.

The sense of play in a startup organization is unnerving but fabulously exciting. And as our Director of Instructional Services I made sure we played hard until we came up with a routine that really worked for the Trident students. Technology was always the main challenge. We were always about solving problems with ideas, not wasting money on shiny metal objects; the pedagogy always drove the choice of technologies.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, Faculty, Online Learning, Military Education, Veteran Education


Posted by Daniel Sloan on Jun 14, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Earning a doctorate degree is more hiking to the top of Mount Everest and less strolling through Central Park on a warm summer’s day. Students with the smarts and perseverance to reach the highest summit in academia still require a helping hand, and there is no better source of advice than someone who has previously completed this journey.

As part of their commitment to student success, Trident offers a Ph.D. Mentor program, which has been designed to help guide candidates to the completion of their doctorate. Dr. Carlos Cardillo, a professor in the College of Health and Human Services, serves as a Ph.D. Mentor.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, Faculty, Doctoral Program Tips, College of Health and Human Services


Posted by Daniel Sloan on May 17, 2016 6:33:18 PM

Research methods can be classified in two different categories – quantitative and qualitative. We looked at the former method in the past, so it’s time to shine some light on the qualitative method and how it fits into your dissertation or scholarly research that you’re performing.

While quantitative research requires the collection of numerical data, qualitative research attempts to understand a specific organization or event and does not involve the collection of a numerical sample from a population.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, Scholarly Research, Online Learning, Doctoral Program Tips, College of Health and Human Services, Doctoral Degrees


Posted by Daniel Sloan on May 11, 2016 6:49:09 AM

Disorders of the brain – those “unseen diseases” – affect many millions of Americans from all walks of life. The men and women of the Armed Forces are not immune, with many returning from combat with some form of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or other forms of combat exposure. These disorders are difficult to treat, with researchers working hard to fill in the missing gaps of knowledge.

Trident Ph.D. in Health Sciences student Jeffrey Nagy is one of these researchers. Nagy, who was a combat medic for the United States Army, understands these realities all too well, which is why he is in a prime position to address some of these gaps.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, Veterans, Scholarly Research, Military, PTSD, College of Health and Human Services


Posted by Daniel Sloan on Aug 13, 2015 2:09:00 PM

This is a companion blog to "Communicating Your Professional and Scholarly Work with the Media," part of the Culture of Research & Education (C.O.R.E.) webinar series.

The true power of scholarly research is realized when it is exposed to the general public. If you’re presented with an opportunity to discuss your research with the media, these are some key guidelines to follow.


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Topics: PhD Degrees, Scholarly Research, Media, Public Relations

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