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2004-09-21-095.gina2tiny.jpg Gina J Hiatt, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, tenure coach and dissertation coach. She helps professors and graduate students to complete research and writing projects and publish, while maintaining high teaching standards and other commitments. In addition to dissertation coaching, she runs workshops and teleclasses on time management, writing, career planning and grad student/advisor relationships.

Academic Background

Gina J. Hiatt, Ph.D. received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, Summa Cum Laude, in 1973. She was one of only 12 people inducted into Phi Beta Kappa her junior year at Penn.

Her first year at Penn was as a Russian and French major, having studied French, Spanish and Russian all through high school.  She took a psychology course to fulfill the science requirement, and the rest is history.  Gina continues her love of languages: after four years of study she is now also fluent in Italian.

Gina received her Ph.D. in 1978 from McGill University, in clinical psychology. Her research was in the area of learning and memory, working with the noted neuropsychologist, Brenda Milner.

From Researcher to Clinician...

While testing patients for her dissertation research, Gina realized that she liked working with people more than doing research on them. After graduating in 1978, she did a post doc at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. She also had the opportunity to teach two psych courses at UCLA. Since then, she has been in private practice for 25 years.


In addition to being a psychotherapist, Gina is a coach. She enjoys working with academics at every stage of their career, from grad students wondering about their dissertation topic to faculty members who want to maintain a high level of research and writing.  In particular, Gina has found that faculty concerned about promotion and tenure are helped immensely by the structure of coaching.  It has been incredibly rewarding for her to watch her clients' successes in the academic arena.

Individual and Group Coaching

Gina encourages everyone to join a dissertation coaching group or a  writing time/management group for postdocs and professors. All coaching is done on the telephone.  Of course, Gina does individual coaching, but she has found that there are so many benefits to the group process.  A founding member of the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists (no longer active,) she believes that the support, advice, encouragement, role modeling or even mistakes of other group members create a magic mix that encourages progress.

Workshops and Teleclasses

Gina runs workshops for graduate students and faculty on career planning, time management, student/advisor relationships, teaching and writing blocks.  You can contact Gina about your specific needs to see if she will be available to give a workshop at your university.  Teleclasses are also given over the phone, allowing multi-university participation, confidentiality, and the ultimate convenience of learning from home or office.  Sign up for her newsletter to stay informed of the workshop and teleclass schedule.

Would you like to talk to Gina?

If she has openings, Gina will be happy to discuss coaching with you in a phone conversation -- just send her an email and you can set up a time to chat!