Helping doctoral students earn their degrees 
FASTER so they can become DOCTOR SOONER.

How To Work With Shanell T. Smith, Ph.D.®

Allow Me To Introduce Myself

I am Dr. Shanell T. Smith, your favorite doctoral expert.

I help doctoral students successfully navigate through the various stages of their program with clarity, strategic direction, and purpose so that they can graduate faster and become Doctor sooner while living their best lives. 

I've been there. 

I understand the pressures that come along with the doctoral pursuit. I get the demands on your time, and the urge to take away that time from your loved ones. I've experienced the "I'm-not-built-for-this-ness" that many doctoral students feel. And I understand the anxiousness and unease that one feels when you just don't know what to do because you've never done a doctorate before. 

I am a product of great mentoring. Having earned my Ph.D. in 3 years and 9 months with 2 kids, I came away with tips, strategies, and advice that make the doctoral process not just manageable, but also enjoyable.

So I've made it my mission to share what I know with future doctors around the world.

Teaching the HOW for the WHAT that institutions require.
And after 8 years as a full-time Associate Professor, I resigned so that I could focus all of my energies on doing just that.

Over the years, doctoral students have come to me with their health deteriorating, they've lost their families due to resentment that festered, and they've struggled with so many things common to all doctoral students such as time management,
impostor syndrome, writer’s block, lack of productivity, and so on.

For this reason, I created my proven AYD® Method. Through private and group coaching programs, I help doctoral students from start to FINISH.

There is a better, healthier way to earn a doctorate, and I am committed to teaching future doctors how to do it. 

Clients Dr. Smith Has Worked With:


Client Success Stories

Future Rev. Dr. HOLLY STRICKLAND tells about her successful doctoral journey and shares her #1 piece of advice!
How the now Rev. Dr. TAMLA WILSON finished her dissertation with 2 kids, a full-time job and ministry!

How Dr. TAUREAN WEBB improved his time management and work efficiency with a growing family in a global pandemic.
Listen to the now Dr. PRISCILLA WOOD share about her doctoral success and her #1 tip for future doctors!
How Future Dr. WHITNEY BOND went from almost quitting her program to completing her Program Of Study in just 90 days!
How Future Rev. Dr. LESLIE BOWLING-DYER went from “getting lost” in the everything-ness of her program to reinvigorating her “Why” for pursuing a doctorate.
How Future Dr. JANA PETERSON excelled in her program without putting her life on hold!
How the now Rev. Dr. CHELSEA YARBOROUGH went from having self-doubt to embracing being a scholar!

How the now Rev. Dr. TAWANNA DAVIS went from being on medical leave for 18 months to quickly flourishing in the academic world!
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