There is a growing evidence of mental health risks for PhD candidates(for review see Mattijssen et al., 2021) - 89% of postgraduate students struggle in their PhD. - 50% of PhD students experience psychological distress. - 33% of them are at a high risk of developing common psychiatric disorders.
Anxiety - Depression - Burnout - Emotional exhaustion
This mental suffering affects not only PhD candidates, but hurts academic institutions. Unhappy and unproductive researchers, less publications, higher rate of absence, and increasing drop-out ratio from PhD programs.
So what can we do about it ?
Psychoeducation is the process of providing people with information about mental health and psychosocial aspects of their daily life.
This process has been shown to be effective in preventing mental suffering, by teaching people to take care of themselves, set boundaries, anticipated risks and be alerted on time.
PhD Success aims to provide effective and practical solutions to enhance PhD students' mental health, promote productivity and healthy work habits, and prevent psychological distress that's whywe developed a series of training to help researchers stay happy and healthy during their PhD.
“Fantastic training! Dr. Pluciennicka gave us good insights into stress during our Ph.D. and how to handle it. Her concrete step-by-step advice applies to our daily life. I will keep on reminding myself and my peers to understand the root cause of the stress before taking any steps to handle it. Something definitely not to take lightly during your Ph.D!"
S.Shailija, Organizer of MMCAI seminars, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Interested to work with us?
So far, PhD Success has offered trainings, lab seminars, online conference talks and practical online and offline workshops for Doctoral Schools and PhD organizations, with audiences ranging from 30 to 1000 participants. To learn more please:
Following your message, we will schedule an online meeting to discuss your needs
We will prepare the offer adapted to your needs.
Dr. Ewa Pluciennicka gave an amazing workshop on stress management during our PhD retreat. It was a great introduction into staying grounded during the stressful PhD process to not get lost in all the pressure. She set the room up in a way that made everyone comfortable to share how they are really doing with this rather large group of students. It was a really nice way to start a conversation around this important topic and made me feel really validated and connected to my colleagues.
Kerstin, 3rd year PhD student, co-orgenizer of PhD student retreat at University of Geneva, Switzerland
Discover our trainings
All our trainings are carefully designed for academics, based on cognitive and behavioral psychology framework, and provide practical and efficient methods to tackle following issues:
Stop procrastinating. Start working.
5 practical steps to boost PhD productivity and overcome procrastination
1. To think about their PhD in terms of clear projects and goals
2. Set priorities and actionable goals and effectively monitor their progress
3. Be able to anticipate delays and find alternative solutions
4. Have structure in their PhD research process 5. Be conscious about their work and be able to
overcome procrastinator blocks
Mindful Productivity for Academic Success
1. To take better control over academic tasks to reduce stress and overwhelming feelings
2. Set realistic expectations to keep up with external and internal deadlines
3. Manage time and attention according to
4. Practical methods and tools to effectively manage time and attention
Excelling under pressure: Mastering personal resilience
1. Understand their sources of stress and identify the way stress affects them physically,
2. Uncover best individual stress coping strategies and learn to use them in the most effective way
3. Learn various techniques to control stress and develop resilience
4. Use stress as motivating energy
How to break the habit of self doubt and overcome academic challenges with calm and confidence
1. To control their inner critic.
2. To set realistic expectations for themselves and manage others' expectations.
3. To understand their strengths and talents and effectively use them in their academic work
4. To comprehend the importance of receiving and giving feedback and why it is essential in
PhD Success provides the highest quality interventions geared specifically towards promoting mindful productivity and improving mental health in academia.
Importantly the interventions can be tailored to your institutional needs and your audience.
The course was very interactive. The teacher made sure everyone participated fully during lectures. The teacher also provided us with useful resources, that could help us better plan our time and limit procrastination.I would highly recommend it to all the first year PhD students
Anonymous post-training evaluation of Stop procrastinating. Start working online training at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland
About the trainer
Dr Ewa Pluciennicka, is a founder of PhD Success and a trainer. She is a doctor of cognitive psychology with over 8 years of international academic experience in research and academic teaching. She is also a licensed psychologist specializing in neuropsychology.
As a trainer, she combines her knowledge in psychology and human neuroscience with her academic and clinical experience to provide high-quality training, with real-life examples, case studies, and filled with practical advice.
Your PhD Success is our priority
Through online meetings, webinars, and trainings
we've already helped numerous PhD candidates from over 100 top institutions.
As a PhD Students & Post-Doctoral Association of Alsace– ADDAL, France, we are happy to collaborate with PhD Success. The recent conference by Dr. Ewa Pluciennicka about Well-being for PhD students was very insightful and practical, and tough us how to thrive not only survive our PhD? Definitely, something to remember! We are looking forward for further helpful conferences!
Please contact us directly on ue.sseccusdhp%40tcatnocand we will answer you within 2 days!
We'd love to work with you!