Who are we?

Cody Arvidson, Ph.D.

Specializing in Career Coaching, Goal Attainment, & Dissertation Writing

Cody "Dr. C" Arvidson earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of North Texas. Dr. Arvidson's dissertation was titled The Anatomy of Academic Dishonesty: Cognitive Development, Self-Concept, Neutralization Techniques, and Attitudes Toward Cheating. Dr. C also holds a psychology masters from the University of Kansas and an educational administration masters from Texas A&M University. She even has both the AA and the BA from the University of West Florida. Dr. C is a self proclamated college student developmentalist and higher education junkie (the second being a condition--now is the time to laugh--apparently shared by a guru named Birnbaum in the higher education administration world).

She presented a paper titled The Curvilinear Relationship Between Intellectual Development and Academic Dishonesty: A New Connection in Making Meaning of Student’s Cheating Ways at the Nov. 8, 2008 meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education and found herself sitting next to a "giant" in her field of study!

In the spring of 2009, Dr. C published with professors across the country in public health related journals on topics such as senior adults’ disabilities and about the diagnosis of Kawaski Disease which impacts the lives of children under the age of 5 years. In the spring of 2008, Dr. C shared the best paper award in the Health Care Education Track for a scholarly research paper about Kawaski Disease (KD; also known as Kawaski Syndrome or KS) at the Business Health Administration Association’s 2008 meeting with two other authors. Complications from KD ultimately led to the death of John Travolta's son in December of 2008. This death was so sad and unnecessary, but as we learned in our study, KD is misdiagnosed 51% of the time and obviously even famous people's children can experience the fatal complications of misdiagnosis.

In early 2008, Dr. C wrote and won a grant totaling $120K for educating medical school students and future science researchers at the UNT Health Science Center, ensuring our future doctors would be well educated and competent. Lastly, she was honored by the UNT Association for Graduate Students in Higher Education as their 2005 Alumnus of the Year.

Dr. C has over 15 years of experience teaching and advising college students and owns The Degree Solutions Group, a company that provides private academic and career advising and writing tutoring. Teaching and coaching students is Dr. C’s passion. Passion is something she believes is something a person must be willing to pursue during both the good and bad times (a passion is like a marriage in that respect).

Cody’s presentations to small groups and large conference audiences include:

  • Resumes and job search strategies in higher education
  • Career development and how to transfer skills between careers and industries
  • Team building and training
  • Tools for successful leadership and mentoring
  • Financing college 101
  • Introduction to the college selection process for parents
  • Credentialing the student affairs profession
  •  Cody has earned publication in peer reviewed journals and has authored commissioned reports.  These original publications include:

    Advice for achieving your doctoral degree, 1st & 2nd Editions.  For the Association of Graduate Students in Higher Education & new students in the Program for Higher Education, August 2003 & August 2004.

    The Anatomy of Academic Dishonesty: Cognitive Development, Self-Concept, Neutralization Techniques, & Attitude Toward Cheating, unpublished dissertation, University of North Texas, July 2004.

    A New Role Emerging?  Reviewing the literature on RA roles. Journal of College and Student University Housing, (31)2, 31-36, 2003.

    Academic Integrity Among Community College Students: Findings of a preliminary study. The Catalyst, 31(1), 15-19, 2002, with Lumsden, D. B.

    Credentialing the student affairs professional: Another point of view. College Student Services Journal of Research and Practice, 1, 35-54, 2003, with Baier, J.L.

    Gap Analysis Report, North Texas P-16 Council, May 2003, with Harris, M., & Bush, V. B.