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About Katy Peplin


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Katy Peplin, PhD

Hair color subject to change. 

Hair color subject to change. 

I'm a doctor. I'm a wife. I'm a daughter and a sister and I have four (eek!) adorable, needy rescue cats that I adore. I'm lucky to have great friends and colleagues past and present (and future!)

I live in Pittsburgh, PA after relocating for my partner's work. I love the city skyline, the parks, the abundance of Polish food, and how much everyone smiles here. I miss Michigan, especially the Vernors and Better Made potato chips

I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, but at other times have been diagnosed with a variety of mental health conditions. It is important to me to be open about that diagnosis because I was afraid to share it in many instances in my grad school career, and I don't want that to be the case for others.  

Yoga has changed my life - mentally, physically, and sartorially (I basically exist in yoga pants unless specifically told otherwise.) I believe strongly in the power of meditation, exercise (however that looks for you,) and routine. 

I also am obsessed with strong female characters on television and in fiction, popular music of all kinds, animals on the internet, and LaCroix (except lemon.) 

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I'm located in Pittsburgh, PA but available to meet with you virtually on a variety of platforms! And also willing to travel! 

What Makes Me Qualified?


I finished my dissertation (including coursework, exams and revisions) in five years, teaching 70% of the time, and working a second job. I learned as I went how to balance my time and make progress on multiple fronts. Not all of us are lucky to write our dissertations or work on our course work full time - but if you are, that brings with it its own set of challenges. When you have a full life, and are working towards multiple goals at the same time, it can be hard to balance the competing priorities and make each interested party feel that they are important and valued (even when they are not at the top of the list.) I can give you tools to make it easier. 


Not only did I finish, I did it without sacrificing the things that were important to me. I slept and ate regularly, I went to yoga regularly, I took some nights and a lot of weekends off. I worked on projects that were outside of my dissertation because I knew they would prepare me for the diverse job search I would do when I finished. I spent time on my teaching (and won awards doing it) because it was important to me, and still got to my own work. Your department might not understand how important your [insert real life concern, activity or value] is, but I do and I can help you build it in.


I won't make you read my free e-book. I won't quote A Purpose Driven Life or send you inspirational messages as pump-up emails. That's what Pinterest is for. What I will do is work to make sure that our time together serves who you are, and what you want, rather than slot you in to a "one size fits all" general coaching system. I was a graduate student, but now I'm a professional coach. You can get parts of this advice from fellow classmates, your department, or the internet, but from me, it will be without strings attached - my only goal is to help you get what you want. And if coaching doesn't fit in the budget - and let's face it, the budgets are always tight - I work hard to provide quality content on the blog so that you can still have access to the tools I use. Grad school is hard enough. I'm here to help.