Statistician Job of the Week

By Dr. Jacquelyn Pennings

My childhood dream was to be a child psychologist. My pursuit of this dream continued into graduate school. It was after I had started a master’s counseling program that I realized it was not my passion. I was more intrigued by the research process itself than the final result. I was fascinated by the “how,” not the “why.”

At this point, I decided to transfer to the Experimental Psychology program at Texas Christian University to pursue a doctorate in child development. I always had an underlying interest in statistics, however, my interest flourished when I got in touch with an old friend from graduate school. This colleague had started a research consulting company and it made me realize that my career in statistics could come to fruition.