About CRMC

Promoting a Research Mindset

Center for Research Methods Consulting (CRMC) is a limited liability company with the focus on equipping researchers, faculty, students and practitioners with the needed skills, knowledge, and tools to help them implement their studies. The goal is to provide methodology related support through one-on-one consultation, seminars/webinars, workshop, and coaching.


Our Ultimate Goal

The ultimate goal of this center is to promote a research mindset among researchers, faculty, students and practitioners. Having a research mindset is the state of continuously engaging in the inquiry process – using research tools, strategies, principles, and best practices to:

  • Search for the potential problem

  • Understand a problem

  • Search for a solution(s) to a problem

  • Implement a solution(s) to a problem

Research Mindset Qualities

There are five qualities that persons with research mindset should have. They should be curious, honest, empathetic, flexible and should engage in self-reflection.

  • Curiosity: It is about asking relevant and critical questions about the phenomenon of interest and actively looking for answers.

  • Honesty: It is about being truthful and transparent in the research inquiry process.

  • Empathy: It is about making an effort to understand the feelings, emotions, perspectives, beliefs, and background of potential participants of a study or stakeholders of a project.

  • Flexibility: It is about a willingness to adjust the research process and strategies when needed.

  • Self-reflection: It is about thinking about your role, background and perspective as you engage in research.

About the Founder

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Philip Adu, Ph.D.

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Dr. Philip Adu is Founder of the Center Research Methods Consulting, LLC.                  As a Methodology Expert at this center, Dr. Philip Adu provides research methodology services/consultations to researchers, practitioners, faculty, and students. He was a Methodology Expert at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) for 10 years. Dr. Adu completed his Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Education at West Virginia University. Dr. Adu has extensive knowledge in conducting research (especially within qualitative and mixed methods research).         


He is also skilled in designing and teaching research method courses. He has developed and taught Statistics, Qualitative Research, Action Research, and Program Evaluation courses in the International Psychology program, and Educational Psychology and Technology program at TCSPP.


His unique way of demystifying and simplifying the qualitative data analysis process to his audience during webinars, has received great commendation. In addition, Dr. Adu has expertise in using qualitative data analysis software (QDAS) to conduct qualitative analyses. This is evident in one of the popular NVivo blog posts, Perfecting the Art of Qualitative Coding and his published book, A Step-by-Step Guide to Qualitative Data Coding.


He is also a co-author of an upcoming book, The Theoretical Framework in Phenomenological Research: Development and Application.