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About Me

Qualitative Research Consultant and NVivo Software Specialist

Karen I. Conger, PhD, Owner Consultant


Making Sense of Your Data


PhD, Education - Walden University, Minneapolis, MN

Recipient: Harold Hodgkinson Outstanding Dissertation Award - Bestowed annually upon a Walden graduate whose dissertation is judged as meeting the highest university standards of academic excellence.  Application: Everything I do! The Walden program focus on breadth, depth, and application, as well as emphasizing our role as social change agents, has had a profound impact on my professional and personal life.

MA, Education, Curriculum and Instruction - California State University, Bakersfield​ - Magna Cum Laude. Application: Designing and developing mathematics instrument and supplementary materials for my doctoral degree; designing and developing C&I materials for my professional consulting websites and training materials for NVivo online training; designing and developing coursework materials used in my work as a secondary and college level mathematics teacher, including calculus and statistics; co-authoring portable sequence mathematics texts with my daughter (also a secondary math teacher) (loved that experience!!) for five coursework programs meeting CDE and NCTM math standards for various math topics (i.e., Grades 9-12 - Geometry, Algebra, Integrated Math A, Integrated Math B, Consumer Education) in 'CA PASS Program'; ACT math test questions, etc.

BSBA, Finance, Management Science Option - University of Tennessee, Knoxville - With Honors.

Included all but two courses in BS Mathematics level courses. Application: Multidisciplinary in everything I do. Previous: Series 7 License, General Securities Registered Representative. Secondary and college level mathematics teacher, including calculus and statistics, etc. The interdisciplinary knowledge and interactions have continued to be valuable in my current work with qualitative researchers and in my personal finances.



Owner / ConsultantClientele    Testimonials

Qualitative Data Analysis - 1998-Current


QDA Sense LLC -  Sept 2023-Current (Owner Consultant)

Independent Consultant - Jan - Aug 2023

DataSense LLC - May 1998 - Dec 2022 (Owner Consultant)

I closed DataSense LLC 12/31/2022 due to the COVID post-economy crisis as student and professional researchers struggled to maintain their educational pursuits and research programs. I continued providing my services as an independent consultant from Jan 1 2023 through Sept 5 2023, for those in need of my services. I formed QDA Sense LLC in September 2023 to again formalize my company structure under an increased demand as the research funding and momentum was restored.

Artist - Promoting social change as an artist to develop social awareness and support for endangered wildlife.

Qualitative researchers are social change agents. We explore, study, refine, report, and pursue positive social change. Creativity is essential and we must nurture it to be effective qualitative researchers. It is an art.


The essential creative process involved in my professional work in qualitative research is intertwined through my work as a visual artist promoting social change and developing social awareness. My artwork promotes and supports endangered wildlife and domestic animal conservation programs as well as any subject area that develops social consciousness in a positive humane way.


My main painting style is fine art realism in wildlife and domestic animal portraits using soft pastel for my traditional medium and utilizing the latest technology to produce digital fine art (no AI). 

Previous Doctoral Level Teaching Experience:

Walden University, Minneapolis, MN

Online Faculty Doctoral Level Education Program at The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership. Ongoing consulting with students and faculty since that time has kept me updated with current programs, policies, and procedures.

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