Dr. Simon B. Sherry

Associate Professor, Dalhousie University

"Some people have exceptional interpersonal skills. Few people have exceptional statistical skills. Seldom do we find both skills in the same person. Sean is that rare exception. He can crunch your numbers, explain your statistics, and support your goals in a relaxed, collaborative, and professional manner."

Susan Battista, MA

Ph.D. Candidate, Dalhousie University

"Sean helped me make sense of an incredibly complex database. He was always very knowledgeable, helpful and available.  He was able to explain complicated statistical methods in a way that I could understand and apply to my research. I wouldn’t have survived my dissertation without him!"

Skye Fitzpatrick, MA

Ph.D. Candidate, Ryerson University

"That Sean displays such expertise in both simple and complex statistics is impressive on its own. On top of his mastery of statistical analyses, Sean’s skill in making complex or esoteric statistical procedures accessible is unparalleled. Sean’s high level of competence coupled with his clear communication style allows him to navigate matching the appropriate statistical procedures with the needs of each researcher and their dataset. Working with him is truly a pleasure."

Janine Olthis

Ph.D. Candidate, Dalhousie University

"Sean's work was always of such high calibre! He was thorough, precise, and very timely, leaving me completely confident in his findings. I was so thankful for Sean's patience and impressive ability to explain complicated statistical procedures in everyday language in a way that I could understand."

Tara Gralnick

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Toronto

As graduate students, sometimes we are faced with statistical concerns so specific to our datasets that they cannot be thoroughly addressed by reading textbooks or articles. Sean is highly proficient in statistical reasoning, knowledgeable about statistical nuances, and can convey complex concepts with remarkable clarity. Consulting with him is empowering. 

Dr. Michael Pratt

Professor of Psychology

Sean was a student here at Wilfrid Laurier University when he worked with me on both quantitative and qualitative analyses of a large data set on the transition from adolescence to adulthood.  He has a terrific grasp of both kinds of analyses, and a deep understanding of what approaches are appropriate to answer research questions.  He is smart, hard-working and enthusiastic, and I continue to rely on his skills as a statistical collaborator as he has moved forward in his own career.  I recommend him very highly.

Stephanie Allen

Ph.D. Candidate

Dr. Mackinnon makes complicated analyses accessible! His mastery of statistical concepts facilitates his ability to clearly communicate the rationale behind different assumptions and testing parameters. His patience and approachability make him a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend Dr. Mackinnon for all of your statistical needs.

Dr. Sherry Stewart

Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University

Dr. Sean Mackinnon is a brilliant statistical consultant. He has expertise in the use of a wide range of complex statistical techniques for use with behavioral data including, but not limited to, structural equation modeling, path analysis, multilevel modeling, and growth curves. He explains the use of these techniques and their interpretation in clear, user-friendly language. On a personal level, he is also a delight to work with. Dr. Mackinnon comes with my highest recommendation. 

Dr. Heather Laschinger

Distinguished University Professor , University of Western Ontario

I have had the pleasure of working with Sean on several large projects and have extremely impressed not only with his statistical knowledge and expertise but also his ability to focus on the statistical issues to be addressed and to provide results in a reasonable timeframe. He is also very skilled in interpreting the meaning of complicated statistical analyses in a way that is helpful to those of us less familiar with these techniques.  I am looking forward to future collaboration with Sean as he moves forward in his career.

Michelle Hicks

BSc (Hons.), Dalhousie University

Sean is a great statistician, researcher and teacher. He was my supervisor during my honours research project, which consisted of an extremely large dataset and complex analyses using structural equation modeling. He knows his stuff and is also able to clearly and effectively communicate complex ideas in simple language, something that is very important when doing structural equation modeling with an undergraduate! 

Dr. Matthew Schnurr

Associate Professor, Dalhousie University

Sean has been invaluable in helping me (a social scientist and statistical novice) integrate statistical analyses into my research program. He is patient, thoughtful, and particularly skilled at making complex insights regarding statistical methods and analyses accessible to the uninitiated. I recommend him enthusiastically and without reservation.  

Dr. Anna Huguet

Research Associate, IWK Health Centre

It is always satisfying to find a biostatistician eager to work with you as part of the team and help you conceptualize complex analysis, such as the analysis of ecological momentary assessment data. I have been very fortunate to be introduced to Sean and work closely with him. He is very knowledgeable, hard-working, and always there to answer my questions and help me with sophisticated statistical analysis.

Dr. Lincoln Addison

Postdoctoral Fellow, Dalhousie University

"As someone with very little background in statistics, working with Sean has been transformative.  My confidence and ability to conduct quantitative analysis has expanded in ways I never thought possible.  He is patient, reliable and an outstanding teacher."