Melanie Fryman

Developer. Data Analyst. Sociologist.


Combining my skills as a developer, data analyst, & sociologist, I can provide a unique perspective.

Full Stack

  Express & Hapi
  MS SQL Server

User Experience / Interface




Data Analysis

From surveys to focus groups, & everything in between. Data analysis expertise includes data visualization, descriptive and inferential statistics, and social network analysis.


Need to find out what your customers want? I've got you covered!

Cultural Context

As a sociologist, I can provide often-needed cultural context for app & product development.

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Work Experience


Data Analyst @ PatientFocus

from Feb 2015 to Oct 2015

Data Analyst & Developer

As a data analyst & developer at PatientFocus, I

  • Performed complex analyses in an evolving data environment
  • Worked closely with client services and sales teams to identify business information needs
  • Provided ongoing reports
  • Documented and improved existing data ingestion and cleaning processes
  • Developed management tools in the internal administrative application that enabled staff to work independently of the IT team
  • Participated in initial redesign of existing web applications (client, patient, and administrative portals) and environment infrastructure

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2013 - 2014

Evaluation Specialist @ McREL International

from Oct 2013 to June 2014

Education Program Evaluation

As an evaluation specialist, I conducted external evaluation activities for multiple projects including several initiatives funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor. In particular, I was involved in projects related to college and career readiness, access, and success and educator preparation and professional development. My responsibilities included designing data collection instruments; collecting, preparing, and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, including social network data; and developing reports and presentations of evaluation findings. I also specialized in survey design and administration methodology, and digital and gaming culture and learning.

  • Dataset management and analysis
  • Descriptive studies
  • External third-party reviews
  • Experimental and quasi-experimental designs
  • Instrument development and validation
  • Literature reviews & research syntheses
  • Needs assessments
  • Outcome and impact studies
  • Process and implementation studies
  • Qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Social network analysis

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2011 - 2013

Research & Evaluaton Associate @ Edvantia, Inc

from Aug 2011 to Oct 2013

Education Program Evaluation

Acquired by McREL International on October 1, 2013. See duties as described above.

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2010 - 2011

Graduate Assistant, Department of Sociology @ Middle Tennessee State University

from 2010 to 2011

Graduate Assistant, Department of Sociology

Assisted in courses, including class lectures, tutoring students, and grading assignments.


  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Data Analysis/Statistics
  • Social Stratification
  • Medical Sociology
  • Social Theory (graduate level)

2010 - 2011

Graduate Student Representative, Department of Sociology @ Middle Tennessee State University

from 2010 to 2011

Graduate Student Representative, Department of Sociology

Served as the liaison between faculty members and students. Organized focus groups for an external program evaluation of the Department of Sociology, designing, implementing, and analyzing a student course preference survey, and creating and maintaining the department undergraduate FaceBook page. Additional duties included setting social media goals, gathering student feedback to understand how they use social media and determine social media content, posting departmental news and events, facilitating sociological discussions, responding to student questions, moderating comments, etc.

2010 - 2011

Graduate Student Representative, Institutional Review Board @ Middle Tennessee State University

from 2010 to 2011

Graduate Student Representative, Institutional Review Board

Served on the committee to review and monitor research involving human subjects.

2008 - 2009

Editorial Aid @ The Review of Religious Research

from 2008 to 2009

Tennessee State University

Provided coediting support for former editor to prepare journal article submissions for publication. Duties included proofreading, revising, and formatting text, bibliographies, tables, and figures.


2014 - 2015

Nashville Software School

from June 2014 to Jan 2015

Nashville, TN

An intensive, full-time six month bootcamp for software engineering and web development. Developed full-stack web and hybrid-mobile applications in a rigorous and fast-paced environment. Designed and implemented multiple solo and group projects. Collaborated with peers utilizing technologies such as git, pair programming, and test-driven development.

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2009 - 2011

M.A. Sociology

from 2009 to 2011

Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

Graduated with honors: summa cum laude

Thesis: Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) Player Identity: An Application of Identity Control Theory

2006 - 2009

B.S. Sociology

from 2006 to 2009

Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN

Graduated with honors: summa cum laude

Senior Project: A Retrospective Examination of Race Differences in the Onset of Criminal Careers among Incarcerated Men

2005 - 2006

A.S. Social Science

from 2005 to 2006

Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton, VA

Graduated with honors: summa cum laude

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