Doctoral Projects

Note: The titles in bold are focused on diversity and difference


  • A Collaborative Therapeutic System for the Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse: a Demonstration Project Designing a Multi-systemic Attachment Therapy Program
  • A Descriptive Analysis of Custody Disputing Divorced Families with an Alienated Child
  • A First Year Course on Stress and Wellness for College Students
  • A Guided Therapeutic Activity Workbook for Adolescent Girls Involved in the Juvenile Justice System with Traumatic Experiences
  • A Model of Co-Occurring Rampage School Shootings and Suicidality Using Social Contagion and Stream Theories
  • A Path to Success, A Path to Disappointment: Undocumented High School Students and the "American Dream"
  • A Patient Centered Medical Home for Heterosexual Female Chronic Intimate Partner Violence Survivors
  • A Psychoeducational  Guide for Mental Health Professionals: Working with Military Partners and their Preschool-Aged Children
  • A Qualitative Analysis of First-Time Mothers Striving for Perfection
  • A Survey of College Counseling Center Mental Health Clinicians' Attitudes and Practices Regarding Screening for Intimate Partner Violence
  • A Survey of Parental Beliefs Regarding the Psychosocial Effects of Community Notification Policies on Juveniles who have Sexually Offended
  • A Survey of Psychology Doctoral Students' Training and Education in Behavioral Health Emergencies
  • A Trauma-Informed Approach to Understanding Antisocial Behaviors in Abused Children
  • Accessing the Child Mind: Using Bibliotherapy with Children Who have Experienced Complex Trauma
  • Adolescent Experience of the Effect of Watching YouTube Videos on Sense of Self
  • Adolescent Girls' Experiences of Growing up with a Brother Diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum
  • Adult Children who are Caregivers of Parents Diagnosed with Dementia: The Relationship between Anticipatory Grief, Depression, and Closeness to the Parent Prior to the Diagnosis
  • An Exploration of Amae as a Psychoanalytical Concept and Theory
  • An Exploration of Coping Strategies in Response to Stigmatizing Experiences Among Overweight and Obese Individuals with Internalized Weight Bias
  • An Exploration of Cultural Influences on Familial Caregivers of Alzheimer's Patients 
  • An Exploration of Maternal Messages Regarding Body Image Among Emerging Adult Women
  • An Exploration of Perceived Maternal Competence in Mothers of Healthy Infants and in Mothers of Infants Hospitalized at Birth
  • An Exploration of Spousal Support Strategies Utilized by Female Spouses of Male Police Officers
  • An Exploratory Analysis of Psychosocial Factors That may Differentiate Between Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and Suicidal Behavior in an Adolescent Inpatient Population
  • An Exploratory Study of the Influence of Client Race and Ethnicity on Diagnostic Decision-making Processes
  • An Integrated Model: The Intersection of Emotion, Psychophysiology, and Common Factors
  • An Investigation of the Experience of Adolescent Females with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Animals in Psychotherapy: Effects on Therapeutic Process
  • Assessing Shifts in Israeli and Palestinian Adolescents' Prejudicial Attitudes: The Artsbridge Institute's Reflective Dialogue and Arts Training Program  
  • Autonomous Motivation in the Relationship of Consumer Behaviors and Celebrity Endorsements
  • Best Practices for Bonding Assessments in Permanency Planning
  • Between Men of the Military: Experiences of Masculinity in Therapy
  • Bi-Cultural Identity Formation of Young Muslim American Women
  • Body Satisfaction Among Direct Care Members Working in Residential Treatment Programs for Eating Disorders
  • Brief Behavioral Treatment of Insomnia in Patients with Orofacial Pain
  • Caring for a Spouse with Alzheimer's Disease: Constructing a Decision Making Model for Utilization of Support Group Services
  • Childhood Neglect, Physical, and Sexual Abuse & Physical Violence in Adult Sexual Offenses 
  • Childhood Obesity: An Exploration of Mental Health Practitioners' Knowledge
  • Clinicians' Attitudes toward Harm Reduction to Treat Substance Use Disorders
  • Clinicians' Perceptions of Psychosocial Challenges and Interventions with Young Adult Cancer Survivors
  • Cognitive Differences between Violent and Non-Violent Adolescent Male Offenders as a Variable of Violence Risk
  • Collaborative Therapeutic Writing: A Workbook for Clinicians and the People Who Consult Them
  • College Men's Perception of the Risks and Benefits of Intervening Against Sexual Assault and the Influence of Social Norms and Masculine Ideology
  • Concurrent Validity of Anxiety-Related Rorschach Variables in an Adolescent Population
  • Connectedness to Nature and its Relationship to Meaning in Life
  • Cultural and Linguistic Evaluation of a Pre-Arrest Diversion Program with Hispanic Individuals
  • Culturally-Centered Guidelines that May Influence the Effectiveness of Psychotherapy with Aboriginal Peoples in Canada  
  • Developing a Motivational Interviewing Training Program for Clinicians Working with Low Socioeconomic Status Populations  
  • Developing a Training Presentation for Clinicians Working with Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOAs)
  • Dissatisfied Patients Who Drop Out of Psychoanalysis
  • Duration of Benzodiazepine Treatment and Patient Knowledge Base
  • Effectance Motivation as an Explanatory Factor in Adolescence-Limited Juvenile Delinquency
  • Erotic Objects: A Theoretical Exploration of Pornography Use
  • "First Time Mom in a Second Language": The Experience of Women Entering Motherhood in a Foreign Land 
  • Group Therapy Manual for Typically Developing Siblings of Children with Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Guidelines for Incorporating Network Therapy into Residential Care for Adolescents Diagnosed with Conduct Disorder: A Demonstration Study
  • Hamilton Depression in Inventory Scores in Borderline Women with and without Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Heroin Use and Female Body Image
  • Hikikomori as a Case Study in Understanding the Intersection of Psychological Development and Culture  
  • How Adults Make Meaning of Music in their Everyday Lives: A Phenomenological Study
  • Integrating Patient Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Health Care: A Workshop for Primary Care Practitioners  
  • Lesbian Clients Experience of Misattonement  in the Therapeutic Relationship with Heterosexual Psychologist
  • Lost in Translation? Language-Based Differences in the Assessment of Spanish-English Bilinguals Using the Rorschach Inkblot Test
  • Love Across Differences: A Study of Interracial Couples
  • Mental Health Professionals' Perceptions, Attitudes, and Beliefs about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rape Victims
  • My Stories: Narrative Online Writing Platform for Persons Who Are Psychiatrically Hospitalized
  • Parental Experience of Receiving an Autism Diagnosis and Adjusting to the News
  • Parental Perspectives on Relationship Changes when Faced with Childhood Cancer on Healthy Sibling Relationships
  • Paternal Response to a Prenatal Diagnosis of Down Syndrome and Reflections on Raising their Child
  • Perceptions of the Shift in Asperger Syndrome Nosology in DSM-5
  • Personality Style as a Predictor of Personal Computer Use in an Older Adult Population
  • Prevention and Reduction of Restraint and Seclusion in Public Schools: A Comprehensive Approach
  • Promoting Forgiveness Through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): A Critique of Leading Forgiveness Theories and Interventions and a Proposed Alternative Based on ACT
  • Searching Cultural and Global Experiences to Broaden the Horizons of the Contemporary Scientific Model of Dissociative Identity Disorders 
  • Self-Efficacy in College Students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Service Providers to Human Trafficking Trata Survivors in Guatemala: A Participatory Action Research Study
  • Stigma in the Family: The Lived Experience of Individuals with a Hearing Impairment
  • Supervision Experiences of Psychology Trainees Who Conduct Therapy in Spanish
  • T-WAIT: Trauma Workbook Outline for Adolescent Inner-City Teens
  • Teaching Martial Arts to Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD):  A Resource Designed from an Instructor's Perspective
  • Teaching to Strengths: A Character Intervention for Urban Middle School Students 
  • Tear Without Repair: Psychotherapists' Subjective Experience of Their Case Failures
  • Telephone Suicide Risk Assessment for Socially Isolated Adult Male Elders with COPD Living in the Community
  • The Burden of Certainty: Coping Styles Utilized by Primary Caregivers During the Early Stage of Huntington's Disease
  • The Client's Perspective of Therapist Self-Disclosure
  • The Connection Between Commitment and Confidence in Adult Romantic Relationship and the Perceived Quality of the Parents' Marriage
  • The Dynamic Gift of Hope in Psychotherapy
  • The Effects of Parent Status and Age on Perceived Competence and Credibility of Child Psychologist
  • The Effects of Premature Birth on a Father's Sense of Parenting Competence
  • The Effects of Yoga on the Female Body Experience: Self-Objectification to Self-Acceptance
  • The Emotional Experience of Patients Following a Medical Error
  • The Experience of Brazilian Women Entering Motherhood in the United States
  • The Experience of Iraqi Refugees in the US and Jordan; A Comparative Study
  • The Experiences of Stepparents Who Are Also Stepchildren
  • The Impact of a Wellness Group on Individuals with Persistent Mental Illness
  • The Impact of Advanced Communications Technology on Military Deployment: A Phenomenological Exploration
  • The Implications of Race in Projective Testing:  A Qualitative Assessment of the Revised Tasks of Emotional Development (TED) with African-American Adolescent Males
  • The Influence of Culture and Language on the Original and Revised Tasks of Emotional Development (TED) Test in Latino Adolescent Males
  • The Influence of Gender and Birth Order on Adult Sibling Attachment Relationships
  • The Influence of Turning Point Experiences During Intimate Partner Violence on Victims' Self Representation and Decision to Leave
  • The Positive and Negative Experiences of Multiracial Identities
  • The Practice of Cultural Competence among Spanish-Speaking Clinicians
  • The Relationship Between Aging Anxiety, Caregiving Role, and Personality Type in Adults with Parental History of Alzheimer's Disease
  • The Relationship Between Therapist Personality Traits and the Working Alliance in the Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder
  • The Relevance of Tibetan Buddhist Models of the Mind for Cognitive Psychotherapies
  • The revised Tasks of Emotional Development (TED): A Qualitative Examination of the Revised Latency-Age Cards
  • The Role Character Strengths in Maritally Satisfying Relationships
  • The Role of Hope in the Lived Experiences of Resettled East African Refugees
  • The Trend of Underdiagnosis of Psychotic Disorders at College Counseling Centers
  • The Use of Biofeedback in the Treatment of Migraines: A Qualitative Study from Patients' Perspective
  • The Use of Passive Smartphone Data in the Assessment of Mood
  • Traditional Chinese Parenting versus Western Authoritarian Parenting: Differences in Children's Perceptions  
  • Trauma in Female Juvenile Offenders: Differences by Mental Health Symptoms and Offense Type
  • Varieties of Self-Experience and Psychotherapeutic Method
  • Vicarious Trauma of Mental Health Graduate Students Working with Military Veterans
  • Violent Video Gaming and the Negotiation of Aggression as indicated on the Rorschach
  • When Clients Leave Therapy: Premature Termination from the Client's Perspective
  • Yo Hablo Español: The Professional Experience of Bilingual Latino Clinicians and Burnout

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