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Doctoral Projects & Colloquia Schedule

Below is the 2016 doctoral project colloquia schedule. Presentations  are held at William James College and are open to the public. Check this space often as we continue to update the schedule, they are listed by date of presentation with the most recent first.

Please click here for a sampling of Doctoral Project titles from 2012-2014.  The titles in bold are focused on diversity and difference.


May 2016

Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma in Haitian Families.

Presented by: Jessica Yanick Pierre
Discussant: Deborah Peck, PsyD
Date: May 17, 2016
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Room 332

Clinicians' Moral Orientation and Likelihood to Report Suspected Child Maltreatment: An Exploratory Study

Presented by: Samantha Zaid
Discussant: Vanessa Prosper, PhD
Date: May 16, 2016
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Room 126

A Neurological Perspective on the Effects of Resonant and Dissonant Leadership Behaviors on Followers and Perceived Psychological Safety

Presented by: Miranda Ralston
Discussant: Dr. Scott Wimer
Date: May 16, 2016
Time: 2:30 pm
Location: Room 446


Mental Health Promotion Within a Virtual World: A Feasibility Study

Presented by: Maxine Kantor
Discussant: Craig Murphy, PhD  
Date: May 16, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Room  231


Teaching Healthy Masturbation Skills to Adolescent Males with Autism Spectrum Disorder Level 1

Presented by: Matthew Lundeberg
Discussant: Ellen Goldberg, PhD
Date: May 16, 2016
Time: 11:30 am
Location: Room 126

High School Personnel's Perception of How Stigma Impacts Adolescents Accessing Mental Health Services in a Public School Setting

Presented by: Nicole Theron Parkes
Discussant: Arnold Kerzner, MD
Date: May 16, 2016
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Room 128

The Relationship Between Siblings with a Brother or Sister Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Anticipated Caregiving.

Presented by: Mary Grabowski
Discussant: Dr. Judy Solman, PsyD
Date: May 14, 2016
Time: 2:45 pm
Location: in the Atrium

The Development and Feasibility of a Motivational Interviewing Program to Improve the Communication Skills of Undergraduate Students

Presented by: Christopher Chiverton
Discussant: Milicent Armstrong, MBA
Date: May 14, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Room 126

Developing a Motivational Interviewing Training Program for Clinicians Completing Neuropsychological Assessments

Presented by: Gregory Cesarini
Discussant: David Callahan, PhD
Date: May 14, 2016
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Room 126 

The Development of a Self-Paced Computer Based Training Module of Motivational Interviewing for Spanish-Speaking Clinicians

Presented by: Zachary Delcambre
Discussant: Mark Furtado, PsyD
Date: May 14, 2016
Time: 11:30 am
Location: Room 126  


A Quantitative Study of the Impact of Optimism on Self-Blame in Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Presented by: Chalini Jayasekera.
Discussant: Allison Kitson, ICSW
Date: May 13, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Room 126

Social Media and Self-Evaluation: The Examination of Social Media Use on Identity, Social Comparison, and Self-Esteem in Young Female Adults

Presented by: Michelle Solomon
Discussant: Barry Plummer, PhD
Date: May 12, 2016
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Room 126

The Experience of Obtaining a Tattoo in Relation to the Emotional Healing Process for Cancer Survivors

Presented by: Kayla Agar
Discussant: Katie D. Binda, MSW, LICSW
Date: May 11, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Room 126

Relational Bullying, Gender, and Interpersonal Self-Efficacy in Young Adults

Presented by: Renee Marchant
Discussant: Robin D'Antona, EdD
Date: May 10, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Room 226

The "Contemporary Father": A Quantitative Study of Factors that Contribute to Father Involvement

Presented by: Catherine Barba
Discussant: Raymond A. Levy, PsyD
Date: May 10, 2016
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Room 126

Cultivating Self-Compassion through a Youth Resiliency Program

Presented by: Jennifer Brownstein
Discussant: Gil Noam, Ed.D., PhD
Date: May 9, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Room 226

Exploring the Subjective Experience of Ultra-Orthodox Defectors

Presented by: Rachel Weiskopf
Discussant: Leah Schild, PsyD
Date: May 9, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Room 126

The Effect of Search Engine Availability on Semantic Memory Process

Presented by: Elena Tillman
Discussant: David Gleason, PsyD
Date: May 7, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Room 128

Exponential Leadership: A Framework for 21st Century Leadership Success

Presented by: Charles Allen
Discussant: Jessie Yip, JD
Date: May 6, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Room 204

Emerging Adults' Experiences of Having an Older Sibling with High Functioning Autism

Presented by: Elizabeth Apkin
Discussant: Gael Orsmond, PhD
Date: May 6, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Room 126

Disruptions Birth: The Relentless Search for Best-Fit Value

Presented by: Robert Hill
Date: May 5, 2016
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Room 204

Online Professional Development: Impact on Treatment Integrity of ABA Interventions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Presented by: Kimberly Lessard
Discussant: Teresa Bolick, PhD
Date: May 5, 2016
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Room 126


Online Professional Development: Impact on Treatment Integrity of ABA Interventions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Presented by: Kimberly Lessard
Discussant: Teresa Bolick, PhD
Date: May 5, 2016
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Room 126

Continuous Traumatic Stress, Attachment Style and Parenting Style for Jewish-Israeli Parents in Israel and the United States

Presented by: Kineret Kandelker Peer
Discussant: Tracey Hurd, PhD
Date: May 4, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Room  126

The Relationship between Specific Cognitive Deficits, Behavioral Problems and Psychosocial Issues in Children with Learning Difficulties.

Presented by: Trudi Pugatch
Discussant: Jennifer McLean, PsyD
Date: May 4, 2016
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Room 126

Destination Imagination: An Examination of Highly Creative Children's Experiences on Their Journey Through Imagination

Presented by: Elysha Greenberg
Discussant: Judy Newcomb, MA, MEd
Date: May 4, 2016
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Freedman Center


Moderating Effects of Personality Characteristics on the Relationship between Facebook Use, Social Relationships, Self-Esteem, and Mood in First Year College Students

Presented by: Sinéad Christine McCarthy
Discussant: Mary Beth Kilinski, PsyD
Date: May 3, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Room 126


Strength of Veteran Identification Moderates Mental Health Stigma in Male Post-9/11 Veterans.

Presented by: Evan Bick
Discussant: Dawne Vogt, PhD
Date: May 3, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Room 126

Identity Development of Adoptees who Become Adoptive Mothers

Presented by: Janet Price
Discussant: Sue Harris O'Connor, MSW
Date: May 2, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Room 126


Primary Care Physicians' Identification and Management of the Behaviorally Challenging Older Adult Patient

Presented by: Sarah Young
Discussant: Alexander Morgan, MD
Date: May 2, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Room 231


Displaced Children Of Katrina 10 Years Later: A Phenomenological Study of Post-Disaster Coping

Presented by: Lauren Mason
Discussant: David Henderson, MD
Date: May 2, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Room 336


Ethnic Identity Development and the Effects of Perceived Discrimination on Academic Achievement and Psychological Well-Being Among METCO and Boston Public Schools Students

Presented by: Arica Austin
Discussant: Ayanna Quinones, PhD
Date: May 2, 2016
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Room 126

April 2016

The Impact of Stereotype Threat on Latino Adolescents' Academic Performance: A Qualitative Examination

Presented by: Glavielinys Cruz
Discussant: Julie Zakreski, PhD
Date: April 30, 2016
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Room 126


"Abuela Tells Me to Stop and I Can't!": Cultural Considerations for Latinos with Chronic Tic Disorders

Presented by: Laura Zakreski
Discussant: Pedro Garrido-Castillo, PhD
Date: April 29, 2016
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Room 126


License Portability: Opinions and Potential Barriers According to Licensed Psychologists

Presented by: Doug Frew
Discussant: Eugene D'Angelo, PhD
Date: April 28, 2016
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Room 127


Increasing Trust and Oxytocin Levels in a Leadership Team Through Structural Dynamics

Presented by: Maria Kastarou
Discussant Dr. Sarah Hill
Date: April 26, 2016
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Room 446

Testing the Cultural Fairness of the Spanish Version of the Addenbrooke's Cognitive Examination-Revised (ACE-R) Through Item Analysis with a Peruvian Population.

Presented by: Maria Veronica Zapater-Raberov
Discussant: Jessica Boyatt, PsyD
Date: April 25, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Room 204


Trajectories and Turning Points within the Stepchild-Stepparent Relationship

Presented by: Emily Hotz
Discussant: Patricia Papernow, EdD
Date: April 22, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Room 126


Chronic Pain, Mindfulness and Measures of Physical Function: A Systematic Review

Presented by: William Jackson
Discussant: Ana-Maria Vranceanu, PhD
Date: April 19, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Room 127 or Webcast Here


Work-related Stress and Trauma for Emergency Medical Services Personnel: Coping and Recommendations for Mental Health Providers

Presented by: Adam Arsenault
Discussant: Douglas Bitman, PhD
Date: April 4, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Room 127

March 2016

Hope, Self-Compassion, and the Cultivation of Self-Efficacy During Mental Health Training

Presented by: Lauren Pudalov
Discussant: Judith V. Jordan, PhD
Date: March 2, 2016
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Room 126

February 2016

Construct Validity of the Mental State Discourse Measure: A Study of Women with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Depression

Presented by: Kiley Gottschalk
Discussant: Caroline Phillips, DClinPsy
Date: February 11, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Room 404

January 2016

Effects of Parental Divorce on the Quality of Children's Adult Romantic Attachments

Presented by: Robert DiGiammarino
Discussant: Lynda Robbins, JD
Date: January 25, 2016
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Room 336


Exploring the Two-Continua Model of Mental Health as a Predictor of Suicidal Behavior Among College Students

Presented by: Kristen Ross
Discussant: David Seeman, PhD
Date: January 13, 2016
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Room 126


Learning Disabilities and Self-Concept: A Phenomenological Study

Presented by: Nicole Baum
Discussant: Stephen Prior, PsyD
Date: January 9, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Room 204


An Evaluation of the Impact of Locus of Control on Public Perceptions and Support of Policies that Govern Sexual Offenders

Presented by: Hilary Novak
Discussant: James Moran, EdD
Date: January 4, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Room 126

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