Doctoral Dissertations

Below are doctoral project dissertation titles that have been presented over the years.

  • The Impact of Self-Reported Loneliness and Social Isolation on Executive Functioning in Older Adults
  • Covid-19 Fear, Psychopathology, Functioning, and Resilience in a Representative U.S. Sample
  • The Effects of Hypercorrection in Older Adult Populations with Memory Impairments
  • Comparing First-Generation to Continuing-Generation College Student Experiences of Support and Impacts on Anxiety, Depression, and Well-Being
  • Understanding Misdiagnosis of Bipolar Disorder: Characterizing Clinician's Diagnostic Process when New Clients Present with Depression
  • The Prevalence of Disordered Eating Symptoms Among Fad Dieters and Lifestyle Dieters
  • Examining Emotion Regulation and Resilience in Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • The Effects of Race, Level of Parental Supervision, and Socioeconomic Status on Jurors’ Likelihood of Convicting Juvenile Offenders
  • Public Perceptions of Social Withdrawal and Social Exclusion in Delinquent Youth
  • The Exploration of Why Veterans Become Mental Health Clinicians
  • “What Do I Tell My Child Now?”: Engagement in Racial and Emotion Socialization by Black Parents When Talking to Their Children About Racial Bias and Emotional Coping
  • Sensitivity and Specificity of the MMSE and the MoCA, and the Impact of MCI Cutoff Scores in Clinical Settings and Clinical Research Trials
  • Examining Mechanisms of Change in Moral Injury Across the Lifespan
  • Perspective Taking: Understanding Perceptions of Police-Community Relations In Newark, New Jersey
  • Factors Affecting Perceptions of Severe Mental Illness
  • The Mediating Role of Self-Compassion in the Relationship of Treatment Burden, Perception of Illness Impact, and Psychological Presentation in Patients Suffering From Pernicious Anemia
  • The Public's Sentencing Preferences for Juveniles Who Sell Opioids
  • The Effect of Type of Cognitive Deficit and Memory of a Crime on the Public’s Opinion of the Appropriateness of Capital Punishment versus Life Without Parole
  • Assessing School-Based Staff Attitudes, Behaviors, and Competencies for Implementing Trauma-Informed Treatment for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Examining the Role of Family Functioning in Pediatric Medical Trauma Stress
  • The Impact of Group-Based Sports Therapy on Teamwork Abilities
  • The Effect of Intimate Bonds: Can a Supportive Relationship Counteract the Impact of Racism in Healthcare on Maternal Stress Among Black Women?
  • What Factors Contribute to a Clinician’s Self-Reported Confidence When Providing Telemental Health Services
  • Parentification in Childhood, Overall Well-Being and Sense of Belonging in College Students: Adapting a Cultural Lens
  • The Impact of a Mindfulness Meditation Smartphone Application Intervention on Sleep in a Community Sample of Adults
  • The Relationship of Reason for Viewing on Real Time and Retrospective View­ing Behavior of Disaster Media on Associated Emotional Distress
  • Identifying Disordered Eating Behaviors in a General Psychiatric Sample: A Comparison of Diagnostic vs. Dimensional Assessment Methods
  • Factors Associated with Willingness to Receive Vaccination for and Continued Adherence to Safeguards for Prevention of SARS-CoV-2 vs. Influenza Infection
  • College Students’ Perceptions of the Parent-Child Relationship after Departure from the Religious Beliefs of their Parents
  • Clinicians’ Use of Metaphors in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): A Grounded Theory Study
  • Examining the use of Telehealth Services in College Mental Health
  • Cumulative Trauma and Suicidal Behaviors in Inpatient Adolescents: The Moderating Role of Sense of Belonging
  • Supporting U.S. Female Service-Members by Exploring Life-Satisfaction of Male Civilian Spouses
  • The Effectiveness of Art Groups for Patients With Psychotic Disorders During a Partial Hospitalization Program
  • Impact of Religiosity on Willingness to Seek Mental Health Treatment in Latinx Populations
  • Connecting Adventure Therapy and Social-Emotional Learning Competencies in Schools
  • Efficacy of ERP on Perfectionism as a Symptom Cluster of OCD in Children
  • Understanding the Protective and Risk Factors of Traditional Latinx Values in Explanations for Gang Membership
  • An Exploration of the Relationship between Repetitive Head Injuries and Symptoms of Depression among Retired Professional Football Players
  • Factors Affecting Clinicians’ Ability to Accurately Diagnose Complex Developmental Trauma Presentations in Children
  • Progressive Structural Brain changes in Photon Therapy when Compared to Proton Therapy in Grade 2 and Grade 3 Gliomas
  • The Relationship between Physical Activity Levels and the Transition into Marriage
  • The Effects of Military Culture and Military Identity on Transition Stress During Reintegration: A Comparison Between Active Duty and Reserve/Guard Service Members
  • Public Opinion of Formerly Incarcerated Individuals who Attend Treatment for Substance Use
  • The Role of Self-Esteem In Adult Men’s Acceptance and Utilization of Benevolent Sexism
  • Qualitative Exploration of White Female Clinicians' Perspectives on Race and Gender in Psychotherapy with Justice-Involved Black Male Clients
  • An Investigation into the Effectiveness of a Social Skills Program Delivered via Telehealth for Elementary-Aged Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Development and Exploratory Factor Analysis of the Resilience Skills Practice Inventory
  • Differences in Depression Screening, Depression Diagnosis, and Mental Health Treatment Referrals between 2008 and 2018
  • Climate Change Worry in Latinx Versus Non-Latinx Youth
  • Associations Between Personality Traits, Moral Injury, and PTSD Symptoms Among Emergency Department Providers during the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • The Impact of Racial Identity Development on Attitudes Towards Drug-Related Criminal Offenders
  • Intellectual Humility in Helping Professions
  • The Influence of Delusion Content and Mental Status During Trial on Jury Decision Making in Cases Involving the Insanity Defense
  • Exploring the Role of Security Clearance and Mental Health Care in Military and Veteran Populations
  • “Somerville, MA Legally Recognizes Polyamory:” A Qualitative Exploration of The Polyamorous Experience
  • Gender as a Moderator of Parental Self-Compassion on Perceived Child Wellbeing
  • Predictors of Public Attitudes Towards Physician-Assisted Suicide for Terminal Cancer
  • Creating Trauma-Informed Schools: Effectiveness of a Trauma-Informed Professional Development Training for Increasing Educator Competencies
  • Early Adverse Experiences and Negative Mental Health Outcomes in Adolescents: The Role of External and Internal Assets
  • Parental Incarceration and Siblingship: Developmental Outcomes
  • Video Games and Social Connection: A Study of U.S. Military Service Members and Veterans
  • Rates of Cognitive Decline in African Americans Compared to Whites Accounting for Cerebrovascular Disease Load
  • The Effectiveness of Drug Treatment Court: Participants’ Recommendations for Improvement of the Drug Treatment Court Diversion Program
  • Evaluating the Psychometric Properties, Validity, and Clinical Utility of the Spectra: Indices of Psychopathology Adaptive Psychological Functioning Scale in an Inpatient Psychiatric Sample
  • Personality Traits of Women in CEO Roles
  • Differentiating Alzheimer’s Disease and Behavioral-Variant Frontotemporal Dementia Using Social Cognition and Errors on Neuropsychological Testing
  • Workplace Belonging in the Public Service Sector
  • The Relationship Between Motivation for Choosing a Vegan Diet, Self-Regulation, and Adherence to the Diet
  • Trauma Sensitive Yoga as an Adjunct Treatment for Transgender and Nonbinary Trauma Survivors
  • Understanding Adolescent Non-Suicidal Self-Injury’s Relationship to Parenting Styles and Caregiver Strain
  • Exploring the Relationship of Hope Action Theory, Perceived Stress and Self-Compassion using a Neuroscience Perspective
  • A Theoretical Exploration: Racial Trauma Experienced By Black Employees and Its Impact on Well-Being and Work Performance
  • Coaching for Global Perspective: Synthesizing Cultural Polarities and Stage Theories of Adult Development to Catalyze Global Leader Development
  • The Cognitive Behavioral Leadership Action Model
  • Facilitating Healthy Conflict: The Role Of Emotional Intelligence And Authentic Leadership
  • Exploring the Impact of Relationship Factors and Interpersonal Style on Women's Substance Abuse Treatment and Engagement
  • Family Caregivers’ Attitudes Toward Physician-Assisted Death
  • Assessing a Training Program Designed to Improve Team Psychological Safety and Team Climate in Cross-Functional, Child Welfare Teams
  • The Effect of Level of Sensationalism in Media Reports of Neighborhood Acceptance of Sexual Offender Release as Moderated by Educational Level
  • Bicultural Stress, Depression, and Cultural Identity in Latinx Older Adolescent
  • Intimate Partner Violence Service Availability and Utilization as Predictors of Intimate Partner Homicide
  • Structured Learning: A New Framework for Organizational Learning
  • The Association Between Family Stability and the Experiences and Well-being of Adult Children of Incarcerated Parents
  • Slowing the Great Resignation: Leaders, it’s Time to Engage! The Mediating Effect of Psychological Capital on Self-Leadership and Work Engagement
  • The Role of Interpersonal Hopelessness Within the Trait-Interpersonal Model of Suicide
  • Public Opinion of Sex Offender Registration For Juveniles Who Engage In Consensual Sexting
  • The Role of Experiential Avoidance and Anxiety Sensitivity in Clinician’s Delivery of Exposure-Based Treatment for OCD
  • A Qualitative Examination of Cultural Identity Conflicts Experienced by Black and Afro-Latino Law Enforcement Officers
  • Transitions to Motherhood: Self-Care in the Postpartum Period
  • Making a False Confessor? How Suspect Age and Police Tactics Impact Mock Juror Perceptions of Interrogation Pressures
  • Culturally Modified Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression with Comorbid Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms Among Vietnamese Immigrants and Refugees
  • The Social Emotional Experiences of Refugee Children
  • Reports of Vicarious Posttraumatic Growth in Mental Health Professionals: A Comparison of Two Assessment Methods
  • Exploring Latino and Latin American Clinicians' Understandings of Their Social Locations Using the Social Matrix

  • ¡Dale, Let's Beat the Odds! Music-Based Adaptation Guidelines for Application with Black and Latinx Emerging Adults
  • The Impact of Colorism on the Self-Concept of Dark-Skinned Black Women
  • Towards a Collective Theory of Burnout: Implications for Future Research and Intervention
  • Effects of Vulnerable Leadership Behavior on Immersion and Psychologi­cal Safety in Followers
  • The Effect of Exoneree Immigration Satus in Public Opinion of Wrongfully Convicted Individuals
  • Veteran's Voices: Perceptions of the Utility of Written Expressive Therapy
  • Collateral Consequences: A Theoretical Examination of Money Bail’s Impact on Children and Families
  • A Framework of Mental Complexity in United States Army Personnel
  • Brain Health in Leadership: Factors That Predict Willingness to Partici­pate in an Organization Brain Health Program
  • Exploring the Association Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Selective and Sustained Attention
  • Relationship of Caregiver and Child Characteristics and Help-Seeking Behaviors
  • The Impact of Self Compassion on Quality of LIfe After Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Keep Calm and Carry On: Developing a Psychological Self-Care Program for Leaders Focused on Decreasing Stress, Increasing Wellbeing, and Becoming more Equanimous Through Uncertainty
  • Perceptions of Trauma-Informed Care in Substance Use Treatment Programs
  • The Effects of Military Morals and Values on Veterans Post-Military
  • Experiences of Body-Related Pressure in the Military for Active Duty and Veteran Women
  • The Relationship between Severity of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Food Insufficiency in Children
  • The Effects of Sender and Recipient Ages on Public Opinion of Legislation Regarding Youth Sexting Offenses
  • Clinicians’ Perceptions of Patients with BPD: Impact on Diagnostic Accuracy
  • Development of a Tool to Orient Patients and Providers to Exposure and Response Prevention
  • The Impact of Discipline Style on Childhood Aggression Amongst Children Who Have Been Maltreated
  • Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma and Community Resilience in Descendants of Holocaust Survivors
  • The Relationship and Impact of Interpersonal Orientation and Social Support on Satisfaction from Online Gaming
  • An Examination of the Relationship between Overdose Risk and Treatment Engagement in an Inpatient Substance Use Population
  • The Relationship between Working Memory and Verbal Fluency in Deaf Individuals
  • The Role of Grit in the Association Between Exercise, Depression, and Well-being; A Qualitative Study
  • Teacher Perceptions of Trauma: How Teacher Empathy and Experienced Adversity Aid in Recognizing Trauma in the Classroom
  • Social Dominance and Apologizing to Outgroup Members
  • Public Support for School-Based Violence-Prevention Programs
  • Post-Menopausal Women’s Body Image, Attitudes Towards Aging, and Engagement in Health Promoting Behaviors
  • Navigating the Torn Loyalties of Second Generation Indian American Females
  • Age, Cognitive Control/Flexibility, and Self-Injurious Behavior
  • Attachment Style, Personality Traits, and FoMO as Predictors of Inappropriate Social Media Use in the Workplace
  • Differences in Risk Factors for Suicidal Ideation and Suicide Attempts between Male and Female College Students
  • “It Can’t Happen Here”: A Qualitative Exploration of Child Marriage in the United States
  • “Big-Five” Personality Factors as a Predictor of Satisfaction in a Graduate Psychology Program
  • Public Opinion of the Death Penalty for Young Adults
  • The Impact of Early Intervention on Joint Attention for Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Teacher Perceptions of Inclusion: How Burnout, Previous Training, and School Demographic Factors Impact Educator Viewpoints
  • The Effect of Media Source on Public Perception of Police-Involved Shootings of African American and White Men
  • Mental Health of Caribbean Black Emerging Adults: Impacts of Parental and Self-Acculturation
  • Exploring Perceptions of Child Risk, Legal Characteristics, and Performance in a Court-Mandated High Conflict Parenting Education Program
  • The Effect of In-Home ABA Therapy on Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Association Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Pediatric Primary Headache Conditions
  • Cultivating Therapeutic Presence: A Reiki and Mindfulness-Based Program
  • Mental Health Providers' Knowledge of Trans Youths' Unique Health Needs
  • Feeling the Recoil: Parents' Experience of Providing Support to Reintegrating Post-9/11 Military Veterans
  • Self-efficacy, Locus of Control, And Personality Traits as Predictors of Avoid­ance vs. Exposure Strategies in Public Speaking Anxiety
  • Verbal Memory, Attention, and Executive Function Performance in Individuals with Autoimmune Encephalitis Compared to Temporal Lobe Epilepsy and Healthy Controls
  • Relationships Between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Adult Personality Disorders in a Clinical Sample
  • The Relationship of Instagram Use, Body Dissatisfaction, Social Comparison Orientation, and Consideration of Cosmetic Procedures
  • Trauma as a Mitigating Factor in Criminal Cases: A Predictor Model of Juror Empathy towards Defendants with Developmental Trauma Histories Who Commit Violent Crime
  • Cultural Attunement Module for Individualized Education Program Development and Implementation
  • The Relationship Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Executive Functioning in an Inpatient Adolescent Population
  • The Relationship Between Dietary Habits, Nutrition Knowledge and Self-Reported Executive Functioning Abilities
  • The Implications of Growing Up in a Military Family for Young Adults' Attachment Style
  • The Relationship Between Sports Participation, Bullying Victimization, and Friendship Development in Latency Aged Children with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Association Between a Stay At Home Father’s Experiences and His Current Psychological Health and Health Behaviors
  • Training Inpatient Providers to Utilize the SOTIPS for Mentally Ill Individuals with Problematic Sexual Behaviors
  • Pilot Study: Assessing Substance Use Risk and Preventing Substance Abuse in Teenagers
  • Characterizing the Experiences of Veterans’ Caregivers: Identifying Predictors of Positive and Negative Caregiving Experiences
  • Comparison of National Guard Versus Other Service Members in Alcohol Cognitive Behavioral Couple Therapy Adapted for Military Personnel and Veterans
  • An Analysis of Post-Traumatic Growth and Coping Strategies Among Family Caregivers of Individuals with Life-Threatening Illness
  • Leveraging Psychological Needs Satisfaction as a Path to Sustainable Performance: The Mediating Role of Emotions
  • The Effect of Medium on Responses to Suicidal Communication
  • Dark Traits, Self Esteem, and Infidelity in Online Dating
  • Exploring Emerging Adults’ Efforts to Restore Parent-Child Attachments Ruptured by Military Deployments
  • Public Opinion of Juvenile Offenders with Trauma Diagnoses
  • CMCL: An Online Resilience Training Program for College Athletes
  • Teachers Attributions of Student Behavior and How Those Relate to Recommended Intervention Actions
  • An Examination of the Factors that Impact Permanency and Mental Health Outcomes After an Out-of-Home Placement
  • Individual and Experiential Correlates of Perceptions of Police Officers
  • An Exploration of Parental Willingness to Address Pediatric Behavioral Health Concerns in the Primary Care Setting
  • The Relationship Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Borderline Personality Disorder Among Inpatient Adolescents
  • Neuropsychological Investigation into Rate of Forgetting for Patients with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy
  • Associations Between Levels of Religiosity, Self Esteem, Social Connections, and Meaning Making in Young Adults: An Exploratory Study
  • Public Support for Alternative Responses to Problematic Behavior in Public Schools
  • Advantages of Hiring Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Retail Organizations
  • Reversing the Lens: How Learning About the Previous Ethical Conduct of Their Staff Affects the Trust and Leadership Behavior of New Managers
  • Meaningful Work and Positive Job Outcomes: Moderating the Relation­ships with Work–Family Outcomes
  • Influence of Adult Development Stages on Leader-Member Exchange Model of Leadership
  • Investigating the Effectiveness of Telepsychology Administered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Treat Anxiety and Depression Among College Age Individuals
  • Therapy Experiences of Legally Involved, Adult Clients with Mental Illness
  • Relationship between Duration and Frequency of Yoga Training and Performance on Neuropsychological Tests of Attention
  • The Interaction of Child Personality and Academic Achievement in Mixed-Grade Classrooms
  • Exploring the Experience and Function of Binge Eating Behaviors among Veterans
  • Development and Preliminary Testing of a Self-Rating Instrument to Measure Leadership Embodiment
  • The Relationship between Reasons for Social Media Use, Levels of Social Comparison, and Changes to State Self-Esteem
  • Parsing Theory of Mind in Schizophrenia
  • “God, Country, and Corps”: A Qualitative Study Exploring the Perceived Im­pact of Religion and Spirituality on Reintegration in Post-9/11 Veterans
  • Social Media Boundary Expectations in Long-Term Romantic Partnerships
  • Masculinity and Help Seeking for Depression: Cultural Contributions and Strategies for Facilitating Help Seeking
  • Gamers Don't Die, They Respawn: Why Gamers Might Bring More Psychological Safety and Curiosity Into the Workplace
  • Examining the Prevalence and Neuropsychological Correlates of Suppressed Effort on ImPACT Testing in Collegiate Athletes: A Sandbagging Study
  • Examining the Relationship Between Spirituality and Level of Psychological Distress Experienced by Parents Caring for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • The Mediating Effect of Insecure Attachment between Childhood Emotional Maltreatment and Hostile Romantic Interactions
  • The Relationship Between Perceived Helpfulness of Mental Health Professionals and Satisfaction of Diagnosis from an Autism Spectrum Disorder Evaluation
  • An Exploration of the Relationship Between Affective and Cognitive Empathy and Cyberbullying Behaviors Among Emerging Adults
  • Program Evaluation of Camp Baker, an Adapted Summer Treatment Program for Children with ADHD
  • What is the Relationship Between Caregivers' Recollections of Their Childhood Experiences and Expectations for Their Children with Autism?
  • Mental Health Sequelae of Exposure to Chronic Community Violence Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Transition Aged Youth
  • Effect of Psychiatry Testimony about Reactive Attachment Disorder and Conduct Disorder on Juror Decision Making