Student Research

Below is a compilation of dissertations completed by program students. In order to facilitate informed decision-making, a listing of dissertations completed by CP/SP students is provided by program concentration and year. The titles illustrate the diversity and depth of student research.

Dissertation Titles by Year

2018

Counseling Psychology Concentration

  • A Comparative Analysis of Substance Use and Disordered Eating Comorbidity Among American Indians by Amy Fish
  • Language Use as a Progress Monitoring Marker: An Exploratory Study of Change in Psychotherapy by Jonathan Huston
  • What Lies Beneath the Surface: A Qualitative Study Exploring the Experiences and Beliefs of White Students Discussing Race by Amani Johnson
  • Let’s Talk About Sex: A Qualitative Study of the Attitudes and Behaviors Toward Casual Sex Among College Students Raised by Custodial Grandmothers by Kimberly Silla
  • Personality and an Engaged Response Style in Patients Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis by Julie Szarowski-Cox

School Psychology Concentration

  • A Psychometric Evaluation of the Diagnostic Analysis of Nonverbal Accuracy – Second Edition in Children with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder by Adam Booth
  • The Africa Yoga Project and Wellbeing: A Concept-Map of Students’ Perceptions by Carla Giambrone
  • Seatwork Chunking: Evaluation of the Efficacy of a Presentation Accommodation for Children with ADHD by Stephanie Jerome
  • Examination of Sex Differences in Externalizing and Internalizing  by Symptoms in Children with HFASD Using the BASC-2 by Brian Nasca
  • Effectiveness of a Group Theraplay Intervention in Improving the Socio-Emotional Functioning of Children with Developmental Disabilities by Itzel Orduna Trujillo
  • Efficacy of the Daily Report Card Intervention for Children with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Multiple Baseline Study by Kelli Pyle

2017

Counseling Psychology Concentration

  • Investigating Academic Motivation in Student Veterans in Higher Education: The Role of Hardiness and Copying Styles by Jessica Goodell
  • Method Effects and Informant Discrepancies in the Behavior Intervention Monitoring Assessment System by Michael Infranco

School Psychology Concentration

  • Participant Reactions to School Crisis Training: Factor Structure and Relation to Knowledge and Attitude Change by Erin Cook
  • The Kindergarten Impairment Rating Scale: The Validity of a Brief Measure of Academic and Social Behaviors as Indicators of Kindergarten Readiness by Lesthia Isaacs
  • Family Meals Among Low-Income Families: Feasibility and the Association with Child BMI and Behavior by Amber Dewey

2016

Counseling Psychology Concentration

  • Therapist Beliefs, Emotional Reactions, and Response Styles to Distressed Clients by David Altabef
  • Psychosocial Correlates and Changes Post-Bariatric Surgery by Angela Detchner
  • Dementia and Understanding of Self: How Self-Perceptions of Personality Dimensions Differ from Informant Perceptions of Patient Personality for Patients with AD and Amnestic MCI by Samuel Deutch
  • The Role of Implicit Theories of Emotion in Emotion Regulation and Psychological Well-being Among Young Adults with and without High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder by Hidetoshi Hama
  • Psychometric Analysis of the Depression/Anxiety Negative Affect (DANA) Scale used for Progress Monitoring in an Inpatient Substance Abuse Group Treatment Setting by Tania Sharma

School Psychology Concentration

  • Feasibility and Initial Efficacy of an Outpatient Comprehensive Psychosocial Treatment for Children with HFASD: An Open-Trial by Alanna Lipinski
  • Personal Attitudes and Social Norms Related to Willingness to Intervene in Peer Victimization by Toni Torchia
  • Parent Perceptions of Social Vulnerability of Students with Disabilities: Experience of and Copying with Victimization by Jilynn Werth

2015

Counseling Psychology Concentration

  • The Effect of Emotional Intelligence, Ethnic Identity, and Ethnicity on College Adjustment by Althea Mae Maduramente

School Psychology Concentration

  • The Impact of Child-Related Variables and Caregiver-Related Variables in Affecting the Quality of Life of Caregivers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders by Fabienne Bain
  • The Influence of Family Meals on Health and Academic Outcomes in Children by Amber Dewey
  • Exploratory Factor Analysis of the Social Responsiveness Scale – Second Edition in a Sample of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders by Andrew Nelson
  • Interpersonal Styles and Eating Disorder Risk Factors in Children: Examining the Moderating Role of Anxiety by Kelly Norman
  • Exploratory Factor Analysis of Special Education Staff Ratings Using the Childhood Autism Rating Scale – Second Edition in a Sample of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders by Joshua Popkin
  • Healthy Homes, Healthy Families: A Parent Directed Approach to Childhood Obesity by Lynda Sosa-Lowry

2014

Counseling Psychology Concentration

  • The Dignity of All Students Act: Implications for School Bullying and Harassment by Heather Cosgrove
  • Female First Generation College Students from the Working Class: Motivations, Strengths, and Coping Skills by Danielle Gissinger
  • Generational Status of College Students and Academic Outcomes: An Examination of Locus of Control and Self-Efficacy by Brandy Petrie
  • The Impact of Social Support on Quality of Life for Spousal Caregivers of People with Multiple Sclerosis by Camille Simonetti

School Psychology Concentration

  • Exploratory Factor Analysis of the Gilliam Autism Rating Scale – Second Edition with a Sample of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders by Elissa Dua
  • Moderators of Behavioral Parent Training Effects for Children with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A Meta-analysis by Charles Hallmark
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy with At-Risk, Overweight Adolescents: A Pilot Trial by Brittany Hayden
  • Eating Disorders and Anxiety in Middle School: A Yoga and Mindfulness-Based Primary Prevention Program by Emily Keddie
  • The Africa Yoga Project: A Participant-Driven Concept Map of Kenyan Teachers’ Reported Experiences by Jessalyn Klein
  • The Daily Report Card as a Homework Intervention for Children and Adolescents with ADHD by Brittany Parham
  • The Role of Anxiety on the Experience of Peer Victimization and Eating Disorder Symptoms by Michelle Serwacki

2013

Counseling Psychology Concentration

  • Disordered Eating Among Indian Women: The Role of Cultural Conflict and Family Functioning by Deepti Athalye
  • The Relationship Between Perfectionism and Adjustment of Individuals with Chronic Pain by Tzu-An Hu
  • Lived Experiences of Trauma Workers: Costs and Rewards of Caring by Tanisha Joshi
  • Self-Care Behaviors, Perceived Stress, Burnout, and Affect among Master’s and Doctoral-level Mental Health Trainees by Niki Keating
  • Primary Psychopathy and Emotion Suppression: Effects on the Experience of Empathy and Distressful Affect by Gwendoline Lander
  • Where Do Allies Come from: An Evaluation of a University Safe Zone Program by John Mack
  • Life After Loss: An Exploratory Study of the Adult Sibling Relationship after the Loss of a Sibling by Katherine Neely
  • A concept mapping study of high school Gay/Straight Alliances by Andrew Wurl

School Psychology Concentration

  • Interpersonal Interpretations of Measures of Group Members’ Counseling Perceptions, Corrective Feedback, and Stage of Change at Pre-Group by Brian Amos
  • Factor Analysis of the Psychosocial Assessment Tool (PAT2.0) by Sara Haugli
  • An Exploration of the Social Neuroscience of Empathy and Autism Spectrum Disorder Behaviors in Anorexia Nervosa by Amanda Smith James
  • Girls Growing in Wellness and Balance: Examining the Efficacy of a Parent Program in Eating Disorder Prevention by Tatyana Raby
  • Closer Look: Head Start Teacher’s Perception, Practices and Performance by Kalima Smalls
  • Randomized Clinical Trial of Mind Reading Computer Instruction and In Vivo Rehearsal on the Emotion Encoding and Decoding of Children with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders by Rachael Smith-Sponholz