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Recent Ph.D. Dissertations


Evalyne Kerubo Orwenyo: Dissertation Title: Participation, Social Isolation, Biculturalism, and Empowerment: A Virtual Ethnography of Kenyan Diaspora Women Living in North America
Dissertation Chair: N. Andrew Peterson


Julia O'ConnorDissertation Title: Rape myths and proclivity to perpetrate in male college students
Dissertation Chair: Sarah McMahon
Shrivridhi Shukla: Dissertation Title:  A Phenomenological Inquiry of Women Living with HIV Caring for Family Members Living with HIV in India: Pathways Through Authoritative Knowledge and Self-Efficacy Towards Resilience
Dissertation Chair:  Judith L.M. McCoyd
Kate Stepleton: Dissertation Title:  Care Coordination as a Preventative Intervention: Effects on Child Welfare Outcomes
Dissertation Chair:  Michael MacKenzie


Sangeeta Chatterji: Dissertation Title: Like Mother Like Daughter: Mothers' Education and Investment in Daughters' Education in India
Dissertation Chair: Lenna Nepomnyaschy
Katherine Findley: Dissertation Title:  Trafficking in Persons for the Removal of Organs in India 
Dissertation Chair:  Patricia Findley
Elizabeth Matthews: Dissertation Title:  Electronic Health Records in Social Work Practice: The Impact of Collaborative Documentation on Person-Centered Care
Dissertation Chair:  Beth Angell
Jillian Stein: Dissertation Title:  Does Industry Sector Matter?  An Examination of the Relationship Between Industry and Rearrest
Dissertation Chair: Jeounghee Kim


James Fedor:  Dissertation Title:  "A Victim is a Victim": Barriers to Culturally Competent Service Delivery to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender Crime Victims
Dissertation Chair:  Michael LaSala

Denalee O’Malley:  Dissertation Title:  Examining the Impact of Diabetic Status on Multiple Outcomes Among Cancer Survivors
Dissertation Chair:  Patricia A. Findley

Samantha Winter:  Dissertation Title: Identifying Factors Associated With Women’s Sanitation Practices in Informal  Settlements in Sub-Saharan Africa:  A Case Study of Mathare Valley in Nairobi, Kenya
Dissertation Chair:  N. Andrew Peterson


Fiona ConwayDissertation Title:  Aggressive Behavior and Alcohol Use:  Classification of College Athletes
Dissertation Chair:  Darcy Clay Siebert

Gretchen L. HogeDissertation Title:  Understanding and Measuring Economic Self-Sufficiency in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence and Immigration:  A Mixed-Method Study
Dissertation Chair:  Judy L. Postmus

Alexis JemalDissertation Title:  Transformative Consciousness of African American Racial Oppression and White Racial Privilege:  Conceptualization, Scale Development and Testing
Dissertation Chair:  N. Andrew Peterson

Shuang LuDissertation Title:  Well-Being of Migrant and Left-Behind Children in China
Dissertation Chair:  Chien-Chung Huang

Sheila McMahon:  Dissertation Title:  Examining Relationships Among Student Empowerment, Sense of Community, and the Implicit Curriculum:  A Multigroup Analysis of Race and Ethnicity
Dissertation Chair:  N. Andrew Peterson

Alexandra Redcay:  Dissertation Title:  The Impact of Attraction and Identity Fluidity on Depressive Symptoms in Young Adults:  Exploring Gender as a Moderator
Dissertation Chair:  N. Andrew Peterson

Amanda Mathisen Stylianou:  Dissertation Title:  The Impact of Economic Abuse on Depressive Symptoms Among Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence
Dissertation Chair:  Judy L. Postmus


Louis Donnelly:  Dissertation Title:  Neighborhood Disadvantage and School Dropout:  A Multilevel Analysis of Mediating Contexts
Dissertation Chair:  Ayse Akincigil

Kerrie L. Ocasio:  Dissertation Title:  Understanding Individual Level Motivations for Repeat Service Use in a Family Support Program
Dissertation Chair:  Beth Angell

Bonnie Fader WilkenfeldDissertation Title:  Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover:  Contextual Antecedents of Identity Complexity in Individuals with Development Disabilities
Dissertation Chair:  Judith McCoyd 


Aleksandr M. CheryomukhinDissertation Title:  Development and Validation of the Azerbaijani Empowerment Scale:  Support and New Implications for Theory
Dissertation Chair:  N. Andrew Peterson

Bradley Anton ForenzaDissertation Title:  Civic Engagement Among Youth Aging out of Foster Care:  Processes and Outcomes of a Statewide Initiative
Dissertation Chair:  N. Andrew Peterson

Jamey D. Lister:  Dissertation Title:  The Relationship of Gambling Goals and Loss/Win Conditions to Chasing Behavior During Slot Machine Play
Dissertation Chair:  Lia Nower

Kristen C. Niemczyk-KistnerDissertation Title:  U.S. Physicians Treatment of Adolescent Tobacco Use
Dissertation Chair:  Ayse Akincigil

Anasuya RayDissertation Title:  In the Shadows of Armed Conflict:  Exploring Everyday Violence in Afghanistan
Dissertation Chair:  Jeffrey Longhofer


Heather F. HarcourtDissertation Title: Judging Failures in Moral Development: The Classification of Antisocial Behavior
Dissertation Chair: Kathleen Pottick

Nadine MurshidDissertation Title: Examining Linkages Among Microfinance Participation, Domestic Violence, and Help-Seeking Social Networks in Bangladesh: A Mixed-Methods Study
Dissertation Chair: Allison Zippay

Kristen Gilmore PowellDissertation Title: Empowerment and Effectiveness: A Mixed Methods Study of Coalition Building Within a Statewide Substance Abuse Prevention Context
Dissertation Chair: N. Andrew Peterson

Jessica StrongDissertation Title:  Women at War:  A Qualitative Study of Combat Experiences of Female Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan
Dissertation Chair:  Beth Angell

Corinne D. WarrenerDissertation Title: Sense of Entitlement and Dating Abusive Behavior in College Dating Relationships
Dissertation Chair: Chien-Chung Huang


Christine M. AllegraDissertation Title: The Influence of Neighborhood Characteristics, Peer Delinquency, and Attitudes Approving of Violence During Adolescence on Male-to-Female Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration in Young Adulthood
Dissertation Chair: Antoinette Farmer

Mi Sung KimDissertation Title:  The Role of Maternal Verbal Sensitivity During Parent-Child Shared Book Reading in Socio-Emotional Functioning in the Preschool Years
Dissertation Chair:  Judith C. Baer

Cory M. MortonDissertation Title: Alcohol Outlets and Child Maltreatment: The Moderating Effect of Access to Community Substance Abuse and Prevention Facilities
Dissertation Chair: N. Andrew Peterson

Kathleen Giblin RayDissertation Title: Protecting Newly Deployed Troops from PTSD: The Role of Preparedness
Dissertation Chair: N. Andrew Peterson

Svetlana ShpiegelDissertation Title: Resilience Among Youth Emancipating from Foster Care: Cumulative Risk and Protection and Their Relationship with Positive Adaptation
Dissertation Chair: Kathleen Pottick

Jeoung Ah Yoo:  Dissertation Title:  The Effects of Domestic Violence on Behavior Problems of Preschool Children
Dissertation Chair:  Chien-Chung Huang

Joelle ZabotkaDissertation Title:  “How Could I Have Done This?”:    A Qualitative Study of Birth Mothers Who Have Children Diagnosed With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Dissertation Chair:  Michael LaSala

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