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Recent Doctoral Dissertations

Recently completed dissertations Academic Years 2008-2012. Faculty committee names are in parentheses.

Celen Ceylan (5/13) Therapist Characteristics as Predictors of the Working Alliance: Therapist Trait Empathy and Therapist Complex Thinking (Lisa Wallner Samstag, PhD, Elizabeth Kudadjie, PhD, Nicholas Papouchis, PhD, Sara Haden, PhD)

Messinger, Julie (5/13) Cognitive-Affective Processes in Schizophrenia: The Attentional-Blink and Olfactory Hedonics (Paul Ramirez, PhD, Phil Wong, PhD, Lewis A, Opler, MD, PhD, D. Malaspoina, MD, MSPH)

Ali, Akeela (1/13) Self-worth, Competency Domains, and Body-Esteem in Overweight and Normal Weight Culturally-Diverse Young Adolescents (Gary Kose, PhD, Joan Duncan, PhD Marvin Hurvich, PhD)

Castillo, S. Desiree (1/13) Perceived Discrimination Stress and College Adjustment: Does Differentiation of Self Play a Role in This Relationship for an Urban Population of Minority College Students? (Gary Kose, PhD, Elizabeth Kudadjie, PhD, Marvin Hurvich, PhD)

Electris, C. Alexander (1/13) Vicarious Trauma: A Relationship between Emotional Empathy and Emotional Overidentification in Mid-Career Trauma Clinicians (Lisa Wallner Samstag, PhD, Kevin B. Meehan, PhD, Linda S. Pen, PhD)

Goggin, A. Michelle (1/13) Multidisciplinary, Dissociation and Self-Complexity (Nicholas Papouchis, PhD, Kevin B. Meehan, PhD, Benjamin Saunders, PhD)

Zyuban, Anastasia (9/12) Self-differentiation, nation of origin, religious affiliation, and bicultural identity development in former Soviet Union and Arab Immigrants (Lisa Samstag, PhD, Nicholas Papouchis, PhD, Benjamin Saunders, PhD)

Graziano O’Leary, Kara (5/12) Is emotional eating an implicit construct? Examining the impact of positive and negative mood on one’s motivation to eat (Philip Wong, PhD, Howard Mcguire, PhD, Nicholas Papouchis, PhD)

Yaar, Daniella (4/12) The relationship between childhood maltreatment and adult aggressive behaviors: understanding the context of violence (Nicholas Papouchis, PhD, Lisa Samstag, PhD, Sara Haden, PhD)

Long, Karen (2/12) Impact of aversive racism on clinical impressions (Nicholas Papouchis, PhD, Howard Mcguire, PhD, Benjamin Saunders, PhD)

Weiser, Lisa (1/12) The unspeakable affect of shame: its traumatic origins and imprint object worlds (Philip Wong, PhD, Nicholas Papouchis, PhD, Kevin Meehan, PhD)

Head, Cory (12/11) Changes in mental activity and self-efficacy during doctoral psychology graduate training (Lisa Samstag, PhD, Philip Wong, PhD, Linda Penn, PhD)

Ellis, James (12/11) The impact of meditation training on the capacity for therapists-in-training to identify alliance ruptures (Lisa Samstag, PhD, Nicholas Papouchis, PhD, Sara Haden, PhD)

Brosnahan, Sheila (9/11) Parental bonding, bicultural identity integration and ego identity among ethnic minorities (Nicholas Papouchis, PhD, Howard Mcguire, PhD, Benjamin Saunders, PhD)

Laifer, Alexandra (9/11) To eat and to like: the role of unconscious affect, self-regulation, and motivation in consumption behavior and preferences (Gary Kose, PhD, Philip Wong, PhD, Paul Ramirez, PhD)

Shah, Ami (9/11) Schizophrenia: the relationship between phenomenology and quality of life in elderly schizophrenic outpatients (Paul Ramirez, PhD, Gary Kose, PhD, Kevin Meehan, PhD)

Jessica Houser (4/11) Eating in response to negative emotion: implications for mood repair and select working memory functions (Philip Wong, PhD, Howard McGuire, PhD, Nicholas Papouchis, PhD)

Michelle Leslie (4/11) Egocentrism, perspective-taking, and identity development in emerging adulthood (Gary Kose, PhD, Nicholas Papouchis, PhD, Gary Fireman, PhD)

Carmichael, Chloe (4/11) Stereotype threat: threat accrual and social identity complexity (Benjamin Saunders, PhD, Gary Kose, PhD, Joan Duncan, PhD)

Bertrand, Kelly (4/11) The recognition of emotion from facial expressions: are trained clinicians better at judging affect? (Howard McGuire, PhD, Philip Wong, PhD, Nicholas Papouchis, PhD)

Atsidis, John (4/11) Psychologist’s perception of and countertransferential reactions towards victims of domestic violence (Elizabeth Kudadjie, PhD, Howard Mcguire, PhD, Nicholas Papouchis, PhD)

Hyppolite, Joanne (2/11) The role of acculturation, racial identity, and ethnic identity in understanding utilization rates, attitudes toward formal mental health services, and preferences for help among Caribbean black college students (Elizabeth Kudadjie, PhD, Benjamin Saunders, PhD, Joan Duncan, PhD)

Gorman, Rachel (1/11) Affect regulation and the representational world of emerging adulthood (Nicholas Papouchis, PhD, Lisa Samstag, PhD, Philip Wong, PhD)

Dextrixe, Jonathan (1/11) Solitude’s paradox: the role of object relations and attachment in the capacity to be alone (Lisa Samstag, PhD, Linda Penn, PhD, Philip Wong, PhD)

Wankmuller, Michelle (12/10) To switch or not to switch? The effects of worry and uncertainty intolerance on the Monty Hall Problem (Gary Kose, PhD, Rhiannon Allen, PhD, Paul Ramirez, PhD)

Galligan, Robert (9/10) Maternal disruptive behavior and depressive symptoms predict child distress in dyadic play interactions (Nicholas Paphouchis, PhD, Lisa Samstag, PhD, Howard McGuire, PhD)

Rom, Asaph (05/10) The relationship among patients maturity of defense mechanisms, the working alliance and self-disclosure in outpatient psychotherapy. (Lisa Samstag, PhD, Gary Kose, PhD, Howard Mcguire, PhD)

Morrison, Matthew (05/10) Separation-Individuation and development of psychological mindedness in late adolescence and emerging adulthood (Nicholas Papouchis, PhD, Lisa Samstag, PhD, Kevin Meehan, PhD)

Klein, Benjamin (05/10) An examination of affect regulation and risk taking (Nicholas Papouchis, PhD, Howard Mcguire, PhD, Lisa Samstag, PhD)

Dunbar, Arlene (05/10) Conditions of early maternal separation and later functioning in a Caribbean population (Rhiannon Allen, PhD, Elizabeth Kudadjie, PhD, Kevin Meehan, PhD)

Harris, Lauren (05/10) Experiences of separation from caregivers during immigration: Adult attachment style and responses to separation-related words and pictures in African-Caribbean immigrants (Philip Wong, PhD, Carol Magai, PhD, Joan Duncan, PhD)

Boudreau, Gillian (01/10) The role of mindfulness in self-control reactivity (Philip Wong, PhD, Paul Ramirez, PhD, Nathan Consendine, PhD)

Horenstein, Veronica (01/10) Bilingualism and emotion: Do bilinguals experience emotions differently in their first and second languages? (Howard Mcguire, PhD, Nicholas Papouchis, PhD, Joan Duncan, PhD)

Kosegarten, Jay (01/10) If a duck were a rabbit: The logic of perceptual ambiguity and the importance of context (Gary Kose, PhD, Philip Wong, PhD, Kevin Meehan, PhD)

Kray, Todd (01/10) Evaluation of the therapeutic alliance and patient-therapist emotional exploration in time-limited therapy (Lisa Samstag, PhD, Nicholas Papouchis, PhD, Howard Mcguire, PhD)

Petrasso, Sara (01/10) What about social class? Situational and dispositional attributional processes involved in class-based stereotype threat effects (Gary Kose, PhD, Joan Doncan, PhD, Paul Ramirez, PhD)

Regalado, Gabriella (1/10) Implicit and explicit identity, attitudes and acculturation among U.S. born and first generation Latinos and East Asians (Philip Wong, PhD, Nicholas Papouchis, PhD, Joan Duncan, PhD)

Spinelli, Joseph (1/10) The relationship between ego mechanisms of defense and reflective functioning (Philip Wong, PhD, Nicholas Papouchis, PhD, Barry Ritzler, PhD)

Rothman, Brian (01/10) Defense, affect, and heterosexism: A test of defensive projection hypothesis (Lisa Samstag, PhD, Nicholas Papouchis, PhD, Barry Ritzler, PhD)

Jamadi, Maia (12/09) Does self-construal impact awareness of emotion in others? (Philip Wong, PhD, Howard McGuire, PhD, Nicholas Papouchis, PhD)

Scott, Joshua (9/09) Exploring sex differences in alexithymia: Does sex moderate the relationship between alexithymia and impulsivity (Lisa Samstag, PhD, Gary Kose, PhD, Sara Haden, PhD)

Tomarken, Alexis (9/09) Prolonged grief and resilience in young bereaved spouses and partners (Gary Kose, PhD, Rhiannon Allen, PhD, Paul Michael Ramirez, PhD, Christian Nelson, PhD)

Cohn, Naomi (09/09) The association of maternal self-criticism and dependency with maternal interactive behavior in face-to-face play (Rhiannon Allen, PhD, Nicholas Papouchis, PhD, Lisa Samstag, PhD, Beatrice Beebe, PhD)

Worth, Michael (5/09) A lifespan developmental perspective on the role of cognitive activities as mediators to normal age-related decline in fluid abilities (Paul Ramirez, PhD, Gary Kose, PhD, Barry Ritzler, PhD)

Landa, Alla (5/09) Beyond the unexplainable pain: relational dynamics and alexithymia in somatization (Philip Wong, PhD, Gary Kose, PhD, Barry Ritzler, PhD)

Boga, Virginia (4/09) Ataque de nervios: a defense against anger? (Paul Ramirez, PhD, Christopher Christian, PhD, Joan Duncan, PhD)

Gruber, Dana (4/09) Overt and Covert Narcissism, anger, and self object needs (Philip Wong, PhD, Sara Haden, PhD, Marvin Hurvich, PhD)

Levi, Michael (4/09) The role of affect and personal experience on risk perception involving a motor vehicle accident (Gary Kose, PhD, Barry Ritzler, PhD, Paul Ramirez, PhD)

Nichols, Stephanie (4/09) The process of internalization in psychotherapy and its relationship to the working alliance and therapeutic change (Nicholas Papouchis, PhD, Howard Mcguire, PhD, Linda Penn, PhD)

Smith, Anna (4/09) The impact of perceived stigma on treatment adherence and self-efficacy three chronic disease: HIV, type II diabetes & hypertension (Gary Kose, PhD, Joan Duncan, PhD, Marvin Hurvich, PhD)

Paliouras, Christy (3/09) Dissociation and its relationship to defensive coping style in adolescents with unresolved attachment classification (Nicholas Papouchis, PhD, Lisa Samstag, PhD, Howard Mcguire, PhD)

Omivale, Mariam (1/09) The relationship between attachment and academic achievement (Gary Kose, PhD, Nicholas Papouchis, PhD, Joan Duncan, PhD)

Conrad, Jordyn (1/09) Test anxiety, the looming maladaptive style and behavioral manifestations of anxiety in response to threat: a laboratory study in a university population (Howard Mcguire, PhD, Philip Wong, PhD, Joan Duncan, PhD)

Hadley, Erin (12/08) The impact of defensive functioning and anxiety on risk taking behaviors (Howard Mcguire, PhD, Gary Kose, PhD, Joan Duncan, PhD)

Kornreich, Jennifer (12/08) The relationships of humor to defensive maturity, aggression, and interpersonal relatedness (Barry Ritzler, PhD, Philip Wong, PhD, Paul Ramirez, PhD)

Morgenstern, Amy (12/08) Saving grace: The role of attachment to god in the relationship between adult attachment patterns and bereavement in the elderly (Carol Magai, PhD, Nicholas Papouchis, PhD, Barry Ritzler, PhD)

Henry, Iris (10/08) Ego-resiliency’s role in reducing the impact of violence on world assumptions (Philip Wong, PhD, Barry Ritzler, PhD, Joan Duncan, PhD)

Werner, Elizabeth (9/08) The effects of pregnant women’s mood, stress and cortisol levels on infant reactivity: a test of fetal programming hypothesis (Gary Kose, PhD, Paul Ramirez, PhD, Lisa Samstag, PhD)

Mulroe, Michelle (9/08) Symbolic abilities of mother and child (Rhiannon Allen, PhD, Christopher Christian, PhD, Philip Wong, PhD)

Mack-Williams, Yakini (06/08) The relationship between precocious puberty, resilency, and psychological maladjustment in pre-adolescent girls (Paul Ramirez, PhD, David Castro-Blanco, PhD, Joan Duncan, PhD)

Musso, Giovanna (5/08) The parental bond and adverse childhood experience as predictors of maladaptive personality traits in adulthood (Nicholas Papouchis, PhD, Lisa Samstag, PhD, David Castro Blanco, PhD)

Soeiro, Loren (5/08) State versus trait self-focus: comparing self-awareness to self-consciousness (Gary Kose, PhD, Barry Ritzler, PhD, Howard Mcguire, PhD)

Donahue, Elizabeth (5/08) Open communication in adoption and adoptive identity development (Rhiannon Allen, PhD, Lisa Samstag, PhD, David Castro Blanco, PhD)

Furr, Tyson (4/08) Experimental avoidance and test anxiety (David Castro Blanco, PhD, Howard Mcguire, PhD, Joan Duncan, PhD)

Garcia, Christina (04/08) The role of acculturation, mental health beliefs, familism, knowledge of psychotherapy, cultural competency, and ethnic match in attitudes toward seeking psychological help in latinos (Elizabeth Kudadjie-Gyamfi, PhD, Rhiannon Allen, PhD, Joan Duncan, PhD)

Nimroody, Tehela (4/08) The impact of mother’s level of reflective functioning on child’s play narrative, memory, and frustration tolerance (Rhiannon Allen, PhD, Nicholas Papouchis, PhD, Philip Wong, PhD)

Jovic, Sofija (04/08) The role of intolerance of uncertainty in etiology and maintenance of anxious response to trauma (David Castro Blanco, PhD, Gary Kose, PhD, Joan Duncan, PhD)

Stasiowski, Sheryl (4/08) Optimism and hardiness: Influence on coping and psychological distress (Joan Duncan, PhD, Barry Ritzler, PhD, Philip Wong, PhD)

Vogel, Sheri (03/08) Affective processing in children with autistic spectrum disorders: the perception of threat (Philip Wong, PhD, David Castro Blanco, PhD, Barry Ritzler, PhD)

Mendelson, Laurie (2/08) Evaluating alliance ruptures: assessment of learned skills, trainee characteristics, and clinical experience (Lisa Samstag, PhD, David Castro Blanco, PhD, Nicholas Papouchis, PhD)

Stanislavskaia, Marina (1/08) A comparison of children’s autonomy in American and Russian cultures (Marina Stanislavskaia; Rhiannon Allen, PhD, Joan Duncan, PhD, Roger Frie, PhD)

Ranawat, Dana (01/08) Mentalization in psychotherapy supervision: Assessing the transmission of reflective functioning (Lisa Samstag, PhD, Nicholas Papouchis, PhD, Philip Wong, PhD)

Jamison, Andrea (1/08) Primary and complex PTSD symptoms as mediators between trauma history and schizophrenia symptomatology (Paul Ramirez, PhD, David Castro Blanco, PhD, Joan Duncan, PhD, Lewis Opler, PhD)