Sample Clinical Psychology Dissertations

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Theses from 2017

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Attentional and Emotional Consequences of Emotional Acceptance and Suppression in an Elevated Anxiety Sample, Natalie Arbid

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The Interpersonal Effects of Mindfulness and Social Anxiety in Romantic Relationships, Bryan Balvaneda

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It’s Not You, it’s My Schedule: An Exploratory Study of Early Termination in School-Based Mentoring Programs, Samantha Burton

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The Role of Athletic Coach Mentors in Promoting Youth Academic Success: Evidence from a National Longitudinal Study, Kirsten M. Christensen

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Ethnic Differences in Race-Related Stress Among Blacks in the US: Racial Colorblindness as a Potential Moderator, Samantha Duterville

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Social Skills as a Predictor of Peer Relationship Quality for School-Age Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Melanie S. Feldman

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Examining Attentional Control and Processing Speed Deficits as Underlying Mechanisms of Neuropsychological Impairment in Schizophrenia, Mayte Forte

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Drinking Motives, Drinking Problems, and Mental Health Symptoms in Sexual Minority Men, Hamish A. Gunn

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Psychosocial Profiles of Youth who Acquire a Natural Mentor During a School Year, Matthew A. Hagler

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Whether or not 'It Gets Better'…Coping with Parental Heterosexist Rejection, Cara Herbitter

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Language Subdomains among Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Associations with Social Skills, Sarah A. Levinson

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Relations between Family Demographic Characteristics and Early Intervention Service Receipt after Children's Initial ASD Diagnosis, Thanh Phuong Thi Nguyen

Theses from 2016

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The Importance of Action: Understanding Characteristics of Social Action Campaigns and Their Impact on Youth's Motivation and Engagement, Jacqueline G. Hargrove

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Patterns of Parent-Teacher Disagreement on Behavior Problems of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Juliana Neuspiel

Theses from 2015

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The Trajectory of the Co-Occurrence of Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms in Treatments for Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Amber L. Calloway

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Developing Autism Screening Criteria for the Brief Infant Toddler Social Emotional Assessment (BITSEA), Ivy Giserman Kiss

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Being and Becoming an Ally: The Lived Experience of Social Justice Action from Privileged Spaces, Alissa L. Gross

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Social Cost Bias, Probability Bias, and Self-Efficacy to Achieve a Specific Goal or Outcome as Mechanisms of Behavioral Action in Social Anxiety, Carol S. Lee

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Coping With Racism: Emotional Acceptance and Systemic Attribution of Racism as Buffers against Social Anxiety among People of Color, Jennifer H. Martinez

Theses from 2014

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A Model of Social Functioning in Schizophrenia: Symptomatology, Personality, and Brain Region Volumes, Victoria Choate

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Reductions in Experiential Avoidance as a Mediator of Change in Symptom Outcome and Quality of Life in Acceptance-Based Behavior Therapy and Applied Relaxation for Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Elizabeth Hemenway Eustis

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Promoting Maternal Well-Being and Child Behavioral Health: The Role of Positive Beliefs, Sara Kaplan-Levy

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Validation of the Post-traumatic Growth Inventory: Relationships between Perceived Post-Traumatic Growth and Measured Pre- to Post-Disaster Changes in Analogous Constructs in a Sample of Low-Income Mothers who Survived Hurricane Katrina, Emily E. Manove

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Reciprocal Influences amongst Early Childhood Externalizing Behavior, Maternal Distress, and Parenting Style: A Longitudinal Analysis, Shirley Marie Immacula Poyau

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Psychopathy and Disadvantageous, Risky Decision-Making in a Sample of Ex-Offenders, Ashley-Ann C. Shirai

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The Relation between Cultural Values and Unprotected Sex among Latino Gay Men, Francisco I. Surace

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Cognitive Processes and Moderators of Willingness in Individuals with Social Anxiety Disorder and Non-Anxious Controls in Response to a Social Performance Task, Lauren P. Wadsworth

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Predictors of Change in Body Mass Index in Young Mothers after Hurricane Katrina, Elyssa Briann Weber

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Mentor Motivation as a Predictor of Relationship Approach, Max B. Wu

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Adults Who "Get": Adolescents' Perceptions of Relational Engagement with Key Adults, Laura A. Yoviene

Theses from 2013

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Latino Youth Experiences of Immigrant Policy, Enforcement, and Exclusion: Exploring Risk and Resilience, Darcy Alcantara

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A Person-Oriented Approach to Identifying Parenting Styles in Mothers of Early School Age Children, Amy E. Heberle

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The Effects of Racism Related Stress on Asian Americans; Anxiety and Depression among Different Generational Statuses, Charles M. Liu

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Predictors of Psychotropic Medication Use in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Melissa P. Maye

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The Effects of Nesting Environment on Neonatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Injury, Laura Grace Rollins

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Pathways to Well-Being in the Lives of Recently Returning Veterans, Sarah Krill Williston

Theses from 2012

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Implications of Self-Other Overlap in Unsuccessful Romantic Relationships, Josephine A. Bell

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Exposure to Potentially Traumatic Events, Emotional Adjustment, and Social Competence in Preschoolers Facing Economic Risk, Hillary Hurst

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Adolescent Males in Formal Youth Mentoring Programs: The Influence of Same Versus Cross-Gender Matching, Stella S. Kanchewa

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Maternal Depressive Symptoms and Responsiveness to Infant Distress: Contingency Analyses of Home Mother-Infant Interactions at 3 Months, Fernanda Lucchese

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Parental Well-Being within the Marital Subsytem: A Study of Mother-Father Dyads Raising Young Children with Autism, Frances de Lourdes Martinez-Pedraza

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The Relation of Racism-Related Stress to Racial Identity, Ethnic Identity and Racism-Related Empowerment in Asian Americans, Fanny Ng

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Young Children's Perspectives on Parent-Child Relationship Quality as Measured by the Berkeley Puppet Interview: Associations with Behavioral Adjustment, Marisa Murphy O'Boyle

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The Neuropsychological Functioning of Older Adults Pre- and Post-Cognitive Training with a Brain Plasticity-Based Computerized Training Program, Shannon M. Sorenson

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Examining the Relation between Sensory Sensitivity and Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors in Autism Spectrum Disorders as Moderated by Language Acquisition, Timothy W. Soto

Theses from 2011

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Children and Spirituality: Understanding the Meaning of Spirituality of Former Street Children in Bolivia, Katia Margarita Canenguez

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A Lonely Road: Loneliness, Death Anxiety, Childhood Punishment, and Attributions of Hostility in a University Population, Melody Joy Blass Fisher

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The Effects of Trauma Exposure on Cognitive Functioning in Toddlers, Danielle Forbes

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The Impact of Exposure to Family and Community Violence on Children's Adaptive Coping and Mental Health Symptoms among Ethnic Minority Families Living in Poverty, Esroruleh Tamim Mohammad

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The Practice Effect: The Relationships among the Frequency of Early Formal Mindfulness Practice, Mindfulness Skills, Worry, and Quality of Life in an Acceptance-Based Behavior Therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Lucas Paul Kawika Morgan

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Dyadic Flexibility during the Face-To-Face Still-Face Paradigm: Analysis of Infant-Caregiver Interactions within a Dynamic Systems Framework Using the State Space Grid Analytic Technique, Akhila Venkatachalam Sravish

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Black Women's Mental Health in Response to Unwanted Sexual Experiences and Spirituality as a Protective Factor, Speshal T. Walker

Theses from 2010

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Latino Immigrant Mothers' Experiences and Adapations to Promote Personal and Family Wellness in Response to Increased Anti-Immigrant Climate, Hercilia B. Corona-Ordoñez

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The Relationship between Racist Experiences and Anxiety in a Black Sample: Moderating Effects of Church-Based Social Support, Jessica Rose Graham

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Caregiver, Family System, and Environmental Predictors of Child Maltreatment: An Ecological Transactional Approach, Kelly Brooke Graling

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Trajectories of Early Externalizing Behaviors: Their Relation to Second Grade Reading, Sarah Gray

 

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Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Beck, Valerie M. (2016), Attentional templates in visual search

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Bowden, Jessica Mary (2016), A visual safety signal improves learning of an auditory avoidance task

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Clevenger, Lauren Angela (2016), The influence of early life adversity and recent life stress on psychological trajectories in women with ovarian cancer

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Goldsberry-Troyer, Mary (2016), Sensory system contributions to the development of trace and delay eyeblink conditioning

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Guzmán-Veléz, Edmarie (2016), Association between bilingualism and functional brain connectivity in older adults

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Hilliard, Caitlin Ann (2016), Memory mechanisms of hand gesture in communication and learning

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Huff, Mary Louise (2016), Separate basolateral amygdala projections to the hippocampal formation differentially modulate the consolidation of contextual and emotional learning

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Kapnoula, Efthymia Evangelia (2016), Individual differences in speech perception: sources, functions, and consequences of phoneme categorization gradiency

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McCabe-Beane, Jennifer Elaine (2016), Distress tolerance in perinatal women: concurrent and longitudinal associations with maternal responsiveness

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Orengo-Aguayo, Rosaura E. (2016), Implementation of an acceptance and commitment therapy skills group with incarcerated domestic violence offenders : a feasibility pilot study

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Stuart, Jillian O'Rourke (2016), Exploring the impact of power on information consumption decisions

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Thiem, Kelsey (2016), Gender stereotypes and academic performance : the influence of salient role models on stereotype validation

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Tiriac, Alexandre (2016), State-dependent processing of reafference arising from self-generated movements in infant rats

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Van Liew, Julia Rose (2016), Unintentional weight loss after head and neck cancer : a dynamic relationship with depressive symptoms

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Woodward, Halley Elizabeth (2016), Valenced and arousal-based affective evaluations of foods

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Attarha, Mouna (2015), Summary statistics in vision

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Bigelow, James (2015), Behavioral and neurophysiological investigations of short-term memory in primates

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Hurley, Seth W. (2015), The sensitization of sodium appetite: Plasticity in neural networks governing body fluid homeostasis and motivated behavior

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Jenkins, Gavin Wesley (2015), A task-general dynamic neural model of object similarity judgments

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Roper, Zachary Joseph Jackson (2015), The manifold role of reward value on visual attention

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Schrepf, Andrew David (2015), Inflammation and central pain sensitization in Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome

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Tas, Ayse Caglar (2015), The role of visual stability in representations of pre- and post-saccadic objects

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Vatterott, Daniel Brown (2015), Learning to overcome distraction

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Williamson, J Austin (2015), Social support, mood, and relationship satisfaction at the trait and social levels

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Wu, Zhen (2015), The role of pointing gestures in facilitating word learning

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Yoon, Jeung Eun (2015), Theory of mind in middle childhood : assessment and prediction

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Bossard, Elaine Ardis (2014), Examining the roles of frame, frequency, and relevance in performance feedback: exploring evaluative and behavioral outcomes of decision making

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Calamia, Matthew (2014), Measuring apathy in a neuropsychological patient sample : factor structure and clinical correlates

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Evans, Abigail (2014), The impact of observed non-verbal cues on message-based persuasion

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Galle, Marcus Edward (2014), Integration of multiple and asynchronous acoustic cues to word initial fricatives and context compensation in 7-year-olds, 12-year-olds and adults

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Gootzeit, Joshua Holubec (2014), ACT process measures : specificity and incremental value

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Nordling, Jamie Koenig (2014), Pathways to bullying: early attachment, anger proneness, and social information processing in the development of bullying behavior, victimization, sympathy, and anti-bullying attitudes

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Scherer, Aaron (2014), The impact of political cues on information seeking and the need for cognitive closure

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Steinmetz, Adam Benjamin (2014), Role of central cannabinoid receptors in cerebellar dependent learning

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Wifall, Timothy Curtis (2014), Reaching into response selection: stimulus and response similarity influence central operations

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Apfelbaum, Keith S. (2013), Real-Time Competition Processes in Word Learning

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Bruchmann, Kathryn Irene Gaetz (2013), Exploring the implications of construal level for social comparison theory

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Buss, Aaron Thomas (2013), Closing the developmental loop on the behavioral and neural dynamics of flexible rule-use

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Buttner, Melissa Mercedes (2013), Efficacy of Yoga for Depressed Postpartum Women: a Randomized Controlled Trial

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Halvorson, Kimberly Mae (2013), What causes dual-task costs?

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Kapnoula, Efthymia Evangelia (2013), Not everything that competes means something: evidence for competition among word-forms in a novel-word learning paradigm

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Kucker, Sarah Christine (2013), The role of vocabulary knowledge and novelty biases in word learning: Exploring referent selection and retention in 18- to 24- month-old children and associative models

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Mullen-Houser, Elizabeth Ann (2013), Immune-spectrum disease among female veterans: relations with posttraumatic stress disorder and maladaptive repetitive thought

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Taber-Thomas, Sarah Marie (2013), Children's reports of deficient parenting and the prediction of concurrent and disruptive behavior problems

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Zarling, Amie Nichole (2013), A preliminary trial of ACT skills training for aggressive behavior

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Zhao, Libo (2013), The effect of referent similarity and phonological similarity on concurrent word learning

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Abdalla, Marwa (2012), Can participants extract subtle information from gesturelike visual stimuli that are coordinated with speech without using any other cues?

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Brock, Rebecca Leigh (2012), The role of marriage in the development of internalizing disorders : an integrated conceptual framework

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Chmielewski, Michael Scott (2012), The structure of common and severe psychopathology: analyses of syndromes and symptoms

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Dewey, Amber Marie (2012), Type and frequency of responsiveness matters: The development of infants' social communicative skills and later language development

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Feinstein, Justin Stanich (2012), Examination of the limbic system's role in emotional experience using a human lesion model

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Fisher, Sheehan David (2012), Mediators of interparental conflict and adolescent internalizing/externalizing behaviors

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Kellerman, Quinn Dione (2012), Looking beyond social support: examining dimensions of relationship quality in kidney transplant recipients

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Koffel, Erin Anne (2012), Structure of sleep disturbances and its relation to symptoms of psychopathology: evidence for specificity

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Luger, Tana Marie (2012), Older adults' online health information-seeking and diagnostic reasoning: a mixed methods investigation

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Matt, Alissa Anne Haedt (2012), Ecological momentary assessment of purging disorder

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Morgan, Theresa Anne (2012), Links between temperament and behavioral function

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Perry, Lynn Krieg (2012), The role of word learning in the development of dimensional attention

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Stringer, Deborah Michele (2012), Schizotypy's shape: structure, items, and dependability

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Todd, William David (2012), Night and day: distinct retinohypothalamic innervation patterns predict the development of nocturnality and diurnality in two murid rodent species

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Valles, Nizete-Ly (2012), The moderating role of child temperament in the relation between harsh and deficient parenting and child aggressive behaviors

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Ziemer, Christine Julia (2012), Flexible recalibration of perception and action in children and adults

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Forbush, Kelsie Terese (2011), Examining the structure of eating pathology through scale construction

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Gainey, Kristin Elisabeth Naragon (2011), A lower order structural examination of the neuroticism/negative emotionality domain: relations with internalizing symptoms and selected clinical traits

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Gall, Andrew Jason (2011), The developmental emergence of a wake-promoting pathway regulating ultradian and circadian rhythms in infant rats

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Mendez-Gallardo, Valerie (2011), Opioid mediated behavioral effects and learning in the neonatal rat: comparison between amniotic fluid and milk

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Munson, Cheyenne Michele (2011), Perceptual learning in speech reveals pathways of processing

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Murray, Amanda Joy (2011), Predictors and outcomes associated with children's friendship stability

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Ng, Chi-Wing (2011), Behavioral and neural correlates of auditory encoding and memory functions in Rhesus Macaques

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Schiller, Crystal Elizabeth Edler (2011), The hormone withdrawal hypothesis of postpartum depression: a translational approach

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Sharma, Leigh Allison (2011), Personality and intimate partner aggression in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Smith, Andrew Robert (2011), Exploring the relationship between knowledge and anchoring effects: is the type of knowledge important?

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Toscano, Joseph Christopher (2011), Perceiving speech in context: compensation for contextual variability during acoustic cue encoding and categorization

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Weinrib, Aliza Zahava (2011), Investigating experiential avoidance as a mechanism of action in a mindfulness intervention

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Barry, Robin Ann (2010), Romantic disengagement as a developmental process that contributes to marital distress and decline

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Brooks, Daniel Ian (2010), The dynamics of spatial anticipation in pigeons and rats

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Casas, Rachel Nichole (2010), Interpreter-mediated neuropsychological testing of monolingual Spanish speakers: does it have an effect on test scores?

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Danek, Rose Halterman (2010), A funny thing happened on the way to the maze: incidental learning of irrelevant information in humans

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Figlock, Dana (2010), Impaired decision making as a risk factor for college student drinking

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Gehl, Brian Kenneth (2010), Personality antecedents of the experience and expression of romantic jealousy

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Haggerty, Kathryn Ann (2010), How do mothers communicate to young children about location

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Humrichouse, John Jeffrey (2010), The hierarchical structure of emotional expressivity: scale development and nomological implications

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Lamkin, Donald Michael (2010), Inflammatory processes and depressive-like behavior in a syngeneic model of ovarian cancer

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Packard, Stephanie Leona (2010), Phonological word-form learning

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Perone, Sammy (2010), Using dynamic neural fields to understand the development of metric representations in typically developing and at-risk infant populations

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Plakke Anderson, Bethany Joy (2010), Auditory working memory: contributions of lateral prefrontal cortex and acetylcholine in non-human primates

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Ro, Eunyoe (2010), Conceptualization of psychosocial functioning: understanding structure and relations with personality and psychopathology

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White, Grace Angela (2010), Implications of relationship social comparison tendencies among dating and married individuals

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Franklin, Christina Louise (2009), Emotional regulation in infants of postpartum depressed mothers

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Hecht, Lauren Nicole (2009), Temporal processing of figures and grounds

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Latzman, Robert David (2009), Interrelations among youth temperament, executive functions, and externalizing behaviors

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Nylen, Kimberly June (2009), Effects of prenatal maternal distress on reproductive outcomes

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Richard, Ashleigh Monette (2009), Strategic control of visual working memory during scene viewing

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Rose, Jason Paul (2009), Approach-avoidance and optimism

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Shay, Nicole Lynn (2009), The connection between maternal depression, parenting, and child externalizing disorders

 

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