Student Theses & Dissertations

Joe Bardeen

  • Chair: Dr. Holly Orcutt
  • Dissertation: “Attentional Control, Attentional Threat Bias, and Posttraumatic Stress Symptomatology” (June, 2012)

Stacey Johnson Belmont

  • Chair: Dr. Alan Rosenbaum
  • Thesis: “Differential Attraction Between Victims and Non-Victims of PRV (Physical Relationship Violence) to Characteristics in Potential Partners” (May 2007)

Derrecka Boykin

  • Chair: Dr. Holly Orcutt
  • Thesis: "Emotional Expressiveness as a Potential Mediator between Sex and Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder" (April 2014)

David W. Call

  • Chair: Dr. Alan Rosenbaum
  • Thesis: “Resilience to Exposure to Intimate-Partner Violence: Social Support and Attachment Style as Protective Factors Toward the Prevention of Intergenerational Transmission of Violence” (April 2009) 
  • Chair: Dr. Holly Orcutt
  • Dissertation: "Effectiveness of Hatha Yoga and Body Scan in Reducing Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder" (August 2012)

Robert Casselman

  • Chair: Dr. Alan Rosenbaum
  • Thesis: “Perceived Father Rejection and Traditional Masculine Ideology: Identifying Predictors of Male Aggression in a Young Adult Sample (2006)
  • Dissertation: Fathers and Sons: A Model of Male Aggression (June, 2009)

Magdalena Farc

  • Co-Chairs: Dr. Julie Crouch and Dr. Joel Milner
  • Dissertation: “Interpreting ambiguous child behaviors: The role of automatic information processing in child physical abuse risk”

Matthew Fleming

  • Chair: Dr. Alan Rosenbaum
  • Dissertation: "Effects of embarrassment and physiological reactivity on aggressive behavior" (Proposed 2007)

Marilyn Garcia

  • Chair: Dr. Holly Orcutt
  • Dissertation: “Automatic processing of guilt stimuli in sexual assault survivors with posttraumatic stress disorder” (July 2006)

Jennifer M. Guimond

  • Chair: Dr. Joel S. Milner
  • Dissertation: “Childhood sexual abuse and adult sexuality” (2007)

Susan Hannan

  • Chair: Dr. Holly Orcutt
  • Thesis: "Emotion Regulation as a Potential Moderator Between Reinforcement Sensitivity and Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms"  (Spring 2012)
  • Dissertation: "Emotion Regulation Choice Among Undergraduates with Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms (proposed August 2014)

Benjamin Harris

  • Chair: Dr. Julie Crouch
  • Thesis: “Response monitoring in at risk for child physical abuse parents”

Holly Harris

  • Chair: Dr. Holly Orcutt
  • Dissertation: “Examination Of An Information Processing Model Of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder” (July, 2005)

Alesia Hawkins

  • Chair: Dr. Joel S. Milner
  • Thesis: “Impact of infant stimuli on emotion recognition in mothers who are high and low in risk for child physical abuse” (2004)
  • Co-Chairs: Drs. Julie L. Crouch and Joel S. Milner
  • Dissertation: “Attributions of ambiguous child emotions by parents who are high and low in risk for child physical abuse” (2007)

Nicolette Howells

  • Chair: Dr. Alan Rosenbaum
  • Thesis: "Depressive Symptoms as a Mediator Between Exposure to Family Violence and Aggression in a Young Adult Sample" (November, 2004)
  • Chair: Dr. Holly Orcutt
  • Dissertation: “Diary Study of the Relationship between Sexual Risk Taking and Strategies for Reducing Negative Affect” (August, 2008)

Lauren M. Irwin

  • Chair: Dr. John J. Skowronski
  • Thesis: "Are Individual Differences in Child Abuse Potential (CAP) Related to the Tendency to Spontaneously Make Trait Inferences About Children?" (May, 2009)
  • Dissertation: "Impact of Individual Differences in Child Abuse Potential on the Use of Mitigating Information During Child Transgressions" (May, 2011)

Rachel Kendra

  • Chair:  Dr. Kathryn Bell
  • Thesis:  "Alcohol Expectancies and Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration" 
  • Chair: Dr. Michelle Lilly
  • Dissertation: "Risk Recognition, PTSD, and IPV Victimization Among College Women" (August, 2014) 

Mandy Kumpula

  • Chair: Dr. Holly Orcutt
  • Thesis: “Use of Sexual Intercourse to Reduce Negative Affect: Implications for Sexual Decision-Making and Risky Sexual Behavior” (May, 2006)
  • Dissertation: “An Event-Level Analysis of the Sexual Behavior of College Females: Effects of Motivation, Emotion, and Alcohol Use” (August, 2011)

Tracii Kunkel

  • Chair: Dr. Alan Rosenbaum
  • Thesis: "Autonomic Hyperreactivity in Victims of Child Physical Abuse" (December, 2007)
  • Dissertation: "Autonomic Dysregulation in Children of Domestic Violence: Impact of Experiencing or Witnessing and Implications for Future Perpetration"

Brooke Pope Kurby

  • Chair: Dr. Holly Orcutt
  • Thesis: “Attachment Anxiety and the Activation of Strategic Words in a Lexical Decision Task” (March, 2005)
  • Dissertation: “Relationship of Adult Romantic Attachment-Anxiety and -Avoidance to Forgiveness of Interpersonal Transgressions: A Longitudinal Investigation” (August, 2009)

Phylice Lim

  • Chair: Dr. Michelle Lilly
  • Thesis: “Attachment and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder:  Possible Implication of a Self-System” (April, 2013)

Melissa London

  • Chair: Dr. Michelle Lilly
  • Thesis: "Putting Thought into Growth - The Role of Cognitive Schemas in PostTraumatic Growth Among Interpersonally Traumatized College Women" (September, 2012)

Melissa McKenzie

  • Chair: Dr. Alan Rosenbaum
  • Thesis: "The Relationship Between Perceived Personal Crontrol and Aggression: Assessing the Role of Compensatory Control Strategies" (May, 2013)

MC Mercer

  • Chair: Dr. Michelle Lilly
  • Thesis: Social Influence of the Risk Recognition of Sexual Assulat 

Lynsey Miron

  • Chair: Dr. Holly Orcutt
  • Thesis: “Mindfulness and Self-Compassion as Predictors of Distress Symptom Severity and Well-being” (June, 2012)
  • Dissertation: "Physiological Response to Loving Kindness Meditation in College Women Reporting High and Low Levels of Fear of Self-Compassion" (proposed August 2014)

Scott Pickett

  • Chair: Dr. Holly Orcutt
  • Thesis: “An Exploratory Investigation of the Construct Validity of Experiential Avoidance” (March, 2005)
  • Dissertation: “Reactions to Distressing Events during Emotional Imagery in College Students Reporting High and Low Levels of Experiential Avoidance” (July, 2008)

Bethany Price

  • Chair: Dr. Alan Rosenbaum
  • Thesis: “Future Time Perspective and Intimate Partner Violence: A Comparison of Partner-only and Generally Violent Perpetrators” (August, 2006)
  • Dissertation: “Differentiating Future Time Perspective and Future Anxiety as Distinct Predictors of Intimate Partner Violence” (2008)

Sarah Ramsey

  • Chair: Dr. Kathryn M. Bell
  • Thesis: “Female perpetration of dating violence: Associations among life stressors, emotional distress, and emotion regulation” (Proposed June 2011)

Madhavi Reddy

  • Chair: Dr. Holly Orcutt
  • Thesis: “Effects of Written Disclosure on Experiential Avoidance, Emotional Expressiveness, and Psychological Well-Being in College Students” (August, 2005)
  • Dissertation: “Coping as a Mediator in the Prospective Relationship between Personality and PTSD Symptoms in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Combat Veterans” (2010)

Heather J. Risser

  • Chair: Dr. Joel S. Milner
  • Thesis: “Cognitions and parenting: Belief in corporal punishment and evaluations of child transgressions in a college sample” (2004)

Heather J. Risser

  • Co-Chairs: Dr. John Skowronski and Dr. Joel S. Milner
  • Dissertation: "Children and Adults: Indirect Attitude Measurement" (2008)

Ericka Rutledge

  • Co-Chairs: Dr. Julie Crouch and Dr. Christine Lovejoy
  • Thesis: "Parenting Attitudes, Practices, and the Theory of Planned Behavior" (September, 2012)

Ericka Rutledge

  • Co-Chairs: Dr. Julie Crouch and Dr. David Valentiner
  • "Do Implicit Personality Theories Impact Parental Reactions to Child Transgressions? A Randomized Controlled Trial" (Proposed August, 2014)

Antonia Seligowski

  • Chair: Dr. Holly Orcutt
  • Thesis: “Examining the Structure of Emotion Regulation: A Factor-Analytic Approach" (April 2014)

Sapir Sasson

  • Chair: Dr. Lisa A. Paul
  • Thesis: "Blaming the Victim: The Role of Assault Characteristics and Victim Attractiveness" (May, 2012)

Andrew Sherrill

  • Chair: Dr. Joseph Magliano and Dr. Alan Rosenbaum
  • Thesis: “Nonaggression Rules, Provocation, and Trait Aggressiveness"
  • Co-Chairs: Michelle Lilly and Joseph Magliano
  • Dissertation: An Investigation of the Peritraumatic Encoding Disruption Hypothesis: Intoducing Event Segmentation as a Marker for Moment-to-Moment Processing

Kristen L. Thompson

  • Chair: Dr. Alan Rosenbaum.  Co-Chairs: Dr. Michelle Lilly and Dr. Mandy Rabenhorst
  • Thesis: "The Role of Physiological Aroursal in the Intergenerational Transmission of Intimate Partner Violence" (December, 2012)

Christine E. Valdez

  • Chair: Dr. Michelle Lilly
  • Thesis: “Gender role, thought control strategies and posttraumatic stress in individuals exposed to trauma” (August, 2011)
  • Dissertation: "Ruminative Resolution of Trauma Cognitions: Modes of Processing in an Analogue Study" (November, 2012)

Ruth L. Varkovitzky

  • Co-Chairs: Drs. Cynthia Thomsen and Joel S. Milner
  • Thesis: “Psychological health of adult sexual assault victims: The role of disclosure” (2008)
  • Dissertation: “Assimilation, accommodation, and overaccommodation: An examination of information processing styles in female victims of adolescent and adult sexual assault (May, 2011)”

Nicole Wyngarden

  • Chair: Dr. Alan Rosenbaum
  • Thesis: “Discrepancies Between Self Report and Behavior in College Females: Is There Some Truth to the “Nice Guy Paradox?” (November, 2009)
  • Dissertation: “The Influence of the “Nice Guy Paradox” on Male Gender Role Stress and Intimate Partner Violence” (proposal anticipated March 2011)

Maha Zayed

  • Chair: Dr. Joel S. Milner
  • Thesis: “Effects of child physical abuse on adult emotion recognition abilities” (2005)
  • Co-Chairs: Drs. Cynthia Thomsen and Joel S. Milner
  • Dissertation: “Effects of adult sexual assault types and tactics on cognitive appraisals and mental health symptoms” (2008)