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)

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 Mindfulness Techniques in Reducing Symptoms of Anxiety-Related Worry" (proposed 2011)

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 Mediation Between Reinforcement Sensitivity and Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms” (May, 2012)

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" (Proposed September 2011) 

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” (July, 2011)

Lynsey Miron

  • Chair: Dr. Holly Orcutt
  • Thesis: “Mindfulness and Self-Compassion as Predictors of Distress Symptom Severity and Well-being” (June, 2012)

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)
  • Co-Chairs: Drs. John J. Skowronski and Joel S. Milner
  • Dissertation: “Children and adults: Indirect attitude measurement” (2008)

Andrew Sherrill

  • Chair: Dr. Kathryn M. Bell
  • Thesis: “Aggressive behavioral scripts and verbal rules: Tapping into the rule-governance of physical aggression” (Proposed 2011)

Christine E. Valdez

  • Chair: Dr. Michelle Lilly
  • Thesis: “Gender role, thought control strategies and posttraumatic stress in individuals exposed to trauma” (proposed August 2010)

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)