2007 - present

Smith College offers graduate work leading to the degrees of master of arts, master of arts in teaching, master of fine arts, master of education, master of education of the deaf, master of science in exercise and sport studies and master of Social Work. Each student is required to archive his or her thesis in Smith ScholarWorks for access and preservation.

Please note that access to some theses is restricted for a period of time as requested by the author. For example, a thesis may be submitted in May 2015, but not open access until May 2020.

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Masters Theses from 2016

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An exploration of the Nepali-Bhutanese community from the adolescent perspective : a project based upon an investigation at Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Seattle, Washington, Matthew J. Allen

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Social workers and nurses in labor and delivery units : supportive partnerships or parallel work lives?, Allison M. Barbey

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Compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction : experiences of helping professionals in the homeless workforce : a project based upon an investigation at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, Boston, Massachusetts, Joshua Beebe

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African-American and Black women's process of learning, unlearning and resisting internalized racism, Bianca M. Blakesley

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Social work professional ethics, as affected by the concept of the wounded healer : an investigation into the gatekeeping practice of clinical social work supervision, Cristina B. Bloom

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"You have to know whether or not you can really compassionately hold White folks" : perspectives of instructors on White MSW student engagement with race and racism course material, Eleanor H. Broh

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How different technological mediums may reduce attitudinal barrier to the utilization of psychotherapeutic relationships, Collin T. Browne

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Gender role socialization of clinical social workers and its effect on the treatment of male alexithymia, Joseph D. Burke

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How does hip hop serve as a catalyst for collective resistance : "Fight the power"- a beats, rhymes, and life approach : a project based upon an investigation at Beats, Rhymes and Life, Maria Camila Camacho

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Levels of perceived stress among clinicians who work with client suicidal behavior with an organizational context, Elyse A.S. Chastain

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Holocaust narratives : exploration of the emotional impact of disclosure status among first, second, and third generation Holocaust survivors, April M. Christman

Clinical social work and administrative leadership : an analysis of MSW programs in United States, Amanda J. Cloninger

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Refusing to relax my smile : building resistance through hip hop therapy : a project based upon an investigation at Beats, Rhymes and Life, Stephanie Clowdus

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Social class in the therapeutic dyad : how do clinicians engage in dialogue about class with their clients?, Andrew L. Cohen

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MassHealth (Medicaid) clinicians' perceptions of in-home therapy with children and families, Kathryn E. Cole

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Moving past the culture bound syndrome : looking for acute social withdrawal outside Japan, Evan W. Correy

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Deconstructing Latinx racial paradigms : cross-cultural construction of race and their impact on Dominican-American racial identity, Jacqueline I. Cosse

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Hospice social work and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Christine A. Couture

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ServiceNet participatory action research program evaluation : a project based on an independent investigation at ServiceNet in Northampton, MA, Heather L. Crawford, Caroline W. Evans, and Margot E. Reilly

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We were treated like machines : professionalism and anti-Blackness in social work agency culture, Mark D. Davis

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The use of specialization : ǂb are artists a clinically distinct population?, Camila D. de Onis

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Bringing the body into treatment : examining the clinician's experience of a trauma informed, body based intervention alongside play therapy for at risk youth, Erica Donahue and Alexandra K. Leiter

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"You are in a better position to protect people when you feel like you're protected yourself" : to what extent does union membership and ethical clinical social work practice align? : an exploratory study, Robyn K. Douglass

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Filial responsibility in the family of origin experiences of social workers, Aphrodite Easton

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Weighing the options : professionals' weighing procedures in the treatment of eating disorder patients, Sarah M. Englaish

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The effects of a yoga nidra practice on mental health clinicians' perceived stress, Kyla L. Ferguson

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Exploring mental health treatment for female veterans in the US : assessing the influences on female veterans in selection of treatment location, comparing VA and non-VA settings, Bethany J. Ferry

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"My choice, my voice, my opinion" : an exploration of a strengths-based model used with youth in hip hop therapy : a project based upon an investigation at Beats, Rhymes, & Life (BRL), Julia S. Fogelson

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The therapeutic use of nurturing touch with childen in play therapy, Scott S. Folsom

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A qualitative study of mental health experiences and college student identity, Erin M. Frawley

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Working with compassion : the impact of loving kindness meditation on compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue among social workers and other mental health workers, Dianne Gallo

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Client's experiences and perceptions of the therapist's use of swear words and the resulting impact on the therapeutic alliance in the context of the therapeutic relationship, HollyAnne J. Giffin

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It's time to talk about sex and social work : why human sexuality education matters for social work practice, Sophia R. Glass

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Experiences of intimacy and gender non-conformity in assigned female at birth (AFAB) same-sex partnerships, Denise E. Goitia

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Toxic stress : exploring mental health narratives of environmental justice in Richmond, California, Elizabeth Gonzalez

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Ethical dilemmas in clinical social work practice : how are social workers affected and how do we respond?, Jennifer S, Graves

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Adult adoptees and considerations of parenthood : an exploratory study examining adoption experiences and effects, Katherine E. Green

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Exploration of intergenerational transmission of trauma in Holocaust survivors, Lisa S. Guthery

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Masculine ideology in adolescent male relationships : a quantitative study, William D. Hall

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The political birth of gay affirmative social services, José A. Hernández.

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Wisdom in the trees : a research project on how elders living in the Treehouse Community together with foster children and their families continue or expand the quality of meaning making in their everyday lives, Elizabeth Hinze

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Let's talk about race : ǂb a study of racial discourse and self-esteem in transracial adoptees, Hyun-Zie Hong

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Does degree matter? : an exploration into the stigmatization of mental illness by social workers and other mental health professionals, Alexandria R. Huber

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The prevalence of problem gambling in the Chinese community of San Francisco with a focus on exploring treatment access, Vivian Hui and Linfang Zhao

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The integrationists : exploring the experiences of third culture kid psychotherapists, Carly S. Inkpen

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Maintaining community roots : understanding gentrification through the eyes of long-standing African American residents in West Oakland, Karessa Irvin

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Till (un)death do us part : exploring the romanticization of adolescent dating violence in The twilight saga and the romantic relationship beliefs held by female fans of the series, Aviva H. Jacobstein

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Internalizing a social justice identity through hip hop values in the Beats, Rhymes, and Life Academy : a project based upon an investigation at Beats, Rhymes and Life, Alfredo E. Laris

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Incarceration, identity and resilience : understanding the long-term psychological impacts of racial trauma on Japanese Americans who were imprisoned during World War II, Kyla M. J. Lew

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Differential diagnosis of emerging and young adult disorders : a case vignette study of PTSD and psychotic disorders, Elizabeth L. Liepold

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A clinical response to a community issue : ǂb exploring Hartford's youth exposure to community violence in a community-based agency, Alicia M. Mamula

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Clinicians' experience of diagnosing children with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and pediatric bipolar disorder (PBD), Lenni Marcus

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Student satisfaction with the quality and quantity of mental health services offered by their MSW programs, Willa R. Mayo

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"Resisting disconnection" : an exploratory study of transgender adults' experiences of community support and resilience, AJ Metthe

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Experience of the undocumented worker in the Berkshires : an exploratory study, Tristan Muriel

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Coping with incarcerated-related stress : a study of coping responses by women romantically involved with incarcerated men, Jaleesa I. Myers

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ADHD or PTSD? : exploring the overdiagnosis of ADHD in minority boys with the potential of PTSD, Megan A. Negron

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Social workers' education, training, and experience in practice with clients bereaved by suicide death, Nicole S. Nejad

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Transfigured treatment : a comparative needs and specialized services assessment of transgender youth and gender specialist providers in the Bay Area, Lark E. Nierenberg

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"Stop resisting!" : an exploratory study of police brutality and its impacts on Black and Latino males, their communities, mental health and healing, Manuel A. Ortiz

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From spitting rhymes to inspiring minds : the role of hip hop therapy in treatment engagement amongst Latinx and Black youth : a project based upon an investigation at Beats. Rhymes and Life, Tatiana R. Padilla

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How I got over : young African American men tell the story of how they achieved academic success : a descriptive study, Rebecca M.C. Ramer

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First-generation college students and class consciousness : exploring how social class influences college adjustment, Rachel L. Redd

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Resilient open heart : an exploration of compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction, and spiritual practice with end of life and palliative care clinicians, Nathalie J. Rodriguez

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"I own my T!" : the experience of older transgender people of color regarding personal identity, systems of support, and desires for the future, Venae N. Rodriguez

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"We are all mentally ill" : grassroots efforts to provide LGBTQ affirmative psychotherapy & social services, 1960-1987: Oral History Project, Seattle, Washington, Dexter Rose

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Sensory processing disorder, invalidating childhood environments, and mental health outcomes in adulthood, Emma Ross

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Cultivating resilience : antidotes to White fragility in racial justice education, Katherine E. Roubos

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"War was either going to be a skeleton in my closet or I could try to make it something else" : an exploration of moral injury, moral repair, and veteran anti-war activism, Zoe Rose Rudow

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Beats, Rhymes, Life & resilience : hip hop therapy with youth of color : a project based upon an investigation at Beats, Rhymes and Life Inc, Emily S.L. Schwartz

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Climate change on the therapist's couch : how mental health clinicians receive and respond to indirect psychological impacts of climate change in the therapeutic setting, Elizabeth B. Seaman

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Bless your heart but hide the children : the effect of entertainment media depictions of social workers on public opinions about social work as a profession, Abigail R. Spear

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Resolving dissonance : how experiences of flow of live music performance facilitate dedifferentiation and impact the subject well-being of young adults, Amanda N. Sposato

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Caring for the caregivers : the relationship between perceived organizational support and teacher-child interactions in Head Start classrooms, Mariel R. Stadick

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Social workers' experiences related to online dating : a descriptive study, Miriam B. Stevens

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Co-parenting children survey : an investigation between separated and intact families, Abigail R. Sushchyk

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Clinicians' perceptions of their role in grief counseling, Dinh Q. Tran

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Unhealthy weight control behaviors in adolescents : are there classes of risk?, Grace M. Van Schoick

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Clinician perceptions of harm reduction, psychotherapy and the role of traditional abstinence models, Abigail R. Vayda

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Trust, jealousy and communication in long-term couples practicing consensual non-monogamy, Christina Wang

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Clinical perspective on non-suicidal self injury in adolescents : a qualitative study, Rachel E. Weiner

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Impact of support groups on kinship care providers : a project based on an investigation at Community Coalition, Los Angeles, California, Judith Farber Weissman

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Caregiver involvement in child and adolescent psychiatric inpatient care : a clinician's perspective, Erika Wentworth

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The impact of clinical social workers' conceptualizations of moral injury on their treatment actions in work with veterans, Zachary P. Wigham

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Santeria and mental health : bridging the gap between the social work profession and Orisha, Penelope Williams

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Standing on the edge of the "Rubyfruit jungle" : lesbians recall the experience of questioning in therapy, Emily Willstatter

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Partners' perceptions regarding problematic alcohol use and the effects with romantic relationships : a qualitative study, Meghan E. Wilson

Masters Theses from 2015

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An exploratory study on mental health service experience and its perceived impact on young adults transitioning out of foster care, Sonia Lizette Aldape

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Experiences of multilingual social workers : trauma therapy in Spanish and English, Emily H. Aviles

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Exploring military social worker's dual professional identities, Sarah E. Bakst

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The role of a mother's childhood trauma in parenting her child on the autism spectrum : a case study, Bryannyagara Q. Barboza

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The challenge of moral difference : a theoretical investigation of encounters with a client's capacity for violence, Sarah K. Brady

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Art as a clinical tool in the treatment of complex PTSD : a theoretical study, Emma T. Brenner-Malin

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Voices of family- and partner-violent adults in treatment : participants' experience of therapy, Justin Butler

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Personality development in clinical social workers : the significance of introjective personality type in therapists, Lindsey C. Calder

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"If you talk to God, you are praying; if God talks to you, you have schizophrenia" : distinctions between psychosis and spiritual experience among Christians, Jennifer Callaghan

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Love-melancholy : revolt against mourning, Samantha R. Chaplin

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Clinician perspectives of behavioral health service delivery in patient-centered medical homes, Melanie L. Cox

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Substance abuse and music use : exploring relationships through recovery, Andrew Culler

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Clinicians' voices on suicide prevention for veterans, Katherine E. Culpepper