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 2010

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Clinicians' diagnostic evaluation of chronic childhood trauma disorder : an examination of the clinical utility of developmental trauma : a project based upon an independent investigation, April T. Salvaterra

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The relationship between pretend play and cognitive, linguistic, and social skills development in early childhood : a project based upon secondary analysis of developmental screening data from an elementary school in Plainfield, Connecticut, Lauren Ann Sebastianelli

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How Tibet Buddhists in the United States negotiate mental health concerns, Paul Peter Sireci

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The use of dialectical behavior therapy for treating juvenile delinquents : how mindfulness mediates trauma symptomatology and reduces anti-social behavior, Ashley Emma Sitkin

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The end of the end : a qualitative exploration of barriers that impact social workers' capacity to practice end-of-life care to inmates : a project based upon independent investigation, Michael Ronald Smith

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Not playing house the way mom and dad do : same-sex commitment without marriage : a project based upon an independent investigation, Amanda Gail Sommers

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The nature of relationships within the open adoption triad : a project based on independent investigation, Maureen Sweeney

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The role of neglect and disordered attachment in the childhood of adolescent male sex offenders : a project based upon an independent investigation, Melissa Ann. Tell

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An examination of the relationship between self-compassion and burnout in practicing psychotherapists : a project based upon an independent investigation, Jennifer Ann Thurlow

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Anxiety and depression : exploring associations with suicidality : a thesis based upon an investigation in the Burlingame Center for Psychiatric Research and Education at the Institute of Living (Hartford, CT) in collaboration with Dr. Stephen Woolley, Monica Marie Tronsky

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A different world : first generation Latinas and family role change : a project based on an independent investigation, Emely D. Velez

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Therapists' attachment style and the use of touch in the therapeutic relationship : a project upon an independent investigation, Michelle Lynn Waddell

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Challenges faced by movement therapists in terms of recognition of their profession : a project based upon an independent investigation, Michelle J. Walsh

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The donut hole : a qualitative study of seniors who have fallen into the Medicare Part D coverage gap : a project based upon an independent investigation, Benjamin Todd Weiss

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Utilizing family therapy : the perspectives of clinicians who work with families in which a parent is affected by mental illness : a qualitative study : a project based upon an independent investigation, Jessie Miller Weisstein

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Development and alcohol use in college age women : an exploratory study : a project based upon an independent investigation, Megan Burke Willey

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Transitions in parenting among Somali refugee and immigrant families : acculturation in the U.S. and the preservation of traditional culture and values : a project based upon an independent investigation, Judith Louise Wolf

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Polyamory as "ethical nonmonogamy" : a viable alternative to infidelity : a project based upon an independent investigation, Sarah Kay Woodruff-Diaz

Masters Theses from 2009

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Resilient traits of children raised by a parent with borderline personality disorder, Meghan Andrea Albrecht

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What's the skinny on fat women in psychotherapy : mental health clinicians' countertransference with women of size, Maisha Najuma Aza

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An exploratory study of the life experiences and motivating factors of White antiracist organizers and educators, Anne E. Bachrach

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The school mental health clinician's role as a mandated reporter of child abuse and neglect, Christina Shirley Bagley

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Understanding the emotional experiences of first generation Korean American fathers : perspectives from meta-emotion philosophy, Jaeyoun Bang

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Psychotherapist and intuitive healer's cultivation of self compassion : how loving the self enhances therapist intuition and client interaction, Julia Elizabeth Barker

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Therapeutic adaption : treatment of individuals with mental retardation and psychiatric disorders, Thalia Ghazey Bates

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Close encounters of a therapeutic kind, Ashley Pierce Benson

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Faces of the future : an exploration of biracial identity development and racial identification in biracial young adults, Dana Leigh Benton

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School experiences of foster children as seen through the eyes of teachers, Lynda Bonneau

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Juvenile sex offenders' therapeutic alliance : the intricate dynamics of alliance in relation to attachment, trauma, and religion, Rian Michelle Bovard-Johns

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An overseas example of "lighter is better" : the implications of colorism among male sex workers in Thailand, Eugene Espejo Canotal

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Codependency among only children as predicted by parenting styles practiced in family-of-origin, Rachel Ellen Carfora

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Self-image in adolescent foster youth who have had multiple out-of-home placements, Sarah Cartier

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From swarms to summer camps : a theoretical deconstruction of cohesion among groups of latency aged boys, Prairie Youn-Yuen Chiu

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Majority attitudes toward affirmative action in the workplace : a survey based on the Kuklinski List Experiment, Sonnie Chong

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"There is something you should know" : the reasons therapists disclose their chronic physical illness to clients and the therapeutic implications of self disclosure, Caitlin Mara Cotter

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Making hope and hard work matter : what does it take to be an African-American male and a high achieving senior at an urban public high school, Lashauna Cutts

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Echoes of racism : an exploration into skin color bias within the African American community, Claretta D. Daniels

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Gathering strengths and resiliencies of low-income joint and custodial fathers of color : a focus group study, Jamil Malik Davis

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Looking at substance use disorders through lenses of self psychology and existential psychotherapy : a theoretical study, Michael E. DiLorenzo

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Identity development among Black gay men : the relationship between racial and sexual orientation identity development, Sandra Lauren DiPillo

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The marathon of life : an exploratory study of female cancer survivors' experiences with training for and participating in a marathon after their cancer diagnosis, Elizabeth Mary Donahue

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Women among men : the experiences of female staff in residential facilities for adolescent males, Jessica Rose Donahue

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Mental health and developmental factors related to juvenile adjudicative competence, Tracy Ann Donsky

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Anonymous sperm donor preferences of non-genetic mothers, Carmel Trinity Drewes

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Older women's perceived independence in post-widowhood repartnership, Jessica Weldon Eipper

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School based mental health providers' perceptions of their training in serving LGBTQI youth, Sarah Eley

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The experience of early childhood educators on working with children who have attachment impairments, Aethena R. Enzer-Mahler

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Strategy and power in contemporary clinical practice : a theoretical examination of family preservation philosophy and strategic family therapy in the context of poverty, Emily Erchick

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Understanding the overall ingredients that contribute to satisfaction and dissatisfaction in the field supervisory relationship from the social work student perspective, Emy Fehmi

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Trauma and the body : a survey examining the use of therapeutic touch in psychotherapy, Sunshine Elizabeth Finneran

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Religion, spirituality and clinical practice : an exploration of practical applications, Julia E. Gallichio

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Perception and quality of life : contrasting personal faith based wellness and the traditional medical models of care used in alcohol abuse and addiction treatment programs, Cynthia Gibeau

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The primiparious experience : an examination of body satisfaction and self-esteem, Keri L. Godfrey

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Voices from the parents of lesbian, gay or bisexual children : how do parents adjust to their child's lesbian, gay or bisexuality?, Jillian Love Goldstein

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Clinical social work and the medical model : use of art and play therapy interventions, Corye Elizebeth Goodman

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The conceptualization and integration of conscious breathing into clinical practice, Mia Rachel Gutfreund

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Do you see what I see? : making the invisible visible through an exploration of the intersubjective experience of social work clinicians working with fat clients, Lauren Polly Hanson

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The feasibility of dialogue writing with patients who have an eating disorder, Andrea Lynn Harbeck

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A discontinuous space : postmodern perspectives on mental health discourse, Jennifer Leigh Harrison

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Current trends in employee assistance concerns : employee assistance professionals' reports on the presenting concerns of employees, Theodore Robert Healy

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A follow-up study exploring the transformative effects of wilderness therapy on adolescents with histories of trauma : a project based upon an investigation at Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Programs, Albany, Oregon, George Carter Herrity

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Engaging fathers : examining social service agency father-friendliness and its relationships with father involvement, Cole Douglas Hooley

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Stuck in the sibling relationship : growing up with a sibling with a serious mental illness and how intimate relationships later in life may be affected, Laura Pereira Jacinto

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Clinician perceived barriers to effective discharge planning for youth coming out of residential and inpatient treatment, Leah Alexandra Jackson

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An exploratory study of clinicians' understanding of children's non-traditional toy choice and parents' concerns, Lindsay Britt Jamieson

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"It's a common belief that people who see a therapist or psychologist are crazy" : a study of mental health care in Wyoming, Julie Anne Joy

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Childhood sexual abuse and lesbian coming out process, Amy Kirsztajn

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Sorry is harder to say when you mean it : clinicians' perceptions of working with juvenile sexual offenders on taking responsibility for their offenses, Sheri E. Kurtz

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The effects of oncology social workers involvement on cancer patients' decisions about end-of-life care, Amy Y. Kwan

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Establishing the core self and its significance developmentally : a qualitative exploration of the relationship between achieving self cohesion and entrance into adulthood, Joseph James Lacy

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Religion as a protective factor in the severity of crimes committed by juveniles with sexually offending behavior, Alex Laughrey

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The air that I breathe : how Buddhist practice supports psychotherapists in the midst of vicarious trauma and burnout, Simone Lichty

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"I feel fat" : how do therapists help recovering female anorectic clients overcome body image issues?, Holly G. Light

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How palliative care professionals in multicultural or monocultural dyads incorporate humor in their work, Susan M. Lutzke-Hoff

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Narrative approaches to recovery-oriented psychotherapy with individuals with schizophrenia, Michelle Hart Marlowe

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An exploratory study of transracial adoptions : African American perspectives, Tarn Carolyn Martin

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Supporting Father Involvement Project : from research to action : a project based upon an investigation at University of California, Berkeley, Yale University Child Study Center and Smith College School for Social Work, Katherine Lindsay McDonnell

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Having our say : stressors and readjustment issues of veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from the perspective of loved ones, Karen Davis McGinty

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Lovers without borders : self-reflections on the relationships of cross-national and cross-cultural couples of Korean women partnered with North American non-Asian men, Omer Astar Mendelson

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Racial and ethnocultural considerations in the treatment of combat related post-traumatic stress disorder with servicemembers and veterans of color, Nada Michael

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Free to act any way he wanted : male gender identity and professional wrestling, Daniel Sarnat Millman

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Therapist as client : revisiting the idea of clinicians in therapy, Laura Elisabeth Mowrey

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Influence of a multidimensional model of antiracism training on White clinicians positive self-regard, White privilege attitudes and social identity development, Mareike Noel Muszynski

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Consumerism and the transition to motherhood : a project based upon an independent investigation, Sarah Burnett Muzzy

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The necessity of "conflict transformation" in approaches to psychosocial interventions, Kay Naito

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The role of narrative therapy techniques in fostering parent self-efficacy, Shoshana M. Narva

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The experience of social workers who use Thought Field Therapy or Emotional Freedom Technique, Tara Nicotra

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Adults' experiences with faith following the death of a parent : a project based upon an independent investigation, Katherine Britton Novick

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An exploratory study : Hispanic/Latino OEF/OIF U.S. military veterans readjusting post deployment, Susana Ochoa

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A critical examination of the theoretical and empirical overlap between overt narcissism and male narcissism and between covert narcissism and female narcissism, Lydia Onofrei

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How does family support affect adjudicated adolescent girls' experiences in a residential treatment facility, Lindsay Pepin

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The experiences of Smith College School for Social Work students talking with field supervisors about issues of race, Julia Kraft Perault

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Engaging the hard to engage : an examination of sanctioned TANF clients' perceptions of the re-engagement process : a project done in collaboration with the Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department., Sena M. Perrier-Morris

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Living in a context of new knowledge : an exploration of the experience of young adults transitioning from cancer patient to survivor, Zpora Ruth Perry

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Circle : a relationship-based dialogic approach to growing out of racism : a project based upon an investigtion with the Partnership for Latino Success, Leominister, Massachusetts, Kristin Elaine Pinto-Wilson

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The experience of Latinas attending predominately White colleges, Yolanda Ramos

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Posttraumatic stress disorder and depression in combat veterans within group based exposure therapy treatment : a correlation between grief and guilt? : a project based upon an investigation at Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center, Atlantic, Ga., Erin Hamilton Richter

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Inextricably intertwined : identity development in adults with a disabled sibling, Sarah M. Rigney

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An exploration of diferences in childhood maltreatment between violent and non-violent male juvenile delinquents, and, Childhood maltreatment and its effects on male delinquent crime : physical neglect trumps all, Caroline Irene Robertson

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Social workers helping to put out the fire : how do combination fire department employees work through occupational stress?, Lisa Anne Rudge