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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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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You name it, Kathryn L. Seethaler

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Engineering proteins targeting tumor biomarker mesothelin toward applications as cancer diagnostics and therapeutics, Allison R. Sirois

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Effects of snorkel use on competitive swimming efficiency, Milana Lauren Socha

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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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Exploring sexual assault prevention and education programs on college campuses, Anastacia Marie Webb

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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

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The experience of same-sex partner loss among people age 55 and older, Courtney Woodburn

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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"The most badass thing I've ever done" : experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming birth parents, Lauren Ambrosini

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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

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The coming out process : an exploratory study of famiies with more than one LGBQ sibling, Kimberly Dasso

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Recollective awareness meditation : a self-care process for meditating therapists, Sophie S. Davis-Cohen

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Gang stalking : internet connectivity as an emerging mental health concern, Elizabeth E. Dietrich

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The kids feel (more than) all right : a study exploring the subjective experiences and perceptions of adult-male children raised in planned lesbian families as relates to their gender development, Naomi D. Drexler

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It takes a village : a survey of women's experiences of emotional support during prenatal care visits, Elizabeth M. du Toit

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Relationships that appear to contribute to the development of an earned- secure attachment, Abby E. Feinberg

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Exploration into pre-clinicians' views of the use of role-play games in group therapy with adolescents, Sarah H. Flashman

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"I could never do that in real life" : an exploration of real world morality and moral decision-making in role-playing video games, Samuel E. Flescher

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The effect of mindfulness practice on the personal and professional lives of hospice bereavement counselors, Heather R. Floyd-Haupt

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Taking it all in : how do psychodynamic social workers use social justice values in clinical practice?, Danielle S. Frank

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The effectiveness of EMDR therapy on clients with addictions, Jennifer L. Franklin

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Content and metaphor : making meaning of voices, Emma P. Gabriner

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Cultivating presence : effects of therapist's mindfulness meditation on therapeutic presence, Marianne Galus

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Self-love or self-obsession? : a comparative theoretical analysis of Black women's natural hair selfies on social media, Rachael E. Gardiner

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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder : experiences of diagnosis, treatment, and management by African American caregivers, Lydie H. Gnacadja

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Supporting probation youth : an examination of services and access to services provided : a project based upon an independent investigation of San Francisco Bay mental health agencies, Marjorie R. Gomez

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Could it be a brain injury? : difficulty in identifying clients with brain injury in psychotherapeutic work, and best means of clinically supporting clients with possible brain injury, Sarah E. Gordon

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How do the online illness narratives of people living with advanced-state cancer inform clinical social work practice with this population?, Jenny B. Grabelsky and Jenny B. Leitson-Grabelsky

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Surviving the divorce : the power of the sibling relationship, Jessica Hallberlin

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Altruism in relationship to the therapeutic process : an exploratory study of the perspectives and experiences of clinical social workers, Leslie M. Hammer

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Talking about race : how do White clinicians engage in dialogue about race in cross-racial therapy with Black clients?, Elizabeth J. Hare

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The narratives of adult third culture kids : cultural identity development and psychological support upon reentry to one's home country, Yoko Hisano

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"What are you?" : understanding the contextual influence on the racial categorization of multiracial adults and the impact on their sense of belonging, Maya N. Hochberger-Vigsittaboot

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Sharing our edges : the mindfulness influence on therapist's formulation of insight, Sonia S. Hsieh

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Gould Farm : outcomes at a psychosocial therapeutic community reexamined : a project based upon an independent investigation, with permission of the Gould Farm, Monterey, Massachusetts, Frances Huberman

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The impact of identity on the experience and management of bipolar disorders, Lisa M. Jaffe

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The role of self-compassion in alcohol use disorders : an exploratory study : a project based on an investigation at ServiceNet, Inc., Northampton, Massachusetts, Kaitlyn M. Janicki

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Pregnancy, an opportunity for empowerment : a trauma and attachment informed approach to creating a corrective relationship for mothers with trauma histories and subsequent substance abuse, Judith W. Kamara

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Fostering positive identity development in adolescents : beneficial aspects of learning at the Putney School, Leah King

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The dyad of colleagues : transferential experiences of clinical trainees with their personal therapists and its impact on practice, Aubrey J. Koch

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Conceptualization and treatment of psychoanalytic envy through Kleinian/Bionian lens, Maia Kolchin-Miller

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Qualitative study of benefits of the intensive behavioral support program at Peck Full Service Community School in Holyoke, Massachusetts : a project based upon an investigation at Peck Full Service Community School, Holyoke. Massachusetts, Seweryn Kolysko

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Parent perceptions of school violence : a replication study, Maria Segura Kwon

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"I love my children... but I hate being a mom" : exploring narratives of maternal ambivalence in anonymous, digital spaces, Christine M. Lacy

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Flow in the therapy setting : an examination of optimal experience in clinical social work practice, David E. Landry

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Developing a protocol for the treatment of transitioning adolescents : a survey of gender clinics in the United States, Elise Lehotsky

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Smith College School for Social Work graduate students' attitudes, behaviors, and experiences concerning religion and spirituality in social work practice and social work education, Candice Light

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The role of fictional narratives in adolescent identity formation : a theoretical exploration, Anne Lind

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Ecotherapists' perceptions about the efficacy of their work, Fiona C. Lundy

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Mothers experiencing homelessness : an exploratory study on parental involvement in children's education and perceived barriers to involvement :, Marla G. Maccia

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The roots and implications of rape myth acceptance in public discourse : the Steubenville, Ohio rape case, Shannon E. Mackey

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Hierarchy of Comfort, Stephanie Maher

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Parental perceptions of parent-therapist alliance and adolescent self-disclosure on the perceived efficacy of adolescent psychotherapy treatment, Kara G. Maltese

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The implementation and acceptance of yoga techniques for children with complex trauma among practicing clinicians, Danielle S. Martineau

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Millennials' perceptions of how their capacity for romantic love developed and manifests, Kate McGuire

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The power of play : a theoretical study of play, the self, and the public school, Rebecca G. Medrano

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I googled. "How do you know you're gay?" : a qualitative study on LGBTQ identity formation and the Internet /, Rebekah M. Meresman

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Trans* individuals' experiences with employment discrimination : supporting self-efficacy in the job-seeking process, Matthew S. Meurer-Lynn

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The birds and the bees can have canes and wheels : the sexual identity formation of women with visible physical disabilities, Clara J. Miller

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"Good enough" nanny : socioeconomic disparity and power in the nanny-employer dyad, Carolyn M. Moody

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It takes a village : exploring African American women's experiences with collective identity, racism, and well-being, Lyana M. Murrel

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Narratives of thriving : Black lesbian and queer women negotiating racism, sexism, and heterosexism, Arianne J. Napier

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Understanding the obstacles and motivations of offering human sexuality coursework : an analysis of accredited MSW programs in the U.S., Nicole M. Nelson

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College graduates' perceptions of binge drinking on college and university campuses, Molly M. Newton

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Client perceptions on the therapeutic quality of care when disclosing spiritual and religious beliefs : a mixed methods study, Maia Nikitovich

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A study of how love is experienced over time in non-heterosexual relationships, Michelle Okun

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Capacity for humanity : an exploratory study into the use of affiliative humor with clients who experience paranoid symptomatology, Lisa Orenstein

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"Black is, Black ain't" : a theoretical exploration of the impact of systemic racism on African American adolescent identity development, Janae A. Peters

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The role of mother tongue in therapy for limited English proficiency individuals : sense of self, emotional expression and the therapy relationship, Maria F. Plazas

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Bridging the gap : integrating intersectional oppression and the unconscious mind in prostitution discourse, Hannah R. Pocock