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 2015

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How to best support clinical social workers in their practive with children who have experienced trauma, Anna N. Query

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Ego development and anxiety during emerging adulthood, Alexander M. Rascovar

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What's faith got to do with it : clinicians' experiences of addressing issues of religion and spirituality in therapy, Lauren Raymond

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Advice giving in online eating disorder forums : what clinical social workers need to know, Elizabeth C. Reali

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Settled debate or second wave? : clinical social workers' roles in treatment with youth who take ADHD drugs, Rachel B. Reed

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The promise of the wild for families : factors of the Anasazi Foundation's wilderness therapy program associated with positive parent-adolescent relationships : a project based upon an investigation at The Anasazi Foundation, Mesa, Arizona, Katharine W. Reynolds

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The only one : exploring identity development in Black adolescent girls who are both educated and raised in White spaces, Jessica L. Ricardo

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Oscillations, Anne Rudnik

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The oscillating self : dance, Feldenkrais, and maturation, Anne Marie Rudnik

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Jewish annihilation anxiety : diasporic legacies of trauma, Alexandra T. Samets

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Treating non-offending caregivers with a history of childhood sexual abuse and their sexually victimized children : a case study using object relations theory and trauma theory, Maytal Schmidt

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The emergency department as a holding environment : using object relations theory and institutional transference to explore schizophrenia and emergency department overuse, Caroline B. Schnell

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Childhood experiences of introversion : an exploration of navigating social and academic spaces and ways of coping, Leah S. Schwartz

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Clinicians' experiences of personal wealth : impacts within clinical practice, Sarah Schwartz Sax

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The work of André Green : an introduction, Louis Scuderi

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"Who do I reach out to" : a qualitative study of help seeking behaviors, treatment preferences and community supports among South Asian Americans, Shivani Seth

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"Kurn Hattin was like home" : exploring the experiences of former resident students of a private, charitable, therapeutic children's home and junior boarding school, Felicia Sevene

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Theories and interventions with transgender and gender non-conforming clients, Charles R. Shealy

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Clinicians' experiences with child clients' explicitly stated love in the transference, Alexandra L. Shumway

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Sleep with one eye open : specific safety concerns that homeless males face and how they cope with dangers, Rachel Sloane

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The role of the rural family in opiate addiction, Elizabeth A. Slowinski

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Adoption and the use of self-disclosure : a qualitative inquiry of the clincial professional, Heather L. Smith-Jackson

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The contribution of negative social responses to self-blame among survivors of sexual violence : a psychodynamic and sociocultural perspective, Jessica J. Somers

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Idealization : clinicians and the idealizing transference, Christine Spera

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In the space of the father : father images, emptiness, and father mirroring in father absent men, Frank P. Tisano

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Moral injury in veterans : a theoretical investigation of the psychic, moral and social sequelae of war trauma, Sarah C. Towers

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Exploring clinicians' experience of countertransference in play therapy, Asya Tsarkova

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Navigating a paradoxical identity : the experiences of mixed race individuals who are perceived as White, Marcella Emily Galvez Wagner

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Farm work as treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder, Mindy L. Walls

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Expectations in committed relationships, Amanda R. White

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Shifting paradigms : the embodied intersubjective matrix, Joanna Wiederhorn

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Social work and human sexuality : an examination of the country's top 25-CWSE ranked MSW curricula, Hannah R. Wineburg

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What would increase the accessibility and desirability of college counseling services for music majors presenting with various mental health issues?, David J. Winston

Masters Theses from 2014

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Gender Spectrum : exploring gender diversity in schools : a project based upon an investigation at schools that received Gender Spectrum training on the topics of gender and gender diversity, Meredith S. Abrams

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Pet ownership and perceived stress in social work students and clinicians, Karen E. Acheson

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Best for baby : what factors influence new mothers when choosing between breastfeeding and bottle feeding babies under the age of two, Jacquelyn S. Andrews

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Defining suffering : African American young men and conduct disorder, Sascha D. Atkins-Loria

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The impact of parental narcissistic traits on self-esteem in adulthood, Brittany N. Bach

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What do clinicians know about human sexuality after leaving graduate school?, Linzy K. Barnett

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Therapy portrayal in the media : exploring how viewing scenes of therapy in film and television affect a person's decision to seek therapy, Melissa E. Bayer

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Prospect Meadow Farm : clients perspective of beneficial farming acitivities, Frank J. Bayles

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Muslim women in American and hijab : a study of empowerment, feminist identity, and body image, Anderson L. Beckmann

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Who cares? : psychotherapy as care work, explored through socialist feminist and relational perspectives, Sarah L. Beller

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Youth incarceration : restorative justice and social work practice, Elissa N. Berlinger

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The call for help : a theoretical study on the changes that occur between a school social worker and his or her child client after reportinng to Child Protective Services on suspected abuse and neglect, Aramie Brooks-Salzman

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Chitlins and lemonade : the impact of the word "nigger" on college educated men in the African diaspora, Thomas W. Brown

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Of course off course, Shaina L. Cantino

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Clinician's treatment decisions for a combat-related trauma and military sexual trauma : a comparative study, Stefanie Carreiro

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Replicating a couples group intervention to enhance father involvement and co-parenting in a Canadian sample, Todd B. Chen

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We need a good war : factors that influence the experience of racism in the United States military, Sarah E. Chotkowski

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Exploring ways White children are taught about race and racism, Angela M. Clark

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"It was nice to wake up from that one" : an exploratory qualitative content analysis of vivid dreams and nightmares reported by people living with HIV/AIDS as side effects of Efavirenz, Joel C. Coburn

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Clinical perspectives on etiology, assessment, formulation and treatment of imaginary companions in adolescents with attachment trauma, Kathryn M. Collins

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Alone with the other : paradoxes of shame and recognition in psychoanalytic theory, case material and Home alone, Nicholas J. Collura

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How de we do no harm? : exploring adult children of alcoholics' perspectives on disclosure and support from childhood peers, Erica B. Cormier

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Heterosexual men in the United States of America : are the oppressors also oppressed?, Shanta P. Cortez-Greig

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Does internalized racism affect the mate selection process of African American men and women?, Afrika N. Cotton

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Racial hierarchy and mental health outcomes among rich nations, Jamie D. Daniels

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"I know that I'm strong" : survivors of sexual violence and their experiences with pregnancy and childbirth, Gretchen J. Davidson

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Reaching the end : an exploration of attachment and existential theory as a path to assist in the dying process, Jillian DeBenedetto

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Identity, colonial mentality, and decolonizing the mind : exploring narratives and examining mental health implications for Filipino Americans, Ashley M. Decena

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The intersection of religion and spirituality in clinical practice : bridging the gap between outpatient therapy and pastoral counseling : a project based upon an investigation at Hartford Hospital, Institute of Living mental health center, Hartford, Connecticut, Susan A. Dimauro

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More than unreal : clinicians' practice experiences with clients affected by chronic depersonalization and derealization, Meghan E. Doherty

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"Unconditional positive regard" : clinicians' reflections on the impact of animal co-therapists in therapy, Carolyn M. Duncan

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Trauma-focused equine assisted psychotherapy : a quantitative study of intervention effectiveness, Nakita Dziegielewski

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Spirituality, community and action : an exploration of Catholic sisters in social work, Melissa L. Eells

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Protective factors for African American suicide : a theoretical intersection of social integration and religious coping, Shaunna T. Evans

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Exploring clinicians' use of evidence-based interventions that treat attachment problems between children, five years of age and under, and their primary caregivers, Jean Faucher

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Emotional abuse : the subjective experience of professionals and the obstacles to prevention and intervention, Rachel H. Flichtbeil

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Men in social work : a qualitative exploratory study of the male experience, James E. Flood

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Estrogen receptor analysis after a single bout of exercise in murine biceps brachii, Justine Amber Gelzinis

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An evaluation of clinical interventions and client satisfaction in a mandated Massachusetts driver alcohol education program : a project based upon an investigation at Spectrum Health Systems, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Adesholla L. Gionet

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A critique of the concept "consciousness" in psychodynamic theory : implications for understanding repression, Inna Goldberg

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"Don't call us, we'll call you" : the cell phone and the therapeutic relationship, Rachel C. Gordon

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Conceptualization of anorexia nervosa : a theoretical synthesis of self-psychology and family systems perspectives, Molly E. Gray

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Impact of LGBTQ school climate policy on rates of suicide : planning and attempt among high school populations, Patrick N. Hagan

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What are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) parents' perceived experience of inclusiveness in their child's preschool classroom?, Carla Haggard

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Trans enough : trans/gender identities and (mis)representation in social work, Christopher C. Hamann

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Saudade, Safi Simone Harriott

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Working with gender nonconforming children : why does the debate continue?, Gillian A. Harvey

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Origins of clinician bias against people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, Lindsay K. Heightman

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College bound : factors that influence first generation college student process, Claudia Y. Hernandez

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Feminist identification in heterosexual encounters : exploring the relationship betweeen women's personal values and their experiences of verbal sexual coercion, Shawna M. Hershberger

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The clinical implications of dissolutioned adoption : a theoretical intersection of the neurosequential model of therapeutics and attachment theory, Mikayla C. Holcomb

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The intergenerational transmission of parenting beliefs and the impact of the Supporting Father Involvement Program on parenting beliefs in western Canada, Rachel H. Honig

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Mortality practices : how clinical social workers interact with their mortality within their clinical and professional practice, Joseph K. Hovey

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"Eating bitterness" : mental health help-seeking and Chinese international students in the United States, Ran Huo

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Sex and sexuality in formerly Ultra-Orthodox Jews : defining sexual health, Abigail R. Hurvitz-Prinz

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How service learning impacts identity formation and social responsibility in emerging adults, Paige M. Hustead

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Heavy impact : the experience of sustaining a concussion as a college athelete, Brittainy C. Johnson

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Social and academic experiences of AAGBM who graduate from HBCUS, Isaiah L. Jones

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Hidden in plain sight : the sibling relationship and psychodynamic theory, Jenny A. Joyal

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The adaptation of trauma therapies for use with children and adolescents diagnosed on the autism spectrum : a qualitative study, Benjamin A. Katz

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Critical race theory : a lens for viewing racism in American education policy and school funding, Susan A. Klupchak

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Sex trafficking : an exploration of clinician perspectives of the type and efficacy of treatment interventions, Jennifer Kung

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Who does what? : navigating gender roles in early parenthood, Annabel L. Lane

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Male college veterans, masculinity and their help seeking behaviors : a thesis based upon a sample of military-veterans and active duty personnel, Liam Lattrell

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Why activists seek psychotherapy, Collin B. Lee

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Chinese American college graduates in the Great Recession : an exploratory study, Rebecca D. Lee

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Raíces en ambos países : voices of Latino immigrant parents raising U.S. born children in the Washington Metropolitan Area, Vanessa A. León