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 2014

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Exploring the impacts of disclosure for the transgender and gender non-conforming therapists, Samuel B. Lurie

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Do you even lift bro? : a psychodynamic feminist analysis of the mental health benefits of weight lifting for women, Katharine H. MacShane

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The impact of texting on committed romantic relationships, Danielle M. Maurer

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Exploring the experiences of internalized racism for multiracial individuals : a clinical foundation for social work, Miranda M. McKinley

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Invisible victims : the effects of secondary and vicarious trauma on milieu staff members, Jennifer K. Mello

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Hypermasculinity, delinquency and adolescent males, Emily A. Meneses

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Clinician's perceptions about working with LGBTQ military personnel and cultural competency, Katherine R. Messier

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How gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth develop positive identities during adolescence and young adulthood, Lauren E. Millerd

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Black women's natural hair care communities : social, political, and cultural implications, Sarauna M. Moore

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The cultural influences which motivate countertransference for the collectivist-oriented clinician working with clients in the United States, Janet Namono

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Exploring the selfie phenomenon : the idea of self-preservation and its implications among young women, Amy J. Nguyen

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Therapeutic aspects of dance for dancers experiencing life adjustment issues, Khanhsong V. Nguyen

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Sibling relationships : growing up with a sibling diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and its influence on perceived family cohesion, attachment and current life satisfaction, Laura M. Nordone

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Identity and cultural competency : critical race and postmodern perspective, Nathan N. Orians

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Improved molecular diagnostics for the detection of soil-transmitted helminthes : a multi-parallel qPCR based assay, Marina Ioannis Papaiakovou

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An investigation of unconscious countertransference disclosure, Constance M. Pasalis

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Therapists' experiences treating clients with dissociative identity disorder, Alexandra E. Paull

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The desire to informally mentor : creative growth within the third space, Emily K. Porter

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Self-compassion paradox : a theoretical exploration of many compassionate people's lack of self-compassion, Shihan Qin

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Exploring the experience of victim-offender mediation through Winnicottian object relations theory and self psychology, Anneke D. Ransijn

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Sheriffs' use of restraints for transports of individuals on "involuntary status" to psychiatric facilities for care, Catherine M. Reed

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New York City and Boston Upward Bound programs : strengthening academic confidence in low-income students, Giselle Regalado

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Implications for best practices in post-abortion emotional care : perspectives of clinicians who have provided post-abortion emotional care and experienced abortion personally, Abigail L. Reider

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Trans* and gender non-conforming (TGNC) young adults : self-report of access and comfort in health care systems, Victoria L. Reiszner

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An exploration of romantic adult attachment, marital satisfaction and parenting stress in couples participating in the Supporting Father Involvement Program, Sarah T. Robins

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Negotiating our membership : factors leading Latina lesbians to develop a political collective identity, Susana Rodriguez

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Maybe we really are what we eat : implications of nutrition and mental illness research for clinical practice, Leslie H. Rosenberg

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Application of somatic interventions in clinical practice, Rebecca L. Rothberg

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A sense of pride over my size : a qualitative study of women of size who consider themselves body positive, Ruth A. Salen

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Sex abuse? : just as long as you're not gay : an exploratory study with queer adults on childhood sexual traumatization, Kathleen A. Salmon

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Dance for your life! : TangoFlow!® technique and implications in the treatment of trauma : a mixed-methods empirical study, Catherine A. Salmons

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Exploring the relationship between maternal childhood maltreatment history, parent-child relations and child emotion regulation, Chelsie D. Sampayan

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Smith College SSW graduates and their preparedness in working with African American women IPV survivors, Shannon M. Samuels

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Beyond machismo : a theoretical exploration of domestic violence in Latino men, Daniela Sanchez

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Clinicians' self-disclosure of personal experience with an anxiety and/or mood disorder, Emma M. Sando

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Exploring mental dungeons and slaying psychic dragons : an exploratory study, Michael S. Sargent

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Community resilience in the face of community violence, Mary Kate Schmermund

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Finding personal meaning : vocational horticulture therapy for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, Ariel B. Schneider

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Medicating attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents : how do parents/guardians decide?, Michael J. Schneider

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Exploring resources for caretakers of children with food allergies, Claudia A. Shapiro

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Trauma, criminalization, and movements for healing justice : a theoretical study of relational theory and transformative justice interventions in the treatment of juvenile sexual offending, Megan E. Shaughnessy-Mogill

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The exploration of young adults' online and offline interpersonal relationships, Josselyn B. Sheer

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Therapeutic presence : an exploration of Buddhist mindfulness, Winnicott and neuroscience, Susan A. Shelby

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Perceived stress levels of individuals who practice yoga in comparison to individuals who participate in other forms of exercise, Chelsey R. Silveria

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For the love of them : a theoretical study of the collective in the United States military through Freudian and Fornarian theory, Sophia E. Slote

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"Show me the face you had before your parents were born" : African-American New Thought ministers and 'The Black interior', Kaitlin N. Smith

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Supporting resilience in chldren and youth impacted by complex trauma, Rachel E. Stoddard

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Social work practice with individuals and families who have experienced pregnancy loss, Sandra J. Stokes

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Exploring the experience of biological children of foster parents : their views on family as adults, Jessica J. Studer

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What does the 'Q' stand for anyway? : queerness and agency competence, Eleanor C. Taylor

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A historical study of the "use-of-self" in clinical practice, Eva Tracy-Raeder

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It's common (but we don't talk about it) : how straight male use of gay male porn influences acts, identities, and desire, Solomon Z. Traurig

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Emptiness as symptom, emptiness as healing : examining the intersections between Buddhist and psychodynamic perspectives on no-self, Bruno d. Trindade

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The application of yoga as a biopsychosocial-spiritual approach to social work, Karen L. Tsai

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Before and after : an exploratory study of the positive and negative effects of significant weight loss, Jo Ann Valle

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Immigration and depression : an exploration of risks and protective factors, Lenissa Vilhena Barbosa

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A study of object use : adults, special objects, and contemporary American culture, Emily K. Walsh

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Theorizing anxiety : psychodynamic exploration beyond the medical model, Daniel E. Weinbaum

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From sadomasochism to BDSM : rethinking object relations theorizing through queer theory and sex-positive feminism, Simon Z. Weismantel

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Vicarious traumatization and vicarious resilience : an exploration of therapists' experiences conducting individual therapy of refugee clients : a project based upon an investigation at Family Health Center of Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, Megan C. Welsh

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Gender as compromise formation : towards a radical psychoanalytic theory of trans*, Laura K. Werner-Larsen

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Social workers' attitudes about physician-assisted suicide, Ann W. Wheeler

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The benefits of child-centered play therapy and filial therapy for pre-school-aged children with reactive attachment disorder and their famiies, Andrea S. White

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Here-and-now learning in the social work practice classroom, Raquel Willerman

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Becoming visible : the audacity of asking the impossible : marriage, LGBTQ activism, and resilency in the South, Anna R. Wilson

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Clinician perspectives on the human-animal bond and its impact on levels of compassion and prosocial behavior, Pear M. Wilson

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A study of self-efficacy in a group of Hmong refugees, Mai M. Yang

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Attractiveness privilege : the unearned advantages of physical attractivenesss, Kelsey P. Yonce

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The use of photography as a clinical tool in social work : a theoretical exploration using Winnicottian and Jungian lenses, André N. Zandoná

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Responding to infant sleep-related crying : a theoretical exploration of caregiver response from attachment and object relations perspectives, Casey L. Zandoná

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Voices of experience : the mental health consumer and psychiatric survivor movements and their implications for ethical clinical practice, Sophia L. Zucker

Masters Theses from 2013

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Life as a sensory over-responsive adult : social/emotional challenges, coping mechanisms and treatments, Sarah K. Ahn

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Dismantling the dominant narrative of the irreversibility of schizophrenia : three meaning making approaches to psychosis, Sarah K. Alpern

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The perceived role of biological father contact in the self-estem development of young African American women : an exploratory study, Kendra R. Archer

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Do we practice what we preach? : an exploratory study of individual, academic, and agency approaches for ameliorating vicarious trauma, Loren R. Biggs

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"Mai Pen Rai" = If nothing can be done, what is there to do? : cross-cultural perspectives on social work in Thailand and the United States, Johanna C. Black

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Taking up space : exploring clinical social workers' attitudes and practice experiences with their overweight and obese clients, Alyssa L. Bogetz

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Holding, attaching and relating : a theoretical perspective on good enough therapy through analysis of Winnicott's good enough mother, using Bowlby's attachment theory and relational theory, Lydia K. Borg

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The language of equus : exploring equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) using the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) model, Kelly J. Boyd

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Dimensions of healing : a synthesis of relational and psychodrama theory and practice in the treatment of unresolved loss and grief, Ashley G. Branum

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Feminist values and pornography consumption amongst women and its relationship to sexual self-esteem and body esteem, Laura E. Burnham

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Parent education para mi? : the relevance and usefulness of mainstream parent education for Latino parents, Gabriela Bustamante

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Exploring what factors influence African American adolescent females to act violently towards each other, Davina S. Callahan

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The use of storytelling in therapy with children, Michael Delaney Cantor

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Cultural competence : an exploration of its translation into therapeutic practice, Tsu-Yin Chang

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Homemade : an exploratory study on the impact of cooking on family relationships and cultural identity development, Tammie G. Chen

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Promoting posttraumatic growth among OIF/OEF veterans : a theoretical exploration of the challenges of reintegration, Erin E. Clements

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Strengthening the future of Haiti : mental health needs of children in Fonfrède, Haiti : a project based upon an investigation at Capracare, Jaimie A. Colica

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Self-care in the practice of oncology social work : a project based upon the self-care practices of twelve oncology social workers, Lindsay Cotter

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Mothers with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the first twelve months postpartum : challenges, coping supports, strengths, and resilience : a two-part project based upon an investigation at MotherWoman, Hadley Massachusetts, Maria T. Curtin-McKenna

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Indecision : biopsychological frames, Sarah G. Danborn

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Positive interventions for children diagnosed with learning disabilities : an exploration of educators' lived experiences, Chelsea M. Dann

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Do clinicians perceive a connection between their personal and professional habits of self-disclosure? : a study exploring self-disclosure on social networking sites and in therapy, Marie H. Desloge

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Beyond the office doors : the relationship between psychotherapists' disclosures of personal life events and their professional identity, Alana C. DiPesa

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Theoretical analysis of binge eating disorder through the perspectives of self psychology and cognitive theory/cognitive behavioral therapy, and an explanation of blending these perspectives, Llorin M. Edwards

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The danger of assumed realism in pornography : pornography use and its relationship to sexual consent, Hannah L. Fegley

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What we teach our children : a content analysis of racism in second grade textbooks, Mary G. Fesperman

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Preferred methods of assessing suicidality in youth, Corina L. Fisk

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Sin in therapy : a cross disciplinary approach toward working with religious clients, Kelli L. Fitzgerald

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Amidst a culture of noise silence is still golden : a sociocultural historical analysis of the pathologization of introversion, Sara L. Fudjack