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 2013

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Drawing autism : the parental perceptions of the impact art therapy has on communication patterns and the parent-child relationship, Alessandra C. Giampaolo

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Socially supported exercise : implications for improving mental health in women, Sarah M. Gillio

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Parental rejection upon coming-out as a risk factor for substance abuse for gay/bisexual adolescents, Jessica Goheen

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An exploration of language used in domestic minor sex trafficking, Margot K. Goodnow

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A phylogenomic pipeline and its use inferring lateral gene transfer in the eukaryotic parasite Entamoeba histolytica, Jessica Rain Grant

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Healing from the ground up : a story of one community's recovery from natural disaster, Karen F. Gray

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The role of the body : exploring clinical social workers' knowledge and perceptions of body-oriented interventions, Kate S. Grisard

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A question of diagnosis : mood and character in a case of emerging mental illness, Tandeka Guilderson

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The ecology of bullying : how might counselors' reflections on bullying improve school-based interventions?, Mary K. Gutiérrez

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Racially aware supervision : examining how White mental health clinicians address cultural competency with their White supervisors, Elizabeth Hammond

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Expressive writing as an adjunct to talk therapy : considerations for a creative intervention for depressive disorders, Anna C. Hogeland

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Attempting whiteness : Black women's expected and actual results of skin bleaching, Alcia C. Jackson

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Pushed to the edge : the treatment of transsexuals through time : a behavioral discourse analysis of the diagnostic and treatment protocols for transsexuals and the implications for contemporary social work practice, Stacey D. Jackson-Roberts

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An examination of the relationship between exposure to violence in the home and attachment characteristics among youth with sexually harmful bahaviors, Talia J. Jackson

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Stigma, race and mental illness : African-American clinicians' perceptions of how these factors influence help-seeking behaviors in African Americans, Rabi'ah S. Jamar

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A brief history of athletics at the University of Pennsylvania : a transatlantic series, Courtney Boleslaw Jaworski

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"What are you, anyway?" : how parents help their multiracial children live in a world of singular racial categories, Chloe A. Jhangiani

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The long term effects of racial socialization of African American sons through communication patterns from their mothers, Jacqueline A. Johnson

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Social workers who become life coaches : what does the social work field have to learn, Alexandra A. Jost

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Transmission of narratives among former Soviet Union (FSU) émigrés, Marina Kantarovich

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An exploratory study on White empathy and cross-racial experiences in the virtual world, Caitlyn I. Keckeissen

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Successful leadership in social work : leadership characteristics to accomplish a paradigm shift in services, Jacqueline M. Kinsley

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Factors affecting turnover and turnover intention among clinicians who work with sex offenders, Abigail Kirschbaum

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Clinician's perceptions of the therapeutic alliance and treatment outcomes among juvenile offenders diagnosed with conduct disorder, Nina R. Kramer-Feldman

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Attachment in clinical supervision : relationships between attachment and the supervisory working alliance, Karen E. Ladr-Finefrock

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The Space Between, Eliza L. Larson

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Hooked on a feeling : clinician views on the construct of love addition in treatment, Zehara J. Levin

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Suicide in older adults : helping case managers engage in difficult conversations : a project based upon an independent investigation in collaboration the producer of the film "Talking with Dolores", Darlene O'Connor, Jennelle Liljestrand

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Urban teachers' perspectives on promoting social and emotional well-being in the classroom, Sara Lipton-Carey

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An exploratory survey of some Christian leaders' views re: causes and treatment of mental health and substance abuse problems : "Let go and let God?" or more?, Katryn A. Little

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Professional experience, motivation and preparedness for practice with older adults : implications for the MSW curriculum, Nicole M. Loux

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Healthcare narratives across the generations and their impact on contemporary healthcare practices of young African American women, Elizabeth Y. Love

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The impact of homophobia and transphobia on the professional development of LGBT social workers during graduate school, Emily K. Lusenhop

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"90% Catholic 100% Vodou" : Haitian immigrant religious and spiritual identity, Cindy L. Lys

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Secure attachments and how they promote resilience in children of alcoholics, Sheena A. Mahoney

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The ambiguous loss of post-integration : a theoretical analysis of the effects of integration on clients with dissociative identity disorder, Elise A. Manning

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Experiences of caregivers for relatives with a chronic severe mental illness : riding the roller coaster : a descriptive study, Diana E. Mark

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Meditation & mindfulness in dialectical behavior therapy : an exploration of therapists' experiences with personal meditation and mindfulness practices, Felicia Marohn

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Perceptions : a quantitative look at the impacts of GSAs on bullying and overall school climate, Meghan E. McGrath

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Growing empathy : an exploratory study on the effects of school gardens on children's social and emotional development : a project based upon an investigation at Berkeley Independent Study, Berkeley, California, Emily W. McMane

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High school staff perceptions of interpersonal relationships with students as a result of an intervention called Challenge Day, Stacy Chase McMillan

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Authentic connectedness : an exploration of gestalt therapy principles in addressing the dynamics of interacting across identity difference, Marissa H. McMillin

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Female tenure-track professors and their perceived satisfaction levels in romantic relationships, Brianna N. Meehan

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The effectiveness of psychodrama for adolescents who have experienced trauma, Corrine E. Mertz

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Social workers in private practice and psychotropic medications, Rosy L. Metcalfe

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The role of trauma in hoarding : a project investigating the role of trauma in the expression of hoarding disease as well as features associated with hoarding, Hannah L. Mills

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Hope and burnout among clinicians who work with children at risk of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, Jonathan G. Mitchelmore

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HIV/AIDS serostatus disclosure and stigma in Asian and Pacific Islander women : a call for intersectionality in the treatment of depression, Andrea L. Mize

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Satisfaction in adult romantic relationships after parental divorce : the role of locus of control, Meghan L. Mole

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Ki moun mwen ye? : Who am I? : factors associated with cultural identity formation in first generation Haitian Americans, Joan V. Monplaisir

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Engaging parents in the treatment of their child : clinicians views on parent work, Kim Elaine Monson

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Listening to women's voices : clinicians' perspectives on the benefits of feminist therapy in the treatment of borderline personality disorder, Abigail W. Moore

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More than just an exchange : how does access to syringe exchange impact actively using participants' emotional well-being, Melissa A. Morelli

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Forming therapeutic relationships with people living with schizophrenia-spectrum diagnoses, Eliza J. Morgan

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Learning from lesbian non-gestational parents : contributions to a changing world, Amy B. Morse

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Heart work : meaning making, RFT workers, and physical restraints : a project based upon an investigation of residential treatment facility workers' meaning making processes in regards to the utilization of physical restraints as interventions, Ruth A. Muellejans

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Caring for our dead and dying : the emotional outcomes of providing end of life care, Hannah S. Myers

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Taking measure of mustelids : morphological diversity and sexual dimorphism, Paula Jean Noonan

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At risk of losing themselves : emotionally abused women and the traumatic bond, Maureen C. Normand

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What happens when the body matters? : an exploration of corporeal textualities in the life and work of two White South African authors and its implications for clinical social work practice, Asher Pandjiris

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Surviving broken dreams : a qualitative study on the resilience of undocumented students, Kiam Parker

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The continual journey : parents' spirituality after the death of a child from terminal illness, Ellen C. Patterson

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An exploration of the effects of stigma on the experiences of foster care alumni, Anais J. Penninck

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The other frontline workers : exploring the symptoms of compassion fatigue among school staff members, Katherine H. Plapinger

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Clinicians behind the curtain : are White Smith students addressing race and racism, why or why not? If so, how?, Malcolm R. Pradia

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Learning to work with clients : a quantitative study on educational pathways for social workers working with psychotropic medication, Katherine S. Preston

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Happy is the woman who has no history : an historical discourse analysis of women, their changing roles and society's changing perceptions, 1890-1920 in America, Sarah E. Pulver

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A guest in someone else's house : the construction of Asian Americans as foreigners, Deepa Ranganathan

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Learning from art therapists : strategies for treating children with PTSD, Merryl E. Raubeson

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Students of color with special needs : an analysis of exclusionary disciplines in Massachusetts' public schools, Suzanne E. Rea

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He works and she does too : race and gender differences in relationship between earner status, marital satisfaction, and division of family tasks, Samantha M. Rivera

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Perspectives of bariatric surgery patients on the role of pre and post bariatric surgery counseling, Daniel K. Rodrigues

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To hold and to discipline : a Winnicottian and Foucauldian examination of adolescent athletics through the case of Friday night lights, Westley C. Rutter

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The impact of maternal incarceration on latency aged children, Mae M. Ryan

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Enduring attunement : emerging adults attachment patterns and desires for the nature of the primary attachment relationship, Marian Salley

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Religiously unaffiliated social workers in health care settings : working with religiously affiliated terminally ill cancer patients, Ileana G. Sansano

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The question of self-determination : an analysis of 21st century social work literature, Alexandra Prager Scalfano

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Normal developmental vulnerabilities of 17-24 year olds confounding informed consent to enlist in the military, Deanna L. Seather-Brady

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The impact of religious and/or spiritual identity on the parental experience : self-perceptions of parents, Tiffany M. Sermini

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Batterer intervention program facilitators' perceptions of the efficacy of current behavior intervention models, Maura A. Shader-Morrissey

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The role of LGBT community in the lives of lesbians over 65 : an exploratory study, Sarah L. Shapiro

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An exploratory study of motivations of White people engaged in antiracism work, Bronwyn R. Shiffer

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All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players : the use of performance in therapy, T. Lee Shostack

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Amicable collision, Kelly Silliman

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Connecting after killing : an exploration of the intersubjective space between therapist and client when combat rests between them, Alicia L. Simoni

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Comparison of the fecal microbiota of horses before and after treatment for parasitic helminths : massively parallel sequencing of the v4 region of the 16S ribosomal RNA gene, Rachael Jean Sirois

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Adult chldren of male military combatants : impacts into adulthood, Robert N. Smith

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Stuck kids : a study examining the factors that contribute to hospitalized children getting placed on administrative days : a project based upon an investigation at a pediatric post-acute rehabilitation hospital, Hanna C. Soumerai

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Perspectives on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) older adults' decision to disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity to healthcare and social service providers, Mary M. Stanton

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The things they carry : a study of transitional object use among U.S. military personnel during and after deployment, Julia St. George

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Clinician perspectives on using mindfulness-baed therapeutic intervention when working with veterans, Lindsay E. Stonecash

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"Somebody better put their pants on and be talking about it" : White therapists who identify as anti-racist addressing racism and racial identity with White clients, Morgan R. Stone

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Trauma, religion, and substance use among incarcerated adolescent males, Jessica J. Story

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Are you my motherboard? : the effects of technology on the parent-child relationship, David S. Sullivan

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Coloring in the margins : the impact of racial and ethnocultural identity on the professional lives of social workers of color, Jessica R. Sundram

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From anxiety to panic disorder : effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness based stress reduction as treatment in adolescence, Carrie-Anne Swiatek

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Perinatal support groups of MotherWoman, Inc : a participants' profile and program evaluation, Brittanie C. Tarczynski

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Addiction and attachment : mental health clinicians' use of attachment theory in the treatment of substance use disorders, Emily Tate

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"Prevention starts at home" : mapping the discourse parents who work in sexual assault-related fields create with their children about sexual assault, Karen R. Taylor

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Character strength and character disorder : an investigation into how personality disorder diagnosis intersects with character strength measurements, Joshua T. Tecu