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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How do mental health clincians using feedback informed treatment methods create a "cultural of feedback" with clients?, Alexander H. Tew

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Exploration of coping styles utilized by students during study abroad re-entry, Michelle I. Thrasher

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An invitation to pay attention : a quantitative study of vicarious trauma and secondary traumatic stress in child advocacy employees, volunteers and interns, Isabelle C. Thurmer

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Choosing to live : the decision to take anti-retroviral medications from the perspective of HIV+ people who take these medications consistently :, Mariah Twigg

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The relationship between financial stress and academic and social functioning of undergraduate residential college women, Nathalie A. Vaughn

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Resilience theory and trauma theory applied to adult women incest survivors, Hazvinei A. Vera

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The relationship between violence and alcohol abuse : self perception of addicted adults, Andrea Bredfeldt Viens

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Propensity for military enlistment : a descriptive study of motivations, Claudia J. Vogelsang

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Proteome profiling of C2C12 myogenesis, Katharine Maryell Von Hermann

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Oh, a cup, Catherine Wagner

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Clinicians' attitudes towards borderline personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder : implications of gender and a diagnostic label, Marja A. Walthall

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School social workers perceptions on multilevel practice : understanding, implementation, and barriers to engaement, Sarah L. Wettenstein

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Overcoming the odds : perceived parental self-efficacy in young mothers transitioning out of the foster care system, Katharine E. Whipple

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In the environment : clinician perspectives on nature and psychological health, Benjamin D. White

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Fathers' perceptions of sexual communication with adolescent daughters : an exploratory study, Jamie E. White

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New questions, multiple meanings : exploring attachment theory, self psychology, and anti-oppression perspectives on human-companion animal relationships in the rural West, Sarah H. Winchester

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Relating linguistic competence to culture : how bilingual Spanish-English social workers who speak English as a first language experience and conceptualize culture in their practice with Spanish speaking clients, Audra T. Winn

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Face to face : impacts of Facebook on young adults' self-esteem, Katherine Wiscomb

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The therapist's pregnancy and the client-therapist relationship : an exploratory study, Elizabeth H. Wolfe

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Korean cultural narratives of depression, Shannon M. Yambasky

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The perspectives of Asian therapists on the impacts of race and ethnicity with Asian clients and non-Asian clients of color, Andrea R. Yoshida

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Exploring cultural competence in clincial practice behaviors, Yolonda M. Young Armstrong

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An investigation of racism and its emotional cost : how mindfulness and perceptions of control shape role-related beliefs and behavior, Trina M. Zahller

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Social workers with mental illness : coming out in the workplace, Alix M. Zamansky

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Factors associated with young adult use of Facebook for emotional support, Marissa L. Zanno

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Sexual violence clinicians' views on protective factors for vicarious traumatization : a project based upon an independent investigation, Aasta Heasley Ziegler

Masters Theses from 2012

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Addressing manifestations of oppression at end-of-life among African Americans : unpacking White privilege in hospice care, Nikki M. Bagli

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Opinions of male adolescent sexual offenders on treatment groups, Mónica Berón

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Resiliency on the home front : addressing the needs of family and friends of unmarried military members during deployment, Michelle E. Biltz

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Disordered eating attitudes and behaviors : comparing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer women to women who identify as straight, Mellissa T. Bonilla

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A theoretical approach to understanding alcohol misuse in military personnel returning home from Operation Iraqii (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Patrice K. Boyce

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Questioning neutrality : an inquiry into contemporary therapists' attitudes towards neutrality in the clinical encounter, Shoshanna D. Brady

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Enduring loss : a critique of cultural competence literature in social work practice with Latin American immigrants, Tamara Bransburg

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The experience of homelessness and the human-companion animal bond : a quantitative study : a project based upon an investigation at San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium/Veterinary Street Outreach Services, San Francisco, California, Erin J. Brewbaker

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Psychotherapists' decisions regarding boundary crossings in outpatient practice, Victoria E. Brinckerhoff

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From postmodern to psychodynamics : deconstructing sex offender registration and notification policies, Sherri A. Brown

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A queer-positive institution and its creation of gender-competency in social workers : a project based on the exploration of Smith College School for Social Work alumni, Haley M. Burton

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Widening the lens : a snapshot of parenting coordination, Elisabeth N. Callahan

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IDEA 2004 : a mandate for social work services : are these services included in the IEPs of students with nonverbal learning disorder?, Patricia A. Carrin

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Resiliency in survivors of human trafficking : An exploratory study of clinicians' perspectives of protective factors, Theresa A. Carter

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Dwell in possibility : an exploration of the use of metaphor in psychotherapy : a project based on interviews with fourteen psychotherapists, Heather B. Clarke

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What psychodynamic psychotherapists think about free will and determinism and how that impacts their clinical practice : a qualitative study, Patrick J. Cody

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Unequal access : gaps in service for gay male victims of intimate partner violence, Elizabeth H. Condrey

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Screening techniques : clinicians' views and approaches to assessing alcohol and substance use in older adults, Erin M. Conlan

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Perspectives of foster parents : what influences their motivation to become and continue to be foster parents?, Bridget D. Conway

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The natural hair transformation : a journey of resilience and resistance, Melissa H. Cranston-Bates

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Breaking the silence : uncovering the gendered communication patterns before, during, and after instances of sexual assault at NESCAC colleges, Carolyn A. Curtis

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Homelessness as trauma : a theoretical analysis exploring treatment of symptoms of grief and loss in single African-American homeless women, Jesse J. Dice

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Are we reaching the body? : a study of social workers' attitudes on the mind-body connection in trauma treatment, Samuel R. Douglas

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Bystander empowerment amongst trained facilitators of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program : an exploratory study, Katherine H. Driscoll

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An expression of deep concern : championing the needs of never married couples and their children coping with family related litigation and separation : a project in collaboration with the Hampshire Bar Association, Northampton, Massachusetts, Deborah J. Druar

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and career ideation : an application of hope theory and social cognitive career theory, Miya V. Drucker

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The management of transference and countertransference in the wilderness therapy milieu, Jon E. Dukes

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Talking through the body : a comparative study of cognitive-behavioral and attachment based treatments for childhood trauma, Eric A. Eichler

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Social work as a healing vocation : the exploration of clinicians' trauma histories and implications for practice, Mira L. Elwell

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How does homeless outreach work : the perspective of the homeless outreach worker, Carlos E. Encalada

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The role of military leadership in servicemembers' perceptions of mental health treatment, Peter M. Farley

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Women's social and emotional experiences with abortion, Alicia M. Flanagan

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The impact of sibling mental illness on the well sibling, Lisa N. Frierson

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"She's such a borderline" : exploring the stigma of borderline personality disorder through the eyes of the clinician, Jessica C. Fritz

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The war on women and the war in the self : a Foucaultian and Kleinian analysis of anti-choice ideology, Shoshana A. Funk

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"I'm not done in any way" : an exploratory study of college-educated women at late midlife, Diana Giglio

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The demographic and clinical characteristics of female veterans who engage in complementary and alternative medicine, Heather W. Gladstone

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Coming out : sexual orientation disclosure to siblings, Rachel M. Gottesman

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Women in combat : narratives of nurses in World War II, Korea and the Vietnam War, Kathryn J. Hall

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Reclaiming the borderlands : a relational and transnational feminist approach to the history and treatment of borderline personality disorder, Rebecca G. Hawes-Sivitz

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Evolving identities, shaping connection : the effects of narrative-sharing spaces on undocumented Latino students, Christopher M. Heinrich

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The role of emotion in therapists' training : a psychological and social exploration, Loren D. Helms

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Having a voice and being heard : a scoping review of what current literature tells us is most important to the caregivers, children and social workers involved in kinship foster care, Leah J. Hoffman and Leah J. Hoffman-Setka

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The effects of therapist self-disclosure on the therapeutic alliance : a relational perspective, Brittany A. Hollingsworth

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Addressing client mental health within the personal training relationship, Alana R. Honigman

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An exploratory study of White people's evolving consciousness and how their awareness of White privilege and racism changed their consciousness, Phillip C. Horner

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Is social work the work of love? : love practice and queer doing in the process for full self-determination, Sady K. Horn

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Navigating the experience of identity intersection : an exploration of the lesbian mother identity in the United States, Sarah A. Horn

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What's the impact of cultural competency education? : exploring clinical social workers' attitudes towards clients health-related beliefs, opinions and psychosocial contexts, Sheryl J. Jaffe

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Implicit communication : the body's role in clinical work with trauma survivors, Julia A. Jakubowski

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A history of reminiscences : clinical descriptions of nostalgia, psychodynamic theories of mourning, and the confluence of teleology, Alexandra P. Jamali

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Experiences of discrimination among Arab Americans and Muslim Americans post-9/11 attacks, Lenna Jawdat

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Coparenting among Mexican-American and non-Latino white couples, Amy B. Kallenberg

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Social workers' changing perceptions of disability through working with clients with disabilities, Juliette F. Kennedy

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The influence of interracial/interethnic relationships with Black, Latino, and Native American men on race/ethnic identity of a group of Asian American women, Malyna Kettavong

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Interdisciplinary collaboration in school social work : building relationships for ecological change, Alex J. Kim

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Embodied connections : engaging the body in group psychotherapy, Alissa W. Kimmell

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The role of blogging across stages of change in recovery from anorexia nervosa, Sarah A. Kupper

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Black students' classroom silence in predominantly White institutions of higher education, Mahajoy A. Laufer

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Comparing individual and couples/family therapy : practitioners' perspectives, Rebecca H. Lawrence

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The voice of the voiceless : client perspective of therapist self-disclosure, Pamela H. Lefever

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The who, how and why of Facebook use : the relationship between level of use and the big five personality traits, Larua K. Mackie

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OEF/OIF veterans with and without PTSD : levels of relationship distress, social support, combat experience, and deployment, Jeanne-marie E. Mailloux

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Life in college : an exploratory study examining undergraduate students' experiences with indirect aggression, Mary M. McLaughlin

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The essence of beauty : examining the impact of idealized beauty standards on college-age African America women, Tiffany M. Paschal

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Juvenile sexual offenders : the influence of modeling, verbal instruction, and relationship structures on sexual offenders, Leanne M. Peterson

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Adult attachment styles relative to childhood exposure to domestic violence : gender differences, Khadija A. Poitras-Rhea

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Prosocial shifts in worldview : promises and challenges of growth and transformation, Colin A. Polnitsky

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Multicultural competency, training, and outreach and setting : a quantitative study with college counselors, Eline Potoski

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The impact of multiple deployments on military spouses, Renee D. Rountree

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A cross-cultural comparison of Mexican Americans and non-Latino White Americans : does culture influence family cohesion and father involvement?, Claudia V. Ruiz Esparza Escobedo

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"There's no escaping the body" : clinicians' views on the relevance of the body and the use of body-based interventions in work with mother-child dyads exposed to domestic violence, Danielle E. Sachs

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Hip-hop as healer : Black males' experience of hip-hop culture, Tawnee Sae-Saue

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Nature's ritalin : the effects of green spaces on symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, Roger A. Sideman