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 2012

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Pathology, bias and queer diagnosis : a crip queer consciousness, Tones Smith

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The double bind of triple jeopardy : exploring the impact of multiple minority stress on LGBTQ-identified Asian women in America, Anastasia Y. Taketomo

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Is sexual violence a public concern or a private affair? : an exploration of community members' perceptions in a rural New England village, Mary S. Thompson

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Therapeutic physical intervention and direct care behavioral health providers : a project based upon an investigation of direct care behavioral health providers' experiences of therapeutic interventions, Rebecca H. Voit

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Partnering into parenthood : exploring the relationship between coparenting and couple satisfaction in triadic family systems, Elizabeth H. Welton

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Interpreting trauma : exploring the experience of compassion fatigue among professional medical interpreters : a project based on responses from the voluntary participation of professional medical interpreters at several major urban health care facilities, Jennifer W. White

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Ecopsychology and race : an exploratory study, Luke B. Woodward

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An untapped body of knowledge : the use of body language in clinical social work, Alexandria D. Wright

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Star Messengers, Paul Zimet, Ellen Maddow, and Smith College. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute

Masters Theses from 2011

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A channel of peace : the role of clinicians' spirituality in their clinical process, Tiffany Rene Adams

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Interdisciplinary collaboration in a psychiatric treatment setting : a project based upon an investigation at Bradley Hospital, Riverside, Rhode Island, Timothy John Albro

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Measuring the cultural competence of hospice social workers using the multicultural counseling self-efficacy scale-racial diversity form, revised version for use in hospice settings, Jessica Moore Begans

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Sexual attraction to clients : are master of social work students trained to manage such feelings?, Jennifer Davis Begun

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Encompassing Acholi values : culturally ethical reintegration ideology for formerly abducted youth of the Lord's Resistance Army in northern Uganda, Neil James Bilotta

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Health worker experiences with environmental pollution : health in urban targeted community : a study of pollution and clinicians' experiences and attitudes towards it in urban low-income communities and communities of color, Leslie B. Bosworth

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Queering the NCAA : how athletic administrators at National Collegiate Athletic Association institutions include transgender athletes, Lisa Margaret Brookens

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"A certain dream" : the political potential for therapy by activist clinical social workers, Anna Rachel Cable

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"Not my priority" : perspectives from LGBTQ individuals who do not identify marriage equality as their primary political concern, Elizabeth Anne Chandler

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Transgender perspectives on accessible primary healthcare : a mixed method study, Ann Marie Coakley

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Social workers' perspectives on managed care : an exploratory study, Julia Fraley Coles

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Cognitively informed therapeutic relationships between dogs and humans : a project based upon an independent investigation, Dawn Marie Colinan

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The integration of psychoeducation about healing environments and placemaking and the effect on mental health for clients, Christienne D. Constabile

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Patriarchy and the trap of masculinity : a post-colonial analysis of violence against sexual minorities in Uganda, Sarah Elspeth Coughtry

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The integration of ego psychological and cognitive behavioral interventions for first episode psychosis : strengthening the self and treating the symptoms, Megan Mary Czaja

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In their own words : a comparative study of the attachment experiences of special needs adoptive families, Colette Lynn Duciaume-Wright

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Juvenile justice through a gender variant lens : an exploratory study of the experience of providers working with gender variant youth in California juvenile justice facilities, Laura Elaine Dutton

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Transition home : an exploratory study of the transition from military to civilian life among veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Jillian Madgel Early

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"Because she's my mom" : an exploratory study of adult lesbian women's understanding and management of relationships with mothers who reject their sexuality, Ana Elisa Echevarria

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Giving up on giving up : stories of people who were previously suicidal : a project based upon an independent investigation, Tricia Ann Fitzgerald

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Cinematic sessions : the ethics of therapy in Hollywood film, Meredith Kendra Flouton-Barnes

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Parents' perceptions of the impact of teachers' attitudes and behaviors on the social-emotional functioning of children with ADHD/ADD, Margaret Elizabeth Gaskell

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Neurobiological research that confirms Freud's trauma theory and its implications for treatment with children diagnosed with reactive attachment disorders, Carla Gerber-Weintraub

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The psychological and emotional experiences of pregnant and postpartum incarcerated women, Kimberly Erin Gillette

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The Hilltown Elder Network : a study in service to elders : a project based upon an investigation at the Hilltown Community Development Center, Chesterfield, MA., Deborah Grande

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What triple jeopardy? : clinical implications for working with African American queer women : a project based upon an independent investigation, Tharyn Giovanni Grant

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The effects of alternative treatments such as yoga and meditation as adjunctive therapy on adolescent alcohol abusers with a history of trauma, Ann Marie Hegarty

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New homes, different places : demographic transitions in the Worcester County MA foster care system : a project based upon an investigation at Y.O.U., Inc. foster care program in Worcester MA, Anne Wassell Hopkinson

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A new praxis : exploring class-based microaggressions and the application of relational-cultural theory and liberation psychology in social work practice and research, Lynn Hutton and Lynn Elizabeth Hutton

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What are the athletic stressors and clinical implications experienced by first year Division III student-athletes : an exploratory study, Jennifer A. Johnson and Jennifer Anne Johnson

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Procrastination in relation to self-efficacy in graduate students writing a doctoral dissertation, ZoeН_ Alberta Kahn

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Boundary ambiguity and borderline personality traits : implications for adolescent girls in foster care, Maureen Ann Kaplan

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From bullies to brotherhood : an exploratory qualitative study of Aspergian adolescents' perspectives on friendship, Michelle Charney Kaye

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Discerning what can be learned from seasoned sentence mitigation practioners' experiences of the accused and their family members as historians, specifically in the context of socio-cultural factors, in the development of life history presentation in capital defense proceedings, Lisa Michele Kelly

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The use of art in the therapeutic setting by graduate level clinicians, Alison Ruth Kemple

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The invisible home front : impact, coping, and needs assessment of family and friends of unmarried U.S. military service members deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, Sarah Elizabeth Keyes

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Aid from without, healing from within : an examination of the use of target population cultural knowledge of mental health and healing in refugee camp mental health programs, Madeline Erin Kilpatrick

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Exploring affirmative action through different theoretical practices, Nina Marian King

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Narratives of resilience : stories of survival among Rwandan women who endured the 1994 genocide, Leah Krieger

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Recovery and the role of the certified peer specialist : an historical analysis of an evolving concept and paradigm, Patricia Susan Kruglak

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Using marriage to protect White supremacy and heterosexual privilege : a historical analysis of marriage law in the United States, Katharine Franks Kyros

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The door(s) of no return : how the legacy of slavery impacts birth outcomes for African American women, Jennifer Baxendale Lally

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Postpartum depression support group of MotherWoman, Inc. : cognitive-behavioral methods embedded in feminist theory : a project based upon an investigation at MotherWoman, Inc., Amherst, Massachusetts, Leslie Ann Lauf

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Young mothers and the infant feeding decision : participation in a postpartum breastfeeding support group, Rebecca Logue-Conroy

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The experience of fathers upon the receipt of the news that their newborn babies had been given a diagnosis of Down syndrome : an exploratory study, Desiree Danielle Lowit

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"It feels like the first time" : the use and implications of a chronological approach for treatment of multiple traumas with eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, Michelle M. Marchese

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Figuring out the birds and the bees : parents' experiences navigating issues of sex and sexuality with their teenage and young adult children with intellectual disabilities, Jessica Welson Markowitz

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White anti-racism in the context of parenting, Sarah Amanda Matlock

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The impact of race and psychosocial factors on help-seeking behaviors among young adults in the prodrome to psychosis : a project based upon an investigation at the Center for Intervention Development and Applied Research, Boston, Massachusetts, Paula Daniela Mazzotta

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The shrink with ink : narratives from female clinical social workers with visible tattoos, Caitlin Marie McInerney

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Moving from the couch to the mat : clinicians and the practice of yoga, their practice and recommendations of yoga as an adjunct to therapy, Sarah Maria McNulty

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There is (not) a black president : a psychodynamic exploration of doubts about Obama's citizenship in a post-racial America, Luke David Mechem

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Examining the relationship between human sexuality training and therapist comfort with addressing sexuality with clients, Cari Lee Merritt

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The impact of the gender binary on gender nonconforming females' lives and psyches over time : an exploratory study, Samantha Mayne Miller

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No medications necessary : a quantitative study examining the relationship between self esteem and sports participation of high school girls, Tara Kay Monzo

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Environmental racism : exploring suffering and healing through collective resistance, Brooke Allison Moore

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Leaving the drug addict role and creating a recovering identity-variations by gender : a qualitative study, Georgiana Mora

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No purer joy : the developmental, social and motivational aspects of elite college squash, Matthew Aaron Munich

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An exploration of the potential interplay between mood disorder and the artistic process, Daphne Nayar and Daphne Kaur Nayar

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Life after driving : older adults' perceptions of driving cessation, Jennifer Lee Nichols

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Can analysis align with antiracism? : an exploration of the experiences of psychoanalysts working toward social justice, Madeline Rae Nussbaum

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The implications of physical beauty norms on gender identity development, sexual identity formation, and sense of self in the femme queer community, Megan Oberdorfer

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Feelings of preparedness in assessing, preventing and treating suicide among social work graduates, Katherine H. O'Brien

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Ghosts of the past : polio survivors confront post polio syndrome, Arianna Louise Opsvig

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Mujeres cultivando raices : the experience of Mexican migrant farmworking women and how they cope in reaction to stress, Joana Padilla Zapata

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What factors deter self-identified White anti-racist social workers from interrupting acts of racism in interpersonal interactions, Mary Jane Panke

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Into the wild west : an exploratory study of videoconference telemental health in social work practice, Charlotte Ames Parker

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Food insecurity and clinical social work, Katherine Marie Paul

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The lies that bind : heteronormative constructions of "family" in social work discourse, Cassie Maude Peterson

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The experiences of clinical social workers in diagnosing bipolar disorder in children and adolescents, Ashley Caroline Petitt

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I will not let you go until you bless me : an exploratory study of Gay Christian men's integration of religious and sexual identities, John Paul Reardon

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Relationships between fathers' attachment, their parenting behaviors and child adjustment, Cristy Salome Ricaurte

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Seeing the light in psychotherapy : exploring transformational change through object relations, self psychology and transpersonal psychology, Tiffany Anne Romer

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Trauma in adults with developmental disabilities : an analysis of trauma theory and behavior modification, Lauren Rae Rosenblum

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The role of language in therapy : how bilingual/multilingual therapists experience their work with bilingual/multilingual clients, Sofia Maia Rosenblum

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Sedimentation of depression : an exploration of depression through attachment theory and Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology of perception : a project based upon an independent investigation, Senka Salatic-Ewing

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Equine embrace : touch and the therapeutic encounter in equine facilitated psychotherapy from the perspective of the clinician, Ann Marie Sexauer

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Mothers' feelings about physical and emotional intimacy twelve to fifteen months after the birth of a first child, Melanie Freedberg Shapiro

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"Living in front of a mirror" : staff members' perspectives on living and working in residential therapeutic communities, Rebecca Sierra Shulman

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Clinical use of music as an adjunct to evidence-based treatment for treating posttraumatic stress disorder, Levin Jaered Sibley-Schwartz

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Perceptions of treating professionals : a pilot study conducted with employees of the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, MA, Alanna Rose Sieck

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The effects of equine therapy on the therapist, Winifred Berry Simmons

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Personal experiences of formerly obese individuals maintaining significant weight loss : a descriptive study : a project based upon an investigation at the Weight Management Program of San Francisco, Inc., San Francisco, California, Jennifer L. Simon

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Using hip-hop as an empowerment tool for young adults : an exploratory study : a project based upon independent investigation, Jihan Danae Sims

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Antisociality, childhood sexual trauma, and cognitive distortions surprisingly not predictive of deviant sexual arousal in male sex offenders who have abused children, Amanda Klein Slatus

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Premature termination--clinicians' perspectives : a qualitative study of why clinicians prematurely terminate personal psychotherapy, Jeffrey Kiesel Smith

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Voices to be heard : an exploratory look at international students' experiences of maintaining and making meaningful connections, Sarah Christine Smith

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When childbearing triggers trauma : how obstetric nurses support sexual abuse survivors through pregnancy and, Nicole Vengrove Soffer

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Parents with children in therapy : is there a relationship between parental attachment styles and the parent-therapist alliance?, Jessica Ruth Taylor-Pickford

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"When Joanie comes marchin' home" : an exploratory study of community-based mental health services for lesbian military families, Dianne Marie Terp

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Listening for the unconscious : an exploration of Lacanian clinical perspectives applied to social work practice, Katharine Barbey Thomas