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 2011

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Stress reduction for helping professionals : a mini yoga intervention (a pilot study), Sheila Elizabeth Thorn

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Climate change and social work : steps to an eco-social work practice, Abigail Ellen Tischler

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When therapists attack : an aggressive instinct in the countertransference and aggressive behavior in technique, Lauren Durbin Walther

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Voices being heard : experiences of adults with congenital hearing loss being raised in hearing families, Kimberly Anne Wedner

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How do they do it? : an exploratoration of program supports within agency settings and levels of compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction among direct care staff members working in residential treatment facilities, Kathryn Philomena Welch

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Saying goodbye to sports : a study on the experiences of female college students who have disengaged from athletics, Lee Ostberg Welch

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The effects of systemic ableism on those with a visual impairment : a theoretical perspective, Jessica Lynn Wierzbowski

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Exploring the experiences of lesbian couples using fertility services, Sarah Caitlin Williams

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An exploration of the relationships between young adult women and their sisters with intellectual disabilities, Katharine Ruth Wilson

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Staff members' perceptions of the effective aspects of psychiatric treatment within a therapeutic community setting, Megan Karise Wimmersberger

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When East meets West : an exploratory study of how Reiki is integrated into psychodynamic practice, Kimberly Ann Winnegge

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Invisible Jews : does internalized anti-Semitism play a role in unaddressed Jewish poverty in America?, Lilith Gabrielle Wolinsky

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Homing geographies : sexuality and community among homeless youth in Los Angeles, Heather Chelsey Wollin

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An exploratory study of the perceptions of U.S. military veterans that have served since the 1993 enactment of "Don't ask don't tell" (DADT) about the impact of the recent repeal of DADT on veterans, Jamie Robert Wright

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Stress and status : how socioeconomic status affects stress in young adult women, Emma Katharine Yovanoff

Masters Theses from 2010

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Who directs the play and why? an exploratory study of directive versus nondirective play therapy, Carolyn Andrews

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The therapist in the room : towards an understanding of the therapist's personhood in therapeutic practice : a project based upon an independent investigation, Stephanie Margaret Aquila

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Re-envisaging Erikson : deconstructing adoption through the case of Claire : a project based upon an independent investigation, Alison M. Armstrong

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The influence of collective self-esteem and the impact of perceived stigma from others on sorority women's attitudes toward seeking mental health services : a project based upon an independent investigation, Lauren Michelle Baron

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Between Scylla and Charybdis : how does race and sexual orientation affect the family planning process of interracial queer women-identified couples? : a project based upon an independent investigation, Jaycelle Monsanto Basford-Pequet

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No chance to explain : the utility of attachment theory when working with African American teen mothers : a project based upon an independent investigation, Amy Bauman

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Stigmatizing Will and Grace : a theoretical exploration of gay male straight female fictive kin relationships : a project based upon an independent investigation, Michelle Anne Beaulieu

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The Matthew effect and treatment selection for urban poor clients : social pain, countertransference or competition? : a project based upon an independent investigation, Launa Kay Bodde

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"Ultra-high risk" : exploring the prodrome to psychosis through cognitive and dialogic theoretical lenses : a project based upon an independent investigation, Clare Bullock Boyd

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Lacan's critique of Freud's case of Dora and the therapeutic action of working in the symbolic : a project based upon an independent investigation, Sean Michael Breidenthal

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Attitudes of mental health professionals toward mental illness : comparisons and predictors : a project based upon an investigation at Department of Youth Services, Massachusetts, David Townsend Browne

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Body image and adolescent male sexual perpetrators : a project based upon an independent investigation, Jennifer Elizabeth Brownlee

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A social worker's dilemma : does experience make a difference? : how biases and judgements affect social worker's assessments of collectivist culture immigrant families : a project based upon an independent investigation, Theresa J. Cary

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An exploration of the social construction of race and racial identity : a project based upon an independent investigation, Elizabeth Castrellon

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An exploratory study of the experience of single mothers in higher education : a project based upon an independent investigation, Kelly Lyn Chandler

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Let's do it : individual perspectives on first sexual experiences : a project based upon an independent investigation, Sara Ann Christiano

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The effects of music on the negative symptoms of schizophrenia : a project based upon an investigation at Hartford Hospital's Institute of Living, Hartford, Connecticut, Joan Elizabeth Corbin

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Where have you gone? : the function of emotional proximity in the bereavement experiences of adult children who have lost a parent to suicide : a project based upon an independent investigation, Christie Robin Coy

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Is it ever appropriate to encourage a survivor of sexual trauma to forgive? : a theoretical analysis, Elizabeth Lind Crane

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Shame and guilt responses of adolescent sexual offenders : a project based upon an independent investigation, Amanda Fay Crutchley

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Planting the seed : the lasting impact of an explicit anti-racism mission on white graduate students of the Smith College School for Social Work : a project based upon independent investigation, Charlotte Cromley Curtis

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Moving through and beyond : a qualitative exploration of self-identified gender nonconforming participants' experiences of binary gender regulation, Ellen C. Daly

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Multidisciplinary considerations for clinical work with the multiracial identity : a project based upon an independent investigation, Kate Lee De Soto

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Awareness of trigger events among clinicians working with elders with dementia : a project based upon an independent investigation, Ashley K. Diaz

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An examination of intergenerational father involvement : does history determine destiny? : a project based upon an independent investigation, Savann Donovan

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Gender based differences in behavioral expression among sexually reactive children, Alexandra Celeste Ebken

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Girls just want to be funny : the potential for increased self-esteem, self-efficacy and empowerment through all-female comedy groups : a project based upon independent investigation, Elizabeth S. Ehrenberg

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Exploring participant perspectives on the relationship between social change theater and social change movements : a project based upon an investigation at the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Sins invalid and the OutLook Community Theatre Project, San Francisco, California, Jesse Ehrensaft-Hawley

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The power of relationships : long-term outcomes for older adults with a history of interpersonal trauma : a project based upon an independent investigation, Miriam Lasden Elwell

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An exploratory study on the role that Christian spirituality and the Black church play in the healing process of adults of childhood sexual abuse : a project based upon an independent investigation, Jamecia Almarie Estes

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"Who's my family" : a qualitative analysis of young adults living with perinatal HIV infection : a project based upon an independent investigation, Kathleen Elizabeth Fanone

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Parents' and caregivers' experiences with their children's residential treatment centers : a project based upon an independent investigation, Elizabeth Cleveland Fenzel

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The development of racial-ethnic identity among international adoptees : the role of perceived parental cultural competency : a project based upon an independent investigation, Abigail Jin Forshay

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Cross-racial therapeutic dyads : how does race play out in play therapy : a project based upon an independent investigation, Rebecca Lauren Fox

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How does bullying in the workplace impact mental health professionals : a project based upon an independent investigation, Hilary Sara Garrison-Botsford

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Accessibility of animal-assisted therapy for children with autism : a parent's perspective : a project based upon an independent investigation, Cheryl P. Giglio

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Synesthesia : a sixth sense or a sensation : a research project based upon interviewing persons with color synesthesia, Lynn Kaye Goode

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Awareness of vicarious trauma among novice social workers, Jennifer L. Griswold

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Practice wisdom : an exploration of school social workers experience with social and emotional learning curricula : a project based upon an independent investigation, Gordon David Gross

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Foster children in schools : understanding and addressing challenges through trauma theory and systems theory : a project based upon an independent investigation, Nicole C. Guertin

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An exploration of the dual liminal space :the cultural and developmental process of South American Latino adolescents post immigration : a project based upon an independent investigation, Erika Hajati

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Liberatory means to liberatory ends : a qualitative study of direct service providers' perceptions of transformative justice as an intervention in child sexual abuse : a project based upon an independent investigation, Dona K. Hirschfield-White

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The unique challenges faced by South Asian American social work graduate students : campus communities, academics, and field : a project based upon an independent investigation, Sumati Shireen Holman

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The role of personality and prior criminal offenses in the prediction of perceived helping alliance of nonsexual offending adjudicated adolescent males in residential facilities : a project based upon an independent investigation, Aimie E. Jalbert

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Therapist's views of how hope influences the setting and attainment of treatment goals among clients with posttraumatic stress disorder : a qualitative study : a project based upon an independent investigation, Courtney Anne Jones

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Racial micro-aggressions in the clinical dyad : a qualitative study of African American clinical social workers : anti-oppression with same race clients : a project based upon an independent investigation, Illana Cathleen Jordan

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Gender identity development in individuals with autism : a project based upon an independent investigation, Emily Green Kalafarski

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Anti-bullying task force : a community's response to address bullying behaviors and attitudes : a project based upon an independent investigation, Brian Christopher Kellen

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Enter sandman-Please! : the relationship between sleep and job satisfaction in social workers and other clinicians : a project based upon an independent investigation, Jaime Talitha Knox

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What is the coming out experience of polyamorous individuals : an exploratory study : a project based upon an independent investigation, Andria Elizabeth Lavine

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Asian Americans and cultural values : encountering and overcoming sociocultural barriers to community mental health services : a project based upon an independent investigation, William Lee

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Rolling smoothly along : the stories of eleven clinicians' spiritual self-care as a vital aspect of avoiding burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious traumatization, Elizabeth Anne Levy

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An exploratory study of the life experiences of gay, lesbian and bisexual people who were raised in the U.S.A. Mennonite Church : a project based upon an independent investigation, Adele Kathleen Liechty

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Socioemotional development and nonverbal learning disabilities : a theoretical intersection of neurobiology and self psychology : a project based upon an independent investigation, Joanna M. Lightburn

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Therapist self-disclosure : a current look at therapists' attitudes and practices : a project based upon an independent investigation, Allyson Lynn Mazzuchi

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Pathology, risk, and emancipation : the impact of dominant discourse on LGBTQ youth in out-of-home care : a project based upon an independent investigation, Jill Christine McCullough

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"No end or return" : thematics of impasse : a relational and infancy-based inquiry : a project based upon an independent investigation, Teresa M. Méndez

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Treating complex trauma : therapists' perspectives on the effectiveness of the trauma focused-cognitive behavioral therapy clinical approach to treat traumatized children : a project based upon an independent investigation, Shamora Elaine Michelson

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Continuing bonds : childhood sibling loss and its perceived long-term outcomes : a project based upon an independent investigation, Laura Marguerite Miles

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Juvenile sex offender's perceptions of group treatment and iatrogenic effects, Amy Lynne Millington

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Navigating war and reintegration into civilian life : clinicians' perspectives on how their Operation Enducing Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) clients cope : a project based upon an independent investigation, Andrea Elizabeth Mitchell

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Assessing the impact of culture and language barriers among Latino/a bone marrow transplant patients and their parent (s) : a descriptive study : a project based upon an investigation at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, Lorena Mocorro

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Through children's eyes : understanding visible and invisible injury in military parents : a project based upon an independent investigation, Meredith Grace Morray

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An exploration of psychopathy amongst juvenile sex offenders, Laura Margaret Morrell

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How do California Early Start providers address the social and emotional wellbeing of infants and toddlers with developmental disabilties? : a project based upon an independent investigation, Sarah F. Muchnick

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The Black barbershop : intersections of sexuality, masculinity and gender expressions : a project based upon an independent investigation, Antwan Vernard Nedd

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No inhiibitions, no moral sense, and no social structure : the etiology of the psychopath and the sociopath : a project based upon independent investigation, Chad Melvin O'Brien

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Winnicottian object relations and behavioral theory conceptualizations of difficult-to-treat binge-type eating disorders : proposal for a synthesized treatment approach through dialectical behavior therapy, Christy Erin O'Brien

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Engagement and retention of clients with co-occurring disorders : practice wisdom of a multidisciplinary treatment unit : a project based upon an independent investigation, Marsha Kay Odell

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The importance of preventative mental health services for all children in elementary schools : school and administrator and teacher perspectives : a project based upon an independent investigation, Jessica Ann Olivares

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Slavery in the white psyche : how contemporary white Americans remember and making meaning of slavery : a project based upon independent investigation, Ryan Nelson Parker

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Unveiling the perspectives of folk rock music groupies : the experiences, motivations and perceptions of women following music bands : a project based upon an independent investigation, Paula J. Passanisi

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The impact of psychosocial care on at-risk patients following heart transplantation : a single center experience : a project based on data collected at the University of California, Los Angeles in conjunction with the California Heart Center Foundation, Linda Loan Pham

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Contemplative practice, internal family systems and affect regulation : an exploratory study : a project based upon an independent investigation, Jessica Jeanne Prodis

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Healing each other : a qualitative study of therapist perspectives at an equine-assisted psychotherapy program in Boulder, Colorado : a project based upon an independent investigation, Samantha Shalen Pugh

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The effect of religion on coming out and the sexual identity formation of 18-30 year olds who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or queer : a project based upon an independent investigation, Marissa M. Puntigam

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Siblings' perspectives : the impacts of having a sibling who suffers from an eating disorder : a project based upon an independent investigation, Sarah A. Quish

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The exploration of therapists' personal experiences with secondary trauma and their personal mindfulness practice : a project based upon an independent investigation, Elizabeth Jane Reinecke

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Experiences of urban and suburban police officers encountering mental illness in their communities : training, attitudes and actions, Sophie Madeline Ricks

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The relevance of the natural environment to social work : a comparison of fields that consider the natural environment in social problems : a project based upon an independent investigation, John D. Ritchie

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Clinicians' use of mindfulness as an adjunct to trauma treatment : a project based upon an independent investigation, Lisa Beth Rogers

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Breaking it down : contributing factors to racial identity development in elementary and middle school youth : a project based on an investigation at Manhattan Country School, New York, NY, Malikkah K. Rollins

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Eating disorder prevention for the college-age female population : past, present, and future : a project based upon an independent investigation, Colleen Louise Roos

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Daddy's little girl lost : daughters reflect on the effects of father-daughter cut-off : a project based upon an independent investigation, Jana Michelle Rosenbaum

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Clinicians' understanding and perception of coping behaviors and cultural differences in families dealing with a childhood cancer diagnosis : a project based upon an independent investigation, Kara J. Rule