Smith School for Social Work provides students with a focus on clinical social work, integrating comprehensive educational theories, skills and practices of clinical work. This collection includes full-text access to theses and dissertations, as follows:

  • Smith College School for Social Work Theses, 2007-present Available to anyone both on and off-campus (some with a 5 year restriction limiting access to the Smith community), anyone via interlibrary loan
  • Smith College School for Social Work Dissertations, 2009-present Available to the Smith community including off-campus access with a current Smith login, anyone on campus, and anyone via interlibrary loan

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2017

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Feedback informed care : co-creating treatment success, Eve Sandler, Masters Thesis

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Identified social supports for women previously incarcerated and avoiding recidivism, Isabelle Scott, Masters Thesis

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Psychedelic psychotherapy : existential and neuroscience perspectives on the therapeutic journey, Arthur W. Seelig, Masters Thesis

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An exploration of the relationship between vicarious racism, police videos, and their impact on the Facebook consumer, Daniel Segundo, Masters Thesis

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Workout your burnout : an exploratory look at the role of perceived barriers and benefits to physical activity in social workers, Samuel Shapiro, Masters Thesis

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Social anxiety online : ǂb can attachment explain problem internet use? :, Julia Christine Sisson, Masters Thesis

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It takes a village : perspectives on emerging LGBTQ affirmative social services and psychotherapy, Amelia Killough Smith, Masters Thesis

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Unequal treatment : sociocultural identities and their effects on eating diorder treatment access and efficacy, Hannah Noël Smith, Masters Thesis

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"A whole lot of conscious effort" : exploring how protective factors contribute to resiliency in parents who have experienced traumatic events in childhood, Annelies J. Spykman, Masters Thesis

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Race and the internet : ǂb an exploratory study into the effect social media, Black lives matter, and the 2016 Presidential election have had on racial discourse, Jaime A. Stepansky, Masters Thesis

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Predicting dialectic behavioral treatment outcomes in veterans at high risk for suicide, Courtney Stich, Masters Thesis

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Vicarious resilience : psychotherapists' experiences working with survivors of trauma, Shilpa Esther Trivedi, Masters Thesis

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Evaluating attachment dimensions of Internet gaming disorder and outcomes of a randomized controlled trial of mindfulness-oriented recovery enhancement, Christine Tronnier, Dissertation

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Parenting one's birth child after adoption plans dissolve, Elise Trujillo, Masters Thesis

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Compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction amongst Black pastors in the United States, Courtney E'clair Tucker, Masters Thesis

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"Without roofs are the houses" : an exploration of ceremonies in indigenous communities, a pathway to healing and to the forgotten, Denis C. Vidal, Masters Thesis

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The intersection of professional boundaries and trauma in psychotherapy with adolescents : a preliminary study, John Christopher Waisman, Dissertation

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The construction of religion in social work education, Michael Waldon, Masters Thesis

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Social justice discourse in American social work : a critical discourse analysis of "Social justice" in Social service review, 1927-2013, Jenny Walton-Wetzel, Masters Thesis

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Disciplining myths and ambivalence : a biopolitical and phenomenological encountering of intergenerational parental child abuse in the United States, Avian Weiswerda, Masters Thesis

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Patients' perceptions of stressors in the intensive care unit : a meta-analysis, Nancy Sohier Welch, Masters Thesis

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Respect, it goes both ways : exploring school connectedness and students' experiences of microaggressions from teachers : a project based upon a joint project, Laura J. Wesely, Masters Thesis

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Mind, body, & spirit : an ecological community-based approach to healthy aging, Emily Widra, Masters Thesis

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An exploration of ethnic and cultural identity for biracial and multiracial individuals adopted transracially, Stephen T. Wilson, Dissertation

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If not now, when? : how activists create a third space around Israel/Palestine on the American Jewish left, Jennifer Wyron, Masters Thesis

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An exploration of the relationships between self compassion and burnout : secondary traumatic stress and compassion satisfaction among providers who work with children and families who have experienced trauma, Binlin Xia, Masters Thesis

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A critical look through the eyes of youth : a study examining high school student experiences of disrespect from teachers in relation to race and anxiety and depression, Annika L. Marques Yokum, Masters Thesis

2016

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An exploration of the Nepali-Bhutanese community from the adolescent perspective : a project based upon an investigation at Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Seattle, Washington, Matthew J. Allen, Masters Thesis

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Same but different : the clinical implications of Orthodox Jewish therapists' countertransference with Orthodox Jewish patients, Joshua E. Altman, Dissertation

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Social workers and nurses in labor and delivery units : supportive partnerships or parallel work lives?, Allison M. Barbey, Masters Thesis

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Compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction : experiences of helping professionals in the homeless workforce : a project based upon an investigation at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, Boston, Massachusetts, Joshua Beebe, Masters Thesis

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African-American and Black women's process of learning, unlearning and resisting internalized racism, Bianca M. Blakesley, Masters Thesis

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Social work professional ethics, as affected by the concept of the wounded healer : an investigation into the gatekeeping practice of clinical social work supervision, Cristina B. Bloom, Masters Thesis

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"You have to know whether or not you can really compassionately hold White folks" : perspectives of instructors on White MSW student engagement with race and racism course material, Eleanor H. Broh, Masters Thesis

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How different technological mediums may reduce attitudinal barrier to the utilization of psychotherapeutic relationships, Collin T. Browne, Masters Thesis

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From entrenched to empowered : the factors promoting resiliency and healing for LGBTQIA identified adult survivors of childhood sexual assault, Hal Brown, Masters Thesis

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Gender role socialization of clinical social workers and its effect on the treatment of male alexithymia, Joseph D. Burke, Masters Thesis

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Helping online and "in real life" : prosocial moral reasoning among bystanders of cyberbullying and bullying in emerging adulthood, David S. Byers, Dissertation

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How does hip hop serve as a catalyst for collective resistance : "Fight the power"- a beats, rhymes, and life approach : a project based upon an investigation at Beats, Rhymes and Life, Maria Camila Camacho, Masters Thesis

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Levels of perceived stress among clinicians who work with client suicidal behavior with an organizational context, Elyse A.S. Chastain, Masters Thesis

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Holocaust narratives : exploration of the emotional impact of disclosure status among first, second, and third generation Holocaust survivors, April M. Christman, Masters Thesis

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Clinical social work and administrative leadership : an analysis of MSW programs in United States, Amanda J. Cloninger, Masters Thesis

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Refusing to relax my smile : building resistance through hip hop therapy : a project based upon an investigation at Beats, Rhymes and Life, Stephanie Clowdus, Masters Thesis

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Social class in the therapeutic dyad : how do clinicians engage in dialogue about class with their clients?, Andrew L. Cohen, Masters Thesis

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MassHealth (Medicaid) clinicians' perceptions of in-home therapy with children and families, Kathryn E. Cole, Masters Thesis

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The relationship between adolescent sibling bereavement and guilt, anger, and shame, Lauren E. Como, Dissertation

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Moving past the culture bound syndrome : looking for acute social withdrawal outside Japan, Evan W. Correy, Masters Thesis

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Deconstructing Latinx racial paradigms : cross-cultural constructions of race and their impact on Dominican-American racial identity, Jacqueline I. Cosse, Masters Thesis

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Hospice social work and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Christine A. Couture, Masters Thesis

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ServiceNet participatory action research program evaluation : a project based on an independent investigation at ServiceNet in Northampton, MA, Heather L. Crawford, Caroline W. Evans, and Margot E. Reilly, Masters Thesis

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Decision-making process : ǂb a mixed methods study of somatic awareness use by psychodynamic clinicians in the treatment of trauma-related disorders, Mary P. Curry, Dissertation

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Self-shock : the experience of individuals relocating within the United States, Michelle Mieko Kaiulani Daggett, Masters Thesis

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We were treated like machines : professionalism and anti-Blackness in social work agency culture, Mark D. Davis, Masters Thesis

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The use of specialization : ǂb are artists a clinically distinct population?, Camila D. de Onis, Masters Thesis

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Bringing the body into treatment : examining the clinician's experience of a trauma informed, body based intervention alongside play therapy for at risk youth, Erica Donahue and Alexandra K. Leiter, Masters Thesis

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"You are in a better position to protect people when you feel like you're protected yourself" : to what extent does union membership and ethical clinical social work practice align? : an exploratory study, Robyn K. Douglass, Masters Thesis

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Presenting image/presenting symptoms : clinicians' diagnoses of Black women in the therapeutic space, Kim Teresa DuBose, Masters Thesis

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Filial responsibility in the family of origin experiences of social workers, Aphrodite Easton, Masters Thesis

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Childhood exposure to domestic violence : a potential correlate for criminogenic factors and mental health factors in incarcerated sex offending male adolescents, LeAnn E. Egeto, Dissertation

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Weighing the options : professionals' weighing procedures in the treatment of eating disorder patients, Sarah M. Englaish, Masters Thesis

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In their skin : a discourse on the modern tattoo experience for adults aged thirty and over, Margaret Feeney, Masters Thesis

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The effects of a yoga nidra practice on mental health clinicians' perceived stress, Kyla L. Ferguson, Masters Thesis

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Exploring mental health treatment for female veterans in the US : assessing the influences on female veterans in selection of treatment location, comparing VA and non-VA settings, Bethany J. Ferry, Masters Thesis

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"My choice, my voice, my opinion" : an exploration of a strengths-based model used with youth in hip hop therapy : a project based upon an investigation at Beats, Rhymes, & Life (BRL), Julia S. Fogelson, Masters Thesis

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The therapeutic use of nurturing touch with childen in play therapy, Scott S. Folsom, Masters Thesis

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A qualitative study of mental health experiences and college student identity, Erin M. Frawley, Masters Thesis

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Working with compassion : the impact of loving kindness meditation on compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue among social workers and other mental health workers, Dianne Gallo, Masters Thesis

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Client's experiences and perceptions of the therapist's use of swear words and the resulting impact on the therapeutic alliance in the context of the therapeutic relationship, HollyAnne J. Giffin, Masters Thesis

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It's time to talk about sex and social work : why human sexuality education matters for social work practice, Sophia R. Glass, Masters Thesis

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Experiences of intimacy and gender non-conformity in assigned female at birth (AFAB) same-sex partnerships, Denise E. Goitia, Masters Thesis

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Toxic stress : exploring mental health narratives of environmental justice in Richmond, California, Elizabeth Gonzalez, Masters Thesis

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Understanding the mindfulness-attachment connection to the context of mindfulness-based stress reduction, Emily C. Gosterisli, Dissertation

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Ethical dilemmas in clinical social work practice : how are social workers affected and how do we respond?, Jennifer S, Graves, Masters Thesis

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Adult adoptees and considerations of parenthood : an exploratory study examining adoption experiences and effects, Katherine E. Green, Masters Thesis

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Exploration of intergenerational transmission of trauma in Holocaust survivors, Lisa S. Guthery, Masters Thesis

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Masculine ideology in adolescent male relationships : a quantitative study, William D. Hall, Masters Thesis

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The political birth of gay affirmative social services, José A. Hernández., Masters Thesis

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Wisdom in the trees : a research project on how elders living in the Treehouse Community together with foster children and their families continue or expand the quality of meaning making in their everyday lives, Elizabeth Hinze, Masters Thesis

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Let's talk about race : ǂb a study of racial discourse and self-esteem in transracial adoptees, Hyun-Zie Hong, Masters Thesis

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Does degree matter? : an exploration into the stigmatization of mental illness by social workers and other mental health professionals, Alexandria R. Huber, Masters Thesis

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The prevalence of problem gambling in the Chinese community of San Francisco with a focus on exploring treatment access, Vivian Hui and Linfang Zhao, Masters Thesis

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The integrationists : exploring the experiences of third culture kid psychotherapists, Carly S. Inkpen, Masters Thesis

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Maintaining community roots : understanding gentrification through the eyes of long-standing African American residents in West Oakland, Karessa Irvin, Masters Thesis

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Till (un)death do us part : exploring the romanticization of adolescent dating violence in The twilight saga and the romantic relationship beliefs held by female fans of the series, Aviva H. Jacobstein, Masters Thesis

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How does the participation in the program of Alcoholics Anonymous for a 90-day period effect the participants' capacity for affect regulation and the quality of their interpersonal relationships?, Judith A. Jordan, Dissertation

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Internalizing a social justice identity through hip hop values in the Beats, Rhymes, and Life Academy : a project based upon an investigation at Beats, Rhymes and Life, Alfredo E. Laris, Masters Thesis

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HIV-serodiscordant couples, pre-exposure, prophylaxis and relationship satisfaction, Eli Latto, Masters Thesis

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Incarceration, identity and resilience : understanding the long-term psychological impacts of racial trauma on Japanese Americans who were imprisoned during World War II, Kyla M. J. Lew, Masters Thesis

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Differential diagnosis of emerging and young adult disorders : a case vignette study of PTSD and psychotic disorders, Elizabeth L. Liepold, Masters Thesis

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The eating disorder mental health literacy of clinical social workers : an examination of assessment practices and knowledge, Chelsea R. MacCaughelty, Dissertation

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Experiences of reunification between older Chinese immigrant youth and their biological parents, Carolyn Mak, Dissertation

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A clinical response to a community issue : exploring Hartford's youth exposure to community violence in a community-based agency, Alicia M. Mamula, Masters Thesis

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Clinicians' experience of diagnosing children with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and pediatric bipolar disorder (PBD), Lenni Marcus, Masters Thesis

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Student satisfaction with the quality and quantity of mental health services offered by their MSW programs, Willa R. Mayo, Masters Thesis

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"Resisting disconnection" : an exploratory study of transgender adults' experiences of community support and resilience, AJ Metthe, Masters Thesis

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Experience of the undocumented worker in the Berkshires : an exploratory study, Tristan Muriel, Masters Thesis

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Coping with incarcerated-related stress : a study of coping responses by women romantically involved with incarcerated men, Jaleesa I. Myers, Masters Thesis

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ADHD or PTSD? : exploring the overdiagnosis of ADHD in minority boys with the potential of PTSD, Megan A. Negron, Masters Thesis

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Social workers' education, training, and experience in practice with clients bereaved by suicide death, Nicole S. Nejad, Masters Thesis

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Transfigured treatment : a comparative needs and specialized services assessment of transgender youth and gender specialist providers in the Bay Area, Lark E. Nierenberg, Masters Thesis