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Graduate Research: Dissertations Completed

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Fall 2015

Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
College of Business
College of Education
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
College for Design and Social Inquiry


Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters

Celine Guillerm
"A Feminist Cultural Study of Identity, Hair Loss, and Chemotherapy"
Dissertation Advisor: Christine Scodari

Katherine Wahlberg
"The Centrality of Self in Response to Humanitarianism: An Ethnographic Approach to the Global Peace Film Festival"
Dissertation Advisor: Stephen Charbonneau

Evelio Yera
"Truth and Reconciliation Commissions and the Colombian Justice and Peace Law and Victims"
Dissertation Advisor: Jeffrey S. Morton

 College of Business

Ratan Dheer
"Cognitive Implications of Biculturalism: Impact on Entrepreneurial Intentions"
Dissertation Advisor: Tomasz Lenartowicz

Heather Parola
"The Role of Interorganizational Trust in the Merger and Acquisition Process"
Dissertation Advisor: Kimberly M. Ellis

College of Education

Laura Antczak
"Community College Baccalaureate Transitions in Florida: Student Affairs Perspectives"
Dissertation Advisors: Deborah L. Floyd and Patricia Maslin-Ostrowski

Fernando Antunez
"The Effectiveness of the National Board Certification on the Advanced Placement Calculus AB Exam"
Dissertation Advisor: Joseph M. Furner

David Atwell
"Digital Edification: An Analysis of Technology Readiness and Concept of Ability in School District of Palm Beach County K-12 School Leaders"
Dissertation Advisor: Victor C. X. Wang

Lulrick Balzora
"An Examination of African-American Male Awareness of and Application to Honors Programs"
Dissertation Advisor: Dianne A. Wright

Martha Brown
"Talking in Circles: A Mixed Methods Study of School-wide Restorative Practices in Two Urban Middle Schools"
Dissertation Advisor: Gail E. Burnaford

Anthony Graham Foster
"An Investigation of the Program Curriculum Leading to Successful Sobriety in a Substrance Abuse Residential Treatment Center in Florida"
Dissertation Advisor: Elizabeth Villares

Mirynne Igualada
"The Beliefs of Advanced Placement Teachers Regarding Equity and Access to Advanced Placement Courses: A Mixed-methods Study"
Dissertation Advisor: Dilys Schoorman

Mohammad Ilyas
"Globalization and Higher Education in Florida's State University System"
Dissertation Advisor: Ira E. Bogotch

Stephen Johnson
"Concurrent Enrollment and Academic Performance of Community College English Language Learners"
Dissertation Adivsors: Deborah L. Floyd and Ira E. Bogotch

Adam Miller
"Florida's School Choice Policies and Democracy: Origins and Destinations"
Dissertation Advisor: Meredith L. Mountford

Lori Miller
"The Perceived Impact of Technology-based Informal Learning on Membership Organizations"
Dissertation Advisor: Valerie C. Bryan

Alise O'Brien 
"Perceptions of Academic Resilience Among Teachers and Twelfth Grade Adolescent Girls"
Dissertation Advisor: Gail E. Burnaford

Karen Pain 
"The Impact of Voluntary Remediation on Gateway Course Success and Minority and Low-income Students in Florida Colleges"
Dissertation Advisor: Deborah L. Floyd

Cheryl Shamon
"Responding to the Florida Teacher Standards for the English as a Second Language Endorsement: A Study of Elementary Preservice Teachers' Perceptions"
Dissertation Advisor: Hanizah Zainuddin

Kristin Shealy
"Impact of Collaborative Work Analysis Professional Development on Teacher Practice and Student Writing"
Dissertation Advisor: Gail E. Burnaford

Simone Tuinhof De Moed
"Exploring Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Voices: A Critical Case Study with Middle School Students"
Dissertation Advisor: Gail E. Burnaford

  College of Engineering and Computer Science

Benjamin Bryan
"Noise Radiation from a Cylindrical Embossment Immersed in Turbulent Boundary Layer Flow"
Dissertation Advisor: Stewart Glegg

Qingde Chen
"Finite Element Modeling of Dislocation Multiplication in Silicon Carbide Crystals Grown by Physical Vapor Transport Method"
Dissertation Advisor: Chi-Tay Tsai

Nicholas Kouvaras
"Performance Enhancement of an ACV in Varying Water Depth"
Dissertation Advisor: Manhar Dhanak

James Mulcahy
"Evolving Legacy Software Systems with Resource and Performance-sensitive Autonomic Components"
Dissertation Advisor: Shihong Huang

Dereje Yimam
"Compliance Issues in Cloud Computing Systems"
Dissertation Advisor: Eduardo B. Fernandez


Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing

Laurie Abbott
"The Effect of a Culturally Relevant Cardiovascular Health Promotion Program on Rural African Americans"
Dissertation Advisor: Christine L. Williams

Christie Bailey
"The Influence of Gardens on Resilience in Older Adults Living in a Continuing Care Community"
Dissertation Advisor: Charlotte D. Barry

Mary Jorda
"The Meaning of School Body Mass Index (BMI) Screening and Referral to the Parents/Guardians of First, Third, and Sixth Grade Students"
Dissertation Advisor: Charlotte D. Barry

Linda Payne
"The Experience of Caring for Women with Drug or Alcohol Problems in the General Hospital"
Dissertation Advisor: Charlotte D. Barry

Robin Powers
"Recognizing Functional Decline in Persons with MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment)"
Dissertation Advisor: Ruth M. Tappen

Charles E. Schmidt College of Science

Avisa Asemi
"The Role of Dorsal Anterior Cingulate Cortex in Motor Control"
Dissertation Advisor: Steven L. Bressler

Ashley Campbell
"An Analysis of the Demography and Habitat Usage of Roatán’s Spiny-tailed Iguana, Ctenosaura Oedirhina"
Dissertation Advisor: Terry L. Maple

Stacee Caplan
"Neuroprotection During Acute Oxidative Stres: Role of the PKG Pathway and Identification of Novel Neuromodulatory Agents Using Drosophila Melanogaster"
Dissertation Advisor: Ken Dawson-Scully

Atousa Chaharsough Shirazi
"Spin-foam Dynamics of General Relativity"
Dissertation Advisor: Jonathan S. Engle

Gerardo Estrada
"Improving In Vivo Two Photon Microscopy Without Adaptive Optics"
Dissertation Advisor: Christopher Beetle

Gregory Gorelik
"The Effect of Competition on Men's Sexual Psychology and Attitudes Towards Rape"
Dissertation Advisor: David F. Bjorklund

Stephen Ippolito
"Kicks and Maps A Different Approach to Modeling Biological Systems"
Dissertation Advisor: Vincent Naudot

Vindu Kathriarachchi
"Effect of Processing Temperature on the Properties of Nanophase Fe-substituted Hydroxyapatite"
Dissertation Advisor: Theodora Leventouri

Stephania Libreros
"Investigating the Role of CHI3L1 in Promoting Tumor Growth and Metastasis Using Mammary Tumor Models"
Dissertation Advisor: Vijaya Iragavarapu-Charyulu

Zhongmin Lu
"Presynaptic Determinants of Synaptic Strength and Energy Efficiency at Drosophila Neuromuscular Junctions"
Dissertation Advisor: Gregory Macleod

Nicholas Minar
"Multisensory Cues Facilitate Infants' Ability to Discriminate Other-race Faces"
Dissertation Advisor: David F. Bjorklund

Krystal Ribot (Lago)
"Antecedents and Outcomes of Language Choice in Bilingual Toddlers: A Longitudinal Study"
Dissertation Advisor: Erika Hoff 

Matthew Seifert
"The Effects of Dichoptic and Isoluminant-chromatic Stimuli on the Perception of Object and Objectless Motion"
Dissertation Advisor: Sang Wook Hong

Theresa Strazisar
"Mechanisms Controlling Distributions of Cosmopolitan Submerged Aquatic Vegetation: A Model Study of Ruppia Maritima L. (Widgeongrass) at the Everglades-Florida Bay Ecotone"
Dissertation Advisor: Marguerite Koch

Amy Tift
"Investigating the Mechanisms Underlying Infant Selective Attention to Multisensory Speech"
Dissertation Advisor: David F. Bjorklund

 College for Design and Social Inquiry

Michelle Evans
"Does Public Service Ethics Education Include Gender Equity? An Exploration of Gender Inclusion in MPA Ethics Syllabi"
Dissertation Advisor: Patricia M. Patterson

Derek Slagle
"The Significance for, and Impact on, Public Administration of the Correspondence Theory of Truth or Veridicality"
Dissertation Advisor:  Hugh T. Miller

Steven Tinsley
"Jobs Created? Economic Development as Language Games"
Dissertation Advisor: Patricia M. Patterson

Darrin Wilson
"Local Government Decisions in a Time of Economic Decline: A Study of County Government Budget Policy During the Great Recession"
Dissertation Advisor: Clifford P. McCue

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