Psychology Ph.D. Program

Recent Ph.D. Recipients

2014-2015 Academic Year

Lori Kinkler (Clinical; Advisor: Abbie Goldberg), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Heterosexual Single Adoptive Parents by Choice: Perceptions of Challenges, Coping, and Strengths

Angela de Dios (Developmental; Advisor: Jeffrey Arnett), What Does Being Filipino American Mean? The Influences of Cultural Identity on Well Being Considering the Moderating Effects of Ethnic Context

Julia Sollenberger (Clinical; Advisor: James Córdova), How did you know? Using couples’ narratives to predict marital quality and treatment response

Katie Frazier (Developmental; Advisor: Rachel Falmagne), Empowerment, sexualized femininity and violence against women in the age of postfeminism

Joseph Schwab (Developmental; Advisor: Jeffrey Arnett), The narrative construction of identity in emerging adults: Reflctions on the good life

Oswaldo Moreno (Clinical; Advisor: Esteban Cardemil), The immigrant health paradox: The role of religiosity

Maggie Campbell-Obaid (Social; Advisor: Johanna Vollhardt), The complex role of religious beliefs in supporting peaceful or violent policies: A multi-method study in the U.S. Christian context

Kenny Cabell (Social ; Advisor: Jaan Valsiner), Buying and selling meaning: A theoretical and empirical investigation of consumer-brand symbolic fit

2013-2014 Academic Year

Juan Zhong (Developmental; Advisor: Jeffrey Arnett), Young Women's Migration in Modern China: From Rural Villages to Factories in Urban Cities

Melinda Ippolito Morrill (Clinical; Advisor: James Córdova), Examining the Role of Couple Acceptance in Positive Parenting

Amy Cameron (Clinical; Advisor: Kathy Palm Reed), Addressing treatment motivation in borderline personality disorder: Results from a Phase 1 open trial of values-focused dialectical behavior therapy

CJ Fleming (Clinical; Advisor: James Córdova), Do as I say, not as I do? An examination of the relationship between partner behaviors and help-seeking for alcohol-related issues

Jacquelyn Raftery-Helmer (Clinical; Advisor: Wendy Grolnick), Academic coping and engagement in urban youth: Testing a motivational model

Jessica Mckenzie (Developmental; Advisor: Lene Jensen), Morality, modernity, and globalization: A cross-generaliztion student in rural and urban Thailand

Theresa Jackson (Developmental; Advisor: Rachel Falmagne), Class, practices, and the body: A societal investigation of menarche and the transition to womanhood

Kristine Marbell (Clinical; Advisor: Wendy Grolnick), Encouraging Autonomy in a Collectivist Culture: Examining Parental Autonomy Support in Ghana and the Moderating Effect on Children's Self-Construal

2012-2013 Academic Year

Craig Gruber (Social; Advisor: Jaan Valsiner), The Construction of Courage: Personal Resiliency in Educational Settings

Ingrid Sarmiento (Clinical; Advisor: Esteban Cardemil), Perspectives on the Therapeutic Process: An Examination of Cultural Competence and the Working Alliance among College Students in Treatment

Matthew Syzdek (Clinical; Advisor: Michael Addis), Gender-Based Motivational Interviewing for Increasing Mental Health Service Use in College Men

Amanda Harp (Clinical; Advisor: James Córdova), Partner Undermining Behaviors Scale-Weight Loss (PUBS-WL): Constructing a Measure of Partner Undermining During Weight Loss Attempts

Jordan Downing (Clinical; Advisor: Abbie Goldberg), Trans Identity Construction: Reconstituting the Body, Gender, and Sex

Martin Dege (Social; Advisor: Jaan Valsiner), Subjectivity and Democracy in Action Research

Sandina Begic (Social; Advisor: Jaan Valsiner), Nothing is Left of Yesterday and Tomorrow is Far Away: An Inquiry into the Experience of Homelessness in One's Culture

Christina Andriani (Social Psychology with a concentration in Holocaust and Genocide Studies; Advisors: Jaan Valsiner [Psychology] and Thomas Kühne [History]), Swords or Plowshares? Holocaust Collective Memories and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Hannah Richardson (Clinical; Advisor: Abbie Goldberg), The Perceived Impact of Marriage Equality: Experiences of Married and Unmarried Same-Sex Couples Living in Massachusetts

Jon Green (Clinical; Advisor: Michael Addis), Assessing the Perceived Normativeness and Functions of Direct and Indirect Self-Harm in Men

Katherine Lacasse (Social; Advisor: Joe de Rivera), Transforming Political Attitudes toward Climate Change with Simple Behavior Change

Nikita Kharlamov (Social; Advisor: Jaan Valsiner), Modeling sense of place: Emergence of meaningful places in encountering environments

Rachel Zack Ishikawa (Clinical; Advisor: Esteban Cardemil), Uptake of Depression Treatment Recommendations among Latino Primary Care Patients

2011-2012 Academic Year

Juan Hu (Developmental; Advisor: Nancy Budwig), The Early Acquisition of Verb Constructions in Mandarin Chinese: An Examination of Experimental and Naturalistic Contexts

Gabe Twose (Social; Advisor: Joe de Rivera), Healing or Opening the Wounds of the Past? Perceptions of Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Ayfer Dost (Developmental; Advisor: Lene Jensen), Adolescent-Parent Discrepancies in Beliefs about Family Relationships in Turkish Families: Links to Conflict, Cohesion, Life Satisfaction, and Conflict Management

Zach Beckstead (Social; Advisor: Jaan Valsiner), Human Lives in Movement: Cultures as a Tool for Adaptation

2010-2011 Academic Year

Alisha Pollastri (Clinical; Advisor: Esteban Cardemil), Emotional Expressivity and Social-Emotional Adjustment in Urban Adolescent Males

Amy Meade (Clinical; Advisor: James Córdova), Depression in Couples: Examining Buffering Effects for Partners of Depressed Patients in a Partial Hospital

Doga Sonmez (Developmental; Advisor: Marianne Wiser), Supporting Kindergarten Students' Oral Language Skills: A Classroom Intervention for Literacy Development

Jonathan Blair (Clinical; Advisor: James Córdova), Integrating Attachment and Self-Theory: A Model for Understanding Relationship Satisfaction and Student Well-Being

Tatiana Davidson (Clinical; Advisor: Esteban Cardemil), Depression and Urban Adolescents: Relationships among Emotion Suppression, Cultural values, and Gender Norms

Kaya Ono-Krieger (Developmental; Advisor: Jaan Valsiner), What is it to Feel Ureshi, Tanoshii, and Yorokobu?: An Investigation Into Meaning Construction

MySha Whorley (Clinical; Advisor: Michael Addis), Developing a Brief Writing Intervention to Increase Self-Disclosure of Distress in Unemployed Men

Rachel Friendly (Clinical; Advisor: Wendy Grolnick), Don't Worry, You'll Be Fine: Effects of Preparation Style on Children's Reactions to Disappointment

Stefanie Toise (Social; Advisor: Jim Laird), The Efficacy of Adapted Yoga in Managing Psychosocial Risk in Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Patients