Recent Dissertations

Below, you will find information about some of the recent doctoral dissertations, including the author's name, the title of the dissertation, and the faculty advisor.

2017

Emory, Hannah: "The influence of gender role conflict on perpetration and victimization of intimate partner violence in same sex male relationships"
     Advisor: Dr. Elin Ovrebo


Lee, Brittany: "Exploring the relationship between stereotype threat, racial centrality, grit, and academic achievement and retention in African American male first generation college students"
     Advisor: Dr. Doug Strohmer 

Miro, Danielle: "Social ecological predictors of leisure time physical activity"
    Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Lease

Smith, Ben: "Resilience, generalized self-efficacy and mindfulness ad moderators of the relationship between stress and both life satisfaction and depress among college students: An investigation of the residence process"
     Advisor: Dr. Richard Lightsey

Zuckerman, Stephanie: "What predicts suicide among psychologists? An examination of vulnerability and protective factors"
     Advisor: Dr. Richard Lightsey

2016

Cole, Floyd (Wally): "Male norm conformity and minority stress as predictors of PTSD symptomology among non-heterosexual men"
     Advisor: Dr. Elin Ovrebo

2015

Allen, Brienne: "Predictors of types and frequencies of sexual fantasies: Body image self-consciousness and gender"
     Advisor: Dr. Sara Bridges

Buttacavoli-Smith, Jessica: "The psychological distress experienced in women seeking educational upward mobility: The role of backlash, self-esteem, and race"
     Advisor: Dr. Elin Ovrebo

Cox, Ryan: "Hegemonic masculinity and health outcomes in men: A mediational study on the influence of masculinity on diet"
     Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Lease

Harris, Joel: "The effectiveness of an anti-bullying intervention for elementary school students"
     Advisor: Dr. Chrisann Schiro-Geist

Ingram, Christina: "Work meaning and its buffering effect on the relationship between perceived stress and health risk factors"
     Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Lease

Izmirian, Angela: Sexual satisfaction in Armenian women living in the United States: Exploring acculturation and gender role ideology and the mediational role of sex guilt"
     Advisor: Dr. Sara Bridges

Jehu, Christine: "The effect of an LGB affirmative sports video on student athlete knowledge and attitudes toward LGB individuals"
     Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Lease

Nicholson, Diane: "Mental Health Trainees' Perceptions of Intimate Partner Violence within Diverse Same-Sex Couples"
     Advisor: Dr. Elin Ovrebo

Swanson, Lindsey: "Understanding the influence of the coach and team relationships on sport motivation in collegiate student-athletes"
     Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Lease

Voss, Jami: "Alternative sexual lifestyles: An exploration of client needs, therapist competencies, and training"
     Advisor: Dr. Sara Bridges

2014

Adams, Robert William: "Counselor recovery status and substance abuse certification: A relationship to perceived credibility and counselor preference with hazardous drinkers"
     Advisor: Dr. Douglas Strohmer

Allen, Brienne: "Predictors of types and frequencies of sexual fantasies: Body image self-consciousness and gender"
     Advisor: Dr. Sara Bridges

Brooksby, Robin: "Social media: A case of publicness"
     Advisor: Dr. Sara Bridges

Constantin, Donnalin: "The moderating impact of giftedness on the relationship between existential anxiety, authenticity and depression in college students"
     Advisor: Dr. Sara Bridges

Dannison, Heather: "Dichotomous identity negotiation: Straight-ally conservative Christians in the mid-south"
     Advisor: Dr. Sara Bridges

Gharibian Gharghani, George: "Counselor confirmation bias: Can the Internet serve as a debiasing tool?"
     Advisor: Dr. Douglas Strohmer

Halawani Montes, Sarah: "The relationship between parenting and depressive symptomology in young Jordanian adults: Is attachment a mediator variable?"
     Advisor: Suzanne Lease

Katz, Aron: "Testing the role of body vigilance as a precipitating factor in the cognitive behavioral model of medically unexplained illness"
     Advisor: Dr. Douglas Strohmer

Long, Richelle: "The state of aftercare: A critical look at the response to victims of human sex trafficking in the United States"
     Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Lease

Murray, Adrian: "Taking a cue from the heart: A meta-analysis of mindfulness-based interventions for healthcare providers"
     Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Lease

Owens, Archandria: "Life role salience in African American men: The impact of race related stress, hypermasculinity, and sexual self-concept"
     Advisor: Dr. Sara Bridges

Powell, Kevin: "Stigma against mental illness: The influence of empathy, perspective-taking, exposure to and familiarity with mental illness"
     Advisor: Dr. Sara Bridges

2013

Donahue, Stephanie: "Predicting social-emotional and cognitive development at 24 months: The impact of postnatal maternal anxiety and depressive symptoms, and mother-child relationships"
     Advisor: Dr. Sara Bridges

Dunnavant, Bridget: "The intersection of aging and spirituality in the psychology of lesbian, bisexual, and queer women"
     Advisors: Dr. Douglas Strohmer and Dr. Lisbeth Berbary

Geiss, Meghan: "Internalized homonegativity as a moderator of the relationship between partner attributions and psychological abuse among men in same-sex relationships"
     Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Lease

Green, Michael: "The effect of college-family conflict on academic variables for college student-parents"
     Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Lease

Hatchett, Eugenia Suzanne: "Protective factors in the relationship between urgency and bulimic behavior"
     Advisor: Dr. Owen Lightsey

Nash, Trisha Marie: "The moderating impact of neuroticism on the relationship between moral personality characteristics and prosocial behaviors"
     Advisor: Dr. Sara Bridges

Sterba, Aaron Michael: "The relationship of sleep and exercise to salient indicators of college student emotional well-being"
     Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Lease

2012

Aycock, Rebecca Adele: "The relationship of peer norms, connectedness with GLB community, minority stress, and condom use self-efficacy with safer sex behaviors in a sample of men who have sex with men"
     Advisor: Dr. Sharon Horne

Baggett, Linda Rae: "Body image, self-esteem, and sexual self-consciousness in men and women as predicted by experiences of sexual objectification by others"
     Advisor: Dr. Sara Bridges

Fowler, Roneferiti MaIshia: "Exploring the impact of first-generation status and family cohesion on the career thoughts of college students"
     Advisor: Dr. Douglas Strohmer

Gage, Alida Novarese: "An exploration of the link between masculinity and intimate partner violence"
     Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Lease

Mobley, Christiann: "Parenting style and ACT: Connections and relations"
     Advisor: Dr. Sara Bridges

Ueng, Huan-Hsiang: "Internalized homophobia, psychological distress, and job satisfaction among sexual minority males in the workplace"
     Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Lease

2011

Goddard, Michelle: "Sleep quality, technostress, and maladaptive use of technology: Predictors of depression among college students"
     Advisor: Dr. Sara Bridges

Hampton, Ashley Beth: "Examining the moderating effects of race and gender on the relationship between aggressive personality traits and substance use in federal offenders"
     Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Lease

Fleming-Norwood, Kristie: "There's more to it than just not showing up: Attitudes toward help-seeking and African American men"
     Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Lease

Karakashian, Michael: The predictive utility of mindfulness, experiential avoidance and values-based action for well-being in college students"
     Advisor: Dr. Sara Bridges

Reeves, Teresa LeAnn: "The impact of legal status on sexual minority and parental stress for parents in same-sex relationships"
     Advisor: Dr. Sharon Horne

Sawyer, R. John, II: "The influence of executive functioning on the intention-behavior link for sexual health behavior among young men:
     Advisor: Dr. Sharon Horne