Graduate Dissertation Titles

top ⇑2019

top ⇑2018

Emiliya Adelson

Director: Bonnie Nastasi
Perspectives on children's stressors and supports: Voices of African American elementary school children in New Orleans

Maxwell Anderson

Director: Edward Golob
Interactions between auditory spatial attention and features retained in memory

Corey Black

Director: Courtney Baker
Teacher turnover and preschooler externalizing behaviors in low-income early childhood educational settings

Michael Brachfeld

Director: Bonnie Nastasi
The relationship between teacher well-being and the use of office discipline referrals in an urban charter school

Trenesha Hill

Director: Courtney Baker
Empirically derived profiles of preschooler functioning: Effects on kindergarten readiness

Xzania (White) Lee

Director: Michael Cunningham
Race-related stress and coping among African American adolescents in urban, racially homogeneous communities

Aaron Moss

Director: Laurie O'Brien
A step before the first step? Social norms and admitting implicit racial prejudice

Jennifer Rious

Director: Michael Cunningham
Culturally-specific parenting and African American adolescent prosocial behavior: Rethinking classical strategies in context

Emily Shaffer

Director: Lisa Molix
Examining the relationship between group membership and time perspective on threat and policy support

top ⇑2017

Heather (Henderson) Larrazolo

Director: Bonnie Nastasi
It's hard, but it's not complicated:" Becoming a social-emotional learning-focused school

Kristen Scott

Director: Michael Cunningham
Mixed-methods research on the impact of perceived parenting practices on African American adolescents' future expectations

Meredith Summerville

Director: Bonnie Nastasi
Young children's relationships: Ecomaps by African American kindergarten and first grade children in New Orleans

top ⇑2016

Jeffrey Brown

Director: Oscar Barbarin
Reconciling discrepancies in care-taker concerns about the behavioral health of pre-school children: An application of the Tri-Factor Model

Kathryn Jones

Director: Stacy Overstreet
The behavioral and emotional screening system – student form as a predictor of behavioral outcomes in youth

Caroline Tipler

Director: Janet Ruscher
They’re sucking the system dry: Mediators and moderators of the relationship between dehumanizing metaphors for immigrants and anti-immigrant public policy attitudes

Tara Van Bommel

Director: Janet Ruscher
The impact of congruency between interaction expectancies and mimicry behaviors on cognitive depletion and mood in interracial interactions

top ⇑2015

Patrick Bell

Director: Bonnie Nastasi
A Transformative, Participatory Approach for Social-Emotional Focused Urban School Reform

Amanda Borja

Director: Bonnie Nastasi
Using the ecomap to explore children's phenomenology about their social worlds: A global cross-cultural analysis

Patricia Gilbert

Director: Laurie O'Brien
The role of role models: How does identification with STEM role models impact women’s implicit STEM stereotypes and STEM outcomes?

Wendy Jung

Director: Jeffrey Lockman
The development of orienting object features during hand to mouth transport in infants

Laura Marques

Director: Stacy Overstreet
Dissociation and Posttraumatic Stress Following Sexual Abuse: The Moderating Effect of Caregiver Support

Stefanie Simon

Director: Laurie O'Brien
Leading through diversity: The effect of leader gender on racial discrimination claims

Alexandra Sims

Director: Stacy Overstreet
Examining the Relationship between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and Attention Deficits in Children

Allisyn Swift

Director: Bonnie Nastasi
Toward a Local Model of Teacher Professional Development for Social -Emotional Learning for Elementary Teachers of Urban Minority Youth

top ⇑2014

Daniel Bayless

Director: Jill Daniel
Sex Differences in Impulsivity in Prepubertal and Adult Rats

Berre Burch

Director: Stacy Overstreet
Dissociation: Exploring the Role of Arousal Regulation and Links with Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms Following Allegations of Maltreatment

Elizabeth Carey

Director: Lisa Szechter
Family Interactions in a Science Museum: The Potential of Inquiry to Support Engagement

David Doyle

Director: Lisa Molix
Stigma 'Gets under the Skin,' but Does It "Get to the Heart?' Sexual Orientation as a Determinant of Social Relationship Outcomes

Jackleen Leed

Director: Jeff Lockman
Canonical Body Knowledge, Perceptuo-motor Coordination, and Tactile Localization

Jennifer Maldarelli

Director: Jeff Lockman
The Role of Social Learning in Early Tool Use Skill Development

Shereen Naser

Director: Stacy Overstreet
Evaluating the Utility of the Behavioral and Emotional Screening System (BESS) as a School-Based Universal Screening Tool

Laura Niditch

Director: Enrique Varela
Temperament, Parenting, and the Development of Anxiety in Early Childhood

top ⇑2013

Alison Blodorn

Director: Laurie T. O'Brien
Evaluations of White American Versus Black American Discrimination Claimants' Political Views and Prejudicial Attitudes

Katherine Cost (Neuroscience)

Director: Gary P. Dohanich
Spatial Ability during Pregnancy and Motherhood in Rats and Humans: A Comparative Study

Elin Grissom

Director: Gary P. Dohanich
The Relationships Between Sex Differences in Learning Strategy in Early Life and Neurochemical and Neuroarchitectural Endpoints in Multiple Memory Systems

Wayne Hawley

Director: Gary P. Dohanich
Modulation of Spatial Cognition in Adult Rats by Biological Sex, Gonadal Steroids, Affective Conditions, and Cholinergic Neurotransmission

Kyle Hucke

Director: Michael Cunningham
Hypermasculinity Attitude Profiles and Depressive Symptoms in Emerging Adult Males

Balachandar Kathirvelu

Director: Paul J. Colombo
Investigations of the Role of the Transcription Factor Creb in Memory Formation, and Interactions Between the Hippocampus and the Striatum Memory Systems

Christine Witty (Neuroscience)

Director: Jill M. Daniel
Mechanisms by Which Midlife Estradiol Exposure Exerts Lasting Impacts on Memory and the Hippocampus in Aging Female Rats

top ⇑2012

Alyssa M. Boasso

Director: Janet B. Ruscher
Impressions of Mental Health: The Role of Narrative Perspective-taking, Empathy, and Listener's Mood

C. Christiane Creveling

Director: Enrique Varela
The Role of Parental Control, Youth’s Cognitive Schemas and Emotion Regulation Skills on Youth Anxiety Across Different Age Groups

Bjorn Kahrs

Director: Jeffrey Lockman
Rhythmical Stereotypies in Infancy

Qi Li

Director: Jeffrey Lockman
Chopstick Use by Chinese Children

Rosa Maria Mulser

Director: Michael Cunningham
African American Adolescents Speak: Mixed-Methods Research on the Meaning of Racial Identity in the Relation between Race-Related Stress and Depressive Symptoms

Jill West

Director: Stacy Overstreet
Understanding the Motivation of Elementary School Teachers to Implement Social and Emotional Learning Curricula

top ⇑2011

Charles Corprew

Director: Michael Cunningham
Men at the Crossroads: Profiling Hypermasculinity in Emerging Adulthood

Kathryn Moore

Director: Enrique Varela
The Role of Emotional Competence in the Relation between Parental Emotion Socialization Practices and Childhood Anxiety

Lauren Smith-Stowe

Director: Edward Golob
Effects of Varying Mask Stimulus Features During Self-Monitoring on Speech Output in Healthy Adults

Angelique Trask-Tate

Director: Michael Cunningham
The role of racial identity in promoting the academic expectations of African American adolescents

Laura Manning

Director: Edward Golob
Beyond Interference: An Event-Related Potential Analysis of the Role of Previous Stimuli in Non-Verbal Working Memory for Musical Chords

top ⇑2010

Kate Autin-Yurgil

Director: Ed Golob
Neural Activity Associated with Controlled and Automatic Attention Varies with Age, Working Memory Capacity, and Perceptual Load

top ⇑2009

Johannes Bohacek (Neuroscience)

Chair: Jill Daniel
Long-Term Ovarian Hormone Deprivation Alters the Responsiveness of the Hippocampus and Prefrontal Cortex to the Effects of Subsequent Estradiol Treatment in Middle-Aged Rats

Sarah Fontenelle

Chair: Jeffrey Lockman
The Effect of Adult Demonstration on Chinese and American Infant Object - to - Surface Affordance Discovery

Samantha Francois

Chair: Michael Cunningham
Pathways Through Which Neighborhoods Impact Adolescents’ Academic Performance: How Residential Mobility and Race Play a Part.

Lauren Hensley

Chair: Roberto Varela
The Influence of Hurricane Exposure and Anxiety Sensitivity on Panic Symptoms

Tim Luis

Chair: Roberto Varela
Social Cognitive Mechanisms of Separation Anxiety Symptoms in Children

Tara Matthews

Chair: Stacy Overstreet
Attention Deficits in Youth With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Shaefali Pillai Rodgers

Chair: Jill Daniel
Long-Term Cognitive and Neurobiological Consequences of Transient Estradiol Exposure During Middle Age in Ovariectomized Rats

Danielle (Annie) Weiss

Chair: Denise Newman; Co-Chair Jeffrey Lockman
Personality Development and Its Role in Student Performance Among American Indian Youth

top ⇑2008

Lucinda Lange-DeGrange

Chair: Michael Cunningham
Paternal Support as a Moderator Between Mothers' and Fathers' Control and Adolescent Depressive Symptoms

Rebecca Salvato Ruberg

Chair: Denise Newman
In or Out? Predictors of Educational Attainment in American Indian Youth

top ⇑2007

Samantha Morrison

Chair: Stacy Overstreet
Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Adolescent Females Following Hurricane Katrina: Coping as a Moderator

Devin L. Wallace

Chair: Janet B. Ruscher
If you've met one, you've met them all? Moderating outgroup homogeneity using the Stereotype Content Model

top ⇑2006

Kristine Bourgeois

Chair: Jeffrey J. Lockman
Infant Manual Exploration of Objects, Surfaces, and Their Interrelations

Jill C. Bradley

Chair: Ronald S. Landis
Rejection and Deflection: The Case of the "Poor White Trash" Stereotype

Dana Foney

Chair: Michael Cunningham
Why are you Following Me? The Impact of Perceived Negative Youth Experiences on the Behavioral and Emotional Outcomes in African American Urban Youth

Deborah Kruglak Gilman

Chair: Stacy Overstreet
Toward a Greater Understanding of Community Violence: Event Features That Shape the Experience and Impact Mental Health Functioning

Seth A. Kaplan

Chairs: Mary Waller and Ronald S. Landis
The Affective Basis of Team Performance During Nonroutine Events: The Case of Nuclear Power Plant Control Room Crews

Alexa Walthall Khawar

Chair: Jeffrey J. Lockman
Infants' Use of Handled Objects

Christopher Linn

Chair: Terry E. Christenson
Mate Guarding Intensity in Relation to Degree of Potential Sperm Competition in the Orb Weaving Spider Nephila Clavipes (Araneae: Tetragnathidae)

Salimar Ashley Ayub Neal

Chair: Jeffrey J. Lockman
Infants' Use of Multi-Surfaced Objects With and Without Handles

Eden Renee Pruitt

Chair: Janet B. Ruscher
The Influence of Role Conflict on Stress and Hypertension in African Americans

Christopher R. Warren

Chairs: Michael J. Burke and Ronald S. Landis
On the Importance of Balancing Organizational Stakeholders: Investigating Climate Perceptions Using Referent Cognitions and Polynomial Regression

Mike Zyphur

Chair: Ronald S. Landis
Acting Ethically in the Face of Threat: The Effect of Identity and Personality

top ⇑2005

Jennifer J. Brightwell (Neuroscience)

Chair: Paul Colombo
CAMP Response Element-Binding Protein Is Essential for Long-Term Memory Formation in Hippocampus and Striatum

Yael Efreom

Chair: Stacy Overstreet
Resilience and Vulnerability in the Face of Exposure to Community Violence: Exploring the Impact of Parental Monitoring and Perceptions of Safety on Children's Mental Health

Amy M. Jensen

Chair: Gary Dohanich, Joseph Constans (co-chair)
PTSD-Related Biases in the Assessment of Ambiguous and Unambiguous Affective Faces

DeMarquis Hayes

Chair: Michael Cunningham
Parent's Rating of Involvement to Predict Adolescent's Achievement Scores

Brian P. Mackey

Chair: Melanie McGrath and Michael Cunningham
Are Hypermasculine Attitudes a Risk Factor for Smoking In Men?

Sterett Mercer

Chair: Michael Cunningham
A Multidimensional Investigation of the Racial Identity of White American College Students

Devi Miron

Chair: Barbara Moely
College Students' Community Service Involvement: Preferred Approaches, Match, Satisfaction, and Plans to Continue

top ⇑2004

Adam P. Barsky

Chair: Ronald S. Landis and Arthur P. Brief
The Ethical Cost of Assigned Performance Goals

Katherine Bevans

Chair: Stacy Overstreet
Relations Between Life Stressors and Salivary Cortisol: The Moderation Roles of Trauma Exposure, Perceptions of Impact, Depressive Symptoms, and Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms

Renee Countryman

Chair: Paul J. Colombo
Involvement of c-Fos and CREB in Cortical and Subcortical Brain Regions During Acquisition and Recall of Socially Transmitted Food Preferences

Christy L. McLendon

Chair: Ronald S. Landis
The Differential Perception and Reactivity Model of Occupational Stress

Alecia M. Santuzzi

Chair: Janet B. Ruscher
Perceptions and Metaperceptions of the Stigma Experience: Accuracy and Bias in a Social Relations Model

Kristin Smith-Crowe

Chair: Michael J. Burke and Ronald S. Landis
An Interactionist Perspective on Ethical Decision-Making: Integrative Complexity and the Case of Worker Safety

top ⇑2003

Germaine Allison

Chair: Stacy Overstreet
The Influences of Gender, Parents, and Friends on the Alcohol-Related Problems of College Freshman.

Arleen Cerbone

Chair: Stacy Overstreet
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Children: Relationship between Parental Stress, Chronic Stress Exposure, and HPA-axis Dysregulation

Chanda D. McGhee

Chair: Michael Cunningham
Enhancing the Motivation of African American High School Students: Improving the Environmental Fit of Racial Identity

Leslie K. Sutro

Chair: Jeffrey J. Lockman
Early Copying: Relating Perception and Action

top ⇑2002

Lori A. Carroll

Chair: C. Chrisman Wilson
Violence and Coping: Perceptions of Controllability and Social Support as Moderators

Elizabeth A. Deitch

Chairs: Arthur P. Brief and Ronald S. Landis
Concealable Stigma and Well-Being: The Role of Social Identity as a Buffer against Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Workplace

Jennifer D. Kaufman

Chair: Michael J. Burke
Development and Test of a Multiple Stakeholder Citizenship Performance Taxonomy in a Service Setting

Kimberly J. O'Farrell

Chair: Janet B. Ruscher
Relational Devaluation and the Self: Testing an Integrative Model of Self-motivations and the Theory of Hurt Feelings

Katherine A. Robison

Chair: Barbara E. Moely
Student Perceptions of Middle School: Relation to Academic Motivation, Learning Strategies, and Academic Achievement in Science.

top ⇑2001

Heather Kristl Davison

Chair: Arthur P. Brief and Michael J. Burke
The Paradox of the Contented Female Worker: A Revision and Test of the Theories

Lisa Jackson

Chair: Margaret Dempsey
An Analysis of Coping in Inner-City Adolescents in Relation to Exposure to Community Violence

Cathy Maraist

Chair: Ronald Landis
Alternative Test Modalities: Can Black-White Subgroup Differences be Reduced?

William T. Robinson

Chair: William P. Dunlap
A Comparison of Structural Equation and Moderated Multiple Regression Methods for Detecting Interaction Effects among Manifest Variables

Barry Row

Chair: Gary P. Dohanich
The Role of Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone in the Modulation of Spatial Memory

top ⇑2000

Daniel J. Beal

Chair: Edgar C. O'Neal
Aggression and Racism: Affective and Inhibitory Mechanisms

Jill M. Daniel

Chair: Gary P. Dohanich
The Role of Acetylcholine in the Estrogen-Induced Increase in Hippocampal NMDA Receptor Binding and in the Associated Enhancement of Working Memory Performance

Aric J. Fader

Chair: Gary P. Dohanich
The Effects of Estrogen Delivered to the Medial Septal Area and Hippocampal Formation on Spatial Performance in a Radial Arm Maze

Jennifer P. Tonglet

Chair: Barbara E. Moely
Influences on Math Homework Completion and Achievement: Students' Attitudes Toward Teacher-Related Factors, Student Motivational Factors, and Environment-Related Factors in Fifth and Eighth Graders

Margaret A. Vaslow

Chair: Barbara E. Moely
Educational Resiliency: The Effects of Motivation on Academic Achievement

Melissa Poche Venezia

Chair Barbara E. Moely
Juvenile Offenders: Profiles and Predictions

top ⇑1999

David Marshall Corey

Chair: William P. Dunlap
Averaging Correlations: An Examination of Alternative Procedures

Elizabeth Leigh Cralley

Chair: Janet B. Ruscher
Effortful Egalitarianism: Stereotype Suppression Requires Both Motivation and Cognitive Resources

Michelle S. Dusig

Chairs: Arthur P. Brief and Michael J. Burke
Enhancing Team Confidence: Collective Efficacy as a Mediator of the Relationship Between Team Leadership Style and Team Outcomes

Karen S. Galambos

Chair: Michael J. Burke
Development And Test Of A Work Satisfaction-Job Performance Framework

Janet Kristin Merritte

Chair: Professor Barbara Moely
A Domain-Specific Investigation of Goal Orientation, Related Cognitive And Behavioral Variables, And A Prediction Model For Academic Achievement

Sherry B. Schnake

Chair: Janet B. Ruscher
The Subtle Communication of Prejudice in Speech to Outgroup Members

Joel B. Vaslow

Chair: Michael J. Burke
The Multiple Stakeholder Model of Psychological Climate: Beyond Employees and Customers

Zhinuan Yu

Chair: William P. Dunlap
The Bivariate Normality Assumption of the Tetachoric Correlation Coefficient

top ⇑1998

Todd Bukowski

Chair: Terry Christenson
Reproductive Behavior of the Spiny Orb-Weaver Micrathena Gracilis

Bin Dai

Chair: Jeffrey J. Lockman
Infant Exploratory Play Behavior As A Function Of Texture Of Objects

Bin Duan

Chair: William P. Dunlap
The Robustness Of Trimming And Winsorization When The Population Distribution Is Skewed

Jane Goins

Chair: Edgar C. O'Neal
Achievement Motivation in Children: The Development and Validation of a New Instrument

Marie Claude Huynen

Chair: Terry Christenson
Social Interactions of the Adult Female Rhesus (Maceca Mulatta): Variation with Adult Sex Ratio and Social Rank

Deedrah Marie Respess

Chairs: Clarissa S. Holmes; William P. Dunlap
Adherence Behaviors in Puerto Rican Children With Diabetes

Volkan Topalli

Chair: Edgar C. O'Neal
Retaliatory Motivation as Attunement to Hostile Information in Point Light Displays

Zhenping Zhao

Chair: William P. Dunlap
Empirical Critical Values of Box's Epsilon for Testing the Sphericity Condition

top ⇑1997

Margaret Barton

Chair: Michael J. Burke
Modeling the Prediction of Demonstrating Effort and Maintaining Personal Discipline

Melissa Marie Deichmann

Chairs: Clarissa S. Holmes; William P. Dunlap
Nonverbal Intelligence and the Speed/Accuracy Trade-Off in Children with Diabetes: A Longitudinal Follow-Up

Laura Lawson Duval

Chair: Janet B. Ruscher
The Effect of Communicated Exemplars on Stereotyping and Impression Formation

William Evans

Chair: Gary P. Dohanich
Attentional Mechanisms of Saccadic Eye Movements in Schizophrenics

Paul Ivan Frankel

Chair: Edgar C. O'Neal
Control of Mentation from Within and Without: Mood Management and Thought Suppression

Robin Michele Reizenstein

Chairs: Arthur P. Brief; Michael J. Burke
To Comply or Not to Comply: A Study of the Function of Authority Situations and Prejudice in Employment Decisions

top ⇑1996

Faith Louise Cohen

Chair: Clarissa S. Holmes
The Interrelationships Between Demographic, Stress, Disease and School-Related Variables in Understanding Academic Performance in Children with Diabetes

Lisa Maye Finkelstein

Chair: Michael J. Burke
A Quasi-Experimental Examination of Hypothesized Contextual Factors Contributing to Age Bias in the Workplace

Nancy Barbara Goldstein

Chairs: Arthur P. Brief; Michael J. Burke
Group Role Ambiguity: The Dark Side of Work Groups

Richard E. Goodwin

Chair: William P. Dunlap
Tests of Generalizability: A Comparison of the Power and Accuracy of Hoben Thomas' Likelihood-based Model of Validity Generalization and the U Statistic

Elliott Dannatt Hammer

Chair: Janet B. Ruscher
Willing But Not Able: Even Low-Prejudiced Perceivers Sometimes Make Stereotypic Attributions

Thomas Joseph Hebert

Chair: Gary P. Dohanich
Gonadal Steroid Regulation of NADPH-Diaphorase Histochemistry in the Male and Female Rat Brain

Charley C. Morrow

Chair: Michael J. Burke
Human Resource Utility Models: An Investigation of Current Models' Assumptions and Perceived Accuracy

Beth Ann O'Brien

Chairs: William P. Dunlap; Lee Zimmerman
Luminance and Chromatic Contrast Effects on Skilled and Disabled Reading Performed With and Without Required Eye Movements

Leigh Schmitt

Chair: Jefferson Sulzer
A Test of the Karasek Job Strain Model for a Sample of Civil Service Clerical Workers and Supervisors

top ⇑1995

Theresa Constans

Chair: Jeffrey J. Lockman
Prematurity Stereotype: Maternal Perceptions of Premature Infants Among Low and Middle Income African-American Mothers of Full-term and Premature Infants

Mifrando Salcedo Obach

Chair: Barbara E. Moely
Developmental Changes in Children's Metacognitions about Study Activities, Motivational Beliefs for Learning, and Academic Self-Efficacy During Middle School

Stacy Lee Overstreet

Chair: Clarissa S. Holmes
Effects of Chronic Hyperglycemia and Race on Cognitive Functioning in Children and Adolescents with Diabetes

Lisa Kay Tesvich

Chair: Jefferson Sulzer
A Construct Validation Study of a Police Entrance Examination

top ⇑1994

Patricia Lynn Blackwell

Chair: Jeffrey J. Lockman
Mother-Infant Interaction in Cocaine Affected Dyads and Infant Development Over the First Nine Months of Life

Ligia Maria Chavez

Chair: Edgar C. O'Neal
The Cognitive Cost of Mood Regulation

Lior Givon

Chair: Arnold Gerall
Expression of mRNA for the Estrogen Receptor in Neonatally Androgenized Female and Castrated Male Rats

Tammy Greer

Chair: William P. Dunlap
The Effects of Skew on Internal Consistency

Michele Elizabeth Ann Jayne

Chair: Michael J. Burke
Family Role Identification as a Source of Gender Differences in the Relationship Between Parenthood and Organizational Commitment

Cheok Yuen Lee

Chair: William P. Dunlap
Averaging Performance Across Trails of Skill Acquisition: Maximizing Reliability with Matrices Having Superdiagonal Form

Michelle Marcia Pettaway

Chair: Jefferson Sulzer
The Development and Validation of the New Orleans Police Department Written Communication Test

Lina Merle Wiessman

Chair: Clarissa S. Holmes
A Motivational Approach to Psychological Predictors of Adherence Behaviors in Adolescents with Diabetes Mellitus

Elizabeth Ann Yost

Chair: Janet B. Ruscher
What Do We Think of Her Now? The Role of Motivation and Cognitive Capacity in Transactive Impression Formation

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