Current Dissertation Defenses

December

Candidate: Raed M. Salih
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Computer Science
Title: Using Agent-Based Implementation of Active Data Bundles for Protecting Privacy in Healthcare Information Systems
Committee: Dr. Leszek Lilien, Chair, Dr. Zijiang James Yang, Dr. Kuanchin Chen
Time/Place: Friday, Dec. 15, 2 to 4 p.m., D-210 CEAS, Parkview Campus

January

Candidate: Todd Harcek
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation
Title: Apology Not Accepted: The Impact of Crisis Communication, Media Coverage and Time on Crisis Management During Major Oil Spills
Committee: Dr. Keith Hearit, Chair, Dr. Michael Scriven, Dr. Leah Omilion-Hodges, Dr. Yuk Fai Cheong
Time/Place: Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., 2307 Friedmann Hall

 

February

Candidate: Nouf Rashdan Almutairi
For the degree of: Doctor of Education
Department: Special Education and Literacy Studies
Title: Effective Reading Strategies for Increasing the Reading Comprehension Level of Third-Grade Students with Learning Disabilities
Committee: Dr. Luchara Wallace, Chair, Dr. Shaila Rao, Dr. Wanda Hadley
Time/Place: Friday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m. to noon, 4550 Sangren Hall

 

Candidate: Amelia M. Fonger
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Psychology
Title: Teaching Eye Contact and Responding to Name to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Committee: Dr. Richard Malott, Chair, Dr. Stephanie Peterson, Dr. Steven Ragotzy, Dr. Carmen Jonaitis
Time/Place: Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 3715 Wood Hall

 

Candidate: Katie Lynn Garza
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Psychology
Title: Further Development of a Supervision System for Behavior Analysts to Support Evidence-Based Supervision Practices
Committee: Dr. Stephanie Peterson, Chair, Dr. Heather McGee, Dr. Richard Malott, Dr. Dennis Reid
Time/Place: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2734 Wood Hall

 

Candidate: Kirk Vander Molen
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Title: Comparison of Religious Problem-Solving Styles on the Use of Problem-Focused and Maladaptive Emotion-Focused Coping Related to Financial Strain and Stress
Committee: Dr. Kieran Fogarty, Chair, Dr. Mary Lagerwey, Dr. Michele McGrady
Time/Place: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2 to 4 p.m., 2060 College of Health and Human Sciences 

 

Candidate: Merfat Ayesh Alsubaie
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Title: Ten Elementary School Teachers’ Voices: How They Build Effective Literacy Learning in the Lives of Their 2nd Grade Children
Committee: Dr. Nancy Mansberger, Co-Chair, Dr. Lynn Nations Johnson, Co-Chair, Dr. Patricia Reeves
Time/Place: Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., 3335 Sangren Hall

 

Candidate: Justin J. Daigle
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Psychology Title: Application of Response-to-Intervention in a Pre-Kindergarten Special Education Classroom
Committee: Dr. Richard Malott, Chair, Dr. Stephanie Peterson, Dr. Ron Van Houten, Dr. Carmen Jonaitis, Dr. Steve Ragotzy
Time/Place: Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, 3 to 5 p.m., 2734 Wood Hall

 

Candidate: Nurjannah
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Title: The Development of a Model to Examine Diabetes Burden by School District to Inform School-Based Diabetes Risk Program Planning and Evaluation
Committee: Dr. Amy Curtis, Chair, Dr. Kathleen Baker, Dr. Rajib Paul
Time/Place: Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1073 College of Health and Human Services

 

Candidate: Katherine Eaton
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Mallinson Institute for Science Education
Title: Impacts of Cohort Membership on Teacher Candidates in an Alternative Certification Program
Committee: Dr. Marcia Fetters, Chair, Dr. Brandy Pleasants, Dr. Katharine Cummings
Time/Place: Monday, February 26, 2018, 10 a.m. to noon, 1720 Sangren Hall

 

Candidate: Nafiseh Jandaghi Jafari
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Chemistry
Title: The Assembly and Function of PWI Domain Containing Complexes and Poxvirus Proteins
Committee: Dr. Blair Szymczyna, Chair, Dr. David Huffman, Dr. Ramakrishna Guda, Dr. Karim Essani
Time/Place: Monday, February 26, 2018, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., 1260 Chemistry Building

 

Candidate: Ran Shi
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Title: Empirical Estimates of Parameter Used in A Priori Power Analysis for Asian School-Randomized Studies
Committee: Dr. Jessaca Spybrook, Chair, Dr. Gary Miron, Dr. Jianping Shen
Time/Place: Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 1 to 3 p.m., 4402 Sangren Hall

 

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