Current Dissertation Defenses

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Candidate: Sara J. Hoeve
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: English
Title: Using Mindset Pedagogy to Promote Growth and Increase Efficacy in Student Writers
Committee: Dr. Jonathan Bush, Chair, Dr. Allen Webb, Dr. Karen Vocke, Dr. Kia Richmond
Time/Place: Thursday, July 5, 2018, 1 to 3 p.m., 2033 Brown Hall 

 

Candidate: Gretchen Mohney
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Title: Incidence of Head Injury Among Synchronized Skaters: Rates, Risks, and Behaviors
Committee: Dr. Linda Shuster, Chair, Dr. Robert Baker, Dr. Shelly DiCesaro
Time/Place: Friday, July 6, 2018, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 1035 College of Health and Human Services

 

Candidate: Carmelita Sharonique Foster
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Psychology
Title: (Don’t) Stand by Me: Social Regulation of Response to Threat in Interracial Dyads
Committee: Dr. Scott Gaynor, Chair, Dr. Amy Damashek, Dr. Denise Ross, Dr. Monnica Williams
Time/Place: Monday, July 9, 2018 10 a.m. to noon 3715 Wood Hall

 

Candidate: Chelsea Sage-Germain
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Psychology
Title: Treatment Preference, Retention, and Treatment Outcome at a University-Based Outpatient Psychology Clinic
Committee: Dr. Scott Gaynor, Chair, Dr. C. Richard Spates, Dr. Amy Naugle, Dr. Tara Cornelius
Time/Place: Monday, July 9, 2018, 2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., 3723 Wood Hall

 

Candidate: Jerico Z. Alcantara
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Chemical and Paper Engineering
Title: Sequential Solid-State and Slurry Fermentation For Direct Succinic Acid Production From Non-Hydrolyzed Lignocellulosic Biomass Using Mixed Fungal Cultures
Committee: Dr. Andro Mondala, Chair, Dr. James Springstead, Dr. Brian Young, Dr. John Miller
Time/Place: Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon, A-213 CEAS, Parkview Campus

 

Candidate: Shealyn Blanchard
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Title: Black Graduate Students’ Experiences of Stress and Coping
Committee: Dr. Mary Zwoyer Anderson, Chair, Dr. Patrick Munley, Dr. Douglas Davidson
Time/Place: Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 1 to 3 p.m., 3120 Sangren Hall

 

Candidate: Andrew Clay
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Title: The Grief Experience of Spousal and Adult Child Caregivers of Individuals Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or Related Dementias Following Facility Placement
Committee: Dr. Jennifer Foster, Chair, Dr. Stephen Craig, Dr. Patricia Reeves
Time/Place: Thursday, July 12, 2018, 8 to 10 a.m., 3335 Sangren Hall

 

Candidate: Ruoxi Ma
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Chemical and Paper Engineering
Title: Screen Printed Moisture Sensor on Barrier Coated SBS Board: The Characterizations of the Hemicellulose-Based Biofilms and the Application for Smart Packaging
Committee: Dr. Alexandra Pekarovicova, Chair, Dr. Paul D. Fleming III, Dr. Veronika Husovska
Time/Place: Friday, July 13, 2018, 1 to 3 p.m., A-213 CEAS, Parkview Campus

 

Candidate: Karis L. Callaway
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Psychology
Title: From the Boots on the Ground: Military Members’ Attitudes and Beliefs of the Moral Injury Construct as Compared to Mental Health Professionals’
Committee: Dr. C. Richard Spates, Chair, Dr. Amy Naugle, Dr. Galen Alessi, Dr. Karen Blaisure
Time/Place: Monday, July 23, 2018, 10 a.m. to noon, 2734 Wood Hall

 

Candidate: Gaige J. Johnson
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Psychology
Title: The Effects of Decoding Instruction on Oral Reading Fluency for Secondary Students with Reading Delays
Committee: Dr. Denise Ross, Chair, Dr. Richard Malott, Dr. Amanda Karsten, Dr. Brian Martens
Time/Place: Monday, July 23, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon, 3713 Wood Hall

 

Candidate: Miriam Carroll-Alfano
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Title: Concussion in Student Athletes: Prevention, Assessment, and Recovery
Committee: Dr. Linda Shuster, Chair, Dr. Nickola Nelson, Dr. Roberta DePompei
Time/Place: Thursday, July 26, 2018, 9 to 11 a.m., 2073 College of Health and Human Sciences

 

Candidate: Haider Almahmoodi
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Title: High Power DC-AC and AC-DC Multilevel Converter Based on H-Bridge Topology Using Improved Control Strategies
Committee: Dr. Ikhlas Abdel-Qatar, Chair, Dr. Pablo Gomez, Dr. Azim Houshyar
Time/Place: Monday, July 30, 2018, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., D-205 CEAS, Parkview Campus

  

August

 

Candidate: Nasreen Almohanna
For the degree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Mathematics
Title: Uniformly Connected Graphs
Committee: Dr. Ping Zhang, Chair, Dr. Gary Chartrand, Dr. Clifton Ealy, Dr. Allen Schwenk, Dr. Dinesh Sarvate
Time/Place: Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 3 to 5 p.m., 6625 Everett Tower

 

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