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Dissertations from 2017

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Investigating Personality Traits of Registered Nurses: Implications for Personnel Evaluation, Stephanie N. Means

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General Education Teachers’ Attitudes about Inclusion, Larry D. Monje

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Examination of the Effects of Computer Assisted Mindfulness Strategies with Adolescents in an Alternative High School Setting, Justin A. Moore

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Teaching Students who have Difficulty Mastering lmitation, Jennifer Mrljak

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Attitudes toward Professional Psychological Help among Kenyan Immigrants Living in the United States, Reuben M. Mwangi

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An lntegrated Approach (Remote Sensing, Hydrogeology, Geotechnical, and Geoinformatics) to Assess and Monitor Fossil Aquifers and Associated Land Deformation Over the Arabian Peninsula, Abdullah Ghurmullah Saeed Othman

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Structures of Metallacarboranes and Coordination Complexes: Coordination Sensors Based on Rhodamine B and Quinolines, Agozie Nnaemeka Oyeamalu

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Dominican College Students’ Experiences of Distress, Help-Seeking and Stigma, Laura Alicia Pacheco del Castillo

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Dangerous Deals: A Case Study of NAFTA as a Criminogenic Policy, Daniel J. Patten

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A House Divided Cannot Stand: The Case for Latino-Black Coalitions, Sarah Perez

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Implementing the Primary Care Behavioral Health Model in a Pediatric Setting: Description, Satisfaction, and Potential Economic Outcomes, Rachel A. Petts

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A Corporate Model: Aligning National Nonprofit Expectations with Regional/Local Efforts to Serve the Mission, Emma A. Powell

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Mitral Cell Dendritic Arbors are Negatively Affected by Various Forms of Deafferentation and Can Recover in Adult Zebrafish, Joanna M. Pozzuto

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Peri-Operative Regional Nerve Blocks (PNB) in the Treatment of Pain in Patients Undergoing Operative Fixation of Lower Extremity Fractures, Joshua K. Radi

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Bicultural Identity Integration and Individual Resilience as Moderators of Acculturation Stress and Psychological Wellbeing of Asian Bicultural Immigrants, Hartini Abdul Rahman

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Fluid Manipulations Using a Piezo Electric Transformer for Sensing and Spray Generation Applications, Zeinab Ramshani

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Frequency and Nature of Elementary School Teacher-Student Interactions, Thomas Ratkos

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High School Seniors' Educational Experience lnfluencing the Decision to Pursue a Career in Nursing, Ryan L. Rowe

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An Investigation of Turkish Middle School Science Teachers’ Pedagogical Orientations towards Direct and Inquiry Instructional Approaches, Selcuk Sahingoz

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Protecting Sensitive Data in Clouds Using Active Data Bundles and Agent-Based Secure Multi-Party Computation, Akram Y. Sarhan

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Artificial Immune Systems: Applications, Multi-Class Classification, Optimizations, and Analysis, Brian Haroldo Schmidt

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Race and Sexual Orientation lssues in Graduate Classrooms: How Faculty in Psychology Experience them Emerging Alongside One Another, Raymond L. Sheets Jr.

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Self-Generated Absorption Filter Based Optical Densitometry Calculations for Expanded Gamut and Spot Color Printing on Paperboard for Packaging Applications and Proposed OBA Index, Awadhoot Vijaykant Shendye

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Spatial Analysis of Time between Two Consecutive Dental and Two Consecutive Well-Child Visits for Foster Care Youth, Chenyang Shi

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Education and Nutrition Problems in Rural China, Rong Shi

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Investigation of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention with Survivors of Interpersonal Violence, Laura Elise Stayton

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16th Century Shakespeare and 21st Century Students, Sheridan Lynn Steelman

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Speaking Our Truth: Gender Minority People's Experiences with Discrimination, Codie L. Stone

Experimental Therapy of Human Triple Negative Breast Cancer Using Oncolytic Tanapoxvirus Recombinants Expressing Interleukin-2 And Monocyte Chemoattractant Protein-1, Yogesh R. Suryawanshi

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How Friendships between Heterosexual and Sexual Minority Counseling Psychology Doctoral Students Affect Anti-Heterosexist Identity Development, Amber L. Sylvan

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Are the Leadership Behaviors of K–12 Leaders in Mid-Western Urban School Districts Influenced by their Beliefs and Attitudes Regarding Spirituality?, Ericka M. Taylor

Practicing Piracy: Violence, ldentity, and Cultural lnteraction in the Later Medieval Mediterranean, David D. Terry

Optical Properties of Quantum-Sized Gold and Silver Nanoclusters, Viraj Dhanushka Thanthirige

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Distributed Model Predictive Control of Power Converters in Microsrids Under Different Modes of Operation, Riyadh Toman Thahab Toman

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Chemotypic Variation of Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds in Midwest Forest and Atmospheric Role of Peroxyacyl Nitrates in Southeastern U.S., Shino Toma

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Superintendents’ Response to the Revised School Code Requiring Merit Pay in Selected Michigan School Districts, Mark A. Tompkins

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Critical Success Factors for Agile Project Management in Non-Software Related Product Development Teams, Jeff Totten

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Good Looking in the Dark: A Narrative across Three Mediums, Aimee J. Valentine

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A Hybrid Parallel Approach to High-Performance Compression of Big Genomic Files and in Compresso Data Processing, Sandino N. Vargas Pérez

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Statistical and Clinical Equivalence of Measurements, Puntipa Wanitjirattikal

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The Influence of Training Procedures on Generalization Performance in Scent-Detection Rats, Erin Watkins

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Three Essays on Monetary Policy and Exchange Rate Behavior, Wan Wei

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Effects of Historical Story Telling on Student Understanding of NOS and Mendelian Genetics, Cody Tyler Williams

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Modelling Student Misconceptions Using Nested Logit Item Response Models, Mustafa Yildiz

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Development of Traditional and Rank-Based Algorithms for Linear Models with Autoregressive Errors and Multivariate Logistic Regression with Spatial Random Effects, Shaofeng Zhang

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Oncolytic Tanapoxvirus for Melanoma Therapy, Tiantian Zhang

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Discriminative and Reinforcing Effects of Cocaine-Levamisole Combinations, Zachary J. Zimmermann

Dissertations from 2016

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Indoor Localization of Mobile Devices Based on Wi-Fi Signals Via Convex Optimization and Bregman Divergence, Osamah Ali Abdullah

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Three Essays on the Economics of Child Labor and Child Education, Kofi Acheampong

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Fault Detection and Localization in Solar Photovoltaic Systems using Sensing Frameworks, Masoud Mohsen Alajmi

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Examining the Existence and Importance of Ten Skills for Successful School Leaders from Saudi Principals’ Perspectives, Khalifah Albalawi

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The Empowerment of Academic Women Leaders at Saudi Universities and Its Relationship to Their Administrative Creativity, Azala M. Al Ghamdi

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Empirical Evaluation of Different Features of Design in Confirmatory Factor Analysis, Deyab Almaleki

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A Metaevaluation of School Counseling Program Evaluations, Saeed Mohammed Almueed

Development and Evaluation of Matrix Material Formulations for Potential Integration into Immunodiagnostic Biosensors, Payam Aminayi

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Culturally Relevant Education for Rural Schools: Creating Relevancy in Rural America, Joshua J. Anderson

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Three Essays Assessing Global Value Chain Fragmentation on International Trade Using the World Input-Output Database, Johanna Retana Attoh

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Compressive Sensing Framework for Mass Spectrometry Data Analysis, Khalfalla Ahmad Kh. Awedat

Ghost Notes, Scott M. Bade

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A Formative Evaluation of a Program Providing Support to College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Kourtney Kay Bakalyar

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Integration of Professional Identity and Christian Religious Identity in Undergraduate Social Work Students, Lolene K. Bargerstock

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Factors Affecting Community Participation in Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Molly Bathje

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Personality Factors, Self-Care, and Perceived Stress Levels on Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Doctoral Students, Jennifer L. Bauer

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Who Controls Immigration Judges?: Towards a Multi-Institutional Model of Administration Judge Behavior, Mark Richard Beougher

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The Behavioral Revolution in Contemporary Political Science: Narrative, Identity, Practice, Joshua R. Berkenpas

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Discriminative Stimulus Effects of 3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone and 4-Methylmethcathinone, Michael D. Berquist

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A Transdiagnostic Approach to Emotion Regulation: The Development and Validation of Two Scales of Emotion Regulation, Lauren M. Borges

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The Influence of Feedback on Implicit Bias in a Sample of Primarily Caucasian Women Counselors-in-Training, Branson L. Boykins

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Design and Validation of an Electro-Hydraulic Pressure-Control Valve and Closed-Loop Controller, Jerry Boza

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Yoga as an Ancillary Treatment to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Depression, Jeralee M. Briggs

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The Relationship between Student Achievement and Professional Learning Communities at the Middle School Level, Michael S. Burde

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A Prospective Investigation of Behavioral Risk Factors and Sexual Victimization Outcome in College Females, Tara E. Casady

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On Myrtle: A Novel, Laurie Ann Cedilnik

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Resolving Classes and Resolvable Spaces in Rational Homotopy Theory, Timothy L. Clark

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Using Postfeedback Delays to Reduce Racing in Online Learning, Anna L. Conard

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From Novice to Independent Researcher: A Content Analysis of PhD Student Blogs, Sarah J. Cox

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Only the River Remains: History and Memory of the Eastland Disaster in the Great Lakes Region, 1915 – 2015, Caitlyn Perry Dial

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The Federal School Improvement Grant: Telling the Story through Quantitative Outcomes, Gregg B. Dionne

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Adolescent Difficulties with Emotion Regulation: An Open Trial, Julissa A. Duenas

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Some Nonparametric Ordered Restricted Inference Problems in the Context of a Statistical Education Study, Bradford M. Dykes

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Bayesian Rank Based Methods for Linear and Generalized Linear Models, James Kodzo Dzikunu

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La Sexualidad Como Vehículo De La Identidad De Género, Sexual Y Nacional En La Novelística Panhispánica Del Siglo XXI, Leticia Isabel Espinoza

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An Integrated Approach for a Better Understanding of the Paleo-Hydrology and Landscape Evolution in the Sahara During the Previous Wet Climatic Periods, Abotalib Zaki Abotalib Farag

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Work Stress: A Review, Analysis, and Extension of the Job Demands-Control (-Support) Model, Marcus J. Fila

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Statistical Methodology for Data with Multiple Limits of Detection, Robert M. Flikkema

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Transitioning Children with Autism from One-on-One Discrete-Trial Settings to Special Education Classrooms, Jennifer L. Freeman

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A Metaevaluation of the Commission on Fire Accreditation International Accreditation Process, Stacy A. French

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Assessing the Impact of Historical Story Telling on Student Learning of Natural Selection, Janice Marie Fulford

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Correlates and Effects of Data-Informed Decision-Making: An Empirical Examination of the Loose Coupling Theory Using a National Data Set, Xingyuan Gao

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Single and Multiple Leadership Roles of Building Principals: Perceived Differences in Leadership Responsibilities in Selected Midwestern Districts, Michael A. Gaunt

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The Experience of Teachers and Deans in an Intensive Weekly Observation/Feedback Model, Kathleen A. Grinwis

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Exploration of Peer Learning in a Formal Cohort Healthcare Leadership Development Program, Melinda Marie Gruber

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Comparison of the Effectiveness of Different Observation Methods and an Exploratory Analysis of the Importance of Accuracy of Various Observations on Safety Performance, Marlies Hagge

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Session-By-Session Feedback from Psychotherapy Outcome Assessment: An Analysis of Treatment Utility, Lynn Hallberg Hall

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Examining International Stock Market Integration: Effects on Portfolio Statistical Moments, Changes to Systematic Risk Significance, and Investor Purchasing of Foreign Equities, Justin Kingsley Hanig

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Conceptualization, Measurement, and Effects of Helicopter Parenting on College Students from the Millennial Generation, BaoChun Z. Hind

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Human Behavior and Safety Auditing: The Effects of Altering Response Effort on Data Collection Behaviors of Internal and External Auditors, Krista L. Hinz

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Seventh-Day Adventists and ‘Race’ Relations in the U.S.: The Case of Black-White Structural Segregation, Cleran Hollancid

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Essays on Portfolio Choice and Risk Management, Yi-Chin Hsin

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Flexographic Printing of Conductive Silver Inks onto PDMS: Surface Treatment and Novel Processes for Creating Printed Electronic Devices, Michael James Joyce