All dissertations completed at Western Michigan University are entered into ScholarWorks. Some may be embargoed or restricted by the authors and may be only available from on-campus computers. Print copies are available through interlibrary loan for dissertations before 2013. If you have any questions, please contact maira.bundza@wmich.edu.

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Dissertations from 2013

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Exploring Adolescent Experiences of Race, Ethnicity, and Socioeconomic Status in Counseling Relationships: A Qualitative Approach, Christina Crans

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How Schools are Meeting State Legal Mandates to Provide Online Education, Mark Edward Deschaine

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Motivational Interviewing Assessment and Behavior Therapy as a Stepped-Care Approach to the Treatment of Adolescent Depression, Tanya N. Douleh

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Using Behavior-Analytic Techniques to Benefit an African Non-Governmental Organization: Improving and Expanding Services, Amy L. Durgin

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"This is Not Just My Story; It's Part of Who I Am": A Symbolic Interactionist Perspective of Battered Women's Identity Negotiations, Jessica Edel Harrelson

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Influences of TNT-Food Pairings on the Performance of Mine Detection Rats in Early Training Stages, Timothy L. Edwards

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A Robust Estimate for the Bifurcating Autoregressive Model with Application to Cell Lineage Data, Tamer M. E. Elbayoumi

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Building A House of Peace: The Origins of the Imperial Presidency and the Framework for Executive Power, 1933-1960, Katherine Elizabeth Ellison

NO SECRETS, Andrea England

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Collaboration between Grant-Making Organizations, Evaluators, And Program Staff Related to Standardized Evaluation Requirements, Kristin M. Everett

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Metal-Organic and Supramolecular Architectures Based on Mechanically Interlocked Molecules, Isurika Rosini Fernando

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Air Too Pure for Slavery and the Rights of British Liberty: The Black Experience in London, 1772-1883, Tony A. Frazier

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Veteran Teachers and Novice Coaches: A Case Study of Content Focused Coaching in Three Persistently Failing Midwestern Middle Schools, Brian E. Gamm

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Development of Polarization Analysis of Resonant Inelastic X-Ray Scattering, Xuan Gao

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Reconceiving Self-Abnegation: Female Vulnerability as Embodied (Un)Sovereignty, Renee Lee Gardner

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Compositional and Structural Analysis of Nitrogen Incorporated and Ion Implanted Diamond Thin Films, Elias James Garratt

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Foreign Aid Effectiveness: Three Essays on Aid-For-Trade and Export Performance of Developing Countries, Shanka Prasad Ghimire

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New Approaches on Deinking Evaluations, Roland Gong

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Exploring Police Active Shooter Preparedness in Michigan: A Grounded Study of Police Preparedness to Active Shooter Incidents, Developing a Normative Model, Daryl Darwin Green

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Quantifying Value in Public Health: Using Economic Methods to Analyze System Change, Theresa M. Green

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Organic Solar Cells Based on High Dielectric Constant Materials: An Approach to Increase Efficiency, Khalil Jumah Tawfiq Hamam

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The Characterization of Algae Grown on Nutrient Removal Systems and Evaluation of Potential Uses for the Resulting Biomass, Kristin Hampel

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The History of Shakespeare in American Education, 1620-1930, Joseph P. Haughey

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Examining Antarctica from a Geodynamic Perspective: Backstripping, Ice Thickness, Tectonics and Erosion, Travis Gary Hayden

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Experiences of Male Saudi Arabian International Students in the United States, Molly Elizabeth Heyn

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Principal Leardership Behaviors Which Teachers at Different Career Stages Perceive as Affecting Job Satisfaction, Valari Hill

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Mixed Methods Analysis of Counselor Views, Attitudes and Perceived Competencies Regarding the Treatment of Internet Pornography Addiction, Bradly K. Hinman

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Almost Touching, Almost Free, Dustin M. Hoffman

Recombinant Metaphors: Uses of Language and Medieval Interdisciplinarity in Pearl, Lisa M. Horton

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A Pattern in the Lusternik-Schnirelmann Category of Rational Spaces, Julie Dare Houck

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Investigation of Recycled Paper Deinking Mechanisms, Veronika Husovska

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A Comparative Study of Exact Versus Propensity Matching Techniques Using Monte Carlo Simulation, Mukaria J. J. Itang'ata

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Estimation and Inference for Spatial and Spatio-Temporal Mixed Effects Models, Casey M. Jelsema

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Discovery and Characterization of a Tanapoxvirus Encoded Human Neuregulin Mimetic, David Jeng

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Client-Based QoS Monitoring and Evaluation Architecture for Network Infrastructure and Services, Ammar Mohammed Kamel

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Coveting the Backstage: A College Student Audience Study Regarding Authenticity Construction in the Reality Television Viewing Process, Lisa Marie Kruse

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Counselor Educator Knowledge, Experience, Attitudes and Beliefs Toward Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Jennifer Mills Langeland

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Motivating Operations in Drug-Discrimination, Amin Duff Lotfizadeh

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Clinician's Experience of Suicide Assessment from a Qualitative Perspective, Eric W. Macleod

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Artificial Immune Systems and Particle Swarm Optimization for Solutions to the General Adversarial Agents Problem, Jeremy Mange

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Exercise Alters Glial Cell Line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (GDNF) Protein Content in the Spinal Cord, Monica Janine McCullough

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Impact of Participating in a Short-Term Intervention Model of Sports Education Camps for Children with Visual Impairments, John Michael McMahon

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From Script to Screen to Syllabus: The Path to Curriculum Design for Undergraduate Film Production Programs, Peter J. Muir

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Engineered Interfaces and Nano-Scale Thin Films for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Electrolytes, Manjula I. Nandasiri

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Hurting Leaders: The Lived Experiences of African-American Clergy and Their Views, Attitudes, and Barriers to Help-Seeking, Bernice Suzette Patterson

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A Description of Group Supervision in Internships: A National Study of Programs Accredited by CACREP, Robert Powell

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Evaluation of Modafinil in Preclinical Behavioral Assays of Abuse Liability, Amanda J. Quisenberry

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A Qualitative Study of Counselors Who Work with Spanish-Speaking Clients: Implications for Counselor Training and Practice, Daniel Rolando Romero

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Leadership Loss within Independently-Controlled Protestant Churches: Protecting against Leadership Turmoil and Turnover, Daniel L. Rundhaug

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The Process of How Teachers Become Teacher Leaders and How Teacher Leadership Becomes Distributed Within a School: A Grounded Theory Research Study, Steven J. Sanocki

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The Partial Characterization of the 142R Protein of Tanapox Virus, Krystal N. Seibert

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A Phenomenological Exploration of Superintendents’ and Principals’ Experiences in a Shared Professional Development Process, John R. Severson

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Slope of Change through D-Cycloserine Facilitation of Exposure Therapy in a Social Anxiety Population, Christina M. Sheerin

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Pathways to Cyber Bullying from Bystander to Participant: Secondary School Students’ Perspectives, Michele L. Siderman

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Weighted Shifts of Finite Multiplicity, Daniel S. Sievewright

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Student Conceptions of Learning and the Approaches to Learning Adopted in an Introductory Science Course: A Q Methodology Study, Kelly Marie Sparks

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Sharing: Social Behavior in Situations of Risk, Stephanie Theresia Stilling

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Teaching Students About Plagiarism: What it Looks Like and How It Is Measured, Diana Stout

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SIMO: Modeling and Measuring the Relationships between Strategy, IT/Mission Alignment Maturity and Nonprofit Organizational Outcomes, Kelly Ann Trusty

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Student Thoughts and Perceptions on Curriculum Reform, Douglas D. VanderJagt

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Psychosocial Development of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Higher Education, Kathleen M. VanderVeen

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Old English Ecologies: Environmental Readings of Anglo-Saxon Texts and Culture, Ilse Schweitzer VanDonkelaar

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Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance Induced Structure-Property Relationships of Metal Nanostructures, Subramanian Vilayurganapathy

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Making Grades Matter: Connections Between Teacher Grading Practices and Attention to State Assessment, Gregory D. Warsen

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Judicial Behavior and Litigant Success in Environmental Cases at the United States Court of Appeals, Elizabeth Wheat

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Single Case Research Designs: An Effective and Efficient Methodology for Applied Aviation Research, Geoffrey R. Whitehurst

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The Voices of Higher Education Service-Learning Directors: A Qualitative Inductive Analysis, Kelsey Woodard

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Global Skin Friction Diagnostics: The Glof Technique and Measurements of Complex Separated Flows, Sudesh A. Woodiga

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Grip Strength, Multimorbidity, and Disability, Amy M. Yorke

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Writing the Wrongs: How Gay and Lesbian Playwrights Use the Paranormal in Autobiographical Writing, George William Zorn

Dissertations from 2012

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Optical and Electrochemical Sensors for the Detection of Metal Ions and Nerve Gas Mimics via Fluorescein and Coumarin Derivatives, Fasil Adefris Abebe

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Paleoclimatic Regimes of the African Sahara Desert during Pleistocene and the Origin of Groundwater in the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System, Abdou Abouelmagd

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A Discriminative Imaging-Based Framework for Road Sign Condition Assessment Using Local Features and SVM Classifiers, Jafar Jameel Abukhait

Preliminary Revision, Phylogenetics and and Studies of Leaf Anatomical Variation Along an Elevational Gradient in the Genus Schefflera (Araliaceae) in Sabah, Malaysia, Aida Shafreena Ahmad Puad

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Integrated Approach for Hydrogeologic Investigations in Africa: Inferences from Space-Borne and Land-Based Gravity, Aeromagnetic, GIS, and Remote Sensing Data, Mohamed El Sayed Ahmed Ahmed

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Adaptive Radial Basis Function Neural Networks-Based Real Time Harmonics Estimation and PWM Control for Active Power Filters, Eyad KH Almaita

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Gravure Printability of Indium Tin Oxide Nanoparticles on Glass and PET Films for Applications in Printed Electronics, Dania Awni Alsaid

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Varieties of Politics, Varieties of Capitalism: The Effects of Political Institutions on Capitalist Diversity, Matthew P. Arsenault

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Effects of D-Galactose Treatment and Moderate Exercise on Spatial Memory in Rats, Amanda R. Austin

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An Evaluation of Social Capital's Effect on Depression Among Adolescents, Ezechukwu Awgu

Vestibular Functioning and Migraines: Comparing Those with and Without Vertigo, Barbara J. Baker

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Popular Perceptions of the Relationship between Religious and Ethnic Identities: A Comparative Study of Ethnodoxy in Contemporary Russia and Beyond, David M. Barry

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Teaching and Understanding the Concept of Critical Thinking Skills Within Michigan Accredited Associate Degree Dental Hygeine Programs, Kimberly S. Beistle

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Lesbian/Queer/Same-Gender-Loving Women Graduate Students in Mental Health Related Fields: A Grounded Theory of Attitudes Toward Transgender Individuals, Bonnie M. Benson

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Rank-Based Estimation and Prediction for Mixed Effects Models in Nested Designs, Yusuf K. Bilgic

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Deepwater, Deep Ties, Deep Trouble: A State-Corporate Environmental Crime Analysis of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, Elizabeth A. Bradshaw

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"Sí Se Puede" Latino Students Can Succeed in School: A Success Case Method Study, Manuel J. Brenes

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Student Success: An Investigation of the Role the Pre-Admission Variables of Academic Preparation, Personal Attributes, and Demographic Characteristics Contribute in Predicting Graduation, Lianne Briggs

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Predictors of Academic Success for Optometry Students, Robert S. Buckingham

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A Behavioral Approach to Modus Operandi: Incident Form Completion and its Effect on Predictive Analysis, Sarah Elizabeth Casella

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Design, Modeling and Fabrication of Shear Mode Bulk Acoustic Wave Sensor as a Potential Biosensor, Chi-Jung Cheng

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A Study of the Effects of Charter Schools on Achievement, Attendance and Selected Mitigating Factors in a Midwestern State’s Small Urban School Districts, Frederick C. Clarke

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Identifying In-School Predictors of Postsecondary Success for Students with Hearing Impairments, Jennifer Lynn Coyle

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The Campus Queen: A Literary and Cultural Study of High School Royalty, Jamie L. Hammel Culver

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The Contours of Judicial Tenure in State Courts of Last Resort: Accountability vs. Independence, Todd A. Curry

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Optical and Electrochemical Properties of Monolayer Protected Gold Clusters Modified with Fluorophores, Mary Sajini Devadas

Higher Education Leadership in American Geography: Restrospect and Prospect, Michael S. DeVivo

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End of the Line: Tracking the Commodity Chain of the Electronic Waste Industry, Jacquelynn A. Doyon

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School Counselors' Activities in Predominantly African American Urban Schools, Lacretia T. Dye

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Rule-Based Precise Localization Services in Mobile Environments, Mohammed Elbes