The capstone project requirements require doctoral students to make an original contribution to psychological scholarship. Students may choose to do a qualitative or quantitative research project, or can choose other forms of scholarship, such as developing a case study or treatment protocol.


Doctoral Papers/Masters Projects from 2017

A Reflective Case Study of a Year-Long Mental Skills Training Program with JROTC Cadets, Sarah E. Beacham and Katherine B. Steinert

A Therapist's Fallibility and the Hermeneutics of Trust, Joshua Ryan Burg

Novice Consulting: Lessons Learned, Megan Byers and Katarina Miller

Evaluation of the Substance Abuse Prevention Services (SAPS) Program at the United States Air Force Academy’s Peak Performance Center (PPC), Gerivonni M. Darden

Different Strokes: an Exploration of the Experience of Gay Athletes as Members of a Master's Swim Team, Eva Erickson and Danielle Wahl

The Road to Success: Utilizing NFL Player's Attributions to Success to Support Youth Development, Tara Hegg, Premeeta Hirubalan, and Gary Calabro

All The World's a Stage : a Neophyte Sport Psychology Consultant as Performer, Sarah Hudak

Influence of Coaching Behavior on Motivation for Sport Participation: Interviews with Youth Athletes with Disabilities, Margaret Jasper and Kailee Feldman

Where Do We Fit? : Challenges Faced By First-Generation Graduate Students in Professional Psychology, Amy Cheng King

Implementing a Brief Mindfulness Program: Two Consultants' Experience with a Soccer Team, Kirra Little and Jonathan Haynes

Using Psychodrama in VA Substance Use Disorder Treatment Programs to Address PTSD in Dually Diagnosed Individuals, Kimberly Muller

Entering the World of Tennis Coaching: Interpersonal Issues in Coach to Coach interaction, Ted Nilsson and Motohiro Ban

Consistent Utilization of Healthcare Predicts a Reduction in Problem Behaviors in a Population of Children in Foster Care who have Experienced Maltreatment, Marc Jonathan Perkel

Perceived Resources in Collegiate and Professional Sport Domains, Emily Peterman Cabano and Jackie Dingeldein


Mental Skills Training in Martial Arts, Megan Rinderer and Adam Bernero

Developing a Holistic Athlete: A Consultant's Reflections on implementing PETTLEP Imagery, Tavia Rutherford

The Experience of Therapist Shame in Doctoral Clinical and Counseling Psychology Graduate Training, Shahrzad Sadighim

Gender Role Conformity in College Women: Psychological Consequences of Feminity, Jenna Shlachter

Making the Podium: Examining the Factors Behind Olympic Resilience, Ashley Simon, Cory Helfer, and Scott Anderson


Violence-Related Traumatic Brain Injury In Justice-Involved Women, Kristi C. Wall

An Exploration of Subclinical Trauma in Youth and Adolescent Athletes, Carly J. Walters

Bringing Trauma-Informed Practice to Substance Abuse Programs: A Qualitative Analysis of Current Approaches, Suzanne Williams

Doctoral Papers/Masters Projects from 2016


Center of Attention: a Qualitative Study of the Responses of LGBQ Students to a Graduate-Level LGBTQ Diversity Training Course, Shoshana N. Aal

Contextual Behavioral Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Case Study Example, Christina Aegerter

A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Dropout and Engagement in Female Competitive Swimmers, Alena Anderson, Allison Elber, and Jimena González Menendez

Parents' Perceptions of their Roles in a Competitive Youth Swim Club: an Exploratory Study, Erin Carmone and Seth Swary

Correlates of Program Completion in Juvenile Diversion, Mariya Dvoskina

Applying Intersubjective System Theory in a University Counseling Center, Kritika Dwivedi

Treatment Outcomes for Hospitalized Adolescents: Considering Borderline Personality Disorder Traits as a Predictor of Poor Outcomes, Amelia Chianese Ehmer

MEGAme: A Proposal for an Innovative Technological Application for Siblings of Pediatric Cancer Patients, Abbey Fox

Perceptions of How Motorcycle Road Racing Team Relationships Affect Rider Performance, Joseph Fritz

Sensitivity and Specificity of the Ohio State University Traumatic Brain Injury Identification Method (OSU TBI-ID) to Neuropsychological Impairment, Nicole Glover

A Comparison of Self-Concept Between Competitive Video Game Players and Nonvideo Game Players, David Gofman


Relational Frame Theory: Implications for Training Perspective-Taking and Empathy in Children with High Functioning Autism, Lyssa Haase

Cognitive Predictors of Community Participation at 1, 2, and 5 Years After Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury, Thida Han

Pressure: Expanding how we View Psychological Pressure in Sport, Mads Hegelund, Haily Humphrey, and Jay Thooft Thooft

Complex Developmental Trauma in Children: The Utility of the Trauma Content Index and Critical Contents on the Rorschach, Anna Kelley

Religious Homogamy and the Quality of Dating Relationships, Hannah Koch


Exploring Shame and Guilt in HIV-Positive Women in Southern India, Mitra L. Lebastchi

Internalized Homophobia in a Gay Male Through the Lens of Contextual Behaviorism: A Case Example, Stephen Chase Martin

Exploring Developmental Experiences in Youth Sport Organizations Related to Social Responsibility, Emily Minaker, Gabriela A. Whitmer, and Haziel B. Bustillo

The BRAVE Man Project A Mentorship Program for Bullies and Bullied Boys, Matthew Poon

Exploring Mental Strenghts and Challenges of Performing Artists: Implications for Performance Consulting, Rahul Ramesh, Jordyn N. McDonald, and Zachary B. Taber

Performance Enhancement for Litigators : an Exploration of Potentially Applicable and Beneficial Mental Skills, John Rowley

Exercise Imagery use in Recreational Weightlifters, Lauren Ruhl, Anna Luber, and Brian Missirlian

Toward more homogenous subgroups in bipolar disorder: The hypothesized role of individual differences in resistance to the effects of sleep deprivation on neurocognitive performance, Heather L. Snead

Humanitarian Well-being: Addressing the intimate partner in order to promote humanitarian worker well-being, Katie Spencer

Experiences of Sport and Performance Psychology Consultants in Professional Sport, Lorna Stergios and Lauren Dicredico


Why Therapists Bite Their Tongue In Therapy And What To Do About It, Ingibjorg Thors

The Clinical Utility of Approaching Therapeutic Assessment with a Systems Theory Orientation, Chelsea Towler


Attitudes, Beliefs and Behaviors of Practicing Psychologists Regarding Psychological Assessment, Jason Turret


Dementia in Prison: an Argument for Training Correctional Officers, Rachele Vogel

Development of a Creative Interventions Workbook for Adolescents and Young Adults Grieving the Loss of a Sibling, Katie Weiss

Collegiate Athletes' Psychological Responses to Season-ending Versus Career-ending Injury, Danielle Worst


Transgender Awareness Within State Hospitals: Addressing Gaps in Training, Rose Ruoxi Yang

Doctoral Papers/Masters Projects from 2015


Health Coaching For Chronic Disease Management: A Program Evaluation Conducted At Denver Health Managed Care, Adam Altschuh


Guidelines for Forensic Report Writing: Helping Trainees Understand Common Pitfalls to Improve Reports, Meghan E. Brannick

An Exploration of Parental Reactions to Autism Diagnosis: The Influences and Evolution of Parents’ Experience, Jamie Brenner

Impact of Athletes’ Confidence and Motivation Levels on the Coach-Athlete Relationship, Alyson Calman and Meghan Krasnow

The Effect of Sport Attire on Athletic Performance in Aesthetic and Endurance Sports: An Exploratory Study, Nicole Caron, Taylor Thompson, and Ben Lampert


Intentional Leadership Development in High School Student Athletes: A Training Program for Facilitators, Julia Cawthra and Tina Spriggs

United States Olympic Committee Applied Psychophysiology Manual: Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Training for Elite Performers, Emily Clark and Gabrielle Smith

Existential dissonance : a dimension of inauthenticity, Garry (Trey) Cole III

Athlete Attitudes on Sport Psychology Services, Confidentiality, and Service Seeking Behavior, Sarah Cowart, Ryan Marshall, and Kaitlyn Nichols


Visual Hallucinations Differential Diagnosis Annotated Decision Tree, Shelly Davis

The Hidden Experience of Transracial Adoption: A Proposed Qualitative Study, Lauren Dent


The Effects of Inclusion Classrooms on Students with and Without Developmental Disabilities: Teachers’ Perspectives on the Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Development of All Students in Inclusion Classrooms, Allison E. Evins


Therapeutic Assessment in Sport Psychology, Fernando Frias

Problems with Psychological Testing for the Behavior Analyst: Issues of Philosophical Dissensions Beyond Semantics, Lindsey Gagnon

International Student-Athlete Transition into Collegiate Sport in the United States, Melissa Noelle Gollick

An Exploration of Stress, Psychological Demands, and Coping in Law Enforcement Officers, Kirill Grinchenko, Kevin O’Connor, and Rasheed Swindell


The Clinical Utility of the Adult Attachment Projective Picture System: A Clinician's Perspective, Ashley Gunterman


Integrating Clinical Training & Self-Care: Overview, Analysis & Recommendations for Relieving Stress among Clinicians in Training, Erich Haezebrouck

Recommendations for Interventions Addressing Traumatic Labor and Delivery and Posttraumatic Stress in a Mother-Infant Therapy Group Model, Pamela Hamer

Grit in Sports: An Exploration of the Relationship Between Grit and Performance of Skiers and Golfers, Scotty Hanley, Taylor Stutzman, and Blake Pindyck

An Exploration of Mental Skills Among Competitive Gamers, Dan Himmelstein and Yitong Liu


Creating a Digital Community in Colleges Through an Interactive Theater Intervention: Guidelines for Cyberbullying Prevention During Freshmen Orientation Week., Benjamin Hindell

Case Manager Attributes Enhancing Success of Community Corrections Programs: A Pilot Study, Krystine Jackson

The Crossroads Between Self Psychology and LGBT Clients: A Case Study, Addriene Kearney Franks

Adjustment of Adult Children of Divorce: A Comparative Analysis, Emily A. Kerr


Understanding Change in a Therapeutic Community for People with Severe Mental Illness: An Interpretive Phenomenological Study, Julie Caroline Keys


Perceptions of Child Wellbeing and Attitudes Towards Polygamy Between Members and Non-Members of the LDS Church, McCall Bowcut Lyon


Interpreting Empirical Assessments from a Behavioral Perspective: A Rationale for Why and How, Tiffiny McCain


Apples and Oranges: An Argument for Psychopathy as a Formal Diagnosis, Katherine K. McMann


Best Practices In Team-Based Treatment Termination, Leslie Minna


Acceptance and Commitment Therapist Views on the Sacred, Amal Abuzalaf Mull


Living With Dignity: A Pilot Study Implementing Dignity Therapy With Allogeneic Blood or Marrow Transplant Recipients, Emily Newman


Prosocial Support Networks' Influence on Offender Reintegration: Recommendations for Treatment Providers, Kasey Odell


Development of a psychological assessment battery to measure client beliefs about the effectiveness of psychotherapy, Christopher Peavey

How Do I Love Thee: A look at why adults’ bond differently to romantic relationships than to other relationships, Julia I. Renedo


Exploring mindfulness as a culturally sensitive intervention for the Deaf community, Barrymore Rosellini

Conceptualizing The Miscarriage Experience Through The Lens Of Ghosts In The Nursery, Karalynn Royster


Intercultural Communication Between Forensic and Clinical Psychologists, Brittany Schmeck

The Utility of Therapeutic Assessment Style Fables During the Termination Stage of Psychotherapy, Chelsea Spiro

Collegiate Athletic Teams’ Perceptions Of Collective Efficacy Post-Injury, Julie H. Sutcliffe

A Qualitative Analysis Of Fathers' Experiences During Labor And Delivery In Three Settings: Hospitals, Birthing Centers, And Homebirths, Anne Elise Van Bekkum


Human Trafficking & Commercial Sex Exploitation: Treatment Recommendations for an Invisible Population, Abigail K. Wolfe

An Examination of Differences in Food Choices and Attitudes Towards Appearance in Individual and Team Sport Collegiate Athletes, Amy Xu, Matt Mikesell, and Bradley Bryk

An Analysis Of Diversity Content in Doctoral Health Service Psychology Program Websites, Valerie Yeo


Clinical Psychology Students’ Perceived Training In Working With Transgender Clients: An Exploratory Study, Vanessa Zimmerman