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 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

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

Doctoral Papers/Masters Projects from 2014

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Improving the Lives of Cancer Patients: A Preliminary Study, Nahed Barakat


Asperger's Disorder in Older Adulthood: The Unique Treatment Concerns and Implications for Applying Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Brian Beaumund


Expert Approaches to Mental Toughness Development in the High Risk Sport of Diving, Aaron D'Addario


Using the R-PAS' Aggressive Content Score For the Evaluation of Aggressive Behaviors in Children, Rebecca Dehass


Measure of Maturity: The Montana Adolescent Maturity Assessment, Nathaan Demers

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Fibromyalgia: A Case Study, Amy Dexter


The Importance of the First Psychotherapy Case in the Development of the Therapist's Professional Self as Viewed Through the Lens of Self Psychology, Kaitlyn Eichenberger


The Importance of the First Psychotherapy Case in the Development of the Therapist's Professional Self as Viewed Through the Lens of Self Psychology, Kaitlyn Eichenberger

Examining the Impact of Child Psychologists' Stigmatization of Parents on Treatment Outcomes Through a Developmental Lens, Alana Fryer

The current state of education, training, and supervision in professional psychology programs related to non-suicidal self-injury: An exploratory study, Lindsey Harcus

How Language and Stereotypes Affect the Help-Seeking Behaviors of Victims of Female-on-Female Sexual Assault, A. Elizabeth Johnson

Family Support in the Acute Aftermath of Stroke: Guidelines for the Integration of Ambiguous Loss Theory in Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Teams, Emily Laux


A Parametric Description of Modern Military Culture for Civilian Mental Health Practitioners to Better Serve Those Who Serve, RuthAnn R. Lester

Speaking Up: Experiences of Graduate Student Therapists of Color, Gift McDougal

Looking Through the Windshield: An Intersubjective Approach to the Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder and Avoidant Personality Disorder, Alexandra Mizrahi

Facebook as Organizing, yet not Transforming, Self-experience, Risa Muchnick


Swing dancing along the spectrum: a proposed unique adjunctive treatment approach for individuals with autism spectrum disorder, Alia Mulder-Rosi

Meaning and Psychosis: An Intersubjective Approach to the Treatment of Schizophrenia, Laura Niver


Using Yoga Practice to Empower Psychotherapists’ Interpersonal Process, Jennifer Paz


What does performance theory have to teach us about the treatment of severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) in prison?, Kaley JoAnne Raskin


A Transdiagnostic Social Skills Intervention; Using a Structured Story to Teach Children How to Ask a Friend to Play, Elizabeth Santy

An Application of Self Psychology and Intersubjective Systems Theory to The Human Companion Animal Bond: A Case Study, Rebecca Schwartz


Kids Alive! Support for Children of Parents with Cancer: An Exemplar Program for Children of Parents with Cancer, Shane Spears