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 2018


Training Games: An Application of Game Theory to Clinical Psychology Graduate Training, Benjamin David Cornell


Improve Organizational Commitment by Leading like a Therapist, Anna A. Gibson


Therapeutic Alliance through Person-Centered Therapy: An Influential Factor in Long-Term Utilization of Mental Health Services among Asians in the United States, Lahela Ashlee Rice Jorgenson

No Horsing Around! A Behavioral Critique of Explanatory Theories and Research Trends Within Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, Sarah Lukens

Domestic Sex Trafficking and Prostitution: Implications of Stigmatization, Rachel K. Nielsen

Reducing Stress in Middle-Level Adolescent Athletes by Teaching Communication Skills to Parents, William Alexander Procter


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as an Intervention for Adolescent Chronic Pain Related to Pectus Excavatum: A Case Study, Hayley N. Roberts


Cinematherapy with Inside Out: A Theoretical and Practical Guide, Jessica Rosenfeld

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

Movement with Meaning: A Treatment Manual for ACT-Informed Yoga Therapy, Sophia Ben-Hamoo


Recommendations For Developing Video Games To Address Depression Among College Students, John Bodycombe

The Psychological Benefits Of Gay Straight Alliances For Rural Youth Attending High School: A Proposal For Rural Colorado High Schools, Christina R. Burg

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

Novice Consulting: Lessons Learned, Megan Byers and Katarina Miller

Plugged in: Technology in the Field of Mental Health and Barriers to Future Implementation, Erin Caughman

Caregiver Commonalities in the Childhoods of Therapists, Timothy Chen

What Can Be Inferred About Vicarious Trauma Amongst Mental Health Professionals Working With Offenders?, Elizabeth A. Coyle

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 Impact of Negative Affect and Positive Self-perception on Acquired Capability for Suicide in the Veteran Population, Clara Luisa Fajardo

An Exploration Of Psychological Factors Involved In The Practice Of Writing And Performing Spoken Word Poetry, Elnur Gajiev


Understanding Gender Differences in Sports-Related Concussions among High School Athletes: Implications for Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management, Hillary Grady-Speckhals

Canine Assisted Family Therapy: A Proposed Integrative Treatment Model for Families using a Dog and the Positive Discipline Approach to Parenting, Julie Melowsky Griffin

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


A Student's Search for Meaning: The Creation of an Existential Therapy Models Course for Clinical Psychology Graduate Students, William Y. Hwang

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

Understanding The Effect of Crohn's Disease on Siblings: A Case Study, Samantha Kluger

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

The Clinical Utility of Incorporating Therapeutic Assessment into the Treatment of Eating Disorders with Adolescents, Sarah Elizabeth Long

Accepting TBI: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Caregivers of Traumatic Brain Injury Patients, John Laurence Mallory

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

The Trailing Partner and the Experience of Elective Relocation, Timothy A. Pasternak

An Intersubjective Systems Perspective On Compulsive Sexuality, Jennifer M. Paul

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

Treatment Of Latino Sex Offenders: Taking A Culturally Sensitive Treatment Approach, Christina Rascon


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


Perspectives on Personality Assessment of Children with Limited Cognitive Ability, Jasmine Fayeghi Schnurstein

New Whiskey in Old Barrels Comprehensive Resource Model: A Case Study of a New Trauma Treatment Model, Ron Schwenkler

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

A Behavioral Perspective of Adolescent Problem Sexual Behaviors in Residential Treatment Centers, Bethany A. Vibert

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

Development of U.S. Norms for Affective Quality in the Crisi Wartegg System, Alyssa Weber

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