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 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

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

An Essay on the Importance of Defining Playfulness: Engendering Playfulness in Caregivers as a State, Trait, and Skill, Ashley Sward

The Experiences of American Indian Women Warriors, Sierra Symonette

Clinically Impactful vs. Bad Medicine: Considerations for Integrating Traditional Native American Healing Practices into Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Teresa Renee Thompson

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) in an Adult Offender Population: Making the Case for Trauma-informed Tr, Leah Wallerstein

Doctoral Papers/Masters Projects from 2013

The Perks of Playing Dress-up: Psychological Impressions of Fashion and Feminism, Linda Baker

Providing Bereavement Counseling to Chinese Americans: A Cultural Adaptation of a Western Grief Counseling Model, Lillian I. Chen

Is Diversity Inclusiveness? A Personal and Empirical Exploration, Cari Cornish

The Trail of No Tears: Traditional Masculinity Ideologies and the Cycle of Dismissing-avoidant Attachment, Jefferson Crowe

Psychosocial Distress Screening in a Community Cancer Center: An Exploratory Study of Distress Screening Across the Cancer Treatment Continuum, Christine Devore

An Acceptance and Commitment Approach to Issues of Behavioral Health Care in Soldiers, Nichole Duckham

Confirming the Association Between Affective Disturbance and Perceived Cognitive Dysfunction Among Breast Cancer Patients: A Meta-analysis of Available Literature, Robin Garrett

Competencies Needed by Mental Health Professionals Working with Parents of Children with Asthma, Natalie Gart

Successful Navigation of the Conflict Between Doctoral Education and Cultural Expectations of Child Rearing in Hispanic Culture, Rebecca Garza

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Forensic Inpatients, Meagan Grasmick

The Use of the Rey 15-item Test and Recognition Trial to Evaluate Suboptimal Effort in Neuropsychological Assessment with a Pediatric Mild TBI Sample, Cassie M. Green

Multicultural Education in Clinical Psychology Programs and the Needs of Racial Minority Trainees, Rohini Gupta

Sexual Sensation Seeking, Alcohol Use, and Risky Sexual Behavior Among Men Who Have Sex with Men, Bram Heidinger

Working Therapeutically with Interpreters in Mental Health: A Curriculum for Clinicians, Julie Kendall

Back in Blue: The Successful Reintegration of Combat Veteran Law Enforcement Officers, Shawn Knadler

Assessment and Promotion of Partner Support: A Prevention-focused Intervention for Perinatal Depression in Primary Care, Abigail Lockhart

A Qualitative Study of Potential Suicide Risk Factors Among Soldiers Transitioning from Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom, Jaimie Lusk

Transgender Group Therapy: Process and Issues with Male to Female Clients, Kimberly Mathewson

The Dilemma of Obesity Stigma in Psychotherapy, Alexandra McDermott

The Effectiveness of Art Therapy in Decreasing Depressive Symptomology: A Meta-analysis, Courtney E. McDonnell

Psychological and Social Perspectives on Malingering and Symptom Exaggeration: Conceptualization and Interventions Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Lauren O'Flaherty

Establishing Culturally Sensitive Therapeutic Communities in Ghana for Individuals with Severe and Persistent Mental Illnesses, Evelyn Owusu

A Meta-analysis of the Effectiveness of Military and Veterans Affairs (VA) Combat-related PTSD Programs, Forest Pavel

Modified Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program Applied Within a Time-limited Corrections Setting, Jennifer Rhoda

The Development of an Intervention Tool to Address Challenges in the Medical Treatment of Children with Autism, Julia Runde

A Meta-analytic Review of Acceptance-based Behavioral Interventions for the Treatment of Anxiety, David Shanley

Self-injurious Behavior and Its Relationship to Eating Disorder Symptom Severity, Kevin Thomas

Leading with the Relationship: The Role of the Therapeutic Relationship in Motivational Interviewing, Shanna Tillman

Psychological Perspectives on the Civil Liberties of Transgendered Inmates in a Prison Setting, Jennifer M. Tippett