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Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Development of a school boredom proneness scale for children, Taylor Carrington

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School psychologists’ current practice, training, and interest in the integration of substance abuse training as part of the mental health profession, Margaret Dassira

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Addressing anxiety in college: A mindfulness group for use in college counseling centers, Sarah Deprey-Severance

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Parental acceptance project: Affirming gender variant youth, Shelley Faulkner

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An initial development of a hardiness scale for elementary school students, Stephen Ferrara

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High school teachers’ roles and needs in addressing students experiencing trauma, Katherine Flemister

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Student teachers perceptions and knowledge of school psychology, Ryan Harting

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School-based mindfulness intervention for adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Richard Krogmann

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Inter-professional collaboration between local departments of Social Services and schools for children in foster care: Current practices and needs, Stephanie McGrew

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Current practices and opinions of school psychologists: Early childhood psychological assessment, Sarah Stout

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Expanding instruction of human sexuality in counselor education, Rachel Willard

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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The application of the specific learning disability exclusionary clause as practiced by Virginia school psychologists, Kaitlynn Carter

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Gratitude in relationships: A study on gratitude, attachment, and relationship satisfaction, Brittany D. Dioszeghy

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Evaluating the benefits of art therapy interventions with grieving children, Meagan Dye

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Seminar in paraphilic disorders, Kim E. Hall

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The kids are (going to be) alright: Authorship of a post-divorce narrative, Caroline Hamby

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Hell on Earth: An exploration into what drives evil, Samuel Taylor Hogan

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Understanding truancy as a precursor to dropout in a rural environment, Katelyn Hughes

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The school psychologist’s role in the problem solving process: How assessment can inform intervention, Rachel Larkin

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Diverse students’ perceptions of the proactive circle process in a restorative practice intervention, Shana M. Little

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Rapport during the assessment process: A survey of school psychologists, Ebony Mason

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Mental health literacy: Investigating adolescents’ knowledge of depression and professional sources of help, Jessica A. Meeks

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The power of one: How promoting positive student-teacher relationships in the classroom can impact teacher wellness and burnout, Alexis Morse

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Developing college transition supports using student perceptions: Students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Arsenio Moss

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Neuro-cognitive factors in adolescent psychotherapy, Jean F. Ndzana

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Constant connection: College students’ smartphones attachment and close relationship attachments across domains, Angela M. Pezzella

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Mental health care for the homeless, John D. Rogers

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The cost of caring: Emergency department nurses, compassion fatigue, and the need for resilience training, Amelia Walton

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Exploring students' perceptions of academic strengths and weaknesses, John S. Brookbank IV

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Children's understanding of kindness, Elizabeth R. Coalter

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Views toward mental health: An adolescents' perspective, Breonna L. Davis

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The effect of educational modules on attitudes towards disabilities, Hunter W. Greer

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The dialogical principle in counseling and psychotherapy: An exploration of Martin Buber's "I and Thou", Matthew Martin

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Bites: Psychoeducational handouts on nutrition for students in a depression group, Caitlin P. Powell

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The effect of a font intervention for 4th and 5th graders with dyslexia, Steven L. Powell

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A novel approach: Fictional prose as imagined contact for counselors-in-training working with cultural others, Bryant Logan Satterlee

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Bridging the gap between current special education practices and models of best practice in addressing the needs of students with emotional disabilities, Mandi Simmers

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Mentalization in counseling processes, Matthew J. Swartzentruber

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The effect of font type on sight word reading performance of 4th and 5th grade students with reading disabilities, Denton S. Warburton

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Fostering hope in alternative education students through goal setting, Ginger Wayland

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Effects of executive function skills instruction on classroom behavior, Michelle Whitham

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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A change of heart: Understanding spirituality following a shift in values or beliefs in young adults, Aaron Boggs

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Creative counseling techniques for elementary-aged children, Brian C. Caperton

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More than meets the eye: Taking a look at EMDR in trauma-focused therapy, Karen M. Engelhard

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The development of a school psychology relevant parent survey, Alexa Futcher

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Protecting the protectors: Enhancing emotional well-being in law enforcement, Olivia Gillies

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Primer on perspectives and practices of trauma, Trevor P. Haase

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Cultivating empathy in middle school students through narrative fiction, Kane M. Hamilton

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Parents’ perceptions of school multidisciplinary team meetings and collaboration, Brittany R. Jones

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Analysis of African American and White American cognitive profiles for language and cultural influences, Nicole Jones

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An examination of the feasibility and impact of a mindfulness and nature based intervention For at-risk middle school students, Nahal L. Khalatbari

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Exploring the effects of positive behavioral supports on disciplinary practices in schools and it's potential to mitigate disproportionality in disciplinary outcomes for African American students, E'Lexus Emily King

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Healing body, healing mind, Hayley O'Brien

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Counseling refugees of Middle Eastern descent in the United States, Jennifer Semaan

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The evaluation of family-school collaboration with culturally and linguistically diverse families, Samantha Silver

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The experience of reading: What elementary children think of reading, Francesca Simpson

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High risk drinking concerns across college campuses and a look at JMU programming, Rachel C. Tysinger

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Prescription for critical thinking: A discussion of psychotropic medication and counseling, Barton W. Biggs

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Academic advising: Helping promote the success of college students with college students with psychiatric disabilities, Jamie P. Claytor

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Digital natives: The nature of technology on college student mental health, Nicole Crump

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The effects of mindfulness techniques on empathy and emotional control, Courtney M. Dameron

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Being left behind, not staying behind: A look at college-aged African American males, Lauren Fortune

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Transition services in the public school system for adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Krista M. Gieseke-Smith

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The evaluation of a dual language reading club for English language learner students, Sandra M. Gonzalez

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Military families’ reintegration and resiliency: An examination of programs and civilian counselor training, Jaime Grove

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Addressing the mental health needs of women in rural communities: A women’s wellness group, Andriana Hench

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The evolution of Disney princesses and their effect on body image, gender roles, and the portrayal of love, Rachael Michelle Johnson

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Finding the resilient teacher within: A workshop to address K-12 teacher well-being, Laura Jones

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Satisfaction of students with visual impairment within different school settings, Jeremiah Jordan

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Advocacy in action: A framework for implementation of the American Counselors Association Advocacy Competencies on a local level, Jeffrey M. Lown

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How does perfectionism influence anxiety in gifted middle school students?, Kelsey Owens

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Investigating school psychologists' role in informing students about their learning disabilities, Caitlin J. Reddy

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Impacts of mindfulness on disruptive behaviors associated with characteristics of ADHD, Joseph L. Sims

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Emerging adulthood: Defining the life stage and its developmental tasks, Hannah B. Trible

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After-school programming as intervention for students with disabilities, Edward D. Tynan

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Suicidal behavior among elementary school students and current needs in prevention practices: A survey of Virginia school counselors, Maranda K. D. VanDyke

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Self-reported practices of and attitudes toward reading among elementary-aged English language learners, Sarah M. Akers

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Cracking invisible barriers: A focus on mental health service use among immigrant Latinos in the United States, Evenor Alfonso Aleman

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Sense of belonging among middle school students, Alexis Carson

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Weighing in: Therapeutic benefits of online communities for individuals with eating disorders, Cheri L. Greenfield

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The effects of a social-emotional skills training program on optimism in elementary students, Jessica Sheree Harris

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Serving those who served: Understanding the needs of student veterans, Jessica Catherine Hayden

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Identifying academic protective factors in gifted minority students, Janei Kimberly Jackson

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How multiculturalism or egalitarian beliefs of teachers influence the type of cultural information gathered about English language learners, Anna C. Kim

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Embracing counseling and psychotherapy in Kenya, Faith Mueni Masambia

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Back to nature: The impact of nature relatedness on empathy and narcissism in the millennial generation, Anne Loyer Metz

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Psychosocial needs of children coping with parental terminal cancer in a hospital setting, Meredith Reed

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Healthy living skills education: A 12-module group intervention for individuals with serious mental illness, Brette Marie Stephenson

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Those who laugh, last: Exploring the use of humor as a vehicle of healing through personal reflection, theory, and practice, Eleanor Barham Whitehurst

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Hypnosis and mindfulness for the treatment of anxiety disorders: Empirical and applied perspectives, John Lawrence Clarke

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The initial development of a measure of cultural competence in school psychology: The Madison Assessment of Cultural Competence in School Psychology (MACCS), Nicholas Anthony Curtis

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Current needs and response to suicidal behavior at the elementary school level: A survey of Virginia school psychologists, Kelsey R. Cutchins

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Supporting the well being of university student survivors of cancer, Janice Lewis

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Cries of the world and joys of the heart: A primer for new counselors in community mental health clinics, Patrick Lincoln

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Small steps and long strides: Personal reflections and insights on becoming multiculturally competent, Sharon D. Lockaby

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Developing Competency in Counseling Survivors of Sexual Assault, Grace Meyer

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Program evaluation of a suicide prevention walk: finding postvention opportunities for promoting resilience in survivors of suicide loss, Lisa A. Cooper Ellison

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A public dialogue on child sexual abuse: Hope for healing and prevention, Hanna Louise Foster

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Response to Intervention (RTI) implementation in the social-emotional domain: A survey of available resources in schools, Marissa Ann Madalis

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Validity of the PATHS student evaluation as a universal screener: Utilization within a social-emotional response to intervention framework, Emily Anne Smithson