Masters Theses

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Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Using constant time delay to coach caregivers to teach their young children with Autism the picture exchange communication system within the early intervention setting, Anna Balfour

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Urban stream restoration: An evaluation of material processing and conveyance channels, Madeline Berg

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Unintended consequences: U.S. interference in El Salvador, the Salvadoran Diaspora, and the role of activist community organizations in establishing a Salvadoran-American community in Los Angeles, Blake Bergstrom

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Using an eye-tracking training paradigm to teach responsiveness to joint attention, Allison C. Brandmark

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Forest structure of long-term conserved areas utilizing different strategies on a continental, glacial moraine formed island, Christopher Coggin

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White Noise, Chris Cohen

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The effects of adenosine antagonists on vigilant attention in sleep restricted rats, Morgan Crewe

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Reproductive character displacement in Calopteryx aequabilis and C. maculata: Improving species recognition through the divergence of male mating preferences, Melissa Encinias

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CRM software interface use in MBA program email recruitment messaging, Tracie Esmaili

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The credentialed workforce: Examining success rates across short-term noncredit training programs aligned with industry credentials, Rochelle Fisher

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The use of behavior skills training and behaviorally based interventions in memory care, Claire Gallagher

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The private Navy of the United States: The effects of Privateers on the War of 1812, Anthony Green

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Assessing the prevalence of multidrug resistant Salmonella enterica from stream sediment and poultry litter in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Noah Greenman

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Examining the Relationship between Technostress and the Effectiveness of Organizational Communication, Lisa K. Hajdasz

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Developing a Multi-Dimensional Measure of Growth Mindset for School Improvement, Thomas Hartka

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The Microcystis microbiome: Interactions with heterotrophic bacteria in the Microcystis phycosphere, Alexa Hoke

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A collective case study of the personal practice and meanings of mindfulness to music educators, Jennifer M. Hoye

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Intrusion-tolerant Order-preserving Encryption, John Huson

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Using video-prompting and BST to promote social skills in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Alexa Ina

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How Successful High School Boys Soccer Coaches Perceive And Develop Cultural Competency: A Grounded Theory Approach, Lauren Jefferson

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How array size affects the efficiency of constant time delay in systematic instruction for students with intellectual disability, Amanda T. Kousen

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Herpetological assemblages in tropical dry forests of the Azuero Peninsula, Panama: An evaluation of reforestation, Tyler Kovacs

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Examining the effect of interstitial space on Eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica): applications of photogrammetry and three-dimensional modeling, Bailie Lavan

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Influence of post-exercise nutrient intake on recovery and subsequent exercise performance in youth cyclists, Andrew Law

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Public school teacher's experience of technostress in a mandatory technology adoption policy environment, Brandon Liu

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In vitro propagation of a critically endangered African violets (Saintpaulia rupicola B.L. Burtt), Thomas W. Lowry III

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A rhetoric of coupons: Analyzing FSIs and FSI coupons through rhetorical lenses, Blake Lubinski

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Assessing populations of eastern brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) above and below waterfalls in mountain streams of Virginia, Hannah Eisemann Macmillan

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Pain-related fear: Metacognitive and health belief predictors of cogniphobia, Maddison Miles

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Barriers and facilitators shaping the career progression of women in collegiate athletics administration, Carissa Miller

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The perception of career readiness skill development in college seniors, Venus Miller

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Rapid demand curves: Reward valuation using behavioral economics, Charles Nastos

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Memorializing Men of the Lost Cause: Public Opinion of Confederate Monuments in Virginia 1900-Present, Morgan Brittany Pendleton

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Assessing the mental health awareness and training needs of college professors, Kendall Perez

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The effects of timbre on perceptual grouping in a melodic sequence, Thomas Rohaly

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Increasing understanding of professor’s ADHD knowledge and perception of ADHD and how this informs their behavior towards students with ADHD, Rebecca Rosen

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Learning new tricks: Teacher self-improvement in Kodály Solfege study and its relation to student growth, Jeffrey Alan Ryman

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Understanding the help-seeking behaviors of student-athletes: Effect of a multidisciplinary healthcare team and the perception of barriers and facilitators for seeking help, Lauren M. Sander

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Test emotions, value, and self-efficacy: A longitudinal model predicting examinee effort and performance on a low-stakes test, Paulius Satkus

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Prohibition in Rockingham County: Exploring a Digital Archive, Craig Schaefer

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Effects of a lag 3 schedule of reinforcement on the variability of tacting in individuals who engage in vocal stereotypy, Jessica K. Serrao

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Expiratory Flow Limitation in Elite Youth Cyclists, Katherine R. Smith

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ANTI-CRISPR vs. CRISPR: The evolutionary arms race between microorganisms, Rachael M. St. Jacques

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Effects of a Carbohydrate Hydrogel beverage on endurance cycling performance and gastrointestinal comfort, Harrison R. Toney

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Does acute preprandial exercise modify postprandial inflammation after a high fat meal in young and older adults?, William Wisseman

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Factors and considerations for change at James Madison University, Robert P. Zaepfel Jr.

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Posterior predictive model checking of local misfit for Bayesian Confirmatory factor analysis, Chi Hang Au

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“But you still have the same insecurities”—Navigating Personal Trainer and Client Body Image through Emotional and Aesthetic Labor, Ellen Penn Berry

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“‘bere we þe cros’: The Persistence of the Cross in English Ritual and Religious Practices from Bede to the Reformation”, David Black

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Morpho: Expectations & mutations, Lynda Bostrom

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Microplastics in full view: Birds as bioindicators of Malta's coastal ecosystem health, Dalton Brauer

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So small, so sweet, so soon, Katherine Burling

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Music in unconventional spaces: The changing music scene of Great Depression America, 1929-1938, Rachel Carey

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Staying with and telling different stories: Toward a theory of environmental advocacy that bridges the scholarly and political selves, Michael Clay

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One great and noble source: The development of Democratic thought in Early America, 1776-1787, Kelly Coats

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Middle-class millions: The creation of Atlantic City's "modern" image, 1890-1910, Trevor Cooper

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Exploring diversity workforce experiences of AHRD alumni, Kayce Croy

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The Devil in Cartagena: Slavery, religion and resistance in seventeenth-century Caribbean Colombia, Daniel James Dawson

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Documenting fifth-grade band students’ experiences in a Kodály-centered beginning band curriculum, Elisabeth Henderson Dhillon

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The Presbyterian Enlightenment: The confluence of evangelical and enlightenment thought in British America, Brandon S. Durbin

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Efficacy of magnesium enriched artificial substrate for oyster restoration, Matthew Elder

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Security attacks on RECKLESS-APPs: "Remote car keyless applications" for new semi autonomous vehicles, Mohamed El-Tawab

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Relationship between Perceived and Actual Exertion and Enjoyment of Exercise in Individuals with Autism, Nicole Fiscella

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Iron status in relation to well-being questionnaire (H10WB) scores in Division I female Collegiate athletes, Jessica L. Fornieri

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The land beyond the mountains: The Trans-Appalachian frontier and the formation of Appalachian identity, Joshua Goodall

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Applied behavior analysis function based procedures contribute to parent child interaction therapy child outcomes, Melissa Grant

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Beyond motivation: Differences in score meaning between assessment conditions, Nikole Gregg

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Where no fandom has gone before: Exploring the development of fandom through Star Trek fanzines, Jacqueline Guerrier

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A self-assessment of HRD competency development in undergraduate students: Indigenous project-based learning experience, Kendra Hall

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Potential benefits of restored Riparian Zones in an agricultural matrix for bat communities, Matthew T. Harris

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“We Make Death Look Pretty”: A qualitative study analyzing reported effects of compassion fatigue on hospice nurse-patient communication, Katherine Harville

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The effects of tact training for students diagnosed with Autism: Will stimulus equivalence be demonstrated through the acquisition of intraverbal responses?, Elizabeth A. Hassler

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Isolation, sequencing, and characterization of four transmissible antibiotic resistance plasmids captured from bacteria in stream sediments, Curtis J. Kapsak

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Student engagement and learning gains: Self-reports, direct measures, and instrument specificity, Christopher Kerr

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Rhetoric in film: Three explorations of influence in documentaries and digital stories, Emily Knapp

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The Ku Klux Klan in early twentieth century Virginia, James Lamb

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The effect of duration of foam rolling on muscle recovery, Vincent Lam Ting Luk

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Consolidation: Race, politics, and suburbanization in the Newport News-Warwick merger, David Le Moal

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Physiological and anthropometric profiles of elite teen-age cyclists, David Lenzi

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Between beeps: An autoethnographic study on Type 1 Diabetes, intersectionality and the body in chaos, Cristal Llave

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Screening for Dementia: An examination of subscale relative importance, Emily F. Matusz

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Exploring the microbiome: diversity of the microbial community of three foam nesting frogs, Genus: Polypedates, across a developmental gradient, Sarah McGrath

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Developing conversation skills for individuals with Autism spectrum disorders, Kimberley Muldoon

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The combined effects of soil fertility and soil amendments on the growth and mycorrhizal associations of American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), Emily Ann Murray

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Arab nationalism in interwar period Iraq: A descriptive analysis of Sami Shawkat’s al-Futuwwah youth movement, Saman Nasser

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Investigating interspecific and intraspecific variation in lung development in amphibians, Courtney Neumeyer

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The effects of alcohol priming and alcohol-related cues on subsequent alcohol preferences, Kathleen R. Owens

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“Taking the Power Away”: An autoethnographic exploration of intimate partner violence, social support, and survivorship, Darrian Pickett

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Pop-A-Washington, Sam Posso

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Characterizing epigenetic regulation in the developing chicken retina, Bejan Abbas Rasoul

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Impacts of educational programming at Dolphins Plus on visitor knowledge, attitude and behavior, Carley Rice

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An Alternative to Escape Extinction: The Effects of the Wait Out Procedure on Noncompliance, Rachel Rolando

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The art curriculum as a model approach for cultivating higher order thinking skills, Nicole Ross

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Attentional processing: Replication and extension of selection bias as a predictor of intertemporal choice behavior, Dylan Rutter

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Antimicrobial activity, biofilm disruption capabilities, and synergistic interactions of novel amphiphiles, Stephanie Sharpes

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(In)visibility and meaning in food labor: A Feminist autoethnography, Kathryn Shedden

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Music making, teaching, and learning in Chiptune communities, Jon M. Stapleton

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Competition and Predation: Interactions between American eels (Anguilla rostrata) and brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) in Virginia mountain streams, Jonathan Studio

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Circulating MicroRNA Following High Intensity Interval Cycling With and Without Post-Exercise Nutrient Consumption, Jeremy Via

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Pupillometry as a test of infant word recognition, Amy Vinyard