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Dissertations from 2017

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Cognitive Aspects of Children's Experience of Economic Disadvantage, Amy E. Heberle

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I Said, They Said: The Role of Diagnosis in the Help-Seeking Pathways of College Students, Emily E. Wheeler

Dissertations from 2016

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Top-Down and Bottom-Up Biases in Visual Attention, Farahnaz Ahmed Wick

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Enhancing Cognitive Load Measurement and User Performance in Human-Computer Interaction, Nada Attar

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Curriculum Reform as a Means for Creating Transformational Change at an Historically Black University, Robert J. Awkward

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Retold Narratives: Black Male Artists and the Meanings of School, Beth Balliro

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The Impact of Social Network and Neighborhood Characteristics on the Driving Status of Older Adults: The Moderating Role of Gender, Kelli N. Barton

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'Whose Goals Am I Meeting?' Policy and Practice Dilemmas in Adult Basic Education (ABE) in the Era of Accountability, Alma Hallulli Biba

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The Influence of the TRIO Student Support Services Program on First-Generation Students: An Exploratory Study, Nate Bryant

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Self-Reported Sexuality among Women with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Hillary Hurst Bush

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The Role of the Media in Framing the American Indian Victim, Lena M. Campagna

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Impact of Dog Visitation on a Hospitalized Child's Mood, Aimee Carew-Lyons

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The Effects of Career Construction Training on Career Adaptability, Vocational Identity Achievement, and Subjective Well-Being among First Year College Students, Selda Celen-Demirtas

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Letting Go: The Influence of Clinicians and Proxy Decision-Makers on Preferences for Life-Sustaining Treatments, Elizabeth C. Chen

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Automated Crater Detection using Machine Learning, Joseph Paul Cohen

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Negotiating Home Care Work: Experiences of Agency and Independent Aides Caring for Older Adults, Judith M. Conahan

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Supervisory Dyads in School Psychology Internships: Does Personality Difference Affect Ratings of Supervisory Working Alliance, Supervision Satisfaction, and Work Readiness?, Sheila P. Desai

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Examining the Relationship between Microorganisms and Seafood: A Focus on the Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea Virginica) and American Lobster (Homarus Americanus), Sarah G. Feinman

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The Power in the Pattern: Relationships between Out-of-School Time Activity Participation Profiles and Civic Engagement in Youth, Melody Joy Blass Fisher

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Indicator Selection for Urban Estuarine Management, Kim M. Frashure

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Understanding How State Policy Influences Driving Status in Older Adults, Emily A. Gadbois

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A World both Big and Small: Understanding Urban Middle School Teachers’ Sense of Self-Efficacy in an Era of Accountability, Richard Gallucci

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Cytochrome P450 Member Cyp702a6 from Arabidopsis Thaliana Enhances Tolerance to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Phenanthrene, Tsering W. Gesar

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Evolution in the Deep Sea: Scales and Mechanisms of Population Divergence, Amanda E. Glazier

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A Case Study of Partnerships in International Service Learning: Exploring Reciprocity and Bi-directional Benefits, Judith Healey-Walsh

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Service Utilization among People with Cognitive Impairment: Does Living Alone Make a Difference?, Tamara Harden Herrick

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The Preparation and Self-Efficacy of Teachers of Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities, Claire F. Higgins

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The Effects of Acculturation on Mammography Use of Haitian Immigrant Women, Dany Michaella Hilaire

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Organocatalysis for Michael Addition-Based Transformations Involving Fluorination and Other Asymmetric Reactions, Xin Huang

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Life-Course Informal Care and Retirement Preparation: Is there a Measurable Care Penalty?, Elizabeth Johns

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Isotopic, Hydrogeochemical and Sustainability Assessment of Groundwater in Punjab and Haryana, India, Vijaya Jyoti

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The Influence of Mentor-Youth Activity Profiles on School-Based Youth Mentoring Relationship Processes and Outcomes, Stella S. Kanchewa

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External Validation and Cost Effectiveness Analysis of the Non-LB Framingham Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment Algorithm in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Dataset, Jacob K. Kariuki

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Positioning the Beneficiary: The Role of Entwinement in Social Enterprise Impact and Performance Management, Elena Dowin Kennedy

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Boundary Spanning, Networking, and Sensemaking/Sensegiving: How Career Services Directors Enact Mid-Level Leadership, Linda Kent Davis

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The Role of Gender-Based Violence in the Development of Gynecological Symptoms in Women in Kyrgyzstan, Elena V. Kosterina

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Identification and Use of Indicator Data to Develop Models for Marine-Sourced Risks in Massachusetts Bay, Marin M. Kress

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Unique and Diverse Voices of African American Women in Engineering at Predominately White Institutions: Unpacking Individual Experiences and Factors Shaping Degree Completion, Ellise M. Davis LaMotte

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Social Relationships and All-Cause Mortality in Late Life, Hyo Jung Lee

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Experiences of Trust in Longer-Lasting Formal Youth Mentoring Relationships, Michelle Levine

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Deep Networks: Applications, Interpretability, and Optimization, Henry Z. Lo

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Exploring the Effects of Cultural Protective Factors on Infant Development and Maternal Well-Being: A Transnational Study of Brazilian Mothers and Their Infants Living In Massachusetts and Minas Gerais, Fernanda Lucchese

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Kashmir as A Protracted Social Conflict: Examining the Role of Non-State Actors in the Policymaking Process, Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra

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Urban School-Based Behavioral Health Providers' Attitudes Towards Evidence Based Practices, Erik D. Maki

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Achieving Efficient Communication for Mobile Devices in the New Era, Ying Mao

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The Roles of Early Intervention Providers’ Cultural Competence and the Parent-Provider Working Alliance in Early Intervention Service Receipt Outcomes of Diverse Children At-Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Frances D. Martinez-Pedraza

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Parents as Interventionists: Improving Math Computation Fluency in the Home Setting, Ryan J. Martin

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Effective Online and Offline Privacy-Preserving Processing of Location Data, Mihai Maruseac

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An Examination of Women and Educational Leadership: A Postmodern Feminist Analysis of the Leadership Styles of Women Superintendents, Danielle Mokaba-Bernardo

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Portraiture of Racial/Ethnic and Cultural Identity Among Students of Color at an Institute of Art and Design: A Post-Colonial and Critical Race Theory Study, Lyssa Paluay

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The Genetic Networks that Control Prospore Membrane Closure in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, Scott M. Paulissen

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Using Remote Sensing to Characterize Spatial and Temporal Variation of Saltmarsh Structure, Ian L. Paynter

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A Case Study on the Influence of Organizational Structures and Policies on Faculty Implementation of Learner-Centered Teaching, Kevin Scott Piskadlo

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How Do Parentally Bereaved Emerging Adults Define Resilience? It’s a Process, Aleksandra Plocha

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Social Determinants of Falls: The Role of Social Support and Depression Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults, Lien T. Quach

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Intersectionality at Work: Black Women Administrators' Perceptions of their Work Performance at Predominantly White Institutions, Joanna N. Ravello

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Dissolved Organic Carbon Fluxes from a New England Salt Marsh, Hayley Nicole Schiebel

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Living Alone and Subsequent Living Arrangement Transitions among Older Americans, Yao-Chi Shih

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When Carbon Becomes a Commodity: Ecological, Economic and Social Impacts of Community Forestry in the Age of Climate Change, Sujata Shrestha

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To Go Where Neither Parent Has Gone Before: Investigating the Identity Formation of First-Generation College Students in Multiple Doctoral Programs, Diann F. Simmons

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The Relationship to Internal Experiences Scale (RIES): The Development and Validation of a Self-Report Measure of Cognitive Fusion and Decentering, Shannon M. Sorenson

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The Formation of Scholars: Critical Narratives of Asian American and Pacific Islander Doctoral Students in Higher Education, Liza A. Talusan

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Transmigration Experiences of Newcomers in the Context of an English-Only Education: Sense-Making by Former Newcomer ELLs, Elizabeth Paulsen Tonogbanua

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Data Mining Methods for Analyzing and Modeling Spatiotemporal Data, Dawei Wang

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Black Male Success in Mathematics: The Development of a Positive Mathematics Identity in Urban Schools, Naia L. Wilson-Akubude

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Evaluating the ‘Reading the Mind in the Eyes’ Test: Cultural Variations in Emotional Perception, Ashley-Ann Woodhull

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Minibrain and Wings Apart Control Organ Growth and Tissue Patterning Through Downregulation of Capicua, Liu Yang

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Spatio-Temporal Ensemble Modeling for Big Data, Chung-Hsien Yu

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Phylogeny and Population Genetics in Genera Cichorium and Centaurea (Asteracea) – Case Studies in Domestication and Biological Invasions, Tomáš Závada

Dissertations from 2015

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Examining the Toxicity, Exposure, and Regulatory Approach to Potential Human Health Risks of the Algal Toxin Domoic Acid, Thomas H. Angus

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Environmentally Benign Syntheses and Biomedical Applications of Novel Heterocyclic Compounds, Hyejin Cho

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Fluxes of Dissolved Organic Carbon During Storm Events in the Neponset River Watershed, Keith Thomas Cialino

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Research for the Advancement of Green Chemistry Practice: Studies in Atmospheric and Educational Chemistry, Steven Gene Cullipher

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The College Young Christian Students in the United States, a Historical Case Study of a Faith-based Social Movement and its National Office, John F. Denning

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Examining Sociological Differences and the Influence of Prey Distribution and Environmental Variability in the Distribution of a Top Marine Predator, the Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops Truncatus), Stefanie K. Gazda

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Impact Of Parental Stress On Asthma Management Behaviors And Health Outcomes: A Longitudinal Analysis Of Inner City School-Aged Children, Amanda Constance Green

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The Development of the Global Ready Leadership Scale, Shelby J. Harris

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Frontline Youth Workers: Meaning-Making and Street-Level Policy, Sarah Hogue

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The Untold Story of the GI Bill: The Experiences of African American Veterans with Attaining Educational Benefits through the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, Lorna J. Hunter

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The Impact of Nursing Hours and Hospital and Patient Characteristics on Medicare Hospital Acquired Conditions: A National Pooled Cross-Sectional Secondary Data Model and Analysis, Terry Kahlert Eng

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Patterns of Interaction within Parent-Child Dyads Affected by OCD and Anxiety, Catherine Kraper

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Problematizing Mainstream Graduate Management Education: Intersectional Critical Discourse Analysis of Harvard Business Publishing / Harvard Business School Cases, Michelle A. Kweder

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Art and Design Students' Social Norms Regarding Mental Illness, Creativity, and Help-Seeking Behaviors, Danielle Licitra

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First Career Decisions of African American and Hispanic Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, Deborah L. Liverman

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Analysis of English Language Learner Performance on the Biology Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System: The Impact of English Proficiency, First Language Characteristics, and Late-entry ELL Status, Mary A. Mitchell

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Cultural Adaptation of In-Home, Community-Based Mental Health Services for Ethnic Minority Children and Families: Exploring Clinician and Family Perspectives on Effective Care, Esroruleh Tamim Mohammad

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Mind the Gap: The Integration of Physical and Mental Healthcare in Federally Qualified Health Centers, Karen R. Monaghan

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What Academic Grades Mean to Seventh Grade Students, Margo Joan Moore

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Identifying Regional Shifts in Complex Species Interactions in the Gulf of Maine Mid-Intertidal, Scott L. Morello

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In the Face of Adversity: Valued Living and Decentering as Buffering Factors in the Relations Among Social Disadvantage, Psychological Distress, Drinking to Cope and Problem Drinking, Lucas P. K. Morgan

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The Intersectionality of Racism and Sexism for Asian American Women, Shruti Mukkamala

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Large-scale Data Analysis via Online Optimization and Distance Learning, Yang Mu

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The Politics of Official English: Exploring the Intentions and the Outcomes behind English-Only Policies in the United States, David Gonzalez Nieto

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Marital History and Retirement Security: An Empirical Analysis of the Work, Family, and Gender Relationship, Lauren A. Martin Palmer

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Regio and Stereochemical Considerations of 1,3-Dipolar Cycloadditions; Aryl Nitrile Oxides to Aryl Cinnamamides, Reshma Pal

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R2 Indicator based Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimization Algorithms and Applications, Dung Huy Phan

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Resilience in the Face of Adversity: Aging with HIV/AIDS, Kristen E. Porter

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School Nurse Pain Assessment Practices for Students with Mild to Profound Special Needs, Brenna L. Quinn

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Factors Associated with Medical Home Quality and Parent Perceptions of Health Related Quality of Life (Hrqol) in School-Age Children with Congenital Heart Defects (CHD), Kristine M. Ruggiero

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The Role and Regulation of the Response Regulator CtrA in Sinorhizobium Meliloti Cell Cycle Regulation, Karla B. Schallies