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Dissertations from 2017

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Cognition and Driving Status: Identifying Risk of Cessation in Older Adults, Kristen E. Anderson

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The Effect of Abiotic Conditions on Microbial Community Structure and the Genes Responsible for Several Geochemical Processes in Salt Marsh Sediments, John H. Angell III

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Indicators and Information for Integrated Decisions on Climate Change: Quantitative Methodologies for Understanding the Vulnerability of Coastal Communities, Ram A. Barankin

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Managerialism, Mission, & Values: Micromechanisms of Nonprofit Institutionalization, Erynn Elizabeth Beaton

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Photophysical & Photoacoustic Properties of Electron Rich & π-Extended Quadrupolar Curcuminoid Dyes, Stephanie Erin Bellinger

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Understanding Romani Deprivation in Serbia: From Symbolic Inclusion Prescriptions to Meaningful Pathways to Economic Integration, Marija Bingulac

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Teacher Beliefs and Practices Regarding Students' Mathematics Learning in a High-Performing U.S. Urban Public Elementary School, Tamara L. Blake-Canty

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Transition to the Academy: The Influence of Working-Class Culture for First-Generation Students, LaDonna L. Bridges

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Geographic Mobility and Place Attachment in Later Life, Abigail A. Butt

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Absent Identities, Actual Identities, Identity Prominence, and Psychological Distress, Gerard Byron

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Borderlands and Bridges: Mexican Youth Education and Identity, Patricia Chouinard

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Influences on University Staff Members Responsible for Implementation of Alcohol-Control Policies, Glenn A. Cochran

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Pediatric Nurses’ Knowledge, Values, and Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice and Use of Two Patient Safety Goals, Linda Connor

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A Non-Linear Spatio-Temporal Modeling Framework for Heavy Precipitation and Crop Yield Prediction, Yahui Di

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Regional P20 Councils: Addressing the Education Pipeline through Regional Learning and Cross-Sector Collaboration, Elaine K. Donnelly

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School Nurses' Awareness and Attitudes Towards Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: A Mixed Methods Study, Hannah E. Fraley

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Understanding How State Legislators Define Problems: The Case of High and Rising Healthcare Costs in Massachusetts, Monica C. Garlick

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The Role of Glucocorticoid Receptors on the Expression of Transposable Elements in the Rat Hippocampus, Brian B. Griffiths

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Risk, Resilience, Recovery: In Search of the Protective Factors of Mental Health, Victoria Choate Hasler

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

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Mothering Values of Black Student Mothers: A Grounded Theory Analysis, Sara A. Kaplan-Levy

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Using Brief Experimental Analysis to Evaluate the Impact of Combining Skill and Performance Components in a Mathematics Treatment Package, Whitney L. Kleinert

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Understanding the Role of Driver, Vehicle, Environment, and Policy Factors in Crash Injury Severity among Older Adults in the United States, Chae Man Lee

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MODIS and VIIRS Continuity Products in Synergy with Landsat Data to Monitor Vegetation Phenology, Yan Liu

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The Educational Life Histories of Three 8th Grade African American Males at an Urban Alternative School, Stephanie Marson Lee

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Civilized Inequality: Honors Programming and Educational Inequality at Public Universities, Steven D. Neville

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An Investigation of Chemical Identity Thinking, Courtney L. Ngai

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Young Children's Emotion Vocabulary and the Potential Influence on Emotion Regulation Ability, Marisa Murphy O'Boyle

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Academic Capitalism and the Public Good in Public and Private U.S. Higher Education: A Grounded Theory Study of Internationalization, Asabe W. Poloma

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Multiple Roles in Later Life: Role Enhancement and Conflict and Their Effects on Psychological Well-Being, Emma D. Quach

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Evolutionary Game Theoretic Multi-Objective Optimization Algorithms and Their Applications, Yi Ren Cheng

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Assessing Structure and Condition of Temperate and Tropical Forests: Fusion of Terrestrial Lidar and Airborne Multi-Angle and Lidar Remote Sensing, Edward J. Saenz

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Civil Society Organization Practices to End Violence against Women and Girls with Disabilities in Mexico, Ana María Sánchez Rodríguez

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Understanding University Graduates’ (Un) Employability in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Case Study of Cameroon, Alvine Murielle Tchuathi Sangang

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Exploring the Effect of Intervention Choice on Academic Performance and Student Acceptability, Meghan R. Silva

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A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Common Core State Standards: Investigating a Possibly Neoliberal Ideological Field, Erik Lars Smith

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Determined Wellness: The Influence of Mental Illness Models Upon Treatment Outcome Expectancies and Treatment Engagement, Francisco I. Surace

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Walking the Tightrope: The Tension in Math Teachers' Walk through Identity and Agency amidst Race to the Top in Cumberland County Schools, Cindy Smith Taylor

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Building Efficient Large-Scale Big Data Processing Platforms, Jiayin Wang

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Performance Management and Decision-Making in State Agencies: The Case of Massachusetts, Ryan M. Whalen

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

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The Impacts of Life Events on Depression in Later Life among Older Hmong Immigrants, Mai See Yang

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Query-Centric Storage Partitioning for Distributed Systems, Ting Zhang

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 Palu-ay

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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