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Dissertations from 2021

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Effects of Real-World Data Challenges on Generalization in Applied Machine Learning and Time Series Modeling, Matthew Almeida

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Measuring the Effects of Urbanization and Hurricane Maria on the Tropical Lizard Anolis Cristatellus: Morphometrics, Ecology, and Population Genomics, Kevin J. Aviles-Rodriguez

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Navigating Whiteness: A Critical Discourse Analysis of White Community College Faculty, White Identity, and the Discursive Positioning of Students of Color, Christian M. Bednar

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Application Placement in Edge Computing – Optimization, Game, and Deep Reinforcement Learning, Zhi Cao

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The Effects of Gonadal Steroids During Puberty on Brain, Behavior, and Metabolism in the B6D2F1 Hybrid Male Mouse, Caroline D. David

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Exploring Changes in Children’s Nature Play Practices and Caregiver Perceptions in the Context of COVID-19, Becky L. DelVecchio

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Education Inequity by Design: A Case Study of the Duval County Public School System, 1954–1964, Carolyn B. Edwards

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Modeling and Monitoring Higher Latitude Albedo Change with Higher Resolution Landsat and Sentinel-2 Products, Angela M. Erb

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Machine Learning Models for Deciphering Regulatory Mechanisms and Morphological Variations in Cancer, Saman Farahmand

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The Power of Friendships: Associations Between Friendship Quality, Satisfaction, and Well-Being for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Melanie S. Feldman

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Health Related Quality of Life Among People Experiencing Homelessness: The Impact of Substance Use, Access to Care and Trauma Informed Care, Kimberlee Flike

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The Development of Visual Temporal Processing, Julie Freschl

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Daring to See: White Supremacy and Gatekeeping in Music Education, Brian A. Gellerstein

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Nurses’ Documentation Burden and its Role in Clinician Burnout Syndrome, Emily Jean Gesner

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A Longitudinal Investigation of First-Generation College Students' Mentoring Relationships during their Transition to Higher Education, Matthew A. Hagler

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Don’t Ignore My Voice: A Call to Action by and for Gender-Expansive Youth, Sam Hoyo

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Posttraumatic Stress and Resilience Among Iraqi and Syrian Refugees, Bediha Ipekci

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Assessment of Housing Mismatch: Learning from Slum Communities in Small Cities of India, Namesh Killemsetty

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The Interplay Between Financial Reporting and Information Environment, Junwoo Kim

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Healthcare of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Middle-Aged and Older Adults: The Role of Minority Stress, Sociodemographic Characteristics and Social Resources, Krystal R. Kittle

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Youth, Sports, and Social (In)Justice in the Inner City of Boston: An Exploration through a Human Rights Lens, Konstantinos Koutsioumpas

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Investigating Women's Sexual Agency and Alcohol Use in the Sexual Consent Process, Julie Koven

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My Wounds Matter Too: Associations Among Distress, Emotion Regulation, Autism Symptomology, and Self-Harm Functions Among Young Adults with ASD, Sarah Levinson

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Build Efficient Framework to Support Real-Time Computation-Intensive Applications on Mobile and Edge Devices, Tengpeng Li

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Relationship and Gatekeeping Effects on Parental Interactions and Children's Development: A Path Analysis, Zachary W.C. Price

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A Framework for Justice-Centering Relationships and Understanding Impact in Higher Education Community Engagement, Melissa M. Quan

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World Heritage Governance: Assessing the Influence of Governance Factors on the Protection of Cultural and Natural World Heritage Sites, Eike Tobias Schmedt

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“I know her best”: Understanding the Experience of Transition from Early Intervention to Early Childhood Special Education Programs from the Perspective of Families, Stephanie A. Silva

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Chief Multicultural Officers and How They Address Campus Race Relations, Isaac D. Tesfay

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Three Essays on Developing Entrepreneurship Support Infrastructures for Social Ventures in Emerging Economies, Stanislav Y. Vavilov

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Care Specialization and Financial Performance in Urban Nursing Homes, Xiao Joyce Wang

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Applications of Cliques in Networks Analytics, Haonan Zhong

Dissertations from 2020

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The Racial Challenges Facing Black Male School Leaders Enacting Social Justice Agendas in Environments of Privilege, Jamel Adkins-Sharif

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When We Tell You We Can Do It, Believe Us: An Analysis of the Legislation and Policies Related to the Employment of Women with Disabilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sarah M. Alem

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The Relationship Between Palestinian College Women’s Pubertal Education and their Menstrual Experience, Maysa H. Al Usta

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Her Seat at the Table: A Youth Participatory Examination of Food Insecurity Among Latina High School Students, Jessica Frances Arrendol-Kiely

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How Do Black Mothers Navigate the Structures and Spaces of Special Education Programs to Advocate for Their Sons?, Phanenca Babio-James

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From Minamata to Mines in Ghana: A Cross-Scale Study on Global Governance of Mercury Use in Artisanal And Small-Scale Gold Mining, Timothy Adivilah Balag'kutu

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Supporting Teachers to Use Restorative Practice Circles to Improve Student Outcomes in Elementary School Classrooms, Marlana Mueller Barrasso

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Corticosteroid-Dependent Regulation of Retrotransposable Elements, Andrew A. Bartlett

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Effects of Walking and Standing on Executive Function in Children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Amanda M. Barudin-Carreiro

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Defining and Conceptualizing Disability: An Examination of How Culture Shapes the Understanding of Disability for Parents Who Immigrate to the United States, Lisa Langone Berard

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Potty Politics: Investigating the Policymaking Processes of Sanitation Service to the Urban Poor in Delhi, Tanushree Bhan

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Doctor-Patient Communication by Email: Trends, Determinants, and Effects of Digital Disparities on Email Use and the Association between Email Use and Quality of Communication in Health Care, Dragana Bolcic-Jankovic

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Characterizing the Impacts of the Invasive Hemlock Woolly Adelgid on the Forest Structure of New England, Peter Brehm Boucher

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The Rise and Rise of the Criminal Record: Power, Order and Safety in the United States, 1848-1960, Charles W. Brackett

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Risk Factors Contributing to the Development of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia among Preterm Infants, Caitlin E. Bradley

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The Entanglement of Gender, Science, and Interdisciplinarity: Standpoints of Women PhD Students in Interdisciplinary Traineeships, Kate Bresonis McKee

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Exploring a Shared Perception of Family Engagement within Schoolwide PBIS Through an Environmental Walk, Lauren M. Brodsky

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Rape Culture as a Gendered Violence Stressor for Women, Madeline Brodt

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Examining Cultural Equity: Boston’s Arts & Culture Sector, Marian Taylor Brown

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Cross-Age Peer Mentoring: A Meta-Analysis, Samantha Burton

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Where Do We Come From? A Quantitative Study of the Backgrounds and Professional Qualities of Special Education Transition Specialists in Massachusetts, Jennifer Carr Callison

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An Integrative Model of Mental Illness Identity Development: Volunteerism as a Supplement to Treatment for Depression, Self-Esteem, and Psychological Well-Being, Candace C. Cantrell

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Promoting the Sustainability of the Gulf of Maine Recreational Groundfish Fishery through Discard Mortality Estimation, Mitigation, and Outreach, Connor W. Capizzano

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Housing First: Defining and Analyzing a New Treatment Paradigm for Homelessness in the United States, Caitlin A. Carey

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Frequency Distribution in Phoneme Learning Across the Lifespan, Mihye Choi

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How do Emerging Bilinguals Learn Math?: The Role of Translanguaging in an English-Only Middle School Mathematics Classroom Setting, Mustapha K. Coker

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"I Can't Learn That Fast." The Exclusion of Women in College Algebra, Karen Crounse

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The Influence of Medicare Insurance Type – Traditional Fee-For-Service v. Medicare Advantage – on Rehospitalizations for Patients with Heart Failure in Skilled Nursing Facilities, Andrea Elizabeth Lane Daddato

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Social Networks, Social Influence, and Socio-Structural Factors Associated with Arab Adults’ Tobacco Use in the U.S., Sabreen Darwish

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Using Passive Acoustic Data to Track Changes in Baleen Whale Distribution Throughout the Western North Atlantic Ocean, Genevieve E. Davis

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Informationally Complete Measurements and Optimal Representations of Quantum Theory, John B. DeBrota

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Balancing the Environment and Development: Environmental Reform and Mainstreaming at the World Bank Ethiopia Country Office, John Michael Denney

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Culturally Sustaining Learning Environments in Public, Hispanic-Serving Community Colleges: Bridging Cultural Wealth, Epistemic Values, and Pedagogical Stances, Liya N. Escalera-Kelley

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An Examination of the Factors Influencing High School Graduation Rates for Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education, Linda M. Flueckiger

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The Relationship Between Physical Activity and Emotional Intelligence in Adolescents, Marie C. Gabour

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Identifying Drivers of and Quantifying North Atlantic Right Whale Local Abundance, Laura C. Ganley

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Firm Networks, Priya Garg

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The Effect of Job Demands, Control, and Support on Job Satisfaction and Intent to Leave among Massachusetts Home Health and Supportive Home Care Aides, Hayley P. Gleason

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Public-Private Partnerships in Education: A Vertical Case Study of the Right to Education Act (2009), India, Sheetal Gowda

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The Political Economy of Migration Governance: How Political Actors, Networks, Institutions and Policies Impact the Migration-Development Nexus in the Global South, Christopher C. Graham

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Community College Non-Completion: Students' Voices and Embodiments of Stress and Healing, Tara Gully-Hightower

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The Experience of Misgendering Among Trans and Gender Diverse People, Hamish A. Gunn

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Exploiting the Surface Chemistry of EGaIn to Develop Liquid Metal Nanoparticles as Cancer Therapeutic Agents, Sabrina Syeda Hafiz

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Occupational Stress and Job Satisfaction of Long Term Care Workers: The Impact of the Social Working Environment, Frances Hawes

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Cross-Ecosystem Predators Control Species Interactions, Multifunctionality and Resilience in Coastal Marshes, Marc J.S. Hensel

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Assessing Mental Health Provider Bias Toward Clients with Understudied Marginalized Sexual Identities and Practices, Cara Herbitter

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Educator Perspectives on English Learner Identification: An Explanatory Mixed Methods Study, Rachel E. Hoffman

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AI-driven Computational Design Tools For Synthesizing Human-centric Design, Haikun Huang

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The Role of Attention in Perceiving Seen and Heard Emotional Information, Sarah C. Izen

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Paleoclimate Reconstruction of the Gulf of Maine During the Recent Holocene (Past 5000 Years) Using Archaeological Mollusk Shells, Amy Elizabeth Johnston

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How Universal are Democratic Values? A Study of the Urban Middle Class’s Valuation of Core Democratic Ideals in a Hybrid Regime, Priyanka Kabir

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High School Teachers' Perceptions of Social Studies in the Context of Accountability, Kristina M. Kelleher-Bianchi

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Sense of Control and Frailty Among Older Adults, Bon Kim

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Family Ties and Subjective Aging in Later Life, Yijung K. Kim

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Novel Tools and Techniques to Investigate and Reduce the Impacts of Capture-and-Handling, Ryan J. Knotek

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Educators Bailan with Policy et le Pouvoir in the Educação of Multicultural and Multilingual Learners (WIDA ELD Standards and the Education of English Learners), Fernanda Marinho Kray

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Painting the World Crimson: The Global Spread of Graduate Management Education as Facilitated by Harvard Business School, Keshav Krishnamurty

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How Does Grading Schools Impact Florida’s Teachers and Students? The Need for a New Approach to School Accountability, Luke Aubry Kupscznk

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Adapting Social Emotional Learning to Impact Internalizing Problems in an Urban School, Kathryn D. Kurtz

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Three Essays on Social Media Analytics and Big Data: An Empirical Investigation of Communities and Organizations, Carol A. Lee

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The Role of Clinical Research Nurses in Minority Recruitment to Cancer Clinical Trials, Kristen A. Legor

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What does Social Agency have to do with it? Positive Pathways to Adulthood for Groups of Opportunity Youth and College Students in Rhode Island, Perri S. Leviss

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Exploring the Efficacy of an Online Intervention in Processing Experiences of Heterosexism Among Autistic-LGBTQ Individuals, Meredith R. Maroney

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The Effectiveness of a Mindfulness, Acceptance, Valued Action, and Flexible Coping Intervention for Race-Based Stress on Momentary Coping and Distress Symptoms, Jennifer Honculada Martinez

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Impact of Disturbance Regimes on Community and Landscape Biodiversity in Atlantic Coastal Pine Barren Ecoregion Streams, Sean T. McCanty

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Characterization of Microbial Communities Across Disease States and Environmental Conditions in Kemp’s Ridley (Lepidochelys Kempii) and Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia Mydas), Kerry L. McNally

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The Environmental, Social and Market Drivers of Shellfish Aquaculture in Massachusetts, Sean Patrick McNally

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Convergence of Senior Administrators and Professional Employees: Case Studies of Institutional Transformation via Convergent Hybrid Planned and Emergent Change, Michael C. Metzger