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Dissertations from 2021

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The Influence of Social Interactions on Behavior and Decision-Making in Supply Chains and E-Commerce, Mohsen Ahmadian

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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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Self-Compassion Among Roommates: An Investigation of Interpersonal Effects, Bryan Balvaneda

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Sustainable Investing in U.S. Private Sector Workplace Retirement Plans: A New Institutionalist Perspective, Bridget Bearden

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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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Non-Governmental Organizations and Rural Development in Andhra: Challenging or Reinforcing Social Hierarchies?, Anusha Chaitanya

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A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of the Effects of After-School Programs on Academic, Social, Behavioral, Mental Health, and Identity Outcomes Among Youth with Marginalized Identities, Kirsten M. Christensen

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Urinary RNA Biomarkers Prognostic for Renal Cell Carcinoma Metastasis, Justin F. Cotellessa

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Measurement, Quantum Noise, and Classical Error Correction, Benjamin B. Cruikshank

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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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Evaluating the Cultural Validity of Social Cognition in a Latinx Sample, Mayte Forte

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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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Beyond Borders in Chronic Schizophrenia: NEO-FFM Personality Traits, Neurocognition, and Symptoms, Lauren M. Grabowski

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Essays on the Cost of Bank Loans, Corporate Voluntary Disclosure, CEO Compensation and Financial Market Frictions, Mengyi Gu

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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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Examining the Implementation of Concussion Management Practices in Massachusetts: A Disproportionality Lens, Courtney W. Hess

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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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Investigating Surface Oxidation Reactions of Methanol and Toluene Over CeO¬2 and Ag/CeO2 via a Novel In Situ Diffuse Reflectance Infrared Fourier Transform Spectroscopy Method, Paul Kalevi Huttunen

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

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Realizing Universal Health Coverage in Kenya: Lessons from Makueni County, Esther N. Kamau

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The Activity of Abstraction in Physical Chemistry Problem Solving and Instruction, Jessica M. Karch

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Inclusion Toward Transformation: Psychosocial Disability Advocacy and Global Mental Health, Justin M. Karter

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Return Predictability and Market Sentiment: Evidence from Deep Learning, Usama A. Khan

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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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A Digitial Health Action Process Approach Intervention to Promote Resistance Training in Healthy Adult Novices, Justin M. Kompf

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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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Understanding Later-Life Financial Literacy in the Family, Community, and Social Environment Using the Socio-Ecological Framework, Yang Li

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Ocean Color Remote Sensing for Coastal and Inland Water Quality Monitoring, Kelly Mariko Anoiokapuuwai Luis

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The Impact of Business Environment on Firm Behavior and Performance: Evidence from Corporate and Systemwide Events, Yuechan Lu

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The Relationship of Healthiness, Stigma, and Social Support to Maternal Functioning for Postpartum Women in Treatment to Support Recovery for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), Julianne Mazzawi

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The Relationship Between Participation in Recreational Therapy Physical Activity and Symptoms of Mental Health Issues in Veterans, Krista F. McDonagh

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A Top-Down Approach to Bottom Up Development: NGO Implementation of Early Childhood Development Programs in Rwanda, Lyndsey D. McMahan

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Power Dynamics in Psychotherapy: Eminent Therapists’ Experiences Navigating Power from Humanistic-Existential and Feminist-Multicultural Perspectives, Zenobia S. Morrill

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Exploring “The Healthy Immigrant Effect” Among Elderly Asians with Cancer: A Nationwide Population-Based Assessment, Manan Nayak Forde

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Conceptual Profile of Substance: A Powerful Tool to Characterize Chemistry Learning, Raúl Orduña Picón

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A Case Study of Principal Leadership Behaviors that Lead to Urban Elementary Turnaround School Improvement, Sheneal Parker

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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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Social Media Text Analytics: An Application to Prescription Opioids-Related Conversations, Maryam Rahafrooz

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Moving Beyond the Individual: Applying Cultural Identity to Stigma Theory and Methodology, Emily Reichert

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The Gender of Peace: State Power and Discourse in Colombia (1946-1991), Adriana Rincon Villegas

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Creating Champions: Establishing the Social Validity of a Sport-Based Therapeutic Intervention, Bernalyn Ruiz

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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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Fatigue Among Pediatric Critical Care Nurses, Sarah A. Smith

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Characterizing the Role of the DMRT Gene Family in Zebrafish Sexual Development, Jocelyn Sorell Steinfeld

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

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Essays on Government Ownership, Xiaochuan Tong

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

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Experiences of Heterosexist Events and Effects of Political Context on the Perceived Visibility and Mental Health of LGBQ+ Individuals, Brianna M. Wadler

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The Influence of School Context on Universal Behavior Ratings of Black Students, Whitney Walker

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

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Let's Play A Story: Early Educators' Experience Implementing Story Drama with Support from Coaching, Amanda Wiehe Lopes

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Valuing Experiences: How US High School Teachers’ Reflective Practices Support Chinese International Students’ Learning, Jin Zhao

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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