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Dissertations from 2015

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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

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Relationship between Maternal Self-Reported Subjective Experience and Observed Maternal Gaze and Affect at 16, 24, and 43 Weeks Postpartum: The Case for Multiple Measurements, Semira Semino-Asaro

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Identifying Sensory Symptoms as a Diagnostic Indicator of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Timothy W. Soto

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Individual and Dyadic Analysis of Cardiac Profiles in Response to Stress in a Longitudinal Sample of Infant-Mother Dyads, Akhila Venkatachalam Sravish

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Fostering the Spiritual Development of Undergraduates through Service-Learning, Michelle C. Sterk Barrett

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Willingness to Pay for Water Efficiency Improvements by Upstream and Downstream Users: A Case Study in the Yellow River Basin in China, Luqin Sun

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Pain Qualities and their Persistence in the Elder Population, Manu Thakral

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Utilizing Ultrametric Properties, Projections and Entropy in Data Mining, Rosanne Vetro

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Critical Forces that Structure Subtidal Ecological Communities in the Gulf of Maine, and the Integration of Invasive Species into these Communities, Martine C. Wagstaff

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A Case Study of an Urban Elementary School Chinese Language and Culture Program at the Boston Renaissance Charter Public Schools (BRCPS), Jinhui Xu

Dissertations from 2014

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Weighing the Benefits and Risks Associated with Proprietary School Attendance for Low-Income Single Mother Students, Carolyn L. Arcand

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Palestinian Refugee Family Trees of Resilience: Intergenerational Cultivation of Resistance, Return, and Perseverance, in Response to Israel State Violence and Occupation, Devin G. Atallah

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Evaluating the Structure of a Bayesian Network from Data, Saaid Baraty

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Multicultural Education and Teachers' Perceptions of and Intended Responses to Students' Behavior, Malcolm J. Bryant

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The Relationship between Mental Health and Young Children's Academic Development: What We Can Learn From a National Sample of At-Risk Chilean Children, Katia M. Canenguez

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Complex Networks: Structure and Dynamics, Shilpa Chakravartula

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To Speak or Not to Speak: Factors that Influence Pre-Tenure Faculty's Sense of Voice, Yi Shiuan Chin

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Y- Box Protein 2 (YBX2) is a Major mRNA Specific Regulator of Translation in Spermatogenesis and the Translational Regulation of the Sperm Mitochondria Associated Cysteine Rich Protein (Smcp) mRNA, Tamjid A. Chowdhury

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Tuning Carbon Microstructure for Advancing Electrochemical Energy Storage, John P. Collins

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The Effects of Loneliness and Social Isolation on Hypertension in Later Life: Including Risk, Diagnosis and Management of the Chronic Condition, Caitlin E. Coyle

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Mechanisms of Translational Repression of the Sperm Mitochondria Associated-Cysteine Rich Protein (Smcp) mRNA in Round Spermatids, Danielle L. Cullinane

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Prime Time in the Academy: Factors Critical to Sustaining Mid-career Faculty Vitality, Anne M. DeFelippo

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Protein Docking Refinement Using Evolutionary Information and Artificial Intelligence, Ayse Bahar Delibas

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A Novel Kinesin, Arabidopsis Thaliana Centromere Associated Protein E2, is Necessary for the Progression of Mitosis and Meiosis, Kristophe J. Diaz

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Constructing the American Dream: How Beliefs Influence Decisions about Homeownership, Rachel Bogardus Drew

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"We are a Democracy": Progressive-era Democratic Teaching in High School English Classrooms, 1912-1941, Nicholas J. Fitzgerald

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Transformational Leadership and Student Achievement: A Case Study of Catholic Elementary Schools in the Archdiocese of Boston, Chris Flieger

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Understanding the Impact of Violence on Early Language, Danielle Forbes

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Institutional Conditions to Improve the Educational Outcomes of Part-time Community College Students, Rhonda M. Gabovitch

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Improving Main-Memory Database (MMDB) Distributed Transactional Concurrency, Weiwei Gong

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Investigation of Processes Involved in the Formation of the Solid Electrolyte Interphase Layer During the Primary Lithiation of the Negative Electrode for a Lithium Ion Capacitor, Gerald T. Gourdin

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Patterns of Dissaving Among U.S. Elders, Deborah Gray

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A Comparative Analysis of Transfer Students' and Native Students' Perceptions of their Higher Education Environment at Two Public Four-Year Institutions, Janet M. Gumbris

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A Longitudinal Look at Social Protection: Does Unequal Receipt of Employment-Based Benefits Lead to Health Disparities, thus Limiting Earnings Mobility?, Amy B. Helburn

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Roles of Arabidopsis Dioxygenases during the Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH)-Induced Stress Response, Juan C. Hernandez-Vega

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Economic Development in the Massachusetts Life Sciences Cluster: Shared Prosperity or a Big Tradeoff?, Brandynn Holgate

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Green Techniques to Improve Grignard Reactions and Synthesize Heterocyclic Molecules, Asha Kadam

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Cardiovascular Disease Behavioral Risk Factors in Select Countries of Sub-Saharan Africa: An Inter-Country Comparative Study from a Cross-Sectional Population-Based Survey, Mercy W. Kamau

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How 11 Boston Transitional Bilingual Teachers Implemented and Resisted Sheltered English Immersion Following a Ballot Initiative Elimiinating Bilingual Education On Massachusetts, Thomas A. King

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Pa'lante! Toward The Presidency: Understanding Factors that Facilitate Latino Leadership in Higher Education, Gloria Lopez

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The Impact of Childhood SES on Decline in Cognition among Older Adults, Jiyoung Lyu

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Deciphering the Drivers of Coastal Evolution Over Multiple Spatial and Temporal Scales, Massachusetts, USA, Christopher V. Maio

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The Influence of No Child Left Behind (2001) on the Leadership of Elementary School Principals in Massachusetts: Highlighted Responses from Asian American Principals, Wesley P. S. Manaday

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"True, She Has the Culture You Need": A White Teacher in an Urban School Critically Reflects on the Hidden, Social, and Academic Curriculum, Mathew Arlen McLean

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Beliefs and Attitudes Held By Assistant Principals in Massachusetts Public High Schools toward Student Suspensions, Samantha J. Meier

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The Role of Identity Development in Multiethnic Latino Students' Sense of Belonging in College, Wanda I. Montañez

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An Examination of School Committee Municipal Representation in the City of Worcester, Massachusetts, Kerry E. Mulcahy

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Black Students' and Black Teachers' Self Identifications and Perceptions of One Another, Stacey Jones Mulligan

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An Analysis of the Influence of the Supervisory Agency in Determining Community Reinvestment Act Performance Evaluation Grades, Howard Payton

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Working to Sustain Change: An Examination of Teacher Leadership and its Role in Promoting Organizational Learning in Urban Turnaround Schools, Katherine E. Petta

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The Social Environment, APOE-e4, and Dementia: The Social Environment as a Moderating Factor Among Individuals Genetically Predisposed to Develop Dementia, Judith L. Poey

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The Psychological and Social Processes through which Internalized Heterosexism Influences Psychological Distress in Sexual Minorities, Julia A. Puckett

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A Fresh Perspective: Public Choice Theory and the Massachusetts Legislator, John F. Quinn

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Individual, Disease, and Work-Related Factors Associated with Work Patterns, Presenteeism and Sick Pay Policy of the Colorectal Cancer Survivor after Treatment, Kristin A. Roper

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Does Increased Family Income Reduce Fade Out of Preschool Gains?, Colin C. Rose

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Transfer Programs at Hispanic Serving Institutions: A Study of Inter-organizational Collaboration, Milton Santiago

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Chasing Interconnections: Mountains, Mushrooms and People, Uttam Baba Shrestha

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Engaging Youth: Linking Design and Implementation Choices of Out-Of-School Time Programs in Boston to the Development of Political Engagement Attitudes in Youth Age 14 to 18, Felicia M. Sullivan

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Toward Professional Learning: The Convergence of Planning, Experience, and Literature in an Urban High School, Kimberly A. Talbot

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Student Organizations as a Venue for Cross-Racial Interaction, Tamara A. Von George

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Black Beauty, White Standards: Impacts on Black Women and Resources for Resistance and Resilience, Speshal T. Walker

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Exploring the Link between Otolith Growth and Function along the Biological Continuum in the Context of Ocean Acidification, Eric D. Wilcox Freeburg

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Black Shales of the Neo-Tethys: The Geochemical Record of the End-Permian Crisis, Jeremy Christopher Williams

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Gender, Race, and Ethnic Differences in the Effects of Education on Depression in Later Life: The Mediating Roles of Mastery and Stress, Cathy Mae Wong

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State Directors of Adult Education: Leadership in a Changing Policy Environment, Cynthia Keeshan Zafft

Dissertations from 2013

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Biochemistry of 1, 2-Dehydro-N-Acetyldopamine Derivatives, Adal T. Abebe

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Impacts of U.S. Biofuels Mandates on Environmental and Energy Security, Mohammad Alshawaf

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Regulation of Toll Signaling and Inflammation by Beta Arrestin and the Sumo Protease Ulp1, Saima G. Anjum

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Thymine and Coumarin Containing Photopolymeric Materials Inspired by Green Chemistry, Jason R. Bianchini

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Knowledge, Identity, & Professionalism: A Grounded Theory Analysis of How Urban Career Teachers Navigate Their Professional Lives, Lori Jean Brodeur

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Understanding the Full-time, Non-tenure-track Faculty Appointment, Pandora Grewe Carlucci

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Power from the Margins: The Professional Identities of Three English as a Second Language Teachers in Low Incidence Districts, Tina H. Chien

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Experiences of Latina First Generation College Students: Exploring Resources Supporting the Balancing of Academic Pursuits and Family Life, Hercilia B. Corona-Ordoñez

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From Legislation to Implementation: Distributing Leadership in Response to the Massachusetts Anti-Bullying Law of 2010, Alan H. Cron

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Producing Space: Block-By-Block Change in a Gentrifying Neighborhood, Jen Douglas

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Geochemical Record of Global Change in a Closed Basin Lake: Étang Saumâtre, Haiti, Alex Migeul Eisen-Cuadra