Dissertation Oral Defenses


Candidate: Patricia Ann Taylor Date: July 8, 2019 Time: 11:30 am

Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) are a common occurrence for women from the time of conception throughout the first year of their children’s lives. However, often this disorder goes undetected and mothers’ do not seek treatment, citing the existence of many systemic barriers that both prevent and deter them from reaching out for help…


Candidate: David Rogers Date: June 29, 2019 Time: 12:30 pm

Many clinicians have referred to narcissists as among those difficult to treat for a variety of complex reasons. Simultaneously, individuals with a harsh inner critic can also have difficulty in treatment as they work to silence or accept the existence of such an inner judgmental voice. Shame affects both narcissists and individuals who experience inner…


Candidate: Olivia Jean Happel Date: June 24, 2019 Time: 11:00 am

In 1614, Count Palatine Michael Maier published Arcana Arcanissima, the Most Secret Mysteries in which he analyzes mythological stories through an alchemical lens to discover the Christian truths which they hold. This text is referenced throughout scholarship on Maier, but no one has translated it into English. Maier is famous for works such as the…


Candidate: Joanna Capelin LaPrade Date: June 20, 2019 Time: 1:30 pm

Grounded in the psychology of C. G. Jung and James Hillman, this dissertation looks to classical Greek mythology in order to explore how the descents and ascents in underworld journeys personify archetypal styles of experiencing the unconscious. In psychological terms, the descent and ascent motif is a metaphor for ego-consciousness contacting the unconscious. Put more…


Candidate: Sam Okibe Date: June 17, 2019 Time: 11:00 am

West African immigrants are the largest group of African immigrants in the United States. However, there has not been much research focusing on this increasingly growing group of immigrants. The purpose of this qualitative interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) research was to explore acculturation related mental health stressors among recent West African Immigrants in Southern California.…


Candidate: Rachel Naomi Lugn Date: June 13, 2019 Time: 3:00 pm

This dissertation discuses the connection and similarities between fairy tales and textile creation. Specifically discussed are the fairytales that involve textile creation. These tales are: Rumpelstiltskin, Sleeping Beauty, “Habetrot and Scantlie Mab,” “The Little Flax Flower,” and “The Three Spindles.” These tales all involve an element of textile creation that is integral to the story.…


Candidate: Joanna Gardner Date: June 13, 2019 Time: 12:00 pm

This study investigates if and how creation myths illuminate the creative process. Framing the inquiry is Jan Vansina’s image of a floating gap between mythic times of ancientness and recentness. Ancientness contains magical stories of origins, and recentness contains narrative more closely resembling day-to-day reality. Between the two lies a floating gap, or a mythic…


Candidate: Karen R. Harper Date: June 12, 2019 Time: 5:00 pm

This depth psychological study explored the interplay of Artemis, who is the Greek goddess of the wilderness and the hunt, the archetypal Wild Feminine, and ecofeminism, as well as their potential contributions to women’s individuation journeys. Comprising the dynamic components in this framework of an animated world ontology were depth psychology, mythology, ecofeminism, eco-phenomenology, and…


Candidate: Helen Tye Talkin Date: June 11, 2019 Time: 12:45 pm

This research asks what the experience of being a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is like. What are the challenges and what are the rewards? A series of questions were asked of 14 CASA volunteers in order to obtain data from which emergent themes of the CASA experience for the group as a whole were…


Candidate: Elizabeth Juriston Shepherd Bergstrom Date: June 6, 2019 Time: 2:00 pm

The purpose of this depth psychological study is to explore storytelling processes, focusing on the video game narrative format, assessing implications for how meaning is being shaped in this contemporary medium. Narrative emerges from and bridges the conscious and unconscious, inner and outer, virtual and real, and individual and collective. Narrative generates meaning, which draws…


Candidate: Jesse Karlin Jacob Date: June 1, 2019 Time: 12:30 pm

his qualitative research study employed interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA) to better understand and explore the lived experience of clients during animal-assisted therapy (AAT) and what makes AAT an effective therapeutic intervention. In particular, the meaning clients assigned to the animals present was focused upon as a potential healing agent. The self-reporting of six clients was…


Candidate: Barbara Teresa Weber Date: May 16, 2019 Time: 4:00 pm

This study investigates the experiences of five wealthy individuals in the United States who gave more than $1 million toward alleviating global poverty. This research uses the lens of depth psychology to understand the deeper meaning and significance of such giving in their lives. Using the qualitative research methodology of portraiture to record and interpret…


Candidate: Bruce Martin Strumpf Date: April 30, 2019 Time: 3:45 pm

While the emergence of gay marriage has been studied phenomenologically, the level of self-acceptance by gay men institutionalizing their relationships in this way has yet to be fully explored. This study continues the Jungian tradition of searching for archetypal patterns, but within the lived experiences of gay, married men—specifically, patterns in their lived experiences of…


Candidate: Gonzalo Venecia Date: April 27, 2019 Time: 2:30 pm

Discovering one’s myth may be difficult for both depth psychotherapists and clients unfamiliar with ancient world cultures, the source depth psychology has traditionally turned to for archetypal patterns. Contemporary lived mythologies are emerging to widen and expand the mythic lens of depth psychology, answer life’s truths and basic questions, and gain insight into one’s inner…


Candidate: Melissa Kate McIntosh Date: April 8, 2019 Time: 12:00 pm

The purpose of this thematic analysis (Braun & Clarke, 2006, 2013) dissertation was to explore the process by which activist artists engaged the community of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina through art projects. Methods of inquiry included phenomenological reflection on data elicited by investigation of activist artists’ experiences in relation to these art projects. The…


Candidate: Nasrin Beyraghdar Date: April 6, 2019 Time: 2:00 pm

The intention of this study is to examine the last tale of Sufi master Jalal e din Rumi in his masterpiece Mathnavi (Rumi, 2003). Sufism is one of the world’s established mystical traditions and the Sufi Order is a school that offers training for initiates. Storytelling is an integral and important tradition within Sufism, fomenting…


Candidate: Dana Weimer Date: April 5, 2019 Time: 1:00 pm

This dissertation is an imaginal inquiry into the spirit of waiting. The research focuses on the inner life of the psyche of waiting in relation to the liminal, creative, and active imaginal fields. Informed through the spirit and the sacred, the author considers the lived experience of waiting a paradox, where one is existing and…


Candidate: Christa Marie Sacco Date: April 2, 2019 Time: 12:50 pm

Today’s public conversation around prostitution forces people who work in the sex industry to identify as either powerless passive victims of sexual slavery with no agency or lifeworld of their own; or as empowered sex workers who enjoy their labor. I argue that sex workers’ life histories offer a counter-text and a voice of resistance…


Candidate: Michelle L. Evans Date: April 1, 2019 Time: 3:00 pm

The literature on new mothers speaks to the common experiences of women, including their personal reflections and interpersonal patterns as well as the collective influence of society on the experience of motherhood (Besser & Priel, 2001, 2003; Churchill & Davis, 2010; Coo, Milgrom, & Trinder, 2014). It suggests that surviving the vulnerability of motherhood is…


Candidate: Sandra Lee Date: April 1, 2019 Time: 10:00 am

This study is intended to contribute to a metaphorical understanding of how world soul, or Anima Mundi, is imagined, embodied, and communicated at the intersection of the visible and invisible interrelationships among humans and animated nature. This hermeneutic exploration has implications for relationship with imaginal dimensions and presences as well as a reciprocally transformative relationship…