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Candidate: John Boyce Sherk Date: February 2, 2018 Time: 12:45 pm

The present study aims to ascertain some of the archetypal underpinnings of the experience of paternal postpartum depression using the Descriptive Phenomenological Methodology of Giorgi (2009). The intention is to produce a phenomenological description of archetypal themes and patterns as they emerge in the reported experiences of fathers experiencing or having experienced emotional duress during…


Candidate: Betty J. McEady Date: January 29, 2018 Time: 12:45 pm

The purpose of this research was to investigate the transformative learning experiences of formerly incarcerated participants in The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), a three-level experiential training program in nonviolent conflict resolution. It explores participants’ interpretation of changes in their mindsets about violence and nonviolence following intensive training in AVP transformative and constructionist pedagogies while…


Candidate: Rene Dumetz Date: January 28, 2018 Time: 2:30 pm

This study is an investigation of nondual experiences with the intention to describe their essences and their meaning for six co-researchers, using Clark Moustakas’ Heuristic research methodology. Additionally, it examined the impact of these nondual experiences on their emotional wellbeing, sense of self, and their relationships, in an effort to determine the psychological benefits and…


Candidate: Boston Carter Date: January 18, 2018 Time: 9:30 am

This hermeneutic study explores potential connections between Carl Jung’s idea of the number four representing wholeness and possible archetypal profiles of the four classical elements of fire, earth, air, and water. Viewed as archetypal symbols of potential psychic functions, the elements may present as patterns within psyche, building a possible bridge between alchemical processes of…


Candidate: Craig A. Curtis Date: January 6, 2018 Time: 1:00 pm

The purpose of this historical-humanistic hermeneutic inquiry is to explore the psychological and cultural emergence of the head huntress of the Holy Scriptures, Salome, daughter of Herodias, princess of Judea, as evidenced through the Modern era circumscribed by the turn of the 20th century, showcasing the lives and creative output of Oscar Wilde and C.…


Candidate: Daniel Ortiz Date: December 6, 2017 Time: 10:00 am

Based on literary, historical, anthropological, and psychological data scholars have formed a post-modern concept of Dionysus that expresses him as a timeless and exceptional god originating from ancient Greece. Dionysus’ unique personality is antithetical even unto itself and has therefore been difficult to rationalize beyond assumptions concerning the god’s historical lineage. Mythographer and psychoanalyst Rafael…


Candidate: Nadia Khalil Thalji Date: November 30, 2017 Time: 3:00 pm

The purpose of this inquiry was to develop a depth psychological understanding of immigration as a liminal experience. The Free Association Narrative Interview (FANI) method derived meaning from the lived experiences of five recent immigrants from both Western and Eastern cultures. Emergent themes referenced the expanded understanding of immigration as a process of homecoming, perceived…


Candidate: Heather M. Lovig Date: November 27, 2017 Time: 1:00 pm

During the early seventeenth century, the witch hysteria engulfing Europe reached its height in the Basque territory of Spain. There, between 1609-1611, members of the Spanish Inquisition tried and executed a number of the local residents as witches. Though the historical trauma of this “witch burning” time took place over four hundred years ago, I…


Candidate: Cynthia Jacqueline Hayen Date: November 18, 2017 Time: 12:45 pm

This study utilizes a heuristic methodology to seek answers to several questions regarding a depth psychological approach to canine-assisted therapy. First and foremost, the study investigates why canine-assisted therapy is important as a psychotherapeutic modality, and secondly, it seeks to identify the benefits that patients, therapists, and dogs receive from their engagement in such a…


Candidate: Glenn William Orris Date: November 17, 2017 Time: 10:00 am

The provisional construct “moral injury” has been proposed as a means to recognize the impact of certain stressor events commonly encountered in war, yet excluded from the current definition of postraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), especially the psychological consequences of moral violations, whether experienced as perpetrator, witness, or victim. Although frequently co-morbid and exhibiting similar syndromes…


Candidate: James E. Heaton Date: November 13, 2017 Time: 11:00 am

A great deal of material has been written about Chinese religion. Unfortunately, only a small fraction of this has covered the folk religion, and even less time has been spent on divination and magical practice. Operating from an engaged scholar methodology, this dissertation offers a partial remedy to this situation. Through both field study and…


Candidate: Yvonne Lefebvre Date: November 8, 2017 Time: 10:00 am

This research explores whether the predominance of Logos in science, privileging dispassion and analysis, and the absence of Eros, privileging emotion and relationship, have detrimental effects on scientists and on society. The inner world of science and scientists was explored through a study of Greek deities, who serve as archetypes of different modes of being.…


Candidate: Rachel Merry Irish Date: November 7, 2017 Time: 1:00 pm

This interpretive phenomenological analysis research study examined the lived experience of Traveling Environmental Workers (TEW) in light of their attachments to home and place. Four participants were asked a series of open-ended questions regarding their experiences and were encouraged to share their thoughts and feelings about their occupation. The findings included stories of emotional encounters…


Candidate: Myron Panchuk Date: November 6, 2017 Time: 12:45 pm

Dreams are the wellsprings for embracing aspects of the self and the community that have been split off, denied, and repressed. The intent of this research is to invite interested individuals to draw on the images that arise from shared dreams situated in the world of the post-Soviet Ukrainian psyche. When the figures and images…


Candidate: Laura Jeanine Jones Date: October 31, 2017 Time: 12:45 pm

This hermeneutic research journey begins with the premise that Jung’s and Corbin’s works presuppose a visionary capacity far removed from the experience of most people. In Corbin, this capacity is associated with an apparitional imaginal world and creative Imagination depicted in Islamic Sūfism as accessible only to mystics. Hillman’s writings in archetypal psychology, which are…


Candidate: Kathleen Marie Warwick-Smith Date: October 31, 2017 Time: 9:45 am

In the Middle Ages the cardinal virtue Prudence is revered and her depiction widespread. In the modern era, however, few Westerners esteem Prudence or can recognize her iconography. This dissertation describes what happens to her personification between the sixth and twenty-first centuries by examining cultural artifacts ranging from Constantinople to the United States using content…


Candidate: Eric Charles Perry Date: October 25, 2017 Time: 4:00 pm

Through an Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) research design, this dissertation explores the experience of psychotherapists who engage in mindfulness-based psychotherapeutic approaches. The principal research question is, “How does mindfulness appear in the professional setting as a psychotherapeutic modality?” This research identifies and explores common themes that arise for participants. The common themes were: (1) Formal…


Candidate: Robert C. Skidmore Date: October 13, 2017 Time: 12:45 pm

The purpose of this hermeneutical study is to examine the shadow of Christianity as it appears in culture and in therapeutic settings. Western culture has been dominated by Christianity as its cultural perspective for two thousand years. Acknowledging this opens possibilities for analysis of this culture’s shadow, and the conscious-unconscious synthesis that might seek to…


Candidate: Crystal Prung Date: September 29, 2017 Time: 12:00 pm

To date, there are limited studies on the relational components of couples therapy for adults with eating disorders. The purpose of this study was to gain an understanding of countertransference experiences and attachment dynamics of therapists who facilitate couples therapy with eating disorders. A qualitative method, interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA), was used. A total of…


Candidate: Katrina A. Echtinaw-Lewis Date: September 28, 2017 Time: 12:00 pm

This dissertation study addressed the impacts of therapeutic failures and lack of Evidence Based Best Practices that are normed for use with the Native American (NA) population. This dissertation explored the use of NA Medicine Wheel (MW) techniques and cultural interventions in Substance use Disorder (SUD) treatment interventions. The research undertaken used grounded theoretical concepts…