Dissertation Oral Defenses


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…


Candidate: Anthony A. P. Bonavita Date: September 19, 2017 Time: 11:00 am

This research was focused on understanding the relationship between Carl Jung’s concept of the collective unconscious and the Tibetan Buddhist view of emptiness. The research utilized the Tibetan Book of the Dead, subsequent commentaries, and Jung’s psychological commentary as the textual participant to understand these two concepts. Jung’s Psychological Commentary of the Tibetan Book of…


Candidate: Shalee Horstman Date: September 14, 2017 Time: 11:00 am

The purpose of this alchemical hermeneutics study is to explore how working with personal and archetypal images impacts the ability to self-regulate. The more notable texts analyzed are from the works of Carl Jung and his descendants, Allan Schore, and Marion Woodman. Other texts analyzed include dream images, active imagination images, and images manifested from…


Candidate: Shara Denise Knight Date: September 7, 2017 Time: 12:00 pm

This hermeneutic study with a depth psychological perspective explores the creative, inner images of filmmakers and their sublime expression using close reading of interview contents as process methodology. It describes archetypal representations and potentials germane to filmmakers’ experiences with psychological image or vision and the eventual expressions in onscreen visuals. Responding to the question “what…


Candidate: Danielle Jackson Date: September 7, 2017 Time: 9:00 am

The persona is an essential part of personality development that allows individuals to exhibit conventionally acceptable behaviors and to adapt them as necessary in social situations. The Jungian concept of the persona is underrepresented in depth psychological studies and so merits more development. This research aims to answer how the persona affects character development and…


Candidate: Elizabeth Ruth Wolterink Date: September 5, 2017 Time: 1:30 pm

This dissertation asserts that myths of the journey to the underworld in which the protagonist is female have been marginalized in favor of stories in which the descender is male. In laying out the historical basis of the scholarship on the journey to the underworld (the nekyia), the study attributes this prejudice to a Christological…


Candidate: Jacqueline Hirk Date: August 29, 2017 Time: 10:00 am

This dissertation provides a depth psychological understanding of women choosing to remain in unfulfilling relationships. This research examines the lived experience of women who encountered romantic love, experienced unhappiness in the relationships and continued to stay in the relationships. Based on an interpretative phenomenological approach (IPA) to the research, the findings suggest that a heterosexual…


Candidate: Christian Vincent Date: August 22, 2017 Time: 12:00 pm

When a daughter loses her father before she has achieved a necessary degree of psychological separation from him, her capacity to mourn his literal death may become complicated. Circumstances such as the ambivalent nature of their relationship while he was living or that she has was an adolescent girl at the time of his death…


Candidate: Rebecka Dawn Pearson Date: August 21, 2017 Time: 2:00 pm

This hermeneutic and heuristic study explores how the horse–human relationship, when viewed through the lens of depth psychology, can be applied to healing and transforming trauma. The study is an attempt to provide an understanding of the potential for a horse–human relationship to be instructive and invaluable in teaching clinicians in practice and clinical training…


Candidate: Shanna E. Butler Date: July 22, 2017 Time: 2:00 pm

Postmodern discourse regarding gender identity calls upon the field of depth psychology, and primarily Jungian psychology, to reexamine its traditional dualistic constructs pertaining to gender so as to be open to including the experiences of queer, genderqueer, and transgender individuals. This research is particularly interested in honoring the personal narratives that define one’s self-understanding. Using…


Candidate: Monica von Eggers Date: July 22, 2017 Time: 11:00 am

This phenomenological study used a qualitative, hermeneutic analysis to explore the lived experiences of the moments of psychological change in five women and one man recovering from alcoholism. Interviews with the participants were coded thematically and analyzed in relation to a psychic movement that initiated sobriety. The data were compared to the process of transformation…


Candidate: Nitsa M. Dimitrakos Date: July 18, 2017 Time: 12:15 pm

This theoretical research utilizes an imaginal approach to explore the transformational experience of empowering a hitherto silenced female voice. Archetypal and symbolic images of the mermaid and her myth are engaged to make visible the intersection between conscious and unconscious dynamics of the self-silencing. This brings into view the deeply rooted psychological themes of loss…