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Dissertation Oral Defenses


Candidate: Barbara Bain Date: July 7, 2020 Time: 12:00 pm

Dreams and Identity in Indigenous California was a qualitative, narrative inquiry that utilized a Red Pedagogical, transmodern philosophical approach to research on dreaming and its influence on a sense of Indigenous identity among self-identifying Indigenous people in the state of California. Using Story Science as a research approach and methodology, data were gathered on the…


Candidate: James Neville Kennard Date: July 6, 2020 Time: 4:00 pm

This hermeneutic study explores the esoteric context and complementary ritual discourse of Medieval Haṭha-Yoga and Hindu alchemy, from a Jungian depth psychological perspective. Its comparative approach draws on the essential values, fantasy images, and key concepts of esotericism, to describe a deeper web of relationship within culturally diverse traditions of alchemy. The Tantric vision of…


Candidate: Chih-An Tang Date: June 30, 2020 Time: 9:00 am

This research takes a hermeneutic approach to the interpretation of the published case reports of sandplay therapy, with a special attention placed upon the photographic images of the first and the final sand pictures. As the interest is in the final sandplay, this study enters into the hermeneutic cycle from the final sandplay scene. The…


Candidate: Jan Francis Sears Date: June 24, 2020 Time: 1:00 pm

Case study methodology and a personal experience narrative analysis (PENA) frame this exploration of the therapeutic use of portrait photography from a Jungian perspective. Underlying theory is examined regarding the psychological use of photographs, the distinction between empathy and compassion in mirroring and witnessing, the therapeutic benefits of storytelling, and the feminine function of the…


Candidate: Diana Richelle North Date: June 22, 2020 Time: 1:00 pm

Epic Explorations in Opera-The Hero’s Overture, is an original inquiry into the mythic patterns found in stories as they relate to six operas in this analysis. Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffman, Gounod’s Faust and Strauss’s The Woman Without a Shadow are analyzed through…


Candidate: Stacy Brooks Date: June 17, 2020 Time: 11:00 am

Generations of Cherokee children learned how to live in the Appalachian Mountains through a system of myths and sacred formulas, many documented in the works of James Mooney, Myths of the Cherokees, and Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees. Factual information embedded within these myths and formulas have a basis of factual information regarding observable behavior,…


Candidate: Barbara Anne Morse Date: June 16, 2020 Time: 11:00 am

This alchemical hermeneutic study examines the problem of the myth of separation between spirit and matter that lies at the wounded heart of the Western psyche. The myth of separation is conceptualized as a traumatic, intergenerational attachment wound that creates the perception of dissociation of the divine spirit from the material world. Diverse problems confronting…


Candidate: Melinda Nettifee Date: June 15, 2020 Time: 12:00 pm

Something significant is lost when verbalization is defined as an act of cognition or mental insight, separate from or in opposition to the “felt-sense.” This research challenges this dualism by framing and investigating voice as an embodied sense. The fields of trauma theory and trauma healing practice are addressed as sites where the harm of…


Candidate: Michael James Quill Date: June 11, 2020 Time: 4:00 pm

This practice-led, creative, and heuristic dissertation tracks the evolution of a depth psychologist from volunteer to program director at a nonprofit environmental organization. The research follows a life-changing, near-death experience that steered the author into a psychological and physical reconnective process with water, which included participation in ocean restoration programs, graduate studies in community, liberation,…


Candidate: Swanhilda R. Ochoa Date: June 5, 2020 Time: 1:00 pm

Honoring the need to feel heard when growing up in the foster care system is the main foundation of this research. This study explores how to understand, from a depth psychological perspective, the child in foster care’s trauma. Data has been gathered by utilizing hermeneutic, phenomenological, and alchemical hermeneutics approaches, providing an analysis of the…


Candidate: Kristen Ruth Williams Date: June 3, 2020 Time: 11:00 am

This hermeneutic research explores couples therapy from a Jungian approach with both classical and archetypal lenses using the myth of Eros and Psyche as the guiding mythopoetic image. It challenges Hera and Zeus as the traditional myth of marriage, and examines the encounter of love and soul depicted in the Eros and Psyche myth as…


Candidate: Casey J. Winter Date: May 29, 2020 Time: 10:00 am

The purpose of this qualitative doctoral research study is to explore the mental health condition known as anorexia nervosa through the framework of depth psychology in combination with specific concepts from analytical/Jungian psychology to provide an in-depth analysis of the condition beyond current conventional clinical views. Anorexia nervosa is a psychological disorder clinically characterized by…


Candidate: Dario L. Ghio Date: May 28, 2020 Time: 1:00 pm

This qualitative research study makes use of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis to examine psychoanalytic psychotherapy as an effective treatment method for patients with a history of substance abuse. This research queries the experiences of psychoanalytically oriented therapists treating clients with substance use histories in private practice settings. In semi-structured interviews, these therapists were asked to describe…


Candidate: Kenji Christian Miyamoto Date: May 26, 2020 Time: 2:00 pm

This dissertation offers an in-depth analysis of the history of Asian American stereotypes presented throughout U.S. media and popular culture, with particular emphasis on the impact of racialized gender stereotypes on Asian American males. Utilizing a theoretical hermeneutic design, three primary stereotypes emerged as essential historical themes employed to control the image and perception of…


Candidate: Kathryn Mason Date: May 20, 2020 Time: 11:00 am

Oppositional defiant disorder is one of the most common psychiatric diagnoses in childhood. This hermeneutic research study explores the cultural, historical, and psychological phenomena contributing to contemporary childhood and related disorders, specifically oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and conduct disorder (CD). Accurate diagnosis and treatment of ODD and CD has significant relevance to clinicians working with…


Candidate: Themis Catalina De la Pena Wing Date: May 18, 2020 Time: 1:00 pm

The new millennium with its great advances of science and technology is allowing more people access to a comfortable life in the material dimension, but also appears to be one of increasing dehumanization. What is missing to achieve more loving and peaceful relationships, on the individual and collective level? What should be re-membered from the…


Candidate: Deborah Lynn Lukovich Date: May 15, 2020 Time: 10:30 am

This study explores women’s experience of sexuality as a path to God through the lens of the Jungian theory of individuation. Secondarily, this study explores how film images may be reflecting something new emerging from the collective unconscious related to reconciling the archetypal energies of sexuality and spirituality. Whereas these energies seem to many to…


Candidate: Jeannine McAdams Date: May 11, 2020 Time: 10:00 am

This study focused on the lived experience of therapists whose clients are in recovery from psychotic disorders within the Windhorse IMH model. The study explored the clinicians’ lived experience of being in extended exchange with clients with psychotic disorders and how clinicians utilize embedded self-care strategies such as contemplative practice, a variety of supervision experiences,…


Candidate: Ralph B. Cummings Date: May 8, 2020 Time: 12:00 pm

This research project is an ethnographic narrative that combines African Healing Drum Workshops with Popular Education (PE) and Participatory Action Research (PAR) methodology as a tool for an emancipatory pedagogy that brings about a collective healing. It sheds light on an awareness of the potential future of the Leimert Park area of Los Angeles and…


Candidate: Daryl Chamberlain Date: May 5, 2020 Time: 3:00 pm

This dissertation examines the quandary of modern societal dislocation and fragmentation due to loss of traditional forms of making meaning and culture cohesion such as institutionalized religious affiliations, public education, and shared values community building. This project’s approach to inquiry assigns agency to the individual seeking knowledge by bridging access from the self to universal…