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Dissertation Oral Defenses


Candidate: Sarah J. Barnard-Moreland Date: February 8, 2019 Time: 12:45 pm

American middle-class widows in the midst of their conjugal bereavement raising dependent children are a demographic largely unrecognized in this country. Because of this, there is little research about their lived experience available to assist those looking for ways to support this group—whether it be the widows themselves, family and friends, or the academic community.…


Candidate: Laura Franklin Chisholm Date: February 1, 2019 Time: 12:45 pm

A case study conducted under the rubric of integral inquiry, this research explores the application of Jungian and archetypal psychology to the growth process of an organization. Drawing upon analysis of public documents using Corlett and Pearson’s Archetype of Organization model, it identifies the Hero, Ruler, and Sage as the archetypes most active within the…


Candidate: Devon Erin Deimler Date: January 30, 2019 Time: 11:00 am

This dissertation heeds archetypal psychologist James Hillman’s call for depth psychology to “also be a depth aesthetics” by considering Dionysos as an archetype of aesthetic experience. We respond affectively to the sensations of our interpenetrating everyday world of bodies, including our imaginal and ideational perceptions. Dionysos has been studied as an archetype of intoxication, indestructible…


Candidate: Susan Michelle Grelock-Yusem Date: January 29, 2019 Time: 12:45 pm

This qualitative research was motivated by the desire to understand how conservation work can engage our psychic connection to the more-than-human. The work used grounded theory and phenomenological methodologies; data was gathered with interviews and arts-based inquiry and analyzed through the lenses of depth psychologically oriented ecopsychology and community psychology. Participants included artists, storytellers, and…


Candidate: Edgar Petrosyan Date: January 16, 2019 Time: 2:30 pm

This dissertation utilizes Merleau-Ponty’s theory of the Flesh and Jung’s theory of self-realization as a way to integrate the gained understanding into the current approach of psychotherapy as an altered attitude for the treatment of the psyche. The theories of Flesh and self-realization are used to approach a fundamental drive that leads to pathologies and…


Candidate: Nancy Aguilar Date: January 8, 2019 Time: 11:00 am

This phenomenological study examined first-generation Latina women who developed a bicultural strategy when choosing professional careers. A qualitative research methodology sought to analyze the participants’ academic and career planning journey, the challenges they encountered, the support they received from their families, and how utilizing a bicultural strategy aided them in attaining their career goals. Five…


Candidate: Elizabeth McCloud Date: January 7, 2019 Time: 4:30 pm

The literature on aging has not emphasized the way in which aging women choose to present themselves physically. Recently, women have begun utilizing social media to share and gain support for their personal experiences of defying societal norms that focus on youthful appearance and, choosing hair as a symbol, making a statement about authenticity and…


Candidate: Helen Louise Azzara Date: January 3, 2019 Time: 1:00 pm

The biomedical model dominating dementia care is based on the negative assumption that persons with dementia have been deprived of their personhood. This study considers a different consciousness of care in which people with dementia are seen as vital human beings with heart and soul. This research explores how creative self-expression can be utilized to…


Candidate: David Lawrence Fisher Date: January 3, 2019 Time: 10:00 am

Conventional studies of veterans’ longitudinal mental health approach the topic through the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) lens. This qualitative study shifts the focus from a PTSD psychosomatic-centric approach to a psycho-spiritual examination of the sequela of war in the veteran psyche: this approach has been named in recent literature, moral injury. Utilizing a methodological approach…


Candidate: Deborah Bridge Date: December 19, 2018 Time: 4:00 pm

In 2011 the first of the Baby Boomers turned 65, the age defined by the American Psychological Association as the beginning of “old age.” Individuals reaching this age are referred to as senior citizens. Although much attention has been given to the outer, physical aspects of the aging human body, less attention has been given…


Candidate: Sreemala S. Setty Date: December 18, 2018 Time: 2:00 pm

The ego builds consciousness by knowing with an “other.” However, the ego’s partial views and personal biases stymie consciousness. This dissertation argues that the iti-iti (this too, this too) ethos of the Hindu mythic landscape aids consciousness. The mythos offers manifold perspectives of many imaginal objects and weaves them with integrative narratives. Images, myths, and…


Candidate: Aaron M. Kemp Date: December 18, 2018 Time: 12:00 pm

This dissertation examines the dehumanizing trends of modern history through a close analysis of four contemporary film narratives and the psychology of their central characters. Together these narratives form what can be called a “postmodern eschatology.” It is postmodern in that it relies on methods of analysis associated with the postmodern style, particularly critical theory,…


Candidate: Elisa Hallerman Date: December 17, 2018 Time: 10:00 am

This qualitative study conducts a phenomenological exploration of soul in addiction recovery. Addiction is the most pervasive epidemic in the U.S and is considered a national health crisis. By reframing addiction as a crisis of meaning with existential and spiritual implications, the study explores how depth psychology’s concept of “soul” informs the addiction recovery process.…


Candidate: Jordan Perzik Date: December 16, 2018 Time: 2:00 pm

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of light pollution and resulting loss of the night sky on human psychology. The basic design of this study was a combined hermeneutical and scientific review of literature on topics related to light pollution. The areas reviewed included the psychological, ecological, spiritual, and medical impacts…


Candidate: Brian Daniel Gleason Date: December 16, 2018 Time: 11:00 am

A subculture, or underground community, exists where gay men regularly use crystal meth as part of their sexual experience. These men have multiple sexual partners and often gather in groups. They may find themselves staying up for hours, sometimes days, often experimenting with intense sexual practices from sado-masochism to consciously risking HIV infection. Though the…


Candidate: Lauren Camille Jarmie Harris Date: December 12, 2018 Time: 10:00 am

There is little within the literature that addresses the significance of the rise of the Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) field or the field’s effectiveness as a method for conceptualizing mental and emotional wellness, development, and healing, with the exception of a relatively small number of studies and articles (Berrol, 2016; Miller & Barrio Minton, 2016; Myers,…


Candidate: Elizabeth MacLeod Burton-Crow Date: December 11, 2018 Time: 12:45 pm

What was the last interaction you had with a bird? Was it a cordial conversation with a parrot or indirectly, as while devouring deviled eggs? The colorful ways in which avian and human lives are connected are as nuanced as they are pervasive. Perhaps this is unsurprising, given that globally, birds are held in captivity…


Candidate: Sherry Mandan Date: December 5, 2018 Time: 12:00 pm

The dance space is the warming hearth of the dancer’s heart and the active landscape in which the moving body plays, feels, and apprehends. This practice-led research study emerged from this somatic landscape assembling itself into a work choreographed around the motif of the neuromyofascial web as the architecture of the physical body and the…


Candidate: Anthony Andrew Delmedico Date: December 1, 2018 Time: 12:45 pm

This research explores what happens to some men when, despite the best of intentions and heroic efforts on all sides, a marriage ends in divorce. Using a blend of alchemical hermeneutics and hermeneutic phenomenology, this qualitative study explores the lived experience of 5 heterosexual men who suffered psychologically in divorce. Divorce was examined from Freudian,…


Candidate: Marta Koonz Date: November 11, 2018 Time: 10:00 am

James Hillman (1972) declared, “What the psyche has experienced during the past seventy years in analytical therapy should also be possible for it wherever it goes” (p. 5). As a life coach—someone who starts from a place of curiosity—I became curious. Did this mean that the imaginal practices of depth psychology could be used within…