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Dissertation Oral Defenses


Candidate: Marissa Ilene Gran Date: May 11, 2016 Time: 10:00 am

Parent–Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based treatment designed to treat disruptive behavior disorders in young children through improving dysfunctional parent–child relationship patterns. Community providers have begun implementing PCIT in various settings to give families greater access to PCIT. This study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of PCIT when disseminated in two community settings:…


Candidate: Andrea L. Bruce Date: May 9, 2016 Time: 1:00 pm

A mixed methods research design consisting of both quantitative and qualitative data collection examined mental health clinicians’ perceptions, clinical understanding, and potential for bias of adult Attention-Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD). It was predicted that clinicians who were diagnosed with AD/HD and/or have a first-degree family member with AD/HD would administer a more comprehensive diagnostic evaluation…


Candidate: Lisa Helen Wong Date: May 4, 2016 Time: 12:00 pm

People living with serious mental illness have unique social and psychological needs untapped by previous needs assessments geared toward service needs and the opinions of service providers, rather than the recipients themselves. While valuable, medication and material assistance are not sufficient to help these individuals achieve satisfactory progress on their recovery journeys. One hundred twenty…


Candidate: Joyce M. McCart Date: April 25, 2016 Time: 10:00 am

Archetypal psychologist James Hillman revisions C. G. Jung’s depth psychology for a postmodern western culture, and in that re-visioning offers a critical analysis of psychoanalytic methods within modern psychology and the logos of western culture. Although Jung is recognized as returning soul to psychology, Hillman returns soul-making and charts pathways for re-remembering Aphrodite and return…


Candidate: Alexandra Dragin Date: April 22, 2016 Time: 10:00 am

This dissertation explores problems of cultural fragmentation, meaninglessness, and oppression—effects of humanity’s profound disenchantment with life and love—as they are situated in ruptures between the masculine and feminine. Using a classical Jungian and feminist approach, along with archetypal literary criticism that emphasizes the symbolic, metaphorical nature of myths, the study demonstrates the ways that revaluing…


Candidate: Robert William Guyker, Jr. Date: April 13, 2016 Time: 3:00 pm

This dissertation treats the reception, performance, and mediation of myth in video games. Myths are included in video games as variants in relation to other myth-variants. This study does not focus on contemporary myths per se, but rather modernized forms of myths modified for a contemporary audience of players, users, and consumers who participate in…


Candidate: Wendi A. Hill Date: April 7, 2016 Time: 10:00 am

According to C.G. Jung, the individuation process effectively begins with the turn inward as one crosses the threshold into the second half of life. Avenues of access into psyche and her images and symbols include dreams, active imagination, myth, fairy tales, art, and poetry/writing. For some, psychological transformation during an individuation journey may occur by…


Candidate: Carol Louise Cruz Date: April 1, 2016 Time: 1:00 pm

The purpose of the research was to describe, through the portal of the researcher’s mother’s memoir, a personal voice that is ignored by mainstream society and to give witness to the culture of the researcher’s Latino parents, grandparents, and ancestors. The problem addressed is the repression of the personal voices of women from marginalized ethnic/racial…


Candidate: Craig Deininger Date: March 30, 2016 Time: 11:00 am

Imagination is generally recognized as an agent of fantasy, applicable to wishful thinking, childish naiveté, and many other apparently impractical or unproductive aspects of conventional, adult life. However, such renderings divest imagination of its unmistakable correspondence with reality through deep personal experience, and through its direct influence on one’s creative capacity and personal development. Imagination…


Candidate: Sherry Marie Martyn Date: March 24, 2016 Time: 12:30 pm

Literature extoling the psychological benefits of self-forgiveness are robust, yet there are no evidence-based models for facilitating self-forgiveness in individual psychotherapy. Further, there is no consensus in the literature on the definition of self-forgiveness. This quantitative, survey-based study examined licensed clinicians’ (N=57) perceptions of the efficacy of self-forgiveness treatment interventions, their preferred definitions of self-forgiveness,…


Candidate: Kathleen Paxton Date: March 23, 2016 Time: 5:00 pm

The present study was undertaken to gain an in-depth understanding of the psychodynamics of relational violence. Using a phenomenological approach the researcher explores the relationships between heterosexual couples with special attention to the interplay between the divine feminine, the father complex, and the projection of the female’s animus on the male partner. The study examines…


Candidate: Tamara DeAnn Bolding Date: March 23, 2016 Time: 11:00 am

The focus of this study explores bridging analytical (Jungian) psychology with Indigenous American healing traditions in terms of their respective understandings of soul, spirit, health, wellness, dreams, visions, hallucinations, harmony, and balance. The research methodology utilized a hermeneutic and imaginal approach in which a dialog was generated between the relevant literature in the field of…


Candidate: Alice Proskauer Arnold Date: March 21, 2016 Time: 2:00 pm

This work explores the phenomenology of numinous experiences during a time of critical illness and how these experiences create healing. Diagnosed with breast cancer as I was beginning research on the power of numinous experiences, this work evolved into a partial memoir of my dreams during illness and recovery. Because numinous experiences are a powerful…


Candidate: Joe D. Elenbaas Date: March 9, 2016 Time: 11:00 am

This dissertation is a close examination of the theory of individuation as set forth by C. G. Jung. Specifically, this study employs Jung’s guiding image of archaeology as an overarching method by which to conceptualize the layered process of uncovering the contents of the unconscious in relationship to the quest for individuation. In keeping with…


Candidate: Tracy Marie Gillette Date: March 5, 2016 Time: 12:30 am

The literature on leaving fundamentalist religious traditions is persistently insensitive to gender differences, specifically the experiences of women who have left a fundamentalist religion (Peek, Lowe, & Williams, 1991). Recently, women have begun sharing their personal experiences of apostasy through memoirs, blogs, and social media (Cross, 2006; Drain & Pulitzer, 2013; Jessop & Palmer, 2008).…


Candidate: Emmanuelle Patrice Date: February 29, 2016 Time: 2:00 pm

An epistemological and ontological discussion of the elements—earth, water, fire, and air—has been considered by the most ancient of Western philosophers— from Anaximenes, Heraclitus, and Empedocles to Plato and Aristotle. Hitherto, philosophy and cosmology dominate the discourse of the elements. In most of these discussions, the element space has been neglected. Hence, drawing from the…


Candidate: Daria Spino Date: February 19, 2016 Time: 12:00 pm

This qualitative study illuminates the lived experience of five adult siblings growing up in a family with a sibling or siblings diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The participants completed two semistructured interviews designed to elicit a narrative about their perceptions regarding their relationships within their family constellation with an emphasis on the relationship with…


Candidate: Veronica Leandra Marchese Date: February 18, 2016 Time: 1:30 pm

The process of becoming holy within marriage generates psychological deaths and rebirths, much like the transformational process of individuation conceptualized by Carl G. Jung. This hermeneutic study explores how a distinctively Jungian approach to clinical practice with couples can assist in developing a marital bond that can become a strong container for the spouses’ individuation.…


Candidate: Elaine Danielle Clark Date: February 3, 2016 Time: 2:00 pm

This single case memoir production dissertation explores a healing process for childhood trauma through the lived experience of embodied memory; specifically focusing on the problem of trauma memory, perception, and communication in interpersonal relationships. Investigating the mind and body through neuroscience theories lends an understanding of the development of a child in an unstable environment…


Candidate: Roxanne Partridge Date: January 27, 2016 Time: 11:00 am

Within the cultural complex of menstrual panic, menstrual meaning is overdetermined; psychological space is small, imagination withered. Bloody others are those psychic images of menstrual filiation who are regulated to the borderlands of subjectivity and cultural spaces. Menstrually stained, denied fluid, creative potential, they are kept stagnant, dogmatic, and virginal. This dissertation evokes ethical intimacy…