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Dissertation Oral Defenses


Candidate: Carol Cooper Date: December 17, 2020 Time:

This inquiry is a cultural and historical hermeneutic that maps classical Jungian anima/animus theory over the lives and work of selected female Surrealist artists and writers. The goal is to see how this data might expand or reconfigure the concept of Individuation as Jung describes it. Enriching this study is special attention paid to the…


Candidate: Molly Miller Date: December 16, 2020 Time:

The purpose of this research is to explore archetypal themes underlying alcoholism in women. Using a case study method, it explores the effectiveness of sandplay therapy for women by asking the question: how does the presence of symbols of feminine shadow contribute to the emergent transformation process in sandplay for women with addictive disorders? After…


Candidate: Barbara Amneris Niepelt Date: December 14, 2020 Time:

A qualitative, phenomenological study investigates how unresolved effects of combat trauma in American fathers who served in the Vietnam War manifest in their descendant children. Discernible effects on psychological development and general outlook in life were observed for seven participants, resulting from dysfunctional parenting, indirect trauma, and shared unconscious imagery. Findings are consistent with previous…


Candidate: Drew Harrison Smith Date: December 10, 2020 Time:

Masculinity has been in a state of disruption over the past 50 years. From the second-wave feminist movement of the 1960s to the #MeToo movement at present, the traditional framework of what masculinity has looked like no longer seems appropriate. Thus, men and women may benefit from a re-visioned model of masculinity that clearly separates…


Candidate: Jason Brian Sugg Date: December 9, 2020 Time:

The conceptual split between nature and culture has become a foundational part of how modern western culture relates to its world, shaping not only taxonomy and perception, but also the very physical design of modern life. That split has exerted a subtle but important influence on both traditional depth psychology and its modern offspring, ecopsychology,…


Candidate: Daniel Brown Date: November 23, 2020 Time:

This study offers an original contribution to the field of clinical psychology by integrating the theory of the nonsensuous psyche with the practice of psychotherapy. The concept of the nonsensuous psyche was developed in relation to psychoanalysis by Wilfred R. Bion, who built from a philosophical tradition stemming from Plato to Immanuel Kant and the…


Candidate: Julie L. Sheehan Date: November 20, 2020 Time:

There are many times throughout a woman’s life when it is necessary to stand in her own unique way. The ability to listen to her own voice and not be influenced by family, friends, institutions, or by society is what Carl Jung theorized as the individuation process. This dissertation explores the lived experiences of women,…


Candidate: Annie Katelyn Duke Date: November 18, 2020 Time:

Alcoholism is a devastating disease that can affect generations of family systems unless the pattern is stopped. Research indicates that when children are raised by an alcoholic parent they unconsciously adopt their addictive patterns and form distinct behavioral roles to combat the dysfunction. Because these roles are tied to survival within the system, they often…


Candidate: Yvonne Dolores Nelson-Reid Date: November 12, 2020 Time: 9:00 am

The continual rise in adolescent suicide rates is astonishing in an era where awareness and prevention programs are prevalent and help readily available. Families, therapists, and researchers struggle to understand why a young person would end their life before it has barely begun. Hillman believed that “to understand a suicide we need to know what…


Candidate: Michelle Dawn Enterline Date: November 4, 2020 Time:

Romantic love conjures thoughts and ideas about blissful harmony, yet sometimes brings heartache. Individual conceptualizations and expectations of love and relationships, although subjective, often do not coincide with the reality of romantic love. This disconnect causes heartache and disappointment as love reaches an impossible point. Utilizing Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (Smith, Flowers, & Larkin, 2009), this…


Candidate: Dana L. Kline Date: November 2, 2020 Time:

This dissertation identified affective themes and the inner voices of retired Black National Football League (NFL) players by following the dialectics of psychological processes using a relational and voice-centered approach (Gilligan & Eddy, 2017) in order to glean the nuances found within the margins of communication. Depth psychological and critical race theories provided a foundation…


Candidate: Teresa Michelle Nowak Date: October 19, 2020 Time:

Rooted in the depth tradition of Jungian and Archetypal Psychology, this creative study witnessed the perspective of Other in the midst of widescale panic and anxiety about the state of the world as an act of soul-tending. Answering Jung’s and Hillman’s call to follow images for deeper insight of psychological meaning, this research honored the…


Candidate: Collin R. McFadden Date: October 2, 2020 Time:

Throughout the history of psychoanalysis, theorists and clinicians have offered theories and treatment recommendations for treatment of schizophrenia, but a comprehensive review of the literature aimed at integrating these works has not been conducted. The author reviews salient works on theory and treatment of schizophrenia within psychoanalytic literature and offers a comprehensive model of schizophrenic…


Candidate: Antonio Carlos Pires De Araujo Jr. Date: September 25, 2020 Time:

The ego-Self encounter is a crucial construct in Jungian psychology. Jung wrote of the confrontational nature of this encounter, proposing that if the ego can endure the clash, it will eventually experience the inevitable initial defeat as a victory in which the personality is enlarged and matured. If the ego is not strong and flexible…


Candidate: Jeffery James Goff Date: September 10, 2020 Time:

The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between domestic violence and the warrior archetype in heterosexual men. I achieved this objective through examining mythological and depth psychological influences on behavior. Utilizing Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), I focused specific attention to masculinity and femininity, and how learned gender roles influenced the activation of…


Candidate: Victoria Shirazi Date: September 4, 2020 Time:

This study examined mature Iranian women relocating to the Los Angeles area during or after the 1980s Iran-Iraq War who developed conditions of depression in the aftermath of immigration. Phenomenological research was employed to analyze the participants’ experiences of difficulties faced from war, immigration, and acculturation processes in light of their psychological strengths and challenges.…


Candidate: Hanh Le Date: August 25, 2020 Time:

From 1961 to 1971, the U.S. Army’s tactical herbicides program focused on tropical forests in central and south Vietnam. Da Nang International Airport was a former U.S. base that stored and distributed American-made herbicides during the Vietnam War. This dissertation addresses the long-term effects of improper handling and management of the herbicides during Operation Ranch…


Candidate: Alexandra Candler Trippe Date: August 18, 2020 Time:

This hermeneutic study brings spellcraft and depth psychology’s work with alchemy into conversation. The research explores the role of imagination, the four elements, animism, synchronicity, and ritual in both depth psychology’s work with alchemy and the practice of spellcraft. The field of Jungian psychology’s work with alchemy has been limited by its lack of physical…


Candidate: Dawn Michelle Berry Date: August 17, 2020 Time:

This study suggested that military wives live in a transcultural state between U.S. military culture and American civilian culture and investigated whether this transcultural state of being is conducive to the individuation process by utilizing Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) to explore the experience of being a military wife. The analysis of semi-structured interviews with five…


Candidate: by Yuria Bartolomé Date: August 14, 2020 Time:

This dissertation inquires into the experience of self-transcendence that results in compassionate living. This awareness engenders a sense of belonging, a cosmological vision in a social narrative in which individuals are members of the community and become caretakers of the ecosystem. I suggest this ethos bridges religion and science, leading to an integrated psychological experience…