Chronicle of Successfully Defended Dissertations

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Chronicle of Successfully Defended Dissertations

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference."  (Robert Frost)


2021

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Sheikh Dukuly

  • Dissertation Title: "The Impact(s) of Cultural Factors on Health-Seeking Behaviors among Racial-Ethnic Minorities in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota while Controlling for Income & Health Insurance Status."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Philip Jenkins.

Sneh Akruvala

  • Dissertation Title: "Breastfeeding attitudes and intentions in nursing students in India and the United States: a descriptive study."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Diane DellaValle.


2020

 

Christina Brundage

  • Dissertation Title: "An Examination of Racial/ Ethnic Minority Student Engagement in Career Development Activities and Barriers to the Career Development Process While Attending a Predominantly White Institution of Higher Education: A Quantitative Case Study."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Alan Levine.

Brooke Hansen

  • Dissertation Title: "Examining Factors Related to Academic Achievements: Grit, Self-Efficacy, Mindset, and Socioeconomic Status." 
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Alan Levine.

Sister Kevin Karimi

  • Dissertation Title: "Exploring the Impact of Nontraditional Leadership Training on Catholic Sisters' Self-Efficacy and Latent Potential for Sustainable Leadership Skills Development in Africa South of the Sahara." 
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Lloyd Lyter.

Kelly Kemmerer

  • Dissertation Title: "Female Leadership of Volunteers in Nonprofit Organizations: Leadership Practices that Retain Volunteers."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Renee Zehel.

Ryan Leckey

  • Dissertation Title: "The Effects on Self-Esteem of Viewing Male Idealized Bodies on the Setting of Social Media: A Comparison of Gay and Straight Men."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Lea Palimiter.

Janice Mecca

  • Dissertation Title: "Examination of Non-Hodgkins's Lymphoma Survivor's Self-Disclosure of Cancer History in the Workplace."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Lori Swanchak.

Caroline Millen 

  • Dissertation Title: "The Impact of Teaching Resilience, Goal Attainment, and Other Essential Leadership Skills to Young Adults via Virtual Instruction." 
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Alan Levine.

Justine Samanas

  • Dissertation Title: "Physician Assistant Education for the Opioid Epidemic." 
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Alan Levine.


2019

 

Kenneth Luck

  • Dissertation Title: "Emergence of Conspiratorial Ideas and Big Data: A Google N-gram Viewer Quantitative Analysis of Historical Trends from 1900 to 2008." 
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Deborah Hokien. 

Leon John

  • Dissertation Title: "Self-Efficacy among Students of Color at Predominantly White Institutions of Higher Education in Northeastern Pennsylvania." 
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Maria Montoro-Edwards. 

Yerodin Lucas

  • Dissertation Title: "Factors Affecting Black Male Student Persistence to Earning a Baccalaureate Degree at Predominantly White Institutions in Northeastern Pennsylvania."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Adam Shiprintzen.

Cynthia LaRosa

  • Dissertation Title: "Mental Health and Public Secondary School Students: Perceptions of School Administrators in a Public School Setting."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Patricia Arter. 

Kimberlee Jennings-Heckman

  • Dissertation Title: "Use of Principles to Increase Preparedness of Special Education Teachers in the Education of Students Diagnosed with Emotional Disturbance Disabilities."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Alan Levine.

Tara Lopatofsky

  • Dissertation Title: "The Perceived Impact of Post-Secondary Education Program on Kenyan Catholic Sisters' Understanding of their Lives as Women Religious: A Case Study."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Diane Keller.

Matthew Hill

  • Dissertation Title: "Self-Regulated Learning and Ninth Grade Reading."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Jennifer Barna.

Jennifer Elizabeth Welgosh

  • Dissertation Title: “Women’s Perceptions of Workplace Sexual Harassment: A Phenomenological Study”
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Joseph Polizzi.

Dorothy June Grill

  • Dissertation Title: “Vanquishing the Labyrinth: Re-framing a Future with Androgynous Authentic Nonprofit Women Leaders.”
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. A. Dawody.

Linda Denz

  • Dissertation Title: "Effects of Self-Care Practices and Personal and Occupational Variables on Compassion Satisfaction, Burnout, Secondary Traumatic Stress, and Compassion Fatigue in Hospice Nurses."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Sister Gail Cabral.

Diana Bixby

  • Dissertation Title: "The Future of Zero Tolerance and/or Exclusionary Discipline Policies: Perceptions from the Front Line."
  • Dissertation Chair: Dr. Alan Levine.

Kelley McConnell 

  • Dissertation Title: "Teacher Attitudes and Beliefs on the Socialization of Cyber School Students."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Alan Levine.

David Schweitzer

  • Dissertation Title: "Differences in Quality of Life Among College Students in Northeastern Pennsylvania: The Role of Family Structure and Parental Conflict." 
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Tracie Pasold.

Tiffany Mulally

  • Dissertation Title: "An Examination of Exposure Risk, Economic Growth, Household Responsibility, and State Parity Score to Predict Gender Equity of Bicycle Use in Active Transportation."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Alan Levine.

Nadine Urash

  • Dissertation Title: "An Investigation of the Impact of Prevailing Wages on Employee Motivation on Taxpayer-Funded  Public Works Construction Projects in Merit Shops."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Alan Levine.

Amy Washo

  • Dissertation Title: "Social Engineering Susceptibility: A Study on Demographics and Information Security Awareness in Small Businesses."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Alan Levine.  


2018

 

Stanley J. Kania III

  • Dissertation Title: "The Use of Social Media and E-Marketing Practices in Graduate Student Recruitment: An Investigation of Graduate Enrollment Management Practices."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Alan Levine. 

Joseph Cice

  • Dissertation Title: "Cice Crucial Cs Assessment (CCCA): Design, Development, and Initial Validity Establishment for an Assessment of the Crucial Cs."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Deborah Hokien.


2017

 

Jeffrey Attick

  • Dissertation Title: "The Process and Practice of Transformative Learning in an International Education Context."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Joseph Polizzi.

Tanya Carrelle

  • Dissertation Title: "The Hidden Cost of Special Education Due Process."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Patricia Arter.

Erin Dunleavy

  • Dissertation Title: "Empathy During the Third Year Clerkship: A Crossover Study of a Traditional Block and a Longitudinal Integrative Clerkship Experience."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Brooke Cannon.

Sandra Kerstetter

  • Dissertation Title: "Healthcare Excellence and Clinician Characteristics."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Alice Elaine McDonnell.

Meagan Mielczarek

  • Dissertation Title: "Rape Myth Acceptance in High Education: A Quantitative Study of Faculty, Staff, and Administration at Two Religiously Affiliated Schools Located in Northeast Pennsylvania."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Deborah Hokien.

Mark Shaffer

  • Dissertation Title: "The Experiences of African American Studies at Predominantly White Institutions."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Kerri Tobin.

Amanda Silva

  • Dissertation Title: "Women Living History: A Case Study Exploring Persona, Transformative Learning, and Social Identity in Group Participation."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Joseph Polizzi.

Katherine Stefanelli

  • Dissertation Title:The Effect of Guided Meditation on Chronic Stress and Health-Related Quality of Life in Millennial Generation Students
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Tonya Saddler.

Teresa Tulaney

  • Dissertation Title: "The Life of a Nurse: An Instrumental Case Study on Lateral Violence in Nursing."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Marie Bonavoglia


2016 

 

Joanne Bohrman

  • Dissertation Title: "Transcending Minority Trust Boundaries in a Multicultural School Community: An AutoEthnography."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Joseph Polizzi.

Kelly Carroll

  • Dissertation Title: "Self-Efficacy in Behavior Management and Discipline and Psychological Type Among Secondary Education Teachers and Alternative Education Teachers."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Alan Levine

Kimberly Fetter

  • Dissertation Title: "The Relationship Between Professional Development and Perceived Teacher Efficacy in Practicing School Teachers in Grades Kindergarten Through Twelve."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Gail Cabral.

James Feuerstein

  • Dissertation Title: "Predicting Underachievement in Middle School Gifted Students Utilizing the SAAS-R."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Kerri Tobin.

Lisa Imbriaco

  • Dissertation Title ":Factors Impacting College Students in Managing Credit Card Debt."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Arthur Comstock.

Margaret Ptakowski

  • Dissertation Title: "The Significance of Professional Development as Perceived, Accessed, and Used by Early Childhood Teachers in Nine Northeastern Pennsylvania Early Childhood Centers."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Christine Fryer.

Melissa Heinlein Storti

  • Dissertation Title: "Are Volunteer Resource Managers Experiencing Dimensions of Burnout? An Exploratory Study."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Diane Keller

Helene Strutko

  • Dissertation Title: "General Education and Special Education Teachers' Perceptions of the Co-Teaching Experience in a Career and Technology High School in Northeast Pennsylvania."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Tammy Brown.

Mark Wade

  • Dissertation Title: "How Well Do Emotional Intelligence, Discipline, Gender, Race and Socioeconomic Status Predict Academic Achievement of Secondary School Students in Northeast Pennsylvania?"
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Maria Montoro Edwards.

David Wright

  • Dissertation Title:  "Predictors of Performance on Fourth Grade State Science Assessments in Eastern Pennsylvania: Guided Inquiry-Based Science Instruction and Direct Textbook-Based Science Instruction."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Christine Fryer.


2015 

 

Christina Bracey

  • Dissertation Title: "How Practicing Teachers Identify and Address Ethical Dilemmas."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Joseph Polizzi.

Matthew Caputo

  • Dissertation Title: "Factors Influencing Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Uptake Rate Among Undergraduate College Students in Scranton."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Deborah Hokien.

April Hortman

  • Dissertation Title: "Self-Identified Multi-Racial Individuals: A Quantitative Exploration of the Effects of Racial Category Choices on Collective Self-Esteem and Perceived Discrimination."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Lloyd Lyter.

Elizabeth McGill

  • Dissertation Title: "Predictors of Bullying Victimization on a College Campus."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Francis DeMatteo.

Rachel Francis

  • Dissertation Title: "The Effect of a Yoga Therapy Program Among Cancer Patients: An Analysis of Personal, Psychological, and Economic Impacts."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Lori Swanchak.

Ronald Hollm

  • Dissertation Title: "Predictors of Tobacco Reduction With Non-Treatment Seeking 18 to 24 Year Old Tobacco Users."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Lloyd Lyter.

April Hortman

  • Dissertation Title: "Self-Identified Multi-Racial Individuals: A Quantitative Exploration of the Effects of Racial Category Choices on Collective Self-Esteem and Perceived Discrimination."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Lloyd Lyter.

Heather LaBarre

  • Dissertation Title: "Understanding the Development of Cultural Competence for BSW Students: An Examination of Social Construction and Classroom Experience."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Lloyd Lyter.

Rodeen Lechleitner

  • Dissertation Title: "A Cross-Sectional Study Assessing Home Health Nurses' Communication From a Therapeutic and Caring Perspective."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Alice McDonnell.

John Lichtenwalner

  • Dissertation Title: "Factors That Influence Web 2.0 Usage Among Social Work Faculty: A Quantitative Study."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Diane Keller.

Elizabeth McGill

  • Dissertation Title: "Predictors of Bullying Victimization on a College Campus."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Francis DeMatteo.

Judith Rex

  • Dissertation Title: "Exploring the Factors of Resilience, Health-Promoting Behaviors and Job Satisfaction Predicting Retention Among Pennsylvania Primary Nurse Aide Instructors."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Lee Harrison.

Sara Beth Rothenberger

  • Dissertation Title: "The Relationships Between Perceptions of Feedback Utility, Procedural Justice and Quality of Teacher and Supervisor Interpersonal Interactions in Teacher Evaluations."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Jennifer Barna.

Arianne Scheller

  • Dissertation Title: "Perceived Parenting, Self-Efficacy, and Parental Smoking: Effects on Adolescent Smoking Initiation."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Shamshad Ahmed.

Elizabeth Sechler

  • Dissertation Title: "Social Entrepreneurship in Housing and Residence Life Organizations."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Robert Shaw.

Craig Robert Skaluba

  • Dissertation Title: "Transition Into School Leadership: The Influence of Perceived Interpersonal Communication Competence on Perceived Stress, Perceived Coping Abilities, and Beginning Experiences of the Principalship."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Gail Cabral.

Renee Gregori Zehel

  • Dissertation Title: "The Influence of Financial Aid and Student Engagement on Young Alumni Giving."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Alan Levine.


2014 

 

Mark Choman

  • Dissertation Title: "A Grounded Theory Study to Explore World Adoption Concerns and Experiences at Institutions of Higher Education."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Alan Levine.

Susan Elczyna

  • Dissertation Title: "The Incidence of Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction in the Elderly Population Receiving General Anesthesia For Short Stay Surgery."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Alice Elaine McDonnell.

Meaghan Ruddy Godwin

  • Dissertation Title: "Transformative Learning in Graduate Medical Education."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Joseph Polizzi.

Heather Renee Hall

  • Dissertation Title: "Spiritual Growth of Students at Baptist Bible Colleges."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Sr. Mary Salvaterra.

Jennifer Hertwig

  • Dissertation Title: "Psychological Type & Multiple Intelligence Profiles of Secondary Students in Pennsylvania Approved Alternative Schools."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Alan Levine.

Benjamin David Ivey

  • Dissertation Title: "Priming for Improved Attention to Auditory Social Stimuli in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Vijay Ramachandra

Eugene R. Kelly

  • Dissertation Title: "Conformity to Masculine Gender Norms as Predictors of Subtle Rape Myth Belief."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. C. Estelle Campenni.

Rodeen Leichleitner

  • Dissertation Title: "A Cross-Sectional Study Assessing Home Health Nurses' Communication from a Therapeutic and Caring Perspective."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Alice Elaine McDonnell.

Beth Taylor Mack

  • Dissertation Title: "Health Behaviors of Extreme Commuters: A Phenomenological Study."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Lloyd Lyter.

Beverly M. McNamara

  • Dissertation Title: "High Risk Students: Why Do They Persist in Completing Their High School Education?"
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Sr. Kathryn Clauss.

William Fred Miller

  • Dissertation Title: "An Exploration of the Impact of Barriers to Nurse Practitioners Working in Primary Care: A Descriptive Study."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Alice Elaine McDonnell.

Erin A. Murray

  • Dissertation Title: "The Perceptions of Behavioral Health Workers on Co-Occurring Disorders: A Quantitative Analysis."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Lloyd Lyter.

Jamie Lynn Valis

  • Dissertation Title:  "Physical Activity Differences for Individuals With Disabilities in a National Sample of U.S. College Students."
  • Dissertation Committee Chair: Dr. Michelle Gonzalez.