2017 Doctoral Projects & Colloquia Schedule

Below is the 2017 doctoral project colloquia schedule. Presentations  were held at William James College and were open to the public. The schedule is listed by date of presentation with the most recent first.

December 2017

Rey-Osterrieth Figure Copy Size and Cognitive Functioning in Veterans

Presented by: Ashley Wood
Discussant: Kara Fitzgerald, PhD
Date: December 20, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Room 128


Increasing Educators’ Understanding of the Interpersonal Sequelae of Childhood Physical Abuse: An In-Service Learning Workshop Curriculum

Presented by: Paula A Leahey
Discussant: Ashley Warhol, PsyD and Rachel Schein, PsyD
Date: December 14, 2017
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Room 335


Fathering Against the Odds: Nonresident Fathers’ Experiences of Trying to Maintain Positive Relations with Their Children

Presented by: Carl Fischer
Discussant: Richard Pinderhughes, PsyD
Date: December 13, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Room 228


Does Form Quality in Color Responses on the Rorschach Indicate Levels of Emotional Regulation as Measured by the Difficulties in Emotional Regulation Scale (DERS)

Presented by: Sean Patrico
Discussant: Judy Solmon, PsyD
Date: December 12, 2017
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Room 334


Progress Monitoring in School-Based Counseling: A Survey of School Psychologists’ Current Practices and Awareness of Feedback Systems

Presented by: Christopher Stoddard
Discussant: John Desrochers, PhD
Date: December 11, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Room 128


An Exploratory Study of Personality Factors Related to Psychological Abuse and Gaslighting

Presented by: Erin Hightower
Discussant: Chivi Kapungu, PhD
Date: December 1, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Room 126


Clinicians’ Views on Working with Youth Who Engage in Fire setting Behavior

Presented by: Latifa Buxamusa
Discussant: Kelly Casey, PhD
Date: December 1, 2017
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Room 333

November 2017

Couples’ Experiences Grieving Late-Term Pregnancy Loss in the Digital Era

Presented by: Lauren Brierly
Discussant: Lucille Keenan, PsyD
Date: November 30, 2017
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Room 226


Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologists’ Knowledge of and Practice Patterns Related to Pediatric Sleep Problems and Disorders

Presented by: Emily Rosen
Discussant: Judith Owens, MD
Date: November 17, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Room 126

September 2017

The Impact of a Positive History of Violence on the Accurate Diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder in Men

Presented by: Carlos Cataldo
Discussant: Robert Kinscherff, PhD, JD
Date: September 18, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Room 226


The Importance of Culturally and Linguistically Competent Mental Health Services and Psychoeducation Among the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Population

Presented by: Karoline Salazar
Discussant: Ellen Goldberg, PhD
Date: September 15, 2017
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Room 126


I’m Moral, but I Won’t Help You: The Effect of Empathy and Justice on Moral Identity and Donation Likelihood

Presented by: Stephanie Nguyen
Discussant: Aaronson Chew, PhD
Date: September 11, 2017
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Room 126


Best Practices in Assessment of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students: The Impact of Train­ing on School Psychologists’ Cultural Competency and Perceived Self-Efficacy

Presented by: Holly Miller
Discussant: Elizabeth Gibbons, PhD
Date: September 5, 2017
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Room 446


Pain and Anxiety Management for Pediatric Burn Patients: An Intervention Guide for Clinicians

Presented by: Alexandro Caro
Discussant: Mitch Albett, PhD
Date: September 5, 2017
Time: 8:30 am
Location: Room 307


The Relationship of Healthy-Unhealthy Music Scale Scores and Performance Anxiety with Self Esteem and Resilience as Mediators and Musician Status as a Moderator

Presented by: Zachary Cottrell
Discussant: Lauren DeRienzo, PsyD
Date: September 5, 2017
Time: 7:30 am
Location: Room 231

August 2017

The Relevance of the Mental Health Practitioner’s Spiritual Life When Working With Traumatized Clients

Presented by: Maria Yanakakis
Discussant: Richard Amodio, PhD
Date: August 29, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Room 334


The Experience of Racial Microaggression Among Older Asian Americans

Presented by: Emerald Huang
Discussant: Helen Hwang, PhD
Date: August 28, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Room 334


Juvenile Transfer: Communicating Dangerousness to Juvenile Court Judges

Presented by: Jascha Propp
Discussant: Gina Vincent, PhD
Date: August 25, 2017
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Room 126


Exploratory Evaluation of the Extended Effectiveness of the Mentors in Violence Prevention Program on High School Students’ Beliefs and Willingness to Intervene

Presented by: Nicole Caraballo
Discussant: Ronald Slaby, PhD
Date: August 25, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Room 126


Awe of Nature and Affect

Presented by: Anne Elizabeth Cooper
Discussant: Meaghan Creedon, PsyD
Date: August 23, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Room 126


Factors Affecting Therapist Attitudes and Practices Surrounding Congruence

Presented by: Jamison Merrell
Discussant: Sarah Frazer, PsyD
Date: August 21, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Room 126


Adapting the Reflective Parenting Program for the Use with the Latino Population: Cultural and Linguistic Considerations

Presented by: Wendy E. Ramirez
Discussant: Paola Michelle Contreras, PsyD
Date: August 21, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Room 128


A Qualitative Exploration of Caregivers’ Reported Experience of the Freedman Center Playtime Program

Presented by: Tegan Neustatter
Discussant: Richard Hummel, PhD
Date: August 21, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Freedman Center


Staff Perception and Practice of Touch with Children in Residential Treatment Centers

Presented by: Erika VanBeek
Discussant: Deborah K. Rosene, PhD
Date: August 21, 2017
Time: 9:30 am
Location: Room 126


Attachment, Gender, and Conflict Management in Same-Sex and/or Gender Romantic Unions

Presented by: Geneva Dellabitta-Nickerson
Discussant: Sarah H. Moon, PsyD
Date: August 18, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Room 126


Identifying Emotional Disturbances During Pregnancy: A Guide for Medical Providers

Presented by: Ashley Schneider
Discussant: Allison Miller, PsyD
Date: August 18, 2017
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Room 126


The Use of Text Messaging in Psychotherapy by Mental Health Clinicians

Presented by: Joshua Plummer
Discussant: Jeffrey Waitkus, PsyD
Date: August 15, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Room 333


Parent Evaluations of Traditional and Consumer-focused School Psychoeducational Reports

Presented by: John Hite
Discussant: Laura Kavesh, PhD
Date: August 8, 2017
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Room 126

July 2017

College Students’ Anxiety, Social Media Engagement, and Fear of Missing Out

Presented by: Kelsey Chambers
Discussant: Jennifer Granquist, MA, LMHC
Date: July 29, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Mt. Ida College, 777 Dedham Street, Newton, MA  02459, Oak Hill Room (ground floor,  Campus Center)


Eating Attitudes and Behaviors of Third Generation Descendants of Holocaust Survivors

Presented by: Chantal Gil
Discussant: Rachel E. Liebman, PhD
Date: July 27, 2017
Time: 9:30 am
Location: Room 126


Young Adult Heterosexual Couples' Attitudes towards Male Hormonal Contraception and Communication about Contraception Use

Presented by: Zoe Fountain Lantelme
Discussant: Christer Larsson, PsyD
Date: July 13, 2017
Time: 11:30 am
Location: Room 333

June 2017

Rape Myth Acceptance and Attribution of Blame Amongst First Disclosure Recipients

Presented by: Miklos Hargitay
Discussant: Sharon Imperato, LMHC
Date: June 29, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Room 128


Massachusetts’ Healthcare Providers’ Beliefs, Knowledge, and Willingness to Recommend a Medical Marijuana Consultation

Presented by: Jenna Kauffman
Discussant: Jordan Tishler, MD
Date: June 10, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Room 228


Mental Health Worker's Self Reported Clinical Competencies and Expertise in Treating Veterans

Presented by: Adam C Freed
Discussant: John Rodelico, PhD
Date: June 9, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Room 126


Exploratory Study on Motivational Attitude Differences Towards Exercise Between Koreans and Caucasian Americans

Presented by: Jung-Yang J Lin
Discussant: Lisa Lewis, EdD
Date: June 8, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Room 334


May 2017

A Screening Tool for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Culturally Sensitive Prenatal Care for Latina Mothers

Presented by: Cherish DeOliveira
Discussant: Bruce Ecker, PhD
Date: May 30, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Room 230


Supervisors’ Perspectives on Feedback-Informed Supervision

Presented by: James Blue
Discussant: Maureen Minarik, PhD
Date: May 26, 2017
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Room 128


EASE Social Anxiety: Parent-Child CBT for Pediatric Social Anxiety Disorder

Presented by: Alexandra Brewer
Discussant: Maria Fraire, PhD
Date: May 25, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Room 126


Implications of Polyamorous Relationships on Sense of Self

by: Maria Minkova
Discussant: Jennifer Bortle, PhD
Date: May 22, 2017
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Room 126


Correlations Between the Conformity to Masculine Norms Inventory and Motivations for O line Gaming in Players of Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games

Presented by: Kevin Burchby
Discussant: Mark Kline, PsyD
Date: May 20, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Room 126


Understanding and Addressing Trauma-Reactive Behaviors in the Classroom: A Workshop for Teachers

Presented by: Sarah Swenson
Discussant: Margaret Blaustein, PhD
Date: May 19, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Room 126


Latina Organized Athletic Participation and the College Transition

Presented by: Elizabeth Bendick
Discussant: Paige Shaw, PsyD
Date: May 18, 2017
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Room 336


The Influence of Clinician Theoretical Orientation on the Detection and Diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder

Presented by: Alexandra Vlahakes
Discussant: Adam Carmel, PhD
Date: May 17, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Room 126


The Relationship Between Perceived Social Connectedness, Physical Wellbeing, and Subjective Aging in Older Adults

Presented by: Alison Armour
Discussant: Katherine King, PsyD
Date: May 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Room 126


Clients’ Perspectives on Bilingual Therapy and Language Switching

Presented by: Felix Trede
Discussant: Nelson Ochoa, PhD
Date: May 16, 2017
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Room 334


Adolescent Risk Behavior and Experiences with Flow

Presented by: Kristen Bettencourt
Discussant: Sylvia Krinsky, MD
Date: May 15, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Room 126


Exploring the Culture of High-Risk Urban Youth

Presented by: Catherine Smail
Discussant: Lisa Bibuld, PsyD
Date: May 15, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Room 336


The Relationship Between Self-Esteem, Self-Compassion, and Childhood Attachment During Adulthood

Presented by: Shiraz Levkovich
Discussant: Jessica Boyatt, PsyD
Date: May 15, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Room 228


How Jewish Rituals of Mourning Affect Bereavement Outcomes for Widowed Older Adults

Presented by: Rachael Falk
Discussant: Kristen Dillon, PsyD
Date: May 15, 2017
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Room 126


Barriers to Diagnosis of Peripartum Depression in Latino Women

Presented by: Amy J. Harmon
Discussant: Allison Miller, PsyD
Date: May 15, 2017
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Room 128


Exploring Intergenerational Relationships Among Birth Mothers Reunified with Their Children

Presented by: Lisa Chimes
Discussant: Akiana Fleurantin, LSW
Date: May 13, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Room 126


The Development of a Mobile Health Care Application for Spinal Cord Injury Patients Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Presented by: Julion Marrinan
Discussant: Carmine DiChiara, PsyD
Date: May 13, 2017
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Room 126


The Relationship of Frequency and Duration of Video Game Usage, Level of Sexual and Violent Game Content and Level of Satisfaction in Romantic Relationships in Emerging Adults

Presented by: Elizabeth Forrest
Discussant: Lauren Derienzo, PsyD
Date: May 13, 2017
Time: 9:45 am
Location: Room 127


Language and Cultural Considerations in Juvenile Corrections: A DBT Manual in Spanish

Presented by: Alexandra Maestre-Bauzo
Discussant: Akalita A. Ross, PhD
Date: May 12, 2017
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Room 128


Navigating Self-Disclosure: A Qualitative Exploration of the Experienced Psychologist

Presented by: Miriam Fagan
Discussant: Anna Stothart, PsyD
Date: May 12, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Room 226


Attitudes Toward Transgender Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence

Presented by: Alison Gurley
Discussant: Evan Graber, PhD
Date: May 12, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Room 128


Women’s Experiences of Being Without Children

Presented by: Ingrid G. Deller
Discussant: Danya Goodman, PhD
Date: May 11, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Room 128


An Examination of Responsiveness to Intervention Among Elementary Aged Students at a Public Charter School

Presented by: Nicole Morreo
Discussant: Levonne Coughlin, MA
Date: May 11, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Room 126


Relational Perspectives on Resistance

Presented by: Ross Callahan
Discussant: Joseph M. Schwartz, PhD
Date: May 11, 2017
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Room 128


The Relationship Between Self-Compassion and Sleep in the College Population

Presented by: David Bricklin-Small
Discussant: Sarah Piontkowski, PhD
Date: May 10, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Room 126


Cognitive, Academic, and Behavioral Functioning of Foreign-Born and US-Born Hispanic Children in the Child Welfare System: Findings Using the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW II)

Presented by: Krizia Vinck
Discussant: Mónica D. Fernández-Castro, JD, MSW, LICSW, LADC-I 
Date: May 8, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Room 126


Impact of School Entry Age on Students’ Psychosocial Functioning in Kindergarten Through Second

Presented by: Brett Bolger
Discussant: Leticia Burman, PsyD
Date: May 8, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Room 128


The Effects of Acculturative Family Distancing on the Psychological Well-being, Ethnic Identity Development and Academic Achievement of Latinos in Higher Education

Presented by: Lizette Santana
Discussant: Jamie Siegel, PsyD
Date: May 8, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Room 126


Do Fourth Year Clinical Psychology Doctoral Students Have Less Stigmatizing Attitudes Toward Persons With Schizophrenia Than First Year Students? A Cross Sectional Study

Presented by: Aaron Kaplan
Discussant: Carina Lati, PsyD
Date: May 2, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Room 126


The Experiences of Black Doctoral Students in Clinical Psychology Programs at Predominately White Academic Institutions

Presented by: Antoine Salvador
Discussant: Jonathan Jenkins, PsyD
Date: May 1, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Room 226

April 2017

The Lived Experience of High-Volume Dating Application Users

Presented by: Alexandra R. Lash
Discussant: Patricia Kara Massie, PhD
Date: April 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Room 126


Stepmothers’ Co-Parenting Experience with the Mother in Joint Custody Stepfamilies

Presented by: Annkatrine Gates
Discussant: Patricia Papernow, EdD
Date: April 27, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Room 334


The Relationship between Ally Identity and Implicit Associations Towards LGBTQ Individuals

Presented by: Nicholas Kolasinski
Discussant: Joseph Winn, MSW, LICSW, CST-S
Date: April 26, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Room 126


Factors Affecting Mental Health Care Disengagement Throughthe Utilization of a Comprehensive Referral Program

Presented by: Stephen Brevik
Discussant: Nadja Reilly, PhD
Date: April 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Room 334


OIF/OEF National Guard/Reserve Military Couples: A Qualitative Study of Resiliency Factors Post Deployments

Presented by: Miriam Stoll
Discussant: Ingrid Herrera-Yee, PhD
Date: April 14, 2017
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Room 126

March 2017

Role and Identity Adjustment and the Experience of Liminality in Veterans Seeking Higher Education: A Qualitative Investigation

Presented by: Mary (Molly) Sullivan
Discussant: David Blustein, PhD
Date: March 23, 2017
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Room 334

February 2017

A Comparison of Spontaneous and Responsive Models of Sexual Desire In Women Who Meet Screened Criteria for Female Sexual Interest/Arousal Disorder

Presented by: Justine Lassman
Discussant: Kristen White, PsyD
Date: February 13, 2017
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Room 335

January 2017

Investigation of Teacher Mindset and Classroom Practices

Presented by: Shana Gleason
Discussant: Dr. Jennifer Curtis-Whipple, EdD
Date: January 6, 2017
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Room 126

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