This series contains dissertations from Penn's Doctorate in Social Work program. For more information about University of Pennsylvania dissertation requirements and guidelines, please consult the dissertation manual.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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A TWO-ARTICLE EXAMINATION OF MENTALIZATION BASED TREATMENT FOR CHILDREN WITH ATTENTIONAL DISORDERS, Laura Acsadi

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Development of the Go Girls- e-Huddle Practice Manual - A Culturally Competent Online Group Intervention for Enhancing Resilience and Self Esteem of Adolescent Girls Raised in South Asian Families, Aparna S. Balasundaram

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THE RELATIONSHIP OF ADULT ATTACHMENT TO THE WILLINGNESS OF SOLDIERS TO SEEK HELP FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CONCERNS, Richard A. Barton

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Recovery Support Services in Substance Use Treatment Completion, Brett S. Bartruff

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TEAM-CBT for Adolescents and Young Adults with Depression and Anxiety: Testing Short-Term Impact and Within-Session Change, Elise Bourgeois-Munoz

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WOMEN’S HEALTH AFTER ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES: EXAMINING THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN NEIGHBORHOOD AND HEALTH BEHAVIOR, Pier Cicerelle

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The Attuned School Clinician: An Advanced Clinical Practice Curriculum in Attachment Informed School-Based Mental Health for Social Workers, Lauren DePinto

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DOCUMENTARY AS DISCOURSE: CULTIVATING NARRATIVE AGENCY THROUGH MEDIA ARTS IN MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICE WITH YOUTH, Cary Donaldson

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Lessons Learned: A Qualitative Study of School Social Workers’ Experiences Providing Crisis Response and Recovery After Targeted Gun Violence, Kerry L. Doyle

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PARENTAL "SENSE OF AGENCY": A QUALITATIVE STUDY OF PARENTS EXPERIENCES ASSISTING THEIR CHILDREN IN OUTPATIENT COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT., Eric G. Erickson

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Psychotropic Medication Adherence and Associated Issues in the Adult Forensic Population: A Rapid Scoping Review, Olivia Fojas

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THE MALE EXPATRIATE SPOUSE: WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A MAN WHO FOLLOWS, Justin Grotelueschen

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EXPLAINING THE LONG-DISTANCE PARENT CAREGIVING BURDEN OF THE UNITED STATES FOREIGN SERVICE AND MILITARY, Christine D. Holmes

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THE PREVALENCE OF DEPRESSION IN LOW-INCOME BLACK WOMEN: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW AND META-ANALYSIS, April D. Ivey

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INEQUALITIES IN MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT RELATED TO RACE AMONG SEEKERS OR RECIPIENTS OF SERVICE AT NAVY FLEET AND FAMILY SUPPORT CENTERS, Walter J. Kelly Jr

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Disrupting Disconnections: A Case Study of One First-Gen Student’s Quest to Belong, Ays Necioglu

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Apoyar El Baile Multicultural (Supporting the Multicultural Dance): A Qualitative Study of Social Workers Treating Latina Adolescents with Suicidal Ideation and Behaviors, Samantha G. Schindelheim

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Relational Ecology: Strengthening Community Resilience for Unhoused Indigenous Peoples in Albuquerque, Jennifer M. Stanley

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Undoing Aloneness in the COVID-19 Pandemic: How AEDP Clinicians Have Experienced the Shift to Telehealth and the Impact on the Therapeutic Relationship, Karen Tantillo, k.tantillolcsw@gmail.com

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EXPLORING RECOVERY AS A MEDIATIOR IN CERTIFIED PEER SPECIALIST SERVICES AND COMMUNITY INTEGRATION OUTCOMES: CERTIFIED PEER SPECIALISTS AS TRANSLATIONAL PRACITITIONERS, Mary K. Tuohy

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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The Cross-Cultural Adjustment of Male Military Spouses Relocating Overseas, Ciji L. Blue

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COMING HOME: a narrative exploration of parent experiences in the Post 9/11-era veteran community reintegration process, Michael J. Callahan

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A culturally adapted peer support curriculum in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment of American Indian/Alaska Native people., Pamela M. End of Horn

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Addressing Barriers to College Completion for BIPOC First Generation Students: Recommendations to Improve Students’ Sense of Belonging and College Persistence Outcomes, Nicole P. Kabalkin

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INTEGRATING BEHAVIORAL HEALTH INTO PEDIATRIC DEPARTMENTS AT A PRIMARY CARE ORGANIZATION, AND RESPONDING TO NEW NEEDS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: A PROGRAM EVALUATION AND ITS CHALLENGES, Marty Krakowsky

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A Feasibility Study of Trauma-Informed Brief Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress using a Telehealth Approach, Tony Madril

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Technology as the Third Spouse - The Impact of Smartphones on Newlywed Couples, Sarah Mandel

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A Pilot Study of the Effectiveness of Symptom Targeted Intervention (STI) for Post-Liver Transplant Patients Focusing on Anxiety, Depression, Stress, and Alcohol Use., Regina M. Miller

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#METOO: A QUALITATIVE APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING A SOCIAL MOVEMENT AND ITS IMPACT ON SURVIVORHOOD, Kaley B. Gerstley Tatz

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Effectiveness of an Intergenerational Service-Learning Program on Increasing Knowledge on Aging, Creating Attitude Change Regarding Older Adults, and Reducing Ageism, Sara Bartlett

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Understanding Medication Adherence Among Individuals with Severe Mental Illness: Relationship to Treatment Approaches, Lior Ben Avraham

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Integrating Intersectional Identity into Clinical Supervision, Heather Bense

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REMEMBERING THOSE WE HAVE LOST; COLLEGE STUDENTS’ USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE CONTINUING BONDS OF GRIEF, Suzanne R. Black

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Flow into Social Work Education A two-paper examination on integrating flow and mindfulness strategies into social work education to prevent compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout during MSW programs., Julia Colangelo

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Brief Mindfulness Intervention with Women in an Inpatient Substance Use Treatment Setting, Kay Colbert

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Therapeutic Horticulture as a Healing Tool for Veterans, Cherie Eichholz

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Integrated Care Interventions for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness, Roxanne Kennedy

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The Impact of the Therapeutic Alliance, Therapist Empathy and Perceived Coercion on Engagement in Outpatient Therapy for Individuals with Serious Mental Health Conditions, Jason R. Mallonee

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Changing the Outcome of Adverse Childhood Experiences: How Interpersonal Relationships, Play, and the Arts Support Posttraumatic growth, Michelle M. Pliske

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A TWO-PAPER EXPLORATION OF QUEER AFFIRMATIVE THERAPY, Luis M. Ramirez

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Integrating Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness Interventions into Urban High Schools for the Benefit of both Teachers and Students, Jonathan S. Rivers

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Awareness is Not Enough: An Examination of the Relationship Between School Social Worker and School Counselor Cultural Competency and Practice Behavior in Working With LGB Youth, Kerry Ann Silvestri

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THRIVING TOGETHER: JOB SKILLS TRAINING IN PENNSYLVANIA ANIMAL SHELTERS FOR YOUTH AGING OUT OF FOSTER CARE: A FORMATIVE EVALUATION OF THE HAND2PAW PROGRAM & TOOLKIT DEVELOPMENT, Alexis K. Walsh

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EXAMINING THE HISTORICAL AND PRESENT-AGE IMPACT OF RACISM IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THROUGH THE ARTS, AESTHETIC EDUCATION, AND TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING THEORY: EMPOWERING SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS TO EFFECTIVELY DISCUSS RACISM AND PROVIDE BEST PRACTICES WITH AFRICAN AMERICANS AND OTHER PEOPLE OF COLOR, Dr. Jacque Tara Washington, LCSWR

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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The Voices of Male Survivors: The Lived Experiences of Adult Male Victims of Child Sexual Abuse, Rick Azzaro

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Negotiations Around Power, Resources, and Tasks Within Lesbian Relationships: Does This Process Affect the Perception of Intimacy and Sexual Satisfaction?, Sarah Bohannon

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The PARTNER Model: An Attachment-Based Practice Model for Providers Working with Mothers and Infants Impacted by Perinatal Opioid Use Disorders, Noelle M. Ciara

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“WE’RE JUST FAMILY”: AFRICAN AMERICAN STEPFAMILIES’ PERSPECTIVES ON STEPFAMILY LIFE AND THE IMPACT OF INSTITUTIONAL RACISM, Jennifer J. Clinkscales

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BARRIERS TO ATTAINING HIGHER EDUCATION AMONG SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELORS, Steven Dawson

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From the Voices of Domestic Sex Trafficking Survivors: Experiences of Complex Trauma & Posttraumatic Growth, Heather R. Evans DSW

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SOCIAL GROUP WORK IN ACTION: A SOCIOMETRY, PSYCHODRAMA, AND EXPERIENTIAL TRAUMA GROUP THERAPY CURRICULUM, Scott Giacomucci

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Expanding the Mind and Body: Educating Social Work Students on Yoga as a Complementary Practice to Traditional Therapeutic Approaches, Nicole Grossman

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Attachment to the Social Construct of Success and the Myth of the "Good College": Effects of Toxic Stress on Affluent Adolescents, Corey Hirsch

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The Efficacy of Supportive Services in the Early Stages of Outpatient Methadone Maintenance Treatment, Zachary M. Holtzman-Conston

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CRITICAL RACE THEORY AND HIGHER EDUCATION: THE MEANING OF COUNTERSTORYTELLING FOR STUDENTS OF COLOR AT PREDOMINATELY WHITE INSTITUTIONS, Hanna Jackson

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When Cancer Hits Home: Providing a theoretical foundation for defining self-disclosure of personal cancer coping experience in oncology social workers’ helping relationships, Kimberly A. Lawson

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Provider-Identified Implementation Barriers to Providing Cognitive Processing Therapy in VA: A Review of the Literature and Changes Over Time, Stephanie M. Renno

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BARRIERS AND FACILITATORS OF SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS PROVIDING EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICES, Maureen E. Rosenplanter

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IMPACT OF DISCLOSURE OF MILITARY SERVICE HISTORY ON DIAGNOSIS OF PTSD, Crystal Shelton

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Situational Risk Factors Associated with Child Sexual Abuse in the Black Church and the Interventions to Keep Black Children Safe, Ebony M. Speakes-Hall

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THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SYSTEMIC, TRAUMA-INFORMED GROUP MODEL TO REDUCE SECONDARY TRAUMATIC STRESS AMONG VIOLENCE INTERVENTION WORKERS, Laura Vega

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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“I CAN’T SEE HIM, BUT HE’S ‘THERE:’” YOUNG ADULT FEMALES’ RETROSPECTIVE EXPERIENCES OF PATERNAL ABSENCE AND AMBIGUOUS LOSS, Emily T. Atwell

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"It Gets Easier, Not Better": Ambiguous Loss and Resiliency in Adult Children Caring for Their Parent with Alzheimer's Disease, Maria L. Balintona

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EXAMINING FACTORS THAT EXPLAIN DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY AMONG TRANSGENDER COLLEGE STUDENTS, Amber M. Bennett

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A Two-Paper Mixed Method Pilot Study on Perceived Social Support, Self Esteem, and Racial-Ethnic Microaggressions among Undergraduate, Graduate, and Professional College Students in the United States, Bobby N. Casiano

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NON-OFFENDING FATHERS AS CAREGIVERS IN THE AFTERMATH OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE DISCLOSURE: APPLYING A HISTORICAL, ATTACHMENT AND CASE STUDY LENS, Johanna S. Crocetto

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THIRD CULTURE KIDS (TCKs) GO TO COLLEGE: A RETROSPECTIVE NARRATIVE INQUIRY OF INTERNATIONAL UPBRINGING AND COLLEGIATE ENGAGEMENT, Shakira Espada-Campos

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EXPLORING THE CLINICAL UTILITY OF MOBILE APPLICATIONS FOR PROMOTING AFFECT REGULATION AMONG CLIENTS WITH BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROBLEMS, Caroline Fenkel

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MORE THAN A STATISTIC: EXAMINING PROMOTIVE FACTORS THAT FACILITATE EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT IN THE FORM OF COLLEGE DEGREES AMONG FORMER BLACK AND LATINA TEENAGE MOTHERS, Judith Gil

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AGGRESSION MANAGEMENT CURRICULUM FOR ACUTE, NON-PSYCHIATRIC MEDICAL UNITS WITHIN A GENERAL HOSPITAL, Patricia M. Inacker

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The Clinical Significance of Companion Animals for LGBT+ Youth:Unconditional Love in a Straight Society, Jeffrey Neal Jin

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THE WARRIOR’S PROVIDER FROM BOOTCAMP THROUGH DISCHARGE: EDUCATING AND TRAINING AN ARMY OF SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS TOWARDS CLINICAL AND CULTURAL COMPETENCE WITH SERVICE MEMBERS, VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES, Kenneth J. Marfilius

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APPLYING EXPRESSIVE ART THERAPIES TO COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS WITH AVOIDANT RESTRICTIVE FOOD INTAKE DISORDER, Emily B. Masciulli

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TRAUMA-INFORMED CASE MANAGEMENT PRACTICE FOR YOUTH EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS: CONNECTION, HEALING AND TRANSFORMATION, Frank McAlpin

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A MIXED-METHODS EXAMINATION OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE SELF AND ADAPTIVE COPING IN MILITARY WIVES, Amy P. Page

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A QUALITATIVE STUDY EXPLORING AFRICAN-AMERICAN LESBIAN MOTHERS’ FAMILY EXPERIENCES USING BOTH AN INTERSECTIONALITY AND A RISK-RESILIENCE FRAMEWORK, Brie Radis

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The Training Needs of Community Service Providers of an Intensive Mental Health Program in Virginia’s Public School Settings, Cristina V. Reamon

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A Two-Paper Conceptualization of Safety After Sexual Assault: The Case of Edith, Sarah O. Trotta

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The Experience of Burnout of Inpatient Psychiatric Nurses: Promoting Trauma Informed Care and Examining Mindfulness as a Means for Improved Patient Safety and Nurse Well-Being, Donna Wampole

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It’s the Journey: The Developmental and Attachment Implications of Animal Assisted Play Therapy(TM) for Children in Emergency Housing, Katharine P. Wenocur LCSW, RPT

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"Too Blue to Talk about Sex": Exploring the Relationship between Depression and Sexual Behavior among Black Women - A Study for HIV Prevention, Estella C. Williamson

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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USER-INVOLVEMENT/ORIENTED MODELS OF CARE AND RESIDENTIAL SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER CARE, Kathryn D. Arnett

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MALE PATIENT EXPERIENCE RECEIVING PRE-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS FOR THE PREVENTION OF HIV THROUGH PRIMARY CARE, Nathaniel L. Currie

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A Two-Article Examination of the Integration of Trauma-informed Care with Adult Medical Care, Sharon Czabafy

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THE EXPLORATION OF HOMOPHOBIA WITHIN INSTITUTIONAL SETTINGS: EXPLORATION OF HOMOPHOBIA IN SCHOOLS, Paul S. Heffner

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An Ecological and Intersectionality Approach to Understanding African-American Men’s Perceptions of the Intersections of Gender, Race, and low SES and Social Determinants of Health, Georgia M. Jennings

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CHANGES IN SEXUAL BEHAVIORS DUE TO THE UTILIZATION OF PrEP AS A PREVENTIVE METHOD FOR THE TRANSMISSION OF HIV, Michael D. Kaltenbach

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Evaluating the effectiveness of The Body’s Story in Building Resilience in School-aged Children Exposed to Violence, Sara Kotzin

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MAKING THE CONNECTION: USING SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIVIST THEORY TO EXAMINE DIALYSIS SOCIAL WORKERS’, Charisse E. Marshall

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A Comparative Effectiveness Study of the Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model (TREM) and an Attachment-Informed Variation of TREM, Melanie Masin-Moyer

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Reconstructing The Center: The Institutional Logics of a Structural Intervention for a Post Incarceration Community, Alison Neff

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AGED-OUT PREGNANT AND PARENTING TEENS SPEAK OUT ABOUT ACADEMIC ENGAGEMENT AND PERFORMANCE – A RETROSPECTIVE STUDY, Serena K. Ohene

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The Role of Mindfulness as a Buffer Against Psychosocial Stress Among African-American Men, Thomas E. Owens

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HOW PROFESSIONAL PROVIDERS ADDRESS THE SELF-ESTEEM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ADOLESCENT GIRLS LIVING IN LOW-INCOME COMMUNITIES, Khidhra S. Poole

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Beyond the Loss of a Child in the NICU: The Social Worker's Role, Anniesha D. Quann-Walker

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COMBAT-RELATED STRESS AND DEPRESSION IN FEMALE OEF/OIF/OND VETERANS, Holly A. Sairsingh

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School social work: An introductory course for MSW students, Jamie Siegel

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Trauma Narratives with Inner City Youth: The Storiez Intervention, Meagan Corrado

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Child Massage Integrated Therapy: A Preliminary Intervention Manual for Psychological Trauma Treatment, Sylvie P. Demers

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Risk and Protective Factors Explaining First Year College Adjustment, Marissa Kahn