Phd-Dissertations In Psychology

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Sample dissertation topics of Ph.D. students

  • Islamophobia and the Muslim American Identity: An Exploration of Gender, SES, and Self-Esteem
  • The Effect of Interaction with a Therapy Dog on College Student Stress Levels as Measured by Physiological Indications
  • The CTS2: One Size Does Not Fit All
  • Towards a Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) Psychology: Exploring MENA identity in a Post-9/11 Global Context
  • The Effects of Perceived Discrimination and Cultural Protective Factors on Latinos’/as’ Psychological Health
  • A Multicultural Examination of the Relationship Between Coping and Well-Being in Parents of Children with Disabilities
  • The Relationship between Psychological Flexibility, Nonattachment, and Bicultural Identity Integration
  • Radically Coming To Be: The Black Masculine’s Construction of Identity, Race, and Culture, and Contextual Elements of Sexuality
  • Qualitative and Narrative Assessment of Self-Concept and Identity: A Grounded Theory on Ethnic and Racial Labeling in America
  • Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT) and Mexican/Mexican-American Youth Career Development, with a Special Focus on STEM fields
  • Gender Differences in Academic Outcomes: The Role of Self-Efficacy and Racial Identity
  • Effects of Hypnosis on Regression to Primary Process Thinking
  • Testing a Dialectical Model of Meaning in Life and Well-Being in Four Cultures
  • Understanding and Quantifying the Roles of Perceived Social Support, Pet Attachment, and Adult Attachment in Adult Pet Owners’ Sense of Well-Being
  • The Effects of Deployment Stress and Cognitive Schema Disruption on Relationship Satisfaction among Non-Marital and Marital Partners of Service Members
  • Exploring the Indigenous Structure of Vietnamese Personality: A Lexical Approach
  • Positive Adaptation in Women Following Sexual Assault: A Grounded Theory Study
  • Comparison of a Cognitive Behavioral Plus Life Review Intervention and a Life Review Only Intervention for Retired Adults over Age 65
  • Efficacy of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • Integrating Personality and Coping in Predicting Well-Being across Cultures
  • Personality and Cultural Determinants of Social Anxiety in Asian Americans
  • Effects of Stereotype Threat on Low-Income Individuals
  • The Relationship between Gender Role Conflict and Self and Other Awareness in Male Counselors Treating Men.
  • Childhood Gender Nonconformity and Adult Drive for Muscularity
  • Qualitative and Narrative Assessment of Self Concept and Identity: A Grounded Theory and Ethnic and Racial Labeling in America.
  • Effects of Brief Ego State Therapy on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Manualized Approach
  • Effects of Perceived Discrimination on Asian Americans: A Daily Process Study
  • Understanding and Quantifying the Roles of Perceived Social Support, Pet Attachment, and Adult Attachment in Adult Pet Owners’ Sense of Well-Being
  • Integrating Personality & Spirituality as Predictors of Subjective Well-Being
  • The Influence of Perceived Social Support on the Relationship Between Acculturation and Subjective Well-Being among Asian Indians
  • Social Cognitive Career Theory and Hispanic Youth Career Development with a Special Focus on STEM Fields
  • The Effects of Yoga on Body Dissatisfaction, Self-Objectification, and Mindfulness of the Body in College Women
  • Integrating Personality and African American Racial/Ethnic Identity in a Comprehensive Model of Perceived Discrimination and Well-Being
  • Self-Determination and Hedonic Well-being in a Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • A Psychosociocultural Investigation of Psychological Well-Being among Chicana/o Undergraduates
  • Biculturalism and Personality as Predictors of Subjective Well-Being in Chinese Americans
  • The Validity of the Strong Interest Inventory in Predicting College Major Choice and Academic Achievement
  • Familismo, Enculturation and Acculturation as Predictors of Psychological Well-Being
  • Hypnosis of Pain: Live vs. Audio Recorded Inductions
  • Cross Cultural Differences in Response Styles
  • Nisei, Sansei, and Yonsei: Acculturation, Ethnic Identity, and Subjective Well-Being among Three Generations of Japanese Americans
  • The Structure and Measurement of Self-Construals: A Cross-Cultural study of the Self-Construals Scale
  • Toward Measurement of Self-Efficacy for Cross-Cultural Research
  • The Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scale, Form C: Normative Data of an American Indian Sample
  • The Influence of Psychological Separation and Attachment on The Career Development of Filipino Americans
  • The Experiences of Latina Graduate Students in Psychology Programs
  • Experimental Pain in Hypnosis Research: Ischemic vs. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (Tens)
  • Battered Women’s Evaluations of their Intimate Partners as a Possible Mediating Factor between Abuse and Self-Concept
  • An Investigation of Taiwanese Norms For the Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scale: Form C (Mandarin Chinese Translation)
  • Examining the Relationship between Race Related Stressors and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among African American Male Vietnam Veterans
  • Is Beauty In The Eye Of The Beholder Or The Dominant Culture? Acculturation, Ethnic Identity, and Facial Attractiveness Perceptions of Asian American Women
  • Testing Sociocultural and Ethnocultural Models of Eating Disorder Symptomatology in Asian-Indian American Women
  • Development and Validation of an Enculturation Scale For Filipino Americans
  • Spirituality and Race in the Counseling Preferences of African American Adults
  • Relating Implicit Theories of Personality, Self-Monitoring and Self-Construals in the United States and Japan: Testing an Integrated Cultural Trait Psychology Theory
  • The Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scare, Form C: Normative Data of A Mexican Sample

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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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From attitude to intent to action: Predictors of psychological help-seeking behavior among clinically distressed adults, Rachel Lori Bitman-Heinrichs

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Mining Creativity: Video Game Creativity Learning Effects, Jorge Alberto Blanco-Herrera

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Considering the Role of Relationship-Contingent Self-Esteem: Attachment Style, Conflict Behaviors, and Relationship Satisfaction, Amanda Katherine Buduris

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Measuring aggressive driving motivations: Instrument development and validation, Ashley Buller

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The Positive and Negative Valence of Gender in Traditional and Non-Traditional Career Choices, Megan Norene Callahan

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Couples social support quality in the context of dyadic emotional experiences, Frederick Clavel

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Negation-induced forgetting: Is there a consequence to saying "no"?, Rachel Elizabeth Dianiska

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Would disfluency by any other name still be disfluent? Examining the boundary conditions of the disfluency effect, Jason Geller

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Reasonable or restrictive? Mindfulness as a moderator of reactance to environmental messages, Anne Danielle Herlache

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Dyadic analyses of daily interactions: Effects of perceived social support and social control on physical activity behavior, Melissa A. Johnson-Siegel

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Don't judge a book by its author: Central and peripheral processing in narrative persuasion, Kelly Ann Kane

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Evaluating the potential roles of body dissatisfaction in exercise avoidance, Kimberly Rae More

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The use of filler samples moderates the effect of contextual information on forensic match decisions, Adele Quigley-McBride

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The effects of prequestions on classroom learning, Shuhebur Rahman

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Predicting academic major satisfaction using environmental factors and self-determination theory, Mary Catherine Schenkenfelder

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The effect of egocentric and environmental cues on macro-reference frame selection, Zachary Daniel Siegel

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Psychometric evaluation of the Simulator Sickness Questionnaire as a measure of cybersickness, William B. Stone Iii

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How to engage European-American participants in racial dialogue: The role of dialogue structure and mixed race groups, Meredith Tittler

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The self-distracting mind in the digital age: Investigating the influence of a brief mindfulness intervention on mind wandering, Caglar Yildirim

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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The effects of moral disengagement and avatar identification on player experience of guilt, Johnie Joe Allen

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The relationship between congruent dimensions of the self and nostalgia, Adrienne Austin

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Relation of Reinforcement Sensitivity on Vocational Interest and Self-Efficacy, Dustin Forrest Baker

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Toward Comprehension: Improving Informed Consent in Behavioral Genetic Research, Zachary Robert Batchelder

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Trans*forming understanding of sexual orientation and gender variant minorities: Testing the minority stress model with a diverse sample, Karen Elaine Bittner

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Interpersonal risk factors, shame, and depression among Asian Americans: A longitudinal study of perfectionistic family discrepancy and self-compassion as moderators, Stephanie Carrera

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A cross-cultural comparison of responses to true accusations and the role of honor values, Ceren Gunsoy

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Aggressiveness and sleep: People with quick tempers and less anger control have objectively worse sleep quality, Garrett Hisler

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Dialectical relationship thinking: examination of partner evaluation and partner knowledge organization across cultures, Chun Pan Lam

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Reducing barriers to psychotherapy via an online self-affirmation intervention, Daniel G. Lannin

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Self-Construal and Forgiveness Revisited: Examining the Motivations for Forgiving Others, Jennifer L. L. Major

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Mental Health Stigma in Religious Communities: Development of a Quantitative Measure, Lily A. Mathison

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Career Decision-Making within the College Social Microcosm: Social Value Determinants, Self-Enhancement Bias, and Psychological Needs, Kathryn M. Pesch

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The use of a self-affirmation intervention to increase the psychological help-seeking behavior of student Veterans, Andrew Seidman

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Bayesian integration of spatial navigation cues, Lori Ann Sjolund

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Does access to external storage lead to less emphasis on learning?, Anna Slavina

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Effects of stereotypical media representations of American Indians on implicit and explicit bias: the power of Pocahontas, Haley A. Strass

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Social comparison: dimensional influences on academic and cccupational choice, Elizabeth M. TenBrook

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Modeling cohesion change in group psychotherapy: the influence of group leader behaviors and client characteristics, Jeritt Ross Tucker

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To deny or to confess: An interrogation decision-making model, Yueran Yang

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Overprivileged, self-absorbed, dumb jocks: exploration of stereotypes of student-athletes, Caitlin Caprice Anderson

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Adjustment to the dissolution of a romantic relationship: effects of ex-relationship specific thought content valence, Rachel E. Brenner

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The right attitude: gender, conservatism, and career choice, Megan Norene Callahan

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Testing ratings of violent video games: how well do they measure up?, Katherine Elizabeth Center

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Sociocultural influences, body dissatisfaction, and disordered eating among European American and Chinese female college students, Yi Du

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The impact of self-efficacy, stigma, subjective distress, and practical factors affecting clients' intent to "no-show", Kaitlyn J. Florer

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Development of the Help-Seeker Stereotype Scale, Joseph Hugh Hammer

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Science denial as intergroup conflict: using social identity theory, intergroup emotions theory and intergroup threat theory to explain angry denial of science, Sara Prot

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Improving distance perception in virtual reality, Zachary Daniel Siegel

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Pre-feedback eyewitness statements: proposed safeguard against feedback effects on evaluations of eyewitness testimony, Laura Smalarz

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Psychological distress and attitudes toward seeking help for personal and career counseling: the contributions of public and self-stigma, Spurty Surapaneni

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Trainee’s anxiety and counseling self-efficacy in counseling sessions, Pei-Chun Tsai

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Effects of expectancy and agency on the feedback-related negativity, Stephen J. Anderson

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Does categorical perception interfere with drawing accuracy?, Larissa F. Arnold

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We can do it, but I wouldn't like it: Gender, interests, and occupational perceptions, CariAnn Marie Bergner

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Examination of an emotion-focused therapy intervention to promote self-forgiveness for interpersonal offenses, Marilyn Ann Cornish

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When Lady Luck cheats on you, Omesh Johar

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Facebook and romantic relationships: A daily diary analysis, Melissa A. Johnson

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Does approach motivation account for the impact of locomotion on positive affect?, Jeffrey Conrath Miller

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System justification, work ethic, and just-world beliefs: A motivated reasoning perspective, Renee Murray

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Occupational knowledge in college students: Examining relations to career certainty, career decision-making self-efficacy, and interest congruence, Kathryn M. Pesch

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Incongruence and attitudes toward career counseling, Sara Schwatken

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Cue integration and competition during navigation, Lori Ann Sjolund

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Bluffed by the dealer: Distinguishing false pleas from false confessions, Miko M. Wilford

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Exploring the origin of pain of payment in cash and its relevance to computer payment interface, Kam Leung Yeung

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Ethical judgments of deception in psychological research, Paul Lawrence Ascheman

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Evaluation of sign language learning tools: Understanding features for improved collaboration and communication between a parent and a child, Melissa Burton

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Urban forecast: An analysis of a crowdsourced mobile app for crisis management, Jose Camou

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Bicultural competence as a mediator and moderator of acculturative family distancing and psychological outcomes, Stephanie Carrera

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Can interpolated testing reduce retrieval-induced forgetting?, Matthew R. Erdman

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Lesbian and bisexual women's experiences with dating and romantic relationships during adolescence, Indria Michelle Jenkins

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Testing can enhance or reduce suggestibility: The importance of contextual detail during misinformation exposure, Jessica Ann LaPaglia

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Ability assessment and vocational outcomes: the impact of utilizing an ability measure in predicting choice, aspirations, and satisfaction, Wyndolyn M A Ludwikowski

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Delaying feedback is beneficial, but only when curious about the answer, Kellie Marie Mullaney

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Religious and spiritual issues in group counseling: Beliefs and preferences of university counseling center clients and therapists, Brian Christopher Post

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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What would my avatar do? Video games and risky decision making, Kira Bailey

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Understanding differences in leadership interest and confidence, Dustin Forrest Baker

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Re-appraising the situation and its impact on aggressive behavior: Theoretical and applied implications, Christopher Paul Barlett

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Compensation's effect on risk perception in behavioral genetic research, Zachary Robert Batchelder

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Bicultural competence and education among Latino, Raquel Botello Zamarron

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Sources of prejudice and how they interact, Michelle L. Cushman

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Acculturation, social connectedness, and subjective well-being among Chinese international students: A test of Berry's acculturation framework, Yi Du

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Honor and shame in honor and dignity cultures: How can you re-affirm your own honor once it is tarnished?, Berna Gercek Swing

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Personality, interests, and self-efficacy: The incremental validity of basic level constructs in discriminating among college majors and occupational aspirations, Kate Ellen Ekle Junk

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Configural, holistic, and coordinate processing: The same or different?, Jonathan Taylor Kahl

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The effect of self-affirmation on stigma associated with seeking psychological help, Daniel G. Lannin

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Plugged in: The effects of electronic media use on attention problems, cognitive control, visual attention, and aggression, Edward Lee Swing

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The Neural Correlates of Emotion Regulation, Brandy Nicole Tiernan

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More than "mentally-ill": Differentiating help-seeking from mental-illness stigma in a college population, Jeritt Ross Tucker

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Disordered eating and psychological help-seeking: The role of perceptions of need, LeAnn Mills Waterhouse

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Let's make a deal: Exploring plea acceptance rates in the guilty and the innocent, Miko M. Wilford

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How uncertain future consequences exacerbate a propensity among suspects to make short-sighted confession decisions, Yueran Yang

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An Implicit approach to object valuation and psychological ownership, Kam Leung Yeung

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Keep an eye on future feelings: Interpersonal affective forecasting and self-regulation, Meng Zhang

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Students in context: Effects of psychological needs and environmental press on academic and life satisfaction, Sarah Fetter Anthoney

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Religiosity and gender ideology as predictors of relationship quality: Mediating effects of relationship commitment, Karen Bittner

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Effectiveness of an outreach program designed to enhance college students' help-seeking attitudes, intentions, and to reduce stigmas, Weimin Grace Blocher

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Student evaluation of teaching: Individual differences and bias effects, Verena Sylvia Bonitz

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Evaluation of desktop interface displays for 360-degree video, Wutthigrai Boonsuk

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The influence of perceived social norms on the relationship of perceptions of sexual intent and commitment of sexual aggression, Sarah Edwards

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The Influence of Corrective Feedback on Retrieval-induced Forgetting, Matthew Erdman

 

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