Dissertation Archive

Our PhD students have researched a wide range of topics.

2017

Goode, Rachel Woodsom (2017) The Feasibility of a Binge Eating Intervention in African-American Women who are Overweight or Obese.

Kim, Yoo Jung/YJK (2017) Longitudinal relationship between emotion regulation and aggressive behavior: The moderating effect of caregiving.

Kyere, Eric (2017) Examining the Relationships between Racial-Ethnic Socialization, Racial Identity, and African American Youth's Academic Outcomes: An Analysis with Implications for Social Work Research, Practice and Policy.

2016

Queen, Courtney (2016) Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation: An Exploratory Study of the Psychological Health Outcomes in Tanzania

McCall, Janice (2016) An Examination of Gender-neutral and Gender-responsive Characteristics on Program Participation among Female State Prisoners. 

Song, Hyun-a (2016) The Effects of Parents’ College Savings on College Attendance Among Students from Families with Low-Incomes: The Mediating Role of Parent’s Discussions about College with Their Children.

2015

Bahorik, Amber The Longitudinal Impact of Intrinsic Motivation on Substance Use Severity in Schizophrenia and its Patterns in Men and Women

Bishop-Fitzpatrick, Lauren (2015) Social Functioning in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Role Of Biological Stress Response and Psychosocial Stress.

Hunsaker, Amanda E (2015) Biopsychosocial Factors Associated with Amyloid Imaging for Alzheimer's Disease.

Lim, Crystal The Influence of Illness Burden and Social Support on the Completion of Kidney Transplant Evaluation 

Nguyen, Ngoc/N (2015) Factors Influencing Adolescent Alcohol and Marijuana Use: The Role Of Religiosity, School-Based Prevention Programs, Parental Influence, and Peer Influence.

Phillips, Chereese (2015) Assessing The Impact Of Maternal Stressors on the Occurrence of Child Neglect Among At-Risk Mothers.

2014

Teixeira, Samantha "It seems like no one cares":  Youth Perspectives on Housing Abandonment and Urban Blight

2013

Choi, Eun Hee  Racial/Ethnic Inequality Among Older Workers: Focusing on Whites, Blacks, and Latinos Within the Cumulative Advantage/Disadvantage Framework

Constance-Huggins, Monique TANF Entry and Exit in the Post Welfare Reform Era:  The Contributions of Human Capital and Social Capital

Kim, Yoon Mi  Linking Acculturation Patterns, Acculturative Stress, and Education Policies to Educational Competence Among Mexican-American Children

Schelbe, Lisa  "Some Type of Way":  An Ethnography of Youth Again Out of the Child Welfare System

Thomas, Tammy  "Hey, Those are Teenagers and They are Doing Stuff":  Youth Participation in Community Development

2012

Friedline, Terri Predicting Savings From Adolescence to Young Adulthood: Early Access to Savings Leads to Improved Savings Outcome

Kim, Yoonmi The Effects of Acculturation, Perceived Discrimination, and Educational Policy on Educational Achievements Among Latino Youths

Kolivoski, Karen Patterns of Justice System Involvement Among Child-Welfare Involved Youth

Lee, Yeonjung Family Caregivers' Labor Force Participation and Financial Well-Being:  A Longitudinal Study

Nam, Ilsung Effects of Economic Hardship on Complicated Grief 

2011

Weaver, Addie Is Family Therapy Effective, Acceptable, and Sustainable for Mothers and Children?: An Examination of Structural Family Therapy Implemented Within a Semi-rural Community Mental Health Setting

2010

Breneman, Catherine Crawford Evaluation of the Implementation of the Mentoring Program for Behavioral Health Service Coordinators in Allegheny County

Carrick, Kathleen Rose A Comparison Among Healthcare Students at the University of Pittsburgh in Attitudes about Lesbians and Gay Men and Support for Lesbian and Gay Human Rights

Hackman, Ruthanne Immigrant Elder Women and Their Long-Term Care Planning

Jung, Hyunzee Attitude, Associates and Recidivism: Relationship Patterns Among Allegheny County Jail Ex-Inmates

Kanno, Hanae Hidden Victims in Social Work Practice with Traumatized Populations: Predictive Factors of Secondary Traumatic Stress for Social Workers in New York City

Mallinger, Gayle M. Placing Children in Need with Gay and Lesbian Couples: Influences on Placement Decisions

Smith, Mary Lindsey Just one more: An examination of the prevalence, correlates, and consequences of concurrent alcohol and medication use in older adults

2009

Block, Azadeh Masalehdan Exploring Barriers to Outpatient Adolescent Therapeutic Interventions

Eack, Shaun Michael Social Cognition and Social Disability in Schizophrenia: The Role of Emotional Intelligence

Heo, Jeongim Grace The Role of Religious Coping in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving

Sarteschi, Christine Marie Assessing the Effectiveness of Mental Health Courts: A Meta-Analysis of Clinical and Recidivism Outcomes

Singer, Jonathan B. Mothers Seeking Mental Health Services for their Children: A Qualitative Analysis of Pathways to Care

2008

Conner, Kyaien O. Mental Health Treatment Seeking Among Older Adults with Depression: The Impact of Stigma and Race

Gilkey, So'Nia L. Shelter as Sanctuary: A Narrative Inquiry of the Experience of Homelessness

Gjesfjeld, Christopher D. Economic Hardship, Social Support, and Maternal Depression: A Test of the Social Support Deterioration Model

McCabe, Elizabeth Blocher Predictors of Readmission in Hospitalized Anorexia Nervosa Patients

Mohanty, Jayashree Ethnic Socialization, Identity Development, and Psychological Adjustment in International Adoptees as Adolescents and Young Adults

Santhouse, Robin Correlates of Service Utilization and Adherence to Dietary and Exercise Modifications in a Sample of Women Before and After Bariatric Surgery


2007

Baker, Parris J. Self-Efficacy, Co-Parenting Relationship, and Parent Satisfaction: Variables that Predict Paternal Involvement by Non-Custodial Fathers

Bell, Melissa M. Barriers in the Provision of Family Planning From Social Workers to their Clients

Bulcke, Gina Identifying Barriers to Treatment Among Women Gamblers

Davis-Jones, Latika Psychological Dysfunction, Drug Treatment Engagement and HIV Risk Behavior Among Methadone Maintained Clients

Fisher, Mary Anne Social Support for the HIV+ Client: A Comparison of the Effectiveness of Traditional Versus Volunteer Case Management Intervention

Kim, Jean-ie Mothers' Depression and Parenting Efficacy Among Economically Disadvantaged Korean Women: Test of a Mediation Model

Peters, Solveig S. Relations Among Interparental Relationship Quality, Maternal Depressive Symptoms, Parenting in the Home Environment, and Pre-School Child Behavior in African American, Low-Income, Single-Mother Families

Pivetz, George Retirement, Control, and the Challenges of Aging

Woodcock, Karen Mental health Help-Seeking: Attitudes and Experiences of Female Victims of Intimate Partner Violence

2006

Ford, Angela A. Exploring Health Behavior in Older Black Women

Hart, Carol L. Post-traumatic Stress Symptomatology in Aging Combat Veterans:  The Direct and Buffering Effects of Stress and Social Support

Trunzo, Annette C. Engagement, Parenting Skills, and Parent-Child Relations as Mediators of the Relationship Between Parental Self-Efficacy and Treatment Outcomes for Children with Conduct Problems

2005

Fevola, Antonio V.  The Impact of Services Integration:  Outcomes in Two Early Intervention Programs

Grater. Joyce J.  The Impact of Health Care Provider Communication on Self-Efficacy and Caregiver Burden in Older Spousal Oncology Caregivers

Kaijage, Theresa J.  Factors Influencing Adherence to HIV/AIDS Treatment and Prevention Among People Living with HIV/AIDS in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

Lee, Bongjae  Alcohol-Induced Stress and Social Support as Influences of the Adult Substance Abuser's Health and Well-Being

Lichtenwalter, Sara   The Relationship Between Auto Ownership and Employment Outcomes:  Race and Gender Variations

McDonough, Kathleen E.  Internal EAPs and the low-wage Worker: Practitioners' Perceptions of Services

Momper, Sandra L.  Maternal Gambling, Parenting in the Home Environment, and Child Outcomes in Native American Families

Stevenson, Andre P. Barriers Affecting Women's Ability to Make the Transition from Welfare to Work in a Rural Community

2004

Aurand, Beverly  Access to Health Care for Uninsured Women

Hilko, Tamara Lynn  The Impact of the Permanency Planning Process on Achieving Permanency for Children Active in a County Children and Youth Agency

John-Langba, Johannes The Relationship of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) to Sexual-Risk Behavior Among Refugee Women in Botswana:  The Medicating Role of Depression

Lee, Jee-Sook  Intergenerational Conflict, Ethnic Identity, and Their Influences on Problem Behaviors Among Korean American Adolescents

Little, Stacey  Understanding the Sociological Factors of Poverty and Their Impact on Prenatal Care Utilization Among Low-Income Women

Oh, Yunjin The Role and Effect of Psychosocial Resources and Gender Differences in Caregiving Stress

Ohmer, Mary Louise  Citizen Participation and its Effects in Neighborhood Organizations:  The Influence of Perceived Organizational Characteristics and Effectiveness

Renzeli, Cara  Parental Participation in Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment:  Predictions and Outcomes

Richel, Carrie  Child Outcomes in Community Mental Health:  Effects of Maternal Mental Health Status

Smith, Christine  Correlates of Burnout Among Providers Who Serve the Homeless

Stork, Elizabeth P.  Analyzing Decision Making:  Women Seeking Shelter from Intimate Partner Violence

2003

Daniel, Jerry  Survey of Clinicians' Perception of Inmates' Satisfaction with Mental Health Services

Frank, Marsha Factors Influencing Belief in the Validity of Delayed Trauma Memory

Knudsen, Kraig The Diffusion of an Evidence-Based Practice:  A Case Study of High and Low Adopters of Assertive Community Treatment

Lowe, Tony  Management Practices as a Factor in Male Social Workers Increased Exposure to Client-Related Violence in Mental Health Service 

Lynch, Mark T.  The Effects of Research Training and Research Efficacy on Empirical Research Productivity by Practicing Social Workers

Modie-Moroka, Tirelo Community and Individual Life Stressors, Health Status and Social Capital:  A Study of Low-Income Areas in Francistown City, Botswana

Slawinski, Tonya The Intensive Case Manager/Client Relationship:  Understanding the Factors Influencing Boundary Development and Compliance

Stubenbort, Karen The Effectiveness of Intervention for Maltreated Preschoolers:  An Attachment Theory Perspective

2002

Breitenstein, Larry Managed Care Effects on the Reporting and Substantiation of Child Abuse and Neglect

Faber, John HIV Prevention and Sexually-Active, High Risk Young People:  A Collaborative and Empowering Approach to Intervention 

Friedman, Mark Gender-Role Nonconformity, Bullying, and Suicidal Behavior Among Gay and Bisexual Adolescents

Leahy, Dean Improving the Organ Donation Process:  Can Social Work Help?

Lindsey, Michael Social Network Influences on African-American Adolescents' Use of Mental Health Services

2001

Bonach, Kathryn  The Mediating Role of Forgiveness in the Relationship Between Post-Divorce Cognitive Processes and Co-Parenting Quality:  A Context, Process, Outcome Model

Manfred Gilham, Jerry Jo Use of an Orientation Engagement Strategy to Enhance the Therapeutic Alliance with a Child's Caregiver

Meyer, Susan Effects of Upper Managers' Conflict Handling Styles on Subordinate Managers' Conflict Handling Styles and the Frequency, Intensity, and Resolution of Conflict in a Hierarchical Organization

Schutz, William  A Nationwide Study of Goal Attainment Among Health Resources and Services Administration-Funded Traumatic Brain Injury State Demonstration Grantees

Winter, Elizabeth The Impact of Childhood Maltreatment and Co-Morbidity on Depression Treatment Response in Adult Women

2000

Montrose, Deborah  Children and Adolescents at Risk for Schizophrenia:  Influence of Familial Expressed Emotion

Robinson, Bonnie The Impact of Gender Role Adherence, Gender Role Stress, and Sexist Attitudes on Violence Against Women

Sukitz, Sr. Carol A Study of Parish Social Ministry and Delivery of Social Services in the Neighborhood Community