Electronic theses, dissertations and research projects by LMU graduate students can be found here.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Thornfield, Jane Campbell

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The Potential of Refugee Art to Inspire Empathy and Social Action, Zoé Cavnar-Lewandowski and Kelsey Gavin

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Assessing Couples’ Relationships Through Art Making: A Replication Study, Courtney Combe and Spencer Harden

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The Field, Brian Davis

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Signed, Her Soul, Shaniqua Durant

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The Jig is Up, Alexis A. Franklin

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Strawberry Fields, Sam J. McGoldrick

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BAAAMM, Angela R. Miller, Alice Mary Thomas, Melissa Rivera, Brooke A. Pfaff, Ana Zuanic, and Monica Esquivel

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A Review and Analysis of the MFT Clinical Art Therapy Program at Loyola Marymount University in Connection to a Clinical Case Study, Edith Matilda Moses

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Exploring Resilience through the Observation of Group Art Therapy with Adolescents, Jamie N. Rios

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Spirituality and Art Therapy: The Practice of Sufi Zikr, Sufi Meditation Tamarkoz and Art-Making From an Art Therapist’s Lens, Leyla Salmassian

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Goodlands, Valerie Taylor

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Everyone Dies When They Come to My House, David Techman

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Sonoran, Brandon Valencia

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Intercepting the Intergenerational Trauma of Mass Incarceration Through Art-Based Parent Programs, Ana Ruth Yela Castillo

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Art Therapy and Neuroscience: A Model for Wellness, Ceccily J. Bednash

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An Exploration Of Creative Arts Therapies In Pediatric Hospitals, Jacqueline Marie Carlson and Hilda Mercedes Galan

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Exploring Sexuality Through Art Making, Martha C. Cowley, Jane Gallop, and Amanda Hale Feinberg

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Family Art Assessment And Advocating For Children, Rachel L. Del Dosso

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Hell Run, Elliott Bryce Duque-Estrada

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Legendary, Joseph C. England

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Restorative Justice As intrinsic to the Church’s Mission, Catholic Theology and Sacramental Ethics, Yesica A. Jiménez

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Yasuke: The Black Samurai, Aaron A. Lancaster

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An Exploration of Existential Group Art Therapy for Substance Abuse Clients with a History of Trauma, Sung Liskin

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Impacts Of An Artist Residency Program Informed By Social Action Art Therapy, Jessica Bui Lo

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Exploration of the Process of an Altered Book Project With Women Cancer Survivors, Jillian E. Luz

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Mari, Ryan B. Massey

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Make Time, Jonathan Paul Medici

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Adolescent Mentors and the Latino Community, Arazeli L. Melendez

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Goliath, Nicholas C. Pangilinan

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The Role of the Art Therapist: A Multi-Faceted Approach, Lauren E. Peña

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Guerrilla, Jake TMT Sheets

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Adolescents, Social Media, and the Use of Self-Portraiture in Identity Formation, Sharee Nicole Allen

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Fostering Peace: The Impact of a Nonprofit Community-Based Organization on Young Foster Youths’ Social-Emotional Development and Pre-Academic Skills, Carrie Alpert

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Situated Learning and Latino Male Gang Members at Homeboy Industries, Mauricio Arocha

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How Women Use Art and Art Therapy to Cope With Breast Cancer: A Systematic Exploration of Published Literature, Diana C. Barnes

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An Arts Based Exploration of Immigration and Acculturation through the Lenses of First, Second and Third Generation Clinical Art Therapists, Elizabeth Barraza, Christina Sanchez, and Carmen Solis

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Beyond Recidivism: Learning with Formerly Incarcerated Men About Youth Incarceration, Scott Patrick Bastian

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Art Therapy and Evidence-Based Practice: An Exploration of Interactions, Michael G. Bauer, Chauney Peck, Aubrey Studebaker, and Naomi Yu

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A Cross-Cultural Exploration Into Kinetic Family Drawings, Kathleen Deanna Baxter, Sharon Brooke Uy, and Stella Mina Yun

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Co-Responsible for the Kingdom of God: The Shared Ministry of Clergy and Laity, Pamela S. Bender

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An Examination of Catholic School Teachers’ Perceptions and Legal Understanding of Cyberbullying, Mary Beth Boyer

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Expanding the Theoretical Lenses of Addiction Treatment Through Art Therapy Practice, Lily F. Braverman

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Critical Hip-hop Graffiti Pedagogy in a Primary School, Wade E. Brown

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Promoting Higher Education in Catholic Latino Youth Through a Process of Acompañamiento, Marissa Cornejo

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Intergroup Relations in Inclusive Classrooms: The Development and Validation of the Intergroup Relations Classroom Environment Scale (IRCES), Matthew P. Cunningham

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Online Professional Development: Implications on Self-Efficacy Levels and Classroom Instruction for Teachers in a Catholic High School, Jose Carlo De Vera

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Speak English, Pray in Spanish: Forming Cultural Bridges between Hispanic Teens and Parents, Dulce Flores

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Catequesis Familiar: A Program of New Evangelization and Life-long Catechesis for the Family and through the Family, Alexander David Fontes

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Blind Allegiance, Ebony P. Gilbert

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One Mission, Many Ministries, Amy S. Glenane

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Blood Night, Tasha Joi Henderson

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The Preserve, Daniel J. Hogan

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The Closure Agency, Albert T. Leo

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Advocating for the Development of the Whole Child: How Public Urban Preschool Teachers Overcome the Pressure of More Academics in Their Classrooms, Grizel Lopez

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To Speak the Word of God with Our Hands for Those Who Hear with Their Eyes, Miriam Nancy Lopez

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The Triage Principal: An Autoethnographic Tale of Leadership in a Catholic Turnaround School, Corena Marasco

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The Absence of Aspiration in the Era of Accountability, Mary R. Martinez

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Children are the Messengers: A Case Study of Academic Success Through the Voices of High-Achieving Low-Income Elementary Students, Stephen Howard McCray

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A Heuristic Study of a Wounded Healer, Samantha McMullen

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Exploring a Trainee's Response to Visiting Refugees in Jordan: A Bifocal Art Exploration, Daniela Marie Montañez

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A Response to Poverty, Colleen R. Murray

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Praxis of Mission: "Going Out" to Encounter Christ in Humanity, Lincoln Nguyen

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The Snoops, Rigvedita Nigam

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Generation Z (#Zombies), Jennevie A. Olivieri

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The Blast-Off Inn, Danielle M. Ownbey

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Relational Aggression, Middle School Girls, and the Development of Critical Consciousness, Casey Quirarte

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Domestic Violence Against Women: Continuing the Struggle for Liberation, Cristina Ramos Robles

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Defining Defiance: African-American Middle School Students’ Perspective on the Impact of Teachers’ Disciplinary Referrals, Patricia Ray

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An Analysis of Fifth-Grade Teachers’ Mathematical Inputs on Eighth-Grade Students’ Mathematical Outputs, Neeraj Raj Satyal

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Silencing the Critics: A Conceptual Framework in Teacher Preparation for Social Justice, Allison P. Schildts

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The Senator's Wife, Matthew Jay Schlissel

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Art Therapy Considerations with Transgender Individuals, Bryan A. Schnebelt

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The Role of Art Making in the Recovery from a Physical Disability due to Trauma, Erika Y. Schreefel

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An Exploration of the Utilization of Art Materials in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Resolution of Attachment Trauma, Susan Lorena Snodgrass

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Teacher Alienation: Reconceptualizing the Educational Work Environment, Jesse Robert Soza

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The Importance of a Sacramental Marriage, Susan Stankis

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Dreams Deferred: A Critical Narrative Analysis of African American Males in Pursuit of Higher Education, Martinique Starnes

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Sacred Spaces: A Narrative Analysis of the Influences of Language and Literacy Experiences on the Self-Hood and Identity of High-Achieving African American Female College Freshmen, Michelle Flowers Taylor

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Media Literacy and the Common Good: A Link to Catholic Social Teaching, Maria Rosalia Tenorio de Azevedo

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Finders Keepers, Nicholas Jay Thacker

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Investigation of Non-Lethal Electric Shock on American Crows as a Predator Aversion Treatment for Reducing Depredation on California Least Tern Eggs, Vanessa Nicole Velasco

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Bad Romance, Chad Edward Wellinger

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Fostering a True Conversion of Heart and Mind, Grace Zambrana-Sutton

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Breaking the “At Risk” Code: Deconstructing the Myth and the Label, Kara Christine Allen

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A Week in Your Shoes: The Impacts of a Visual Art Program Informed by Clinical Art Therapy With Adolescents in a School Setting, Jessica Bianchi

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Agent Brownie, Andrew Michael Blanchette

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Latino Cultural Implications for Art Therapy: The Influence of Cultural Risk Factors and Academic Performance in High School, Piera Lynn Carfagno

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Visualizing Levels of Family Satisfaction and Quality of Life in Families with an Autistic Member(s), Sarah Christolini and Camille Werstler

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Hiring Leaders in Catholic Schools, Camryn Marie Connelly

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First Mate, Kara Costello

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Art Making for the Art Therapist: A Study on Clinical Insight, Therapist Identity, Self-Care, and Countertransference, Saira Crawford, Guadalupe Solis, and Eliza Ann Pfister

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Breaking Ground on the University Garden: Service-learning and Action Research, Bryce Collin Davis

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The New Ecology of Biliteracy in California: An Exploratory Study of the Early Implementation of the State Seal of Biliteracy, Tanya Margarita DeLeon

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Envisioning Queer Culture: Toward a Theological Framework for Reimagining Sexuality and Sexual Orientation, Danielle Dempsey

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Using Photography and Poetry in Group Therapy for People with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness: An Outcome Study, Sarah H. Eggers

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Instructional Experiences and Schooling Factors of Long-Term English Learners, Rafael Gaeta

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Organizational Restructuring and the Process of Image Making: An Arts-based Inquiry of the Image Making Experiences Provided for the Delegates of a Religious Congregation Involved in Restructuring, Donna L. Gibbs

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Rediscovering Lasallian Education: An Ignatian Approach, Monique Gougeon

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Teaching Critical Media Literacy Through Videogame Creation in Scratch Programming, Elizabeth Anne Gregg