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

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Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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The Familiars, Matt McGinnis

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The Avoidance of Race: White Teachers’ Racial Identities in Alternative Teacher Education Programs and Urban Under-Resourced Schools, Kelley Marie McCann Miller

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Effectiveness of Self-Care: A Heuristic Study Exploring Art Making, Bikram Yoga, and Personal Journaling, Gina Marie Minardi

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Becoming Unionized in a Charter School: How Charter School Teachers Navigate the Culture of Choice, Elizabeth Montaño

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Maverick of the Mounties, Tom Nowak

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Building Resilience Through Group Art Therapy with Youth Exposed to Risk, Lorraine Rose Pantic

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A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Obama Administration’s Education Speeches, Adriane Kayoko Peralta

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Art-Based Heuristically Informed Social Action for a Survivor of Childhood Complex Trauma, Anna Nicole Pirkl

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An Engineering Approach Investigating the Uptake and Phytotoxicity of One Type of Engineered Nanoparticle (CdSe/ZnS Quantum Dots) by Solanum lycopersicum, Lynsey Alexandra-McLennan Salverson

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Building Spiritual Capital: The Effects of Kundalini Yoga on Adolescent Stress, Emotional Affect, and Resilience, Meliné Sarkissian

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An Archival Case Study Contextualized by a Chronological Review and Analysis of Helen B. Landgarten's Publications, Ronda Sells

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An Art-Based Heuristic Study of an Art Therapist's Struggles With Learning Disabilities and Anxiety Disorders During Adolescence, Ashley J. Semler

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Cancer Patients' Perception of Body Image: A Visual Exploration, Danielle Lauren Servedio

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An Exploration of Art Therapy with Street Children in Mumbai, India, Rucha Shirsalkar

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Baltimore or Less, Susan E. Smith

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Packingtown, Ryan Trevino

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The Body's Imagery: Yoga and Art in Healing, Licia Wise

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The Oracle, James Zolliecoffer

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Acculturation and Identity Issues of Latino Adolescents, Hilda Cristina Aceves

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Towards An Indian Constructive Theology: Towards Making Indian Christians Genuinely Indians and Authentically Christians, Dominic K. Arputham

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Turnaround Strategies at an Underperforming Urban Elementary School: An Examination of Stakeholder Perspectives, Angela Watkins Bass

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Taken Over: The Story of the Locke High School Takeover Through a Qualitative Study of Student Voice, Joshua Michael Beardall

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Education Policy on Extra Classes: Implications for Secondary Education in Northern Ghana, Camillo Abatanie Bonsuuri

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Fighting Fire With Fire: The Use of A Multimedia WebQuest in Increasing Middle-School Students’ Understandings of Cyberbullying, Elizabeth Ann Brewer

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Undocumented, Jenniffer Castillo

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The Meadow, Michael Dodd

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Constructing Identity: An Art Therapy Exploration of Complex Trauma and Adolescent Development, Sarah C. Dunn

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College Preparation in a Low-Income, Urban, Public High School: A Case Study, Catherine Marie Foote

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Action Jacksons, Derek Gordon and David Rogoff

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Big Brat, Derek Gordon and David Rogoff

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An Art Therapy Exploration of Complex Trauma and Addiction Treatment, Whitney Jade Gordy

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Revenue-Based Financial Modeling: A Sustainable Model for Medium-Size, Private, Mission-Based Schools of Education, Joseph Harbouk

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Prayer in a Time of Sin: A Comparative Analysis of Christian, Buddhist, and Kashmiri Shaiva Doctrines, Viresh Hughes

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Expected and Unexpected Outcomes of a Service-Learning Program Rooted in Social Justice and Pragmatic Constructivism, Jeffrey M. Jenkins

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Facing Complex Trauma as it Impacts Countertransference and Clinical Work: An Art Therapist’s Journey Through Art and Journaling, Sunset N. Karner

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Strategies for Self-Care: A Case Study on the use of Mindfulness Meditation, Guided Imagery and Artistic Exploration, Hilary A. Kern

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Can We Play A Game? Art Therapy with a Child Who is Reluctant to Make Art, Brooke E. Knaack

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Literacy Achievement in Nongraded Classrooms, Anita Therese Kreide

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Spirituality and Healing: Multicultural Implications within Art Therapy, Jennifer L. Lively

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Resiliency of Latino High School Students: The Impact of External and Internal Factors, Diana Marie Lucero

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Preferential Options and Palimpsests: Transferring the Founders’ Catholic Charism from Vowed Religious Educators to Lay Educators, Patrick Paschal Lynch

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Art After Death: A Heuristic Study of Death and Tradition, Emily S. Margolis

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Peace of Glass, Colleen Marshall

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Rethinking Critical Consciousness: Latina Teachers, Latina Girls, and Alternative Educational Spaces, Salvador Martin

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The Wheel, Aditi Minda

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Closing the Gap: The Effects of Alternative Certification Programs on Intern Self-Efficacy, Marianne Mitchell

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Cookie VS. The Apocalypse, Jennifer Moscoso

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Brown Xmas, Maria Ortiz

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Organizational Assimilation through Heritage Language Programming: Reconciling Justice and Bilingualism, Ricardo José Pedroarias

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Medical Art Therapy: A Heuristic Exploration, Jacqueline Marie Pellicane

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Picture Yourself: A Heuristic Exploration of Identity Development Through the Use of Photography, Malia P. Prietto

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Art Therapy with Latino Immigrant Men, Paul Quezada

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Client-Initiated Premature Termination: How Did the Art Therapists Feel and What Did the Client’s Last Art Reveal?, Nephthys Resurreccion

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Jesus and the Ethic of Love: A Critical Examination of a New Covenant, Jeffrey Stephen Sabol

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Youth, Social Networking, and Resistance: A Case Study on a Multidimensional Approach to Resistance, David Scozzaro

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Beautiful Monkey, Sallua Sehk

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The Somatic Experience of Trauma in Art Therapy, Heather Naomi Spann

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Mapping The Neural Integration of Traumatic Memory: Art Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Complex Trauma, Melissa S. Susman

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Exploration of Second Generation Hungarian American Identity Development Through Art and Personal Narratives, Erengo Suto

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Counter Narrating the Media’s Master Narrative: A Case Study of Victory High School, Beth Trinchero

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Latina Women Identity Formation Pre and Post Immigration, Melly Trochez

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A Qualitative Sequential Design: An Art Therapy Exploration of the Felt-Sense & Self-Care, Kayla Trueit

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Strike Price, Christopher Ulmer

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Intergenerational Acculturation and Values in Chinese American Families: An Integrative Artistic Narrative Exploration, Kristen K. Wang

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Effective Leadership Strategies: What Novice Catholic Elementary Principals Know, Do, And Want to Learn, Linda Rogers Wiley

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A Case Exploration of Art Therapy from Three Theoretical Perspectives with a Non-Public School Student, Kristen Dara Wright

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Metamorphosis Journey: Voices of Asian Domestic Violence Survivors Through Art Exploration, Jessica Michelle Yuen

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An Exploration of Language Acculturation as Reflected in the Art of Latino American Families, Elena Zúñiga

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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The Stolen Child, James Michael Bogdanski

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The Man Who Knew Absolutely Nothing; Or, South by Southwest, Emiliano Flores Burillo

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Answering the Call of Deep Ecology: A Christian and Buddhist Response, Lorene Cangiano

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Organizing a Grassroots Math Literacy Campaign: The Launching of the Young People’s Project in Los Angeles, Michael Jacob Farber

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Portraits by African-American Male University Students: A Retrospective Study, Lauren Fissori

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Apartment 422, Cliff H. Fleck

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The Kicker, Tim Guest

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Christian Crash Course, Michael T. Martin

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“This is our life. We can’t drive home.” An Analysis of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy as Perceived by Elementary Teachers, Students and Families in an Urban Charter School, Elaine Azalia McNeil-Girmai

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The Biliteracy Achievement of Latino English Learners in Two-Way Immersion Elementary Programs, Olga Grimalt Moraga

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NYE: A Fractured Fairytale, Marcos Moreno

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Providing Voice through Art: An Immigrant Adolescent’s Identity Development, Eunsun Elaine Oh

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The Catholic School Principal and Inclusive Leadership: A Quantitative Study, Jayne M. Quinn

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Factors Impacting Persistence for African-American and Latino Community College Students, Amy Radovčić

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Toward a Pedagogy of Compassion: Extracting Principles of Education from Teaching a High School Multicultural Literature Class, Carlos Roberto Valverde

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Dead Reckoning, Esperanza Villegas

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Collaborative Strategic Planning: A Mixed Methods Study of Models and Superintendents’ Perspectives, William Robert Espinosa

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Educational Technology: Leadership and Implementation, Anthony James Galla

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“If at First You Do Not Succeed:” A Study of Teacher Resiliency in Sixteen Public Urban Elementary Schools, Jinny Youn Kim

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"If you don't read, it is like you don't exist": The Transformative Power of Critical Literacy at an Alternative Charter High School, Jesse Sage Noonan

Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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Why Katahdin Runs: A play in three acts, Jaisey Bates

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A Case Study of Student Leadership and Service in a Catholic Female Single-Sex High School, Jill Patricia Bickett

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Latino Middle School Students Read to Learn Critical Literacy: Social Justice through Action Research, Jennifer Grenardo

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Financial Models in Catholic Education, Richard Kruska

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A Case Study Examining the Implementation and Assessment of the Profile of the Graduate at Graduation in a Jesuit Secondary School, Daniel Joseph O'Connell

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Literacy and Ideology: A Qualitative Research Study of a Language Arts Class of Language Minority Students Using the Scripted Curriculum High Point, Elizabeth Osorio-Arzate

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Re-Claiming Sacred Scripture: Retrieving Female Models of Discipleship in the Gospels, Jill Origer Tabit

Theses/Dissertations from 2007

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Teachers and Cheating: The Relationship Between the Classroom Environment and High School Student Cheating, Colby James Boysen