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

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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

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Three Bad Days, Carrie Baker Gutenberg

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Response to 1 Timothy 2:11-12 or its parallel, 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 by three sixteenth-century Protestant women theologians: Argula von Grumbach, Marie Dentiére, and Anne Askew, Katharine German Hall

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Catholic School Leaders’ Perceptions of Governance Models in Los Angeles Parochial Schools, Kristopher Leo Knowles

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Perceptions of Healing: Mind, Body and Spiritual Implications For Yoga Therapy and Art Therapy Students, Robin L. Kusilka

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Final Curtain, Holly N. Leveque

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Sweet Spirit: The Pedagogical Relevance of the Black Church for African-American Males, Brandi Odom Lucas

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Art Therapy and Runaway Homeless Youth: An Exploration of Trauma and The Survival Response of "Flight", LeAnn K. Marschall

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Arena, Catlan McClelland

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Self-Care: Exploring Well-Being Through Exercise, Yoga and Art, Erika J. Moreira and Wendy E. Rios

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Post-Disaster Group Art Therapy Treatment for Children, Caitlin Frances Murphy

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Implementing Calendar Reform in a Suburban Catholic Elementary School: A Case Study, Catherine Cichocki Muzzy

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Application of Satellite Data to Model Storm Runoff Into Rosamond Dry Lake, Mridul Oli

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Truth and Conflict in the Catholic Church: Catholic Jewish Dialogue, Nadia Pandolfo

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Funds of Knowledge that Support Teacher-Student Relationships: A Narrative Study of Effective Teachers, James Allan Pasto

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Disability and Power: A Charter School Case Study Investigating Grade-Level Retention of Students with Learning Disabilities, Esther Lorraine Perez

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Sewing New Theological Cloth on an Old Liturgical Cloak: New Theological Expressions & Tensions Created By The Liturgical Reforms of Vatican II in The Liturgy Of The Hours, Stephen J. Picard

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A Place to Belong: Critical Queer Pedagogy for Social Justice in Catholic Education, Roydavid Villanueva Quinto

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Sometimes the Wolf, Myles Hendry Reid

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Stadium, Stephen D. Trzesniewski

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The Call to Love: A Catholic’s Guide to New Understandings of Homosexual Inclusivity, Eddie-Joe Vieyra

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Integrating Restorative Justice Approaches in an Art Therapy Group, Jenna Walters

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The Golden Record, Danielle E. Weinberg

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Fending off Vicarious Trauma Through Art Making, Laura M. Wong

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Schools of Education in a New Era of Accountability: A Case Study of an Annual Report Process Used to Advance a Professional Learning Community, Manuel A. Aceves

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Has-Been, Katherine M. Adams

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Valentine Productions, Justin Amey

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Listening to Student Voices: A Critical Study of Homework, Michael Bates

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The Collectors, Laura M. Baum

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Living Learning Communities: An Intervention in Keeping Women Strong in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, Jennifer Belichesky-Larson

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Stigma and Identity Formation in Young Adults with Chronic Mental Illness: An Exploration through Personal Narrative and Art-Making, Kerri Lynn Blackstone

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Physics First: Impact on SAT Math Scores, Craig Earl Bouma

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Integrating Art Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing to Treat Post Traumatic Stress, Holland Elizabeth Breed