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Upcoming Theses &
Dissertation Defenses

Laura Herron will defend her thesis on Friday, July 24th from 12-2pm in Asbury 336. The title of her thesis is: Can mindfulness counteract the effects of rumination on sustained attention?: A comparison between mindfulness, self-compassion, and control. 


Anthony Ahrens, Ph.D., Chair

Nathaniel Herr, Ph.D.

Scott Parker, Ph.D.

Jannay Morrow, Ph.D.

Heather E. King will defend her dissertation on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 from 10 am-1 pm in the Butler Conference Room. The title of her dissertation is: "Sex Differences In 3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV)-Induced Taste Aversions And Place Preferences." 


Anthony L. Riley, Ph.D., Chair

David N. Kearns, Ph.D.

Cora Lee Wetherington, Ph.D.

Michael R. Baumann, Ph.D.

Victoria P. Connaughton, Ph.D.

Jay Gorman will defend his dissertation on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 from 2-5 pm in Asbury 336. The title of his dissertation is: KEEPING THE CLUBHOUSE OPEN: TOWARD A ROAD MAP FOR CLUBHOUSE SUSTAINABILITY. 

Committee: Chair:  

Brian T. Yates, Ph.D.

Committee members: 

James J. Gray, Ph.D.
Colleen E. McKay, M.A, C.A.G.S.
William H. Fisher, Ph.D.

Paula Bellini will defend her Master's Thesis on Monday, August 3rd, 2015 from 10 am-12 pm in Asbury 336. The title of her thesis is: "The mediating role of emotion regulation in the relationship between dispositional mindfulness and posttraumatic stress symptom severity"

Committee: Deborah Norris, Ph.D., Chair 

Maria Gomez, Ph.D.

Nathaniel Herr, Ph.D.