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Upcoming Theses &
Dissertation Defenses


Alexandra Brawley will defend her Master’s thesis on Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 from 8:30-10:30 am in Asbury 336. The title of her thesis is: “Channeling Body Image: Media Impacts on Psychological Wellbeing In Women.”

 The Committee members are: 

 GiShawn Mance, Ph.D., Chair

James Gray, Ph.D.

Noemi Enchautegui-de-Jesus, Ph.D.

Devon Shook will defend his dissertation on Wednesday, July 8th, 2pm-5pm in Asbury 336. The title is "Neural Correlates of Comorbid Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder".


Arthur Shapiro, Ph.D. (chair), American University

Catherine Stoodley, D.Phil. (co-chair), American University

Lauren McGrath, Ph.D., American University

Stewart Mostofsky, M.D., Kennedy Krieger Institute

Mark Laubach, Ph.D. (external reader) , American University

Danielle Cohn will defend her Master's Thesis on Monday, July 13 from 9-11 am in Asbury 336. The title of her thesis is, "The Relationship between Shame and Aggression among Individuals with Features of Borderline Personality Disorder." Committee Members: Nathaniel Herr, Ph.D. (chair) Kathleen Gunthert, Ph.D.Carol Weissbrod, Ph.D.

Nikia Scott will defend her dissertation on July 13, 2015 from 11:30am-2:30pm in Asbury 336. The title of her dissertation is "The A, B, C's and Zzz's of Sleep Health Education in a College Population"

Committee Members:  

Carol Weissbrod, PhD (chair), American University

Kathleen Gunthert, PhD, American University 

Danny Lewin, PhD, Children's National Health System

Judith Owens, MD;Boston Children's Hospital

Heather E. Kingwill 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.