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Theses/Dissertations from 2025

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Learning To Be Trauma-Informed: An Examination of Individual-Level Factors Predicting Perceptions of and Response to Trauma-Informed Practice Trainings, Kelly Daniel

Theses/Dissertations from 2023

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Approaching Trans Healthcare Competency: The Implementation of Trans Health Education for Medical Providers in Appalachia, Rebecca Altschuler

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Dyadic and Ecological Associations with Intimate Partner Violence (IPV): Using Hierarchical Linear Modeling to Differentiate IPV from Community Crime, Rachel Carpenter

Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Borderline Personality Disorder and Violent Crime: The Moderating Role of Sex and Race, Genevieve Allison

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An Intersectional Study of Perceived Academic Climate and the Imposter Phenomenon in Psychology Students, Kelsey Braun

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The Comparative Effects of Three Virtual Nature Exposure Methods on State Social Motivation: A Randomized Controlled Trial, Samantha A. Castelblanco

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An Examination of Differences in Race, Gender, and Age in Processing and Outcomes Within the U.S. Criminal Justice System, Teliyah Cobb

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Validating an Internet Gaming Disorder Measure During COVID-19: Video Game Use, Distance Learning, and Impacts of COVID-19 on Gaming Behavior, Christin Collie

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Prevalence and Predictors of Polypharmacy in Adolescents who have Engaged in Sexually Abusive Behaviors, Rebecca Gilley

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Individual Characteristics of Postsecondary Underachievement, Natasha Godkin

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Digital Manipulation of Human Faces: Effects on Emotional Perception and Brain Activity, Martin Knoll

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The Role of Emotion Dysregulation in the Relationship between Anhedonia and Opioid Craving, Rachelle Kromash

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Look, But Don’t Touch: Impact of COVID-19 on the NICU Caregiver, Rebecca C. Otwell-Dove

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Adverse Childhood Experiences and Quality of Life: A Mediating Role of Physical Activity and Executive Function, Loni Parrish

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Analyzing Emerging Adulthood Narratives and the Role of Anxiety in Developmental Functioning, Daryl Parungao

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The Effects of Rejection Sensitivity on Attention and Performance Monitoring Event-Related Potentials, Elizabeth Ridley

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An Investigation of Lab-Based Research Procedural Fidelity: The Relationship between Experimenter Infant-Directed Speech, Temperament and Language Proficiency, Tess A. Simpson

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Parent Emotion Socialization and Emerging Adult Internalizing Symptoms: Differences and Moderation by Rurality, Cheston West

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Behavioral Effects and Neurobiological Mechanisms of 3-Aminobenzimide in a Rodent Model of Chronic Psychological Stress, Liza Wills

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Coping Strategies and Self-Compassion as Protective Factors in the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Workforce, Megan Wolff

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Intrinsic Religiousness and its Relation to Health Outcomes, Joseph Barnet

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Interpersonal Needs and Suicide Risk: Examining Indirect Effects of Internal Hostility and Feeling Forgiven, Kelley C. Berto

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The Effects of Virtual Nature Exposure on State Social Motivation, Samantha A. Castelblanco

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The Loss-Processing Framework, Lawrence Childress

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Rurality as a Moderator of Perception of Need for Medical Care and Patient Satisfaction, Kyndal Grammer

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A Gap Analysis of Reentry Services for Corrections-Involved Populations in Rural East Tennessee, Alyssa P. Gretak Leal

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Forgiveness, Gratitude, Humility, and Spiritual Struggle: Associations with Religious Belief Status and Suicide Risk, Benjamin B. Hall

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Identity-Specific Positive Psychology Intervention for Sexual Minorities: A Randomized Control Trial, Sarah Job

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Perceptions of Resilience-Informed Education in Postsecondary Instructors, Chelsea L. Robertson

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A Qualitative Investigation into the Trauma Exhibited by First Responders Tackling the Opioid Epidemic in Tennessee, Thalia Sullivan

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Optimism and Physical Health-Related Quality of Life in Chronic Illness: Mediating Effects of Control Beliefs and Health Behaviors, Morgan Treaster

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Economic Insecurity, Poverty, and Parental Alcohol Misuse, Joey Tucciarone

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Thwarted Interpersonal Needs, Depression, and Sleep Disturbances in Primary Care: Does Gratitude Help You Sleep?, Heather R. Altier

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Healthy Identity Development Among Black Same-Gender Loving Men: A Mixed Methods Approach, Byron D. Brooks

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Subjective and Objective Health Outcomes Predicted by Sexual Trauma Stigma: The Role of Medical Mistrust and Resiliency, Gabrielle Caselman

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Serious Mental Illness and Rural Primary Care: Provider Training, Attitudes, and Opinions, Lydia Eisenbrandt

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Relational Influences of Self-Perceptions in Late Adolescence, Michael E. Feeney

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Jangle Fallacy: Is Grit Distinct from Other Psychological Constructs?, Natasha Godkin

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Alcohol Consumption in a Preclinical Model of Schizophrenia, Liza Hernandez

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Weight Status as a Moderator of Low Self-Esteem and Poor Sexual Functioning, Madison Hinkle

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Measurement of Nontheistic and Theistic Spirituality: Initial Psychometric Qualities of the Inclusive Spiritual Connection Scale, Valerie M. Hoots

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The Relationship Between Adverse Childhood Experiences, Acute Stress, and Working Memory, Marissa R. Jones

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ACEs, Emotional Socialization, and Substance Use: A Moderator Model, Julia Najm

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A Replication and Extension of a Prediction Tool Identifying Need for Treatment Among Opioid Exposed Infants, Loni Parrish

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Error-Related Negativity and Feedback-Related Negativity on a Reinforcement Learning Task, Elizabeth Ridley

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Examining the Warm Handoff in Rural Integrated Care, Jamie Tedder

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Exploring the Relationship Between Religiousness and Video Game Addiction, Joseph Barnet

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We All Need Somebody to Lean on: Social Support as a Protective Factor for Individuals with Childhood Adversity, Rachel Clingensmith

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Associations between Multidimensional Spirituality and Mental Health: Positive Psychological Traits as Mediators, Trever Dangel

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An Integrated Model of Eating Disorder Risk and Protective Factors: Implications for Research and Treatment, Leslie Alison Davis-Waddle

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Pocket ACE: Neglect of Child Sexual Abuse Survivors in the ACEs Study Questionnaire, Robyn Dolson

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An Investigation into the Structure of Self-Control, Parker A. Dreves

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A Tactful Conceptualization of Joint Attention: Joint Haptic Attention and Language Development, Lauren P. Driggers-Jones

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Adverse Childhood Experiences in Adolescents Who Have Engaged in Sexually Abusive Behavior: The Impact of Polyvictimization on Relevant Outcomes, Rebecca Gilley

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Introducing a New Prevention of True Self and Cognitive Dissonance Intervention to Improve Help-Seeking for Female College Students with a Risk of an Eating Disorder, Margaret A. Hance

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Resilience Among Survivors of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Appalachia, Bridget Jeter

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Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Mental Health Outcomes and Related Prescription Practices in a Psychiatric Inpatient Sample, Carrie LeMay

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Self-Compassion and Suicide Risk in Veterans: Serial Effects of Shame, Guilt, and PTSD, Jessica McKinney

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Adverse Childhood Experiences, Familial Emotion Socialization, and Adult Emotion Regulation: A Moderation Model, Rebecca Otwell-Dove

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Religious Attendance, Surrender to God, and Suicide Risk: Mediating Pathways of Feeling Forgiven by God and Psychopathology, Kelley Pugh

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Pathways to Delinquent and Sex Offending Behavior: The Role of Childhood Adversity and Environmental Context in a Treatment Sample of Male Adolescents, Kelcey Puszkiewicz

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Exploring the Moderating Effect of Maternal Scaffolding on The Temperament - Language Development Relationship, Chelsea L. Robertson

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Adverse Childhood Experiences, Homeless Chronicity, and Age at Onset of Homelessness, Joseph T. Tucciarone Jr.

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Examining the Associative Learning and Accumbal Dopaminergic Mechanisms of Caffeine Reinforcement, Curtis Bradley

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Gaming Behaviors in Day-to-Day Life: Exploring a Problematic Gaming Behavior Scale, Christin Collie

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Proximal Minority Stress, Drinking Motives, and Alcohol Use in Appalachian Sexual Minority Women, Sarah Job

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Interprofessional Relationships in Rural Offender Re-Entry and Management: Mental Health Treatment Providers and Community Supervision Professionals, Michael Lasher

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Do Healthcare Students Endorsing Stigma of Mental Illness Screen for Suicidal Ideation? An Evaluation of Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors, Dannel K. Petgrave

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Self-Compassion and Suicidal Behavior: Indirect Effects of Depression, Anxiety, and Hopelessness across Increasingly Vulnerable Samples, Jessica K. Rabon

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Assessing Readiness for Group Therapy in Primary Care: An Initial Survey Exploring Need, Philip Randall

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Self-Compassion and Physical Health-Related Quality of Life in Cancer: Mediating Effects of Control Beliefs and Treatment Adherence, Morgan Treaster

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Early Childhood Adversity and Chronic Illness: An Examination of a High Risk- Forensic Inpatient Population, Courtney L. Cook

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Predicting and Promoting Health-Related Quality of Life for Parents of Children with Autism: A Mixed-Methods Approach, Laura DeLustro

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Neuroticism and Ego Depletion Patterns, Parker A. Dreves

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Exploring the Relationship between Physical Activity and Executive Function in Early Childhood Populations: An Investigation of Maternal Encouragement of Activity, Lauren P. Driggers-Jones

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Development and Validation of the Bisexual Microaggressions Scale, Emma G. Fredrick

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Spirituality and Suicidal Behavior: The Mediating Role of Self-Forgiveness and Psychache, Benjamin B. Hall

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Conceptualization and Measurement of Spirituality: Towards the Development of a Nontheistic Spirituality Measure for Use in Health-Related Fields, Valerie M. Hoots

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Faces, Locations, and Tools: A Proposed Two-Stimulus P300 Brain Computer Interface, Marissa R. Jones

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Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression and Suicidal Behavior in College Students: Conditional Indirect Effects of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and Self-Compassion, Andrea R. Kaniuka

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Mindfulness and Alcohol-Related Problems among Individuals with Fibromyalgia: Chronic Pain and Depressive Symptoms as Mediators, Julie I. Morrissey

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Social Problem Solving and Health-Related Quality of Life in Primary Care Patients: Serial Mediating Effects of Thwarted Interpersonal Needs and Depressive Symptoms, Catherine Rowe

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Evaluating a Stepped Care Protocol for Postpartum Depression in a Pediatric Primary Care Clinic, Sarah C. Smith

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Examining the Effects of Trait Rumination on Hostile Attribution Bias, Kyle A. Suhr

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Emotion Regulation and Eating: An Evaluation of the Relationship Between Difficulties in Emotion Regulation and Eating Patterns in Obese Patients Seeking Bariatric Surgery, Brittany V. Williams

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Forgiveness and Suicidal Behavior in College Students: Cynicism and Psychache as Serial Mediators, Trever Dangel

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Effectiveness of an Educational Intervention on the Intimate Partner Violence Screening Behaviors of College-Based Health Care Providers, Sarah K. Hill

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Spirituality and Psychological Well-Being Among ALS Caregivers: Hope and Perceived Stress as Mediators, Bridget R. Jeter

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Investigating Barriers to Mental Health Care in Law Enforcement Officers, Samantha F. Johnson

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Exploring Protective Factors among Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals: A Framework for Psychological Well-Being and Relative Influence, Sheri LaDuke

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The Effects of Nicotine in the Neonatal Quinpirole Rodent Model of Schizophrenia: Neural Plasticity Mechanisms, Daniel Peterson

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Improving the P300-Based Brain-Computer Interface by Examining the Role of Psychological Factors on Performance, Samantha A. Sprague

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Using the Theory of Planned Behavior to Predict Executives’ Intentions to Hire Psychologists in Federally Qualified Health Centers, Robert M. Tolliver

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Anger Rumination, Stress, and Dangerous Driving Behaviors as Mediators of the Relationship between Multiple Dimensions of Forgiveness and Adverse Driving Outcomes, David J. Bumgarner

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Shifts in Ritual Response to Loss due to Death: An Assessment of Funeral Service Mourning Trends over Time, Lawrence D. Childress

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Identity as a Buffer Against Negative Outcomes of Public Stigma Among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Individuals, Emma G. Fredrick

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An Analysis of the Interaction of Methylphenidate and Nicotine in Adolescent Rats: Effects on BDNF, Elizabeth D. Freeman

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Risk and Protective Factors of Internalized Mental Illness Stigma, Kathleen Klik

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Differences in Utilization of Levels of Integrated Primary Care in Patients with High and Low Behavioral and Physical Health Demands, Laura E. Maphis

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ADHD Management in Pediatric Primary Care: Time is Not on Our Side, Dannel K. Petgrave