Using the scientist-practitioner model, the Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology blends clinical training with innovative research. This program is normally accomplished in six years and requires the completion of at least 238 units in the School of Psychology and, as part of our commitment to deep theological integration, at least 60 units in Fuller’s School of Theology or School of Intercultural Studies.

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Dissertations from 2018

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Adjusting to the College Transition: An Examination of Clydesdale’s Identity Lockbox Theory, Brianna D. Bleeker

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Attachment, Childhood Maltreatment, and Resilience of Humanitarian Aid Workers, Crystal T. Clements

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Internet Pornography Users Versus Abstainers: Demographic, Affective, and Religious Distinctives, Megan B. Cser

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Executive Functioning in Individuals with Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum: Results of a Sorting Task, David R. Fly

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The Naturalness of the Supernatural: Children’s Understanding of Intentional Agents, Gregory S. Foley

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Learning, Memory, and Hippocampal Volume in Cognitively Healthy Participants with Alzheimer’s Type of Beta-Amyloid/Tau Biochemistry, Brian D. Gradwohl

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Academic Functioning in Individuals With Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum, Skylar D. Hanna

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Christians and Their Behaviors: A Quantitative Analysis of the Effect of Mind-Body Beliefs on Daily Practices, Alex A. Hughes

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Alone Together: An Empirical Study of Relational Mindfulness, Chin Pang Leung

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The Relationship Between Religion/Spirituality, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Quality of Life in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, Ross A. Lisman

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Self-Understanding of Executive Functions in Individuals With Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum, Ryan W. Mangum

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Stress Hormones, Heart Rate Variability, and Resilience in Special Forces, Jared K. Rensberger

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Presymptomatic Alzheimer’s Pathology: Neuroanatomical Structural Volumes and Executive Functioning, Ramona Rostami

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Religious Service Attendance and the Effects of Moral Foundations On In-Group Giving, Abigail M. Shepherd

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Predictors of Treatment Outcomes and Treatment Dropout for Children and Adolescents: Examining the Role of Demographic and Treatment Characteristics, Erica M. Stephens

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Psychological Well-Being, Occupational Thriving, and Positive Interpersonal Relationships, Cedric Williams

Dissertations from 2017

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Domains of Vulnerable Behavior: The Multifactorial Structure and Influence of Intimate Safety, Laura C. Bartos

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Creative Role Identity: Implications for Self-Concept, Depression, and Anxiety, Shana M. Daves

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On Making Extravagant Vows: Commitment, Satisfaction, and Intimacy in Marriage, Tara A. G. Fairbanks

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Adolescent Religious Coping, Adolescent Religious Support, and Emotional Functioning: A Prospective Analysis, Carolyn B. Foley

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Attachment Theory, Intersubjective Systems Theory & Divine Passibility: Grounding Psychological Theory & Practice in a Theology of Divine Affectivity, Christin J. Fort

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Impact of Parental Immigration Status and Child Access to Health Care on the Mental Health of Latino Citizen-Children, Josephine S. Hwang Koo

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Sluggish Cognitive Tempo and Working Memory Training, Kyoungjun Kim

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Family Support, Violence, and PTSD Symptoms in Salvadoran Youth, Rebecca R. Kulzer

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Effects of Coping on Quality of Life in Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Megan E. Laffey

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Investigating the Hierarchical Structure of the Personality Psychopathology – Five (PSY-5-2) Scales, David S. Pyo

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Moral Development of Caring Exemplars Within the L’Arche Population, Shaina M. Smith

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Diastolic Blood Pressure and Neurodegeneration: Volumetrics and Cognitive Function in a Cognitively Healthy Aging Population, Brianna E. Staley Shumaker

Dissertations from 2016

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Heart Rate Variability as an Index of Stress Resilience, Eric An

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Childhood Abuse, Dissociation, and Coping Self-Efficacy As Predictors of Nonsuicidal Self-Injury, Susan E. Bennett

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Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the MMPI-2 Scale 4, Takisha M. Corbett

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Chronic Outcomes in Interhemispheric Transfer Time Among Children With Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury, Monica U. Ellis

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Religious and Socioemotional Effects on Adolescent’s Development of Generosity in Context: Participation in Religiously Affiliated Charity Marathons, Nathaniel Fernandez

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Measuring Spirituality via the Behavioral Congruence Model: Development and Initial Validation of the Central Object Questionnaire, Matthew R. Gryniewski-Peirson

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Bird’s Nest Parenting: Parents’ Perceptions of Their Nesting Process, Vanessa A. K. Hurwitz

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MMPI-2 Hwa-Byung Scale Factor Structures in North Korean Defectors and U.S. Clinical Female Samples, Woo Chang Kim

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Gratitude and Materialism Differentially Predict Generosity: The Mediating Role of Thrift, Paul B. Reppas

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The Psychosocial Effects of Material Thanks-Giving, Kelsy L. Richardson

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Sexual Comfort and Experiences: Exploring a Christian Population, Kathryn L. Sherman

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Morally Injurious Experiences and Risky Behaviors in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans: A Community-Based Study, Susan C. Sheu

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Self-Efficacy and Aid Workers, Christine R. Turner

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Belonging or Becoming? The Role of Religious Participation in Emerging Adult Identity Formation and Empathy, Kendra S. Varnell

Dissertations from 2015

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Separation From God: What the Dark Night of the Soul Experience Can Tell Us About Attachment to God, Yoko N. Barraca

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All Things Through Him Who Strengthens Me: Religious Coping, Self-Efficacy, and Post-traumatic Stress Among Teachers in El Salvador, James E. C. Creely

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The Role of Religious Support and External Locus of Health Control in Well-Being for Breast Cancer Survivors, Leah S. Fortson

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The Effect of Working Memory Training on Executive Functioning, Grant J. Goodman

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God-Watchfulness, Self-Control, and Patience in Adolescence, Thomas J. Hunt-Felke

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Childhood Cancer Survivors’ Executive Functioning Skills: Does Scaffolding Bolster Behavioral Functioning?, Jennifer E. F. Irish

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White Matter Integrity and Interhemispheric Function: Computerized Bimanual Coordination Task in Healthy Aging, Anthony S. Junod

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Scapegoat Pathology, Istvan Kacso

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The Person of the Worship Leader: A Qualitative Study of Communal Worship, Kevin R. Kurian

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Functional Outcomes of Hemispherectomy in Early Versus Late Pathophysiology, Justin B. Lee

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Gender Role Conflict as an Indicator of Low Fitness, Christopher W. Nahumck

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The Relationship of Shame, Guilt, and Religiousness to Pornography Use, Dean E. Picone

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Dysfunctional Sex Beliefs as an Inhibitor of Female Intercourse Experience, Jonathan D. Reeves

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Humility in Worship Leaders: The Importance of a Commitment to Spiritual Growth and God-Centered Leadership, Brittany E. Rice

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One Nation Under War: A Sociocultural Exploration of the Psychology of Violence and the American Example, Barbod Salimi

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Modeling the Effects of Within-Person Characteristic and Goal-Level Attributes on Personal Project Pursuit Over Time, Ryan M. Thomas

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A Convicted Sexuality, Matthew A. Varnell

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The Effects of Physical Activity on Cognitive Function in Healthy Older Adults With and Without Biomarkers for Alzheimer’s Disease, Sandra I. Viggiani

Dissertations from 2014

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Embodied Psychotherapy: A Critique of the Mind-Body Problem, Sabrina E. Abney

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Emotional Intelligence in Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum: Results From the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test, Luke B. Anderson

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Critical Indigenous Psychologies of Nonviolence for Complex Trauma in First Nations Youth at Risk, Jeffrey P. Ansloos

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Virtue and Character Development in Adolescents: The Relationship Among Self-Control, Patience, and Religion, Amber E. Blews

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An Exploration of Breast Cancer Survivors’ Greatest Worries and Concerns and Lifestyle Changes Posttreatment, Melissa A. Castillo

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Materialism and Subjective Well-Being: An Examination of Mediated Models, Michael D. Cohn

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Relational Capacity, Personal Well-Being, & Ministry Performance: Consequences of the Evolved Social Brain, Candace S. Coppinger Pickett

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An Examination of Religious Strivings Through the Lens of Evolutionary Psychology, Jessica A. Foss

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Well-Being for Ugandan Communities: A Closer Look at Holistic Health, Nikki J. Frederick

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Working Memory Training: Does It Improve Math Performance?, Rachael W. Green

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White Matter Integrity in Pediatric Closed Head Injury: The Relationship Between Callosal Area and Interhemispheric Transfer Time, John T. Guthrie

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The Relationship Between Self-Efficacy and Knowledge of Depression to Severity of Depression in Underserved Primary Care Settings, Albert Hua

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Attachment and Cognitive Openness: Emotional Underpinnings of Intellectual Humility, Matthew J. Jarvinen

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Spirituality and Substance Misuse in Combat Veterans With PTSD, Hannah W. Jones

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Relational Capacity and Ministry Effectiveness: Evaluating Dunbar’s Number in the Context of Youth Ministries, Christina F. Kabiri

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Religious Asceticism in Patients With Eating Disorders: New Domains of Assessment, Christopher D. Keiper

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A Qualitative Study on Mainland Chinese and North American Spirituality, Ka Chi G. Liu

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Comprehension of Proverbs in Individuals With Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum, Jamie L. Rehmel

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When Adolescent and Young Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer Become Stuck: Could an Art Therapy Intervention Be Helpful?, Lauren M. B. Richardson

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Change in Heart Rate Variability During Stress Resilience Training in a Virtual Environment, Jonathan N. Wellman

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Adult Attachment as a Mediator of Childhood Trauma on Social Network Structure, Ashley M. Wilkins

Dissertations from 2013

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Screening for Mild Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults, Joseph P. Barsuglia

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A Multidimensional Model of Religion and Spirituality in Positive Youth Development, Drew R. Carr

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The Effectiveness of Working Memory Training on Classroom-Related Attention, Benjamin P. Coleman

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Parental Support, Religious Support, Gender, and Adolescent Emotional Functioning, Dawna A. Cunha

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Secondary Traumatic Stress Among Ugandan Aid Workers, Thomas C. Duke

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Language and Memory Functioning in Cognitively Healthy Older Adults With Abnormal Beta-Amyloid/Tau Levels in Cerebrospinal Fluid, Megan E. Gomez

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Implicit Attachment and Couple Satisfaction, Kyle S. Isaacson

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Parents’ Marital Conflict and Preschoolers’ Peer Relations: Determining a Best Fit Model Using Structural Equation Modeling, Kelly G. Jones

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The Effect of Multilingualism on Executive Functioning and Memory in a Sample of College-Educated Older Adults, Daniel A. Martínez Reyes

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Conduct Violations and Recidivism Risk: An Investigation of the Life Course Importation Model, Adrienne M. Meier

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Child Well-Being and Hope: A Qualitative Analysis of Focus Group Data From Ugandan Staff Members, Kimberly A. Michael

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The Role of Prayer Coping and Disclosure Attitudes in Posttraumatic Outcomes Among Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, Rhondie N. Tait

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Assessing the Validity of the Revised Psychopathy Checklist for Use with Insanity Acquittees, Robert B. Turnbull

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Adolescent Religious Coping, Gratitude, and Emotional Functioning, Kathryn G. Wolf

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Cerebral Blood Flow in Clinical Patients With or Without Histories of Sexual Abuse Using SPECT Imaging, Timothy K. Wong

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Illusory Control, Unrealistic Optimism, and Persistence, Garrett L. Woods

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Parent Influence in Promoting Purpose: Exploring Parenting and the Development of Purpose in Youth, Monica F. Yacoub

Dissertations from 2012

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The Effects of Relationship Trust on Prosocial Intentions and Behavior in Adolescents: Exploring the Role of Empathy and Exploration Behavior, Ciprian C. Boitor

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Primary Care Patients’ Beliefs about Depression and Entry Into Treatment, Matthew L. Borba