The Mission of the College of Arts and Sciences is to educate the whole person and promote lifelong learning by integrating the liberal arts with the Franciscan tradition. We provide the means for students to acquire skills, knowledge, perspectives, and aesthetic appreciation so they can think critically and engage responsibly in their personal lives and professional and global communities.

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Master's Theses, Capstones, and Projects from 2016

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The results of breathwork on traumatized African American male juveniles, Toni T. Martinez

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Equal employment opportunities for veterans with mental illness vs. non-veteran individuals, Carolyn Piggot

Catholic Epistles, Hebrews, and Revelation : introducing the New Testament, Dan J. Scholz

Master's Theses, Capstones, and Projects from 2015

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The Relationships Between Eating Disordered Behaviors, Parental and Adult Attachment, and the Likelihood of Engaging in Specialized Diets, Leslie Albion

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Use of articulated thoughts during a simulated situation to change self-efficacy and outcome expectations, Corey Didier

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Does family therapy help reduce relapse rates in people with opate addiction?, Lynn Gillian

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Participation in male-only social support groups may decrease depressive symptoms in men, Jeffrey M. Nerone

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Examination of Protective Factors that Promote Resilience in Adult Children of Alcoholics Impacted by Negative Life Experiences, Theresa E. Sokup

Master's Theses, Capstones, and Projects from 2014

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The relationship between recollections of peer victimization experiences in childhood and adolescence and social anxiety symptomatology in adulthood, Rachel L. Burkel

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Eating Disorder Risk: The Role of Attachment to Parents and Attachment to God, Angela J. Campbell

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Readmission rate in a community psychiatric hospital, Jessica L. Mussa

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Detection Strategies for Feigning the Lack of Legal Knowledge with Individuals Simulating Mental Illness, Kevin D. Wahl

Master's Theses, Capstones, and Projects from 2013

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Resource threat of loss experienced by patients involved in traumatic injuries, Brianna Bosnjak

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Sexual offender treatment vs. general offender treatment for juvenile offenders as measured by recidivism, Natalie Eddy

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Hemispheric differences in the Stroop color-word interference task, Dresden Goodwin

Adult domestic violence behavior by childhood abuse victims, Kristin Hall

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The effect of task utility in a cognitive behavioral treatment for emotional intelligence and criminogenic thinking, Bonnie Halper

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Relationship between internalized homophobia, self silencing, and disordered eating and body esteem in gay men, Danielle Hanley

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The influence of neurotic personality traits and social support on chronic pain levels, Duaa Kheirieh

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The influence of psychological needs and age on cellular phone usage among younger and older individuals, Rebekah McCammon

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The relationship between eating disorders and obsessive compulsive characteristics in a residential eating disorder program, Ashleigh Neesam

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Treatment timing of PTSD after a traumatic experience, Stephanie Pattengale

Jesus in the Gospels and Acts : introducing the New Testament, Dan J. Scholz

The Pauline letters : introducing the New Testament, Dan J. Scholz

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Perceived levels of past and likely future rates of global and American violence and emotional well-being, Matthew Velissaris

Master's Theses, Capstones, and Projects from 2012

Changes in motivation for sobriety during treatment in a correctional setting, Andrew J. Brandt

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The effect of television on views of mental illness, Alicia Ehlen

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Social anxiety's mediating effects on cellular phone communication patterns, Laura Gaworski

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Substance abuse problems in criminal offenders: the role of psychopathy and anxiety, Casey Jackl

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Eliminating the boredom: adolescents' involvement in extracurricular activities and flow experiences, Stephanie A. King

Attitudes and perceptions toward telehealth: racial differences, Amber E. Krause

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Factors that affect juror decisions in civil commitment trials, Carrie A. Muffler

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Who is more prepared to mainstream children with Asperger's disorder: general education teachers or special education teachers?, Jessica Popilek

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Stress in seeking therapy: comparing residential and outpatients receiving treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder, Katherine Roth

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Treatment of eating disorders: frequency of treatment use and perceived treatment efficacy of treatment modalities as reported by clinicians, Ashley Schani

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The effects of statutory rape and information processing mode on juror decision-making in sexually violent persons' civil commitment trials, Jenna Schwartz

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Influence of colors applied in a study area on college students' academic performance, Brooke Stern

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The effect of first sexual experience on later sexuality, Rebecca Whiting

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When time matters: factors predicting the time to an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, Talley Yake

Master's Theses, Capstones, and Projects from 2011

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Nancy Drew: The Case of the Changing Definitions and Ideals of Twentieth Century American Girlhood, Nancy Barbiaux

Association between emotional intelligence and family dynamics in adolescents, Rachel N. Benson

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Emotional intelligence and academic performance as measured by GPA in college students, Despoina Chatzistergioglou

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Experiences of transgender individuals in various stages of transition, Julie M. Fliss

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Comparison of mothers' and fathers' perceptions of involvement in the autistic child's in-home therapy, Robyn Furger

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Effects of marital satisfaction and attachment style on death anxiety, David Grimm

College students and the use of academic services, Jennifer M. Hill

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Evolution of amusement in Southeastern Wisconsin, Jeffery Kawleski

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Spirit of outdoor activity: exploring the link between creativity, spirituality, and the natural environment, Angela Klemm

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Pre-cash visual cues and the occurrence of posttraumatic stress disorder in truck and bus drivers, Dan Medlock

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Influence of social support and perceived service value on the reintegration of male and female veterans, Tamara L. Morris

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Correlations between trait anger and discrimination, Jon Oelke

College Geometry Using The Geometer’s Sketchpad, Barbara Reynolds SDS and William E. Fenton

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Juvenile justice and mental health: raising the question of competence to stand trial, Myishea Lashunda Richmond

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Predicting anxiety and insomnia symptoms in international students, Marietta Wojtecka

Attitudes toward intimate partner violence as perceived by relatives and friends, Victoria L. Wu

Master's Theses, Capstones, and Projects from 2010

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Optimistic Thinking: Influences on the Well-being of Pessimists and Optimist Who Have Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety, Stephanie Abdo

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Media usage and flow activities: the correlation with happiness levels, Shannon N. Beilke

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Effects of pet involvement and attachment on a person's well-being, Lindsay Belmore

Self-empowerment through spirituality: the African-American woman, Eboness Briant

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Diet and Psychological Health: An Issue not to be Overlooked in Psychological Treatment, Melissa Bright

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Correlation Study on Social Anxiety and Ambiguity Intolerance, Jonathan O'Brien Chrystal

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Pre- and post-surgical differences in quality of life between right and left temporal lobe epilepsy patients, Chris Condon

Behavior Problems in Young Children: Evaluating the Treatment Sensitivity of the Early Childhood Behavior Screen, Amber Dewan

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Effect of late week admission compared with early week admission in residential care on premature therapy dropout and symptom reduction was investigated for adult obsessive-compulsive patients in a residential treatment setting: a retrospective chart review, Mary Coletta Dunn

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Relationship between school-related burnout in psychology graduate students and attitudes toward seeking therapy, Kara Hargan

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Effect of Length of Stay, Referral to Aftercare, and Alcohol or Drug Abuse on Relapse in Schizophrenic Patients: A Retrospective Chart Review, Melissa Koscnitzke

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Dissimulation of Schizophrenia Based on Psychological Knowledge: Detection of Malingering Using the Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM), Kristen Lemke

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Strengths of character and orientation to happiness in undergraduate students, Nicole Mogilka

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Reactive Attachment Disorder in Children with Parents that are Incarcerated, Jessica Pendzik

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Cultural Influence in Help Seeking: Accultration’s Effect on Problem Recognition and Help Seeking in the Native American Population, John Pleugers

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From court room to living room: effects of custody arrangements on young children, Tyler T. Schmidt

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School satisfaction and stress in mothers of children with autism and down syndrome, Katrina M. Tarke-Karge

Master's Theses, Capstones, and Projects from 2009

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Retrospective evaluation of palliative care in dying pediatric patients, Anna C. Aufderhaar

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Extension of stepped behavioral activation to career development training, David Baruch

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School bullying: comparing level of teacher training on recognition and intervention of bullying vignettes, Kristin Brighty

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Personality traits of veterans after combat exposure, John Edwards

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Demographic examination of college students' attitudes toward utilizing counseling centers., Nicholas Farrell

New Woman Writers: Authority and the Body, Stacey Floyd and Melissa Purdue

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Effects of gender, ethnicity, and symptom type on teacher perception of attention deficit disorder, Kristin Fuchs

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Factors that contribute to resiliency in as risk urban youth: a survey of professional caregivers, Rachel Gimbel

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Neutral facial expression recognition and racial bias against African Americans among Caucasian college students, Elizabeth Henckel

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Finding sexual satisfaction on the road to psychological well-being, Yasmine Jaber Ratz

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Negative and positive mechanisms for coping with grief, Jennifer Jansky

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Impact of gender and department gender stereotypes on occupational stress in university faculty, Elizabeth Jorgenson

Ageist attitudes' effect on quality of care for older persons, Lauren Koier

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Effects of Reiki treatments on clinical treatment goals in people who have symptoms of depression, John Laliberté

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Effect of stress on meal consumption and composition: a naturalistic study, Lee Neagle

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Relationship between childhood abuse and substance abuse in a predominantly urban adolescent population, James Marie O'Leary

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Impact of age, ethnicity, gender, relationship toward the deceased and cause of parent death on coping with the death of a parent/spouse, Michelle Rauth

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Influence of media on cognition and behavior, Cassidy Marie Scaffidi

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Prejudicial attitudes: the racial disparity in the punishment of criminal offenses, Diane Schmerling

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Negative mood induction using the Velten Mood Induction Procedure and its impact on task performance of simple and complex tasks and self-evaluating rating, Rachael R. Smithback

Associative constructs of satisfaction for well-being: what does it mean to be happy?, Leanne Sturdevant

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Relationship between the obsessional beliefs questionnaire and the Yale Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale in patients in intensive residential treatment, Katherine Wilcox

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Evaluating the impact of religious pre-marital counseling based on marriage satisfaction, Julie Wilson

Master's Theses, Capstones, and Projects from 2008

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Gender perceptions of the effects of combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder on quality of life and martial relations of combat veterans and their spouse/partners., Andrew Edgar

Master's Theses, Capstones, and Projects from 2006

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First versus second language in therapy for bilingual clients diagnosed with PTSD, Steven G. Morschauser

Books from 2003

Unfailing Patience and Sound Teaching: Reflections on Episcopal Ministry in Honor of Rembert G. Weakland, O.S.B., David A. Stosur

Master's Theses, Capstones, and Projects from 2001

Association between individual's perception of interparental conflict and adjustment of young adults, Bojana Puskar