Below is a selection of dissertations from the Attallah College of Educational Studies. Additional dissertations from years prior to 2019 are available through the Leatherby Libraries' print collection or in Proquest's Dissertations and Theses database.

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Dissertations from 2023

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All Things Weird and Wonderful: A Creative Exploration of Disability Representation, Lara Ameen

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Generalizability of the Scale of Teachers’ Attitudes Towards Inclusive Classrooms (STATIC) to School Psychologists, Abraham Aryadad

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Understanding the Relationship Between Organic Chemistry Misconceptions and Students’ Chemistry Self-efficacy in Higher Education Organic Chemistry Courses, Lauren A. Dudley

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Women’s Pornography Use and Sexuality Education in U.S. Public Schools, Julie Fraumeni-McBride

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Educator Professional Development in Universal Design for Learning and Social-Emotional Learning: A Collective Case Study, Sara Morgan

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Equipped for Change: A Grounded Theory Study of White Antiracist School Leaders’ Attitudes and Perceptions of Racial Consciousness in Educational Leadership, Thomas Joseph Peterson

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A Discourse Analysis of Parents' and Teachers' Social Constructions of School Readiness and Transition to Kindergarten for Children With Disabilities, Ronica Senores Toyota

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How Market-Driven Policies Impact a Private Vocational College Department in China, Huiru Zhu

Dissertations from 2022

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Disabled IDF Veterans in Israeli Higher Education: Disability Identity and Use of Support, Einat Ben Dov

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A Critical Discourse Analysis of Teacher Preparation Standards within Inclusion-Intensive States, Kay Lynn Ceja

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Beta Drift: Forecasting the Manifold Relationships between Students and their Pursuit of STEM Careers, Douglas D. Havard

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Radical Belonging: School as Communion of Peoples, Place, and Power, Joey Yung-Jun Liu

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“I Just Learn Differently”: The Experiences of Dis/abled Students of Color Interpreting and Resisting Normalizing Forces in the Mathematics Classroom, Dina Mahmood

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The Efficacy of a Key Word Signing Workshop, Krista McMorran-Maus

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The Relationship Among Social and Psychological Inclusion, Marginalized Group Membership, and Student Outcomes, Katheryn Munguia

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Higher Education Housing Professionals and Disability: A Grounded Theory Exploration of Resident Directors’ Understandings of Disability, Christopher Toutain

Dissertations from 2021

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Understanding First-Generation Latinx Students' Experiences in a Predominantly White Private Institution: A Grounded Theory Study, Jacqueline Aparicio

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Constructing Critical Change: Learning from Elementary Teachers' Engagement with Inclusive Critical Education, Courtney Beatty

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Fighting An Uphill Battle: Black Undergraduate Women Navigating Higher Education While Acknowledging and Challenging Media Portrayals of Black Women, Kandace Branch

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Community College Success of Students with Disabilities, Shayne Brophy-Felbab

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Searching for Balance: The Reading Choices, Experiences, and Habits of Women in Higher Education Leadership Roles, Laura Burns

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Leading Climate Action Planning: A Case Study of Local Community Practices, Mackenzie Crigger

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Bidimensional Assessment of Youth Mental Health: Evaluation of the California Healthy Kids Survey as a Measure of Youth Subjective Well-Being, Michael Doria

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Exploring the Relationship Between Religion and Resilience Among Latina Academics in Higher Education, Rocio Garcia

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Special Education Parent Perceptions of Involvement and Parent–Educator Relationships During IEP Meetings at Nonpublic Schools, Alex Huynen

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Systemic Functional Linguistics in the Community College Composition Class: A Multimodal Approach to Teaching Composition Using the Metalanguage of SFL, Jennifer James

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School Psychologists as Leaders in Professional Practice: An Examination of Leadership Roles and Perceived Support, Jodi LaChance

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An Examination of Chinese Private College Students’ Intercultural Competence, Li Li

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Relationships Among Mentoring Support and Student Success in a Chinese First-Year Experience Program, Tianxiang Liu

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Contributing to Engineering Colleges Students' Development Through Out-of-Class Involvement: A Survey of Chinese Private Colleges' Engineering Students, Wanlu Li

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Understanding the Lived Experiences of Autistic Adults, Sneha Kohli Mathur

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Using a Dual-Factor Model to Understand the Mental Health of Students with School Refusal Behavior, Zachary D. Maupin

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The Effects of Internationalization Activities on Undergraduates' Global Competence: An Exploratory Study at A Chinese Private University, Haiying Meng

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Resilience and Mental Health of Students Attending California's Continuation High Schools, Brianna Meshke McLay

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'Training' the Body Politic: Essays on the School Reform Orthodoxy, Jahan Naghshineh

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Mitigating Risks for Youth in At-Risk Living Conditions Through School-Based Protective Factors, Cora Palma

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Seeing the Tress For the Forest: An Analysis of Novice and Experienced Teachers' Self-Efficacy and Stress, Allison Serceki

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An Examination of Chinese Undergraduates’ Contemplativity and Academic Stress, Ran Tao

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Teachers’ Experiences of a District’s Transformational Leadership Design Program: A Qualitative Study, Jarit Unrau

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California Elected City Council Women of Color: Building a Collaborative Vision With Inclusive Voice, Beatriz T. Valencia

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Equality of Educational Opportunity in China: Factors from Family, School, and Shadow Education, Qin Xiang

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An Examination of Chinese Adolescents’ Resilience and Their Perceptions of Parental and Peer Attachment, Jingwen Xing

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Do Academic Characteristics Predict Chinese Private University Students’ Success in English Language Testing?, Feijun Yu

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Empathy Among Nursing Undergraduates at a Chinese Private University, Yuanyuan Zhang

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A Study of Critical Thinking Dispositions of Undergraduates in Foreign Language Discipline at One Private College in Mainland China, Yuanyuan Zheng

Dissertations from 2020

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Hidden Power: Journalistic Representations of Mental Health Labels, Elise Anguizola Assaf

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Finding Voice from the Inside: How Postsecondary Education Impacted Perceptions of Higher Education for Long-Term Incarcerated Juveniles, Gregory Barraza

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Experienced Pediatric Oncology Nurses Using Self-Reflective Practices in the Clinical Setting: A Descriptive Phenomenological Investigation, Daniel Josue Bonilla

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The Labyrinth of Autism: Heuristic Journeys of Fathers Who Have a Child on the Autism Spectrum, Lisa Boskovich

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Developing Trust in a Cross-Functional Workgroup: Assessing the Effectiveness of a Communication Intervention, Scott De Long

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A Place of Yes? Experiences of Educators Participating in Site-based Teacher-led Reform, Elizabeth Hind

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Vietnamese Resilience Assessment: Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analysis for Scale Validation, Loan Le

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School Psychologists and School Counselors’ Perceptions of Preparation Received for the Provision of School-Based Mental Health Services, Sherika McKenzie

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The Perceived Effectiveness of School-Based Accommodations for Students with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, MaryAnn Seng

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Secondary Traumatic Stress in Teachers and School Communities Impacted by the Opioid Epidemic, Anne Steketee

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Performative Possibilities in the Development of Protagonistic Agency Among Graduate Students in China, Yan Wang

Dissertations from 2019

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Laughing Back: A Phenomenological Study of Disability Humor Using Culturally Responsive Methodologies, Kinda Abujbarah

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Women’s Right and Education in Saudi Arabia: Raising Critical Consciousness in Arabic Studies Courses in Female High Schools in Saudi Arabia, Eman Almutairi

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Exploring Gender Roles and Gender Equality within the Evangelical Church, Christopher Bishop

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Minding the Gap: A Grounded Theory Exploration of Transition from Secondary School to Community College for Students Identified with Autism, Douglas Highlen

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#BLACKQUEERLIVESMATTER: Understanding the Lived Experiences of Black Gay Male Leaders in Los Angeles, Christopher Jackson

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The Power of Partnership: Understanding the Dynamic of Co-Teaching Pairs, Amanda M. Lozolla

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The Intersection of Speech-Language Pathologists’ Beliefs, Perceptions, and Practices and the Language Acquisition and Development of Emerging Aided Communicators, Margaret Vento-Wilson

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On the Move: Storying the Authentic Leadership Development of Millennial Gay Men, Kyle Williams

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The Media, Education, and the State: Arts-Based Research and a Marxist Analysis of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, Meng Zhao

Dissertations from 2018

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Collegiate Women in Saudi Arabia: Leading Collectively for the Development of Self, Others, and Society, Miznah Alomair

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Counter-stories of First-Generation Latinx Alumnae: A Critical Race Theory Analysis, Pamela Ezell

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Practitioner Research in Schools: Revealing the Efficacy Agency Cycle, Edward Resnick

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An Analysis of Mentoring and Job Satisfaction in Public and Private College and University Academic Libraries in California, Kevin M. Ross

Dissertations from 2017

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Queer Teachers in Catholic Schools: Cosmic Perceptions of an Easter People, Kevin Stockbridge

Dissertations from 2016

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Young, Urban, Professional, and Kenyan?: Conversations Surrounding Tribal Identity and Nationhood, Charlotte Achieng-Evensen

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Inside/Outside/In-between: Understanding how Jewish Identity Impacts the Lives and Narratives of Ashkenazi Female Public School Educators, Mindi Ellen Benditson

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The Repatriation Experiences of American Third Culture Kids, Nicole Mazzo Bennett

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Academic Factors that Predict Community College Students’ Acceptance of Evolution, Meredith Anne Dorner

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Operation Transition: Post-9/11 Combat Marines Transitioning to Civilian Life and the Role of Higher Education in their Identity Formation, Jamie M. Fenton

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Towards a New Understanding: Complex Familial Constructs of Autism, Joanne Kim

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The Development of the Scale of Contemplative Practice in Higher Education, Maryann Krikorian

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Bridgers in the Third Space: An In-Country Investigation of the Leadership Practices of US-Educated Chinese Nationals, Maria L. Martinez

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The Experiences of Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities: A Holistic View, Ashley Mc Adams

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¿Dónde Pertenecemos? Narrative Analysis of Afro-Boricua Women’s Experiences of Belonging Within and Beyond College, Marie Nubia-Feliciano

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Nontraditional Student Risk Factors and Gender as Predictors for Enrollment in College Distance Education, Tammy Crews Pao

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The Glass Ceiling is Not Broken: Gender Equity Issues among Faculty in Higher Education, Jillian Wood

Dissertations from 2015

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A Narrative and Poetic Exploration into Self-Defining Asperger’s: Ceasing to be X-1, Lisa Boskovich

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School Psychologists’ Training and Knowledge of Tourette Syndrome, Leticia Cornejo

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The Influences of Mathematics Self-Efficacy, Identity, Interest, and Parental Involvement on STEM Achievement in Algebra for Female High School Students, Nicol R. Howard

Dissertations from 2014

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Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Exploring the Lived Experiences of College Students Who Do Not Request Accommodations, Denise P. Reid