Successful Dissertation and Thesis Defenses

February 11, 2011

Roland Peckham of Augusta, GA successfully defended his dissertation for the PsyD degree at Xavier University in Cincinnati on December 8, 2010. It was entitled “Juvenile Sexual Offenders: Fundamentally Different in Psychopathology” Dr. W. Michael Nelson III, professor of psychology was Peckham’s dissertation chair.

Jeffrey Lucas of Erlanger successfully defended his thesis for the MA in Psychology at Xavier University on January 10, 2011. It was entitled “Impact of Incorporating Visual Speech in Web-Based Training on Levels of Engagement.” Dr. Mark Nagy, associate professor of psychology, was Lucas’s thesis chair.

Kara Jones of Grove City, OH successfully defended her thesis for the MA in Psychology at Xavier University in Cincinnati on January 11, 2011. It was entitled “The Effect of Item Stem Length on Face Validity, Perceptions of Fairness, and Involvement.” Dr. Morell Mullins, associate professor of psychology, was Jones’s thesis chair.

Stephanie Karges of Novelty, OH successfully defended her thesis for the MA in Psychology at Xavier University in Cincinnati on December 10, 2010. It was entitled “Destructive Leadership and Employees’ Perceptions of Feedback.” Dr. Mark Nagy, associate professor of psychology, was Karges’ thesis chair.

Amy Karbasi of Cincinnati successfully defended her dissertation for the PsyD degree at Xavier University on December 14, 2010. It was entitled “A Randomized Clinical Trial Investigating the Effects of a Hope Intervention for Low SES Children.” Dr. Kathleen Hart, chair of the psychology department, was Karbasi’s dissertation chair.

Thomas Brassell of Cincinnati successfully defended his thesis at Xavier University on November 16, 2010 for the MA in Psychology. It was entitled “The Effect of Occupational Stereotypes on Likelihood of Hiring and Resume Processing.” Dr. Morell Mullins, associate professor of psychology, was Brassell’s thesis chair.

Mark Price of Hartland, WI successfully defended his dissertation for the PsyD degree at Xavier University in Cincinnati on October 21, 2010. It was entitled “A Test of Behavioral Approach and Inhibition Systems as Mediators of the Relationship between Narcissism and Alcohol Use.” Dr. Susan Kenford, professor of psychology, was Price’s dissertation chair.