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Dissertation Defense Announcements

April 2017


 William Crozier

“Automatically Guilty: Associations Between Evidence and Guilt.” Abstract

Committee Chair – Deryn Strange, Ph.D.
Committee Members - Saul Kassin, Ph.D., Charles Stone, Ph.D., Christian Meissner, Ph.D. and Steven Dewhurst, Ph.D.
 
On Monday, April 24, 2017 at 10:00a.m., in the New Building, room 10.61.03, at John Jay College, 524 W. 59th Street, New York, N.Y. 10019.

Danielle DeNigris

“The Role of Language in the Development of Temporal Cognition in 6- To 10-Year-Old Children.” Abstract

Committee chair - Patricia J. Brooks, PhD
Committee Members - Sarah E. Berger, Ph.D., Jennifer Wagner, Ph.D., Joan Lucariello, Ph.D. and Laraine McDonough, Ph.D.

On Friday, April 21st, 2017 at 1:00 PM in Room 6304.02 at the Graduate Center; 365 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor New York, NY 10016.

Rita Obeid

"Exploring the Relationship between Sequence Learning, Motor Coordination, and Language Development." Abstract

Committee Chair – Patricia Brooks, Ph.D.
Committee Members -- Kristen Gillespie-Lynch, Ph.D., Lana Karasik, Ph.D., Anna Stetsenko, Ph.D., David Rindskopf, Ph.D.

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM, in Room 3307, The Graduate Center of CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor New York, New York 10016.

Shea Alvarez

“Patterns of Injury in Homicide Relationships: Clinical, Psychological, and Investigative Implications.” Abstract.

Committee Chair - Louis Schlesinger, Ph.D.
Committee Members – Philip Yanos, Ph.D., William Gottdiener, Ph.D., Johan Jarvis, Ph.D. and Elizabeth Owen, Ph.D.

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10:00a.m., in the New Building, room 10.65.36, at John Jay College, 524 W. 59th Street, New York, N.Y. 10019.

Devon Harrison

“The transgenerational transmission of emotion regulation: The effect of maternal coping on child executive functioning.” Abstract

Committee Chair –Lesia Ruglass, Ph.D.,
Committee Members – Denise Hien, Ph.D., Elliot Jurist, Ph.D., Teresa Lopez-Castro, Ph.D. and Diana Punales Morejon, Ph.D.

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., in the NAC building, room 7-237, at The City College of New York, 160 Convent Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10031.

Pengfei Li
 
“Making the gigantic suburban residential complex in Beijing: political economy processes and everyday life in the 2010s” Abstract
 
Committee Chair - Setha Low, Ph.D.
Committee Members - David Chapin, Ph.D., Michael Blim, Ph.D., Michael Sorkin, Ph.D. and Boshu Zhang, Ph.D.
 
On Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 9:00 a.m., in room 6304.02, at The Graduate Center, 365 5th Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10016

Svetlana Jovic

“Narrating Power and Injustice: How Young People Make Sense About Fairness.” Abstract

Committee Chair - Colette Daiute
Committee Members - Debbie Sonu, Ph.D., Joseph Glick, Ph.D., Luis Holzman, Ph.D. and Fernanda Liberali, Ph.D.
 
On Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 1:30 P.M., in room 6304.02, at The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10016.

Wen Liu

"Cruising Borders, Unsettling Identities: Toward A Queer Diasporic Asian America." Abstract

Committee Chair – Michelle Fine, Ph.D.
Committee Members -- Celina Su, Ph.D., Sunil Bhatia, Ph.D., Tamara Buckley, Ph.D., Kyoo Lee, Ph.D.

On Monday, April 3, 2017 at 2:00 PM, in Room 6304.02, at the Graduate Center of CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor New York, New York 10016.

March 2017


Brittany Bascetta

"Spatial-Relational Learning and Memory Deficits Associated with NMDAR Autoantibodies in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus." Abstract

Committee Chair -- Justin Storbeck, Ph.D.
Committee Members -- Joan Borod, Ph.D., Carolyn Pytte, Ph.D., Jennifer Stewart, Ph.D., Daniel Fienup, Ph.D.

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 12:45 P.M, in the Queens College Psychological Center, Room 171, at Queens College, 65-21 Main Street., Queens, New York, 11367



Aleksandra Rayska

"A Conceptualization of the Body in Psychodynamic and Body-Based Psychotherapies -- Areas of Overlap and Possibilities for Integration." Abstract

Committee Chair – Benjamin Harris, Ph.D.
Committee Members -- Diana Punales, Ph.D., Steven Tuber, Ph.D., Melissa Ilardi, Ph.D., Rebecca Campon, Ph.D.

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 2:00 PM, North Academic Center (NAC Building), 8th Floor, Room 131, at CUNY City College of New York, 160 Convent Avenue, New York, New York 10031



Lauren Roygardner
 
“Embodying Rhythm Nation: Multimodal Hip Hop Dance as a Site for Adolescent social-Emotional and Political Development.” Abstract

Committee Chair – Colette Daiute, Ph.D.
Committee Members – Roderick J. Watts, Ph.D., Bradley J. Porfilio, Ph.D., Bruce Homer, Ph.D., David E. Koch, Ph.D.
 
On Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 12:00 PM in 6304.02 at the Graduate Center of CUNY; 365 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor New York, New York 10016.


Jennifer M. Pipitone

 
“Encountering Place, Pedagogy, and Culture: Study Abroad and Experiential Learning in Morocco and Indonesia.” Abstract

Committee Chair – Chitra Raghavan, Ph.D.
Committee Members – David Chapin, Ph.D., Caitlin Cahill, Ph.D., Richard Mitten, Ph.D., Kimberly Holland, Ph.D.
 
On Friday, March 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM in 6304.02 at the Graduate Center of CUNY; 365 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor New York, New York 10016.



Alison Baren

"Why Some Take Pleasure in Other People’s Pain: The Role of Attachment, Competition, and Cooperation on Schadenfreude." Abstract

Committee Chair -- Claudia Brumbaugh, Ph.D.
Committee Members -- Justin Storbeck, Ph.D., Hanah Chapman, Ph.D., Cheryl Carmichael, Ph.D., Kristin Sommer, Ph.D.

On Friday, March 31, 2017 at 10:00 AM, in Room 6304.01, The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10016
 

February 2017

Debangshu Roygardner

"Letter to the President: Longitudinal critical discourse analysis of academic and Hip Hop genres in a rap narrative program." Abstract

Committee Chair – Colette Daiute, Ph.D.
Committee Members - Roderick Watts, Ph.D., Bradley Porfilio, Ph.D., Bruce Homer, Ph.D., and Alisha Ali, Ph.D.

On Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11:00 AM in Room 6304.02 at the Graduate Center of CUNY; 365 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10016.

Robert A. Beattey
 
"The long-term consequences of child abuse and neglect in men." Abstract

Committee Chair - C. S. Widom, Ph.D.
Committee Members - Mark Fondacaro, J.D., Ph.D., Chitra Raghavan, Ph.D., C. Jama Adams, Ph.D. and Margaret Rosario, Ph.D.

On Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Room 10.65.36 New Building in John Jay College; 524 W 59th Street, New York NY 10019.

Brittany Boyd

"Personalizing an Implicit Measure of Job Satisfaction." Abstract

Committee Chair - Charles Scherbaum, Ph.D.
Committee Members - Loren Naidoo, Ph.D., Yochi Cohen-Charash, Ph.D., Harold Goldstein, Ph.D. and Erin Eatough, Ph.D.

On Monday, February 06, 2017 at 2:00 PM in Room 8-262 Vertical Campus at Baruch College; 55 Lexington Avenue, New York NY 10010.

January 2017

Donal David Barnard

“Harm resulting from a crime and victim identity in juror decision-making.” Abstract

Committee Chair - Herbert Saltzstein, Ph.D.
Committee Members - Maureen O'Connor, Ph.D., Angela Crossman, Ph.D., Toni Kleinspring, Ph.D. and Mel Pipe, Ph.D.

On Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 10 AM in Room 6304.02 at the Graduate Center of CUNY; 365 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10016.

Angelika Luiza Seidel


"Evaluative Mind: Extraneous Influences on Morality, Aesthetics, and Perception." Abstract

Committee Chair - Stefano Ghirlanda, Ph.D.
Committee Members - Jesse Prinz, Ph.D., Aaron Kozbelt, Ph.D., Curtis Hardin, Ph.D. and Glen Hass, Ph.D.

On Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 10 AM in James Hall, Room 5117, at Brooklyn College, 2900 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn NY 11210.

Kimberly Reyes-Giordano

"A Brief and Extended Experimental Analysis of Spelling Deficits"

Committee Chair - Daniel Fienup, Ph.D.
Committee Members - Emily Jones-Huwer, Ph.D., Alicia Alvero, Ph.D., Sherrie Proctor, Ph.D. and Robin Codding, Ph.D.

On Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 1:30 PM in the Science Building, Room E308, at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Queens, NY 11367.

Ewa Galaj

"Dopamine D1 and D3 receptor polypharmacology in cocaine reward and cocaine seeking." Abstract

Committee Chair - Robert Ranldi, Ph.D.
Committee Members - Carolyn Pytte, Ph.D., Richard Bodnar, Ph.D., Grace Rossi, Ph.D., and Kenneth Carr, Ph.D.

On Friday, January 6, 2017 at 1:00 PM, in the Science Building, Room E308, at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Queens, NY 11367.

December 2016

Helen French

"Sex differences in the anxiety effects of cannabinoids." Abstract

Committee Chair - Vanya Quinones, Ph.D.
Committee Members - Shirzad Jenab, Ph.D., Peter Serrano, Ph.D., Peter Moller, Ph.D., and Wayne Harding, Ph.D.

On Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 1:00 PM in Room 611, North Building  at Hunter College; 695 Park Avenue New York, NY 10065

John Capman

"The Impact of Social Dominance Orientation on Experienced Threat and Consequent Interviewer Discriminatory Behavior: A Psychophysiological Approach."

Committee Chair - Kristin Sommer, Ph.D.
Committee Members - Karen Lyness, Ph.D., Loren Naidoo, Ph.D., Harold Goldstein, Ph.D., and Drew Allen, Ph.D.

On Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 10:00 AM in Room 8-213, Main Campus at Baruch College; 1 Bernard Baruch Way New York, NY 10010

Julie Ackerman

"Dreams and the Maternal Imaginary: From Nostalgic Intersubjectivity to Mourning" Abstract

Committee Chair - Elliot Jurist, Ph.D.
Committee Members - Lissa Weinstein, Ph.D., Diana Diamond, Ph.D., Christine Anzieu-Premmereur, M.D, and Katie Gentile, Ph.D.

On Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 11:30 AM in North Academic Center: Room 8/132 at The City College; 160 Convent Avenue New York, NY 10031

Justin T. Brown

"Expanding Intersectionality Praxis: Informing Culturally-Responsive Programming for Black & Latino Gay & Bisexual Young Men." Abstract

Committee Chair - Tamara R. Buckley, Ph.D.
Committee Members - Michelle Fine, Ph.D., Roderick J. Watts, Ph.D., Marilyn Aguirre-Molina, Ph.D., and Josephine Imbimbo, Ph.D.

On Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 9:30 AM in Room 6304.02 at The Graduate Center, CUNY; 365 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10016.

Zane Ferguson


"Estradiol, Substance P, and the PI3K-Akt-mTOR Pathway in the Dorsal Horn of the Spinal Cord during Inflammatory Pain." Abstract

Committee Chair - Vanya Quinones-Jenab, Ph.D.
Committee Members - Shirzad Jenab, Ph.D. and Jesus Angulo, Ph.D.

On Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 12:00 PM in Room 612 North Building, at Hunter College; 695 Park Avenue New York, NY 10065.

November 2016

Christin Bowman

"Persistent Pleasures: Agency, Social Power, and Embodiment in Women's Solitary Masturbation Experiences." Abstract

Committee Chiar - Prof. Deborah Tolman
Committee Members - Prof. Michelle Fine, Prof. Sara McClelland, Prof. Breanne Fahs, and Prof. Sarah-Jane Dodd

On Monday, November 28, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in room 6304.02, at The Graduate Center, 365 fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10016.

Amanda Mentzer

"The Effects of Parametrically Manipulating the Ratio of Complimentary to Constructive Feedback Statements on Performance" Abstract

Committee Chair - Alicia M. Alvero, Ph.D.
Committee Members - Robert Ranaldi, Ph.D., Emily A. Jones, Ph.D., Aubrey C. Daniels, Ph.D., and Timothy D. Ludwig, Ph.D.

On Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 12.30 p.m. in the Science Building, Room E308, at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Queens, NY 11367.