The Seattle Pacific University Department of Clinical Psychology is an APA-accredited doctoral program offering both an M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

This series contains successfully defended doctoral dissertations.

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Dissertations from 2019

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Cognitive Functioning, Depression, and Strengths as Predictors of Quality of Life in Multiple Sclerosis, Tara Annthea Crouch

Dissertations from 2018

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Examining the Interaction between Stress Exposure and Stress Reactivity as Predictors of Reward Sensitivity and Anhedonia Symptoms, Joshua Ahles

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The Impact of Bully Victimization and Substance Use on Suicidal Behavior in Sexual Minority Youth, Ashley Christine Estoup

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The Role of Joint Attention in Pragmatic Language Development in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Ellen F. Geib

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Investigating the Effects of Adult Insecure Attachment on Interpersonal Attraction, Fiona B. Kurtz Ms.

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A Grounded Theory Qualitative Research Approach to Understanding Enduring Marriage, Heather Lucas

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Sexual Violence and Legal Advocacy: Psychometric Evaluation of the Legal Advocacy Services Satisfaction Survey, Joanne K. Sparrow

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The Association of Attachment and Marital Satisfaction Mediated by Implicit Theories of Relationships, Sadie Teal

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Summer Treatment Program for ADHD and ASD: The Role of Physical Activity, Sleep and Inhibitory Control, Erin G. Underbrink

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A program evaluation of ZGiRLS: The role of cognitive emotion regulation in predicting mental health outcomes in adolescent girls, Julie Vieselmeyer

Dissertations from 2017

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Risky Sex and Alcohol-Related Behaviors and Cognitions in Adolescents: Evaluating a Values-Based Intervention, Meredith K. Chapman

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The Etiology and Phenomenology of Sexual Shame: A Grounded Theory Study, Noel Clark

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The Effect of Emotional Vulnerability and Invalidation on Emotion Dysregulation in Early Adolescence: An Empirical Investigation of Linehan’s Biosocial Theory of Borderline Personality Disorder, Sarah Crystal

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The Effectiveness of Text Coaching on Substance Use Treatment Outcomes in Adolescence, Emily Hu

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Sexual Assault Coping Self-efficacy as Moderated by Legal Advocacy Social Support, Clara Jane Roberts

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The Relationship Between Trauma and Well-Being: Moral Emotions in Sex-Trafficked Women, Gina M. Scarsella

Dissertations from 2016

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Internalizing Symptoms: Relations to Executive Functions in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Jessica L. Berg

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Ecosystemic Effects of Military Sexual Trauma in Male Service Members and Veterans, Jessica A. Carlile

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International Interests and Psychological Well-Being Following Global Service Learning as a Function of Sociocultural Adaptation and Cultural Distance, Elizabeth C. Dykhouse

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Stress and Somatic Symptoms: Rumination and Negative Affect as Moderators, Melissa Joy Garner

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Integrating Cognitive Mechanisms in the Relationship Between Trait Affect and Depressive Symptoms: The Role of Affect Amplification, Kaitlin A. Harding

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Brooding, Avoidance, and Suppression as Mechanisms Linking Shame-Proneness with Depressive Symptoms, Melissa Rose Hudson

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Courage, Psychological Well-being, and Somatic Symptoms, Christopher J. Keller

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The Role of Emotional Distress in Predicting Opiate Analgesic Medication Use in Chronic Pain Patients, Amy E. Kupper

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Temperament and Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia as Contributors to Externalizing Behavior Among Early Adolescents, Tyler Laney Ph.D.

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Impact of Situational Context on Gratitude and its Affective Outcomes, Adam P. McGuire

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Does Use of Neutralization Techniques Predict Delinquency and Substance Use Outcomes?, Erin C. Siebert

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Psychometric Evaluation of the Offender Coping Self-Efficacy Scale in the Context of Incarceration and Upon Re-entry, Minhdan Thuy Ta

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Queers in the Hands of a Loving God: God Image, Strength of Faith, and Campus Climate in Predicting Self-Stigma, Sage Liam Willis

Dissertations from 2015

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Adaptive Functioning Deficits and Internalizing Problems in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Hayley A. Dauterman

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The Relation of Hyperactivity to Parenting Stress within the Parent-Child Relationship in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Heather Davis

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Negative Cognitive Style, Rumination, and Negative Emotionality as Mediators of the Antidepressive Effects of Physical Activity Among Young Adults, Kara Pegram

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Examining the Relationship between Forgiveness and Subjective Well-Being as Moderated by Implicit Religiousness and Spirituality, Jessica Peterson

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The ABCs of stress responding: Examining the time course of affective, biological, and cognitive responses to induced stress as prospective predictors of depressive symptoms, Marissa Erin Rudolph

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Behavioral Health among Asian American and Pacific Islanders: The Impact of Acculturation and Receipt of Behavioral Health Services on Depression and Anxiety, Mari E. Yamamoto

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Perspectives on a Positive Youth Development Environment for Youth with Developmental Disabilities in 4-H, Megan E. Zurawski