Capstones and Dissertations


Congratulations to the Ph.D. and Ed.D. graduates on your incredible achievement, including the completion of your capstones and dissertations.

Pilar Maria Alamos Valenzuela, Ph.D., B.A., M.A., Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Applied Developmental Science. Dissertation: Supportive Teacher-Child Interactions For Preschool Children Who Display Disruptive Behaviors. Amanda Williford, Advisor.

Ernest Benjamin Allen V, Ed.D., B.A., M.T., University of Virginia. Administration and Supervision. Capstone: A Seat at the Table: Using Culturally Responsive Leadership to Provide Equitable and Excellent Opportunities for all Students. Sandra Mitchell, Advisor.

Andrea Louise Baellow, Ph.D., B.S., High Point University, M.Ed., University of Virginia. Kinesiology. Dissertation: Clinical Evaluation of Foot, Knee, and Hip Measures Relative to Patellofemoral Pain, Susan Saliba, Advisor.

John Baker, Ed.D., B.A., Kenyon College, M.A, School of General Studies Columbia University. Administration and Supervision. Capstone: Promoting Equity through Social Justice Leaderhip in Independent Schools: A Case Study Approach. Sara Dexter, Advisor.

Sarah Kate Benson, Ph.D., B.A., James Madison University, M.A., George Mason University. Special Education. Dissertation: A Comparative Case Study of Jordanian Inclusion Policies and Practices. William Therrien, Advisor.

Rebekah Loughry Berlin, Ph.D., B.A., University of Virginia, M.Ed., Christian Brothers University. Curriculum and Instruction. Dissertation: Understanding and Preparing for Ambitious Elementary Mathematics Instruction. Julie Cohen, Advisor.

Elizabeth A Bistrong, Ph.D., B.A., University of Alabama, M.Ed., University of Virginia. Clinical Psychology. Dissertation: A Developmental Perspective on Bullying: Exploring Risk Factors from Preschool through High School. Catherine Bradshaw, Advisor.

Stephan Gerwig Bodkin, Ph.D., B.S., James Madison University, M.Ed., University of Virginia. Kinesiology. Dissertation: Optimizing Healthcare Decision Making Following ACL-Reconstruction. Joseph Hart, Advisor.

James Peter Bywater, Ph.D., B.A, M.P., Oxford University. Instructional Technology. Dissertation: Designing Computer-Based Guidance to Support Teacher and Student Practices in Engineering and Modeling Projects. Jennie Chiu, Advisor.

Rose Marie Cole, Ph.D., B.A., M.P.A., West Virginia University. Higher Education. Dissertation: Higher Education for Global Citizenship: An Interpretive Policy Analysis. Karen Inkelas, Advisor.

Catherine Corbin, Ph.D., B.A., University of California Santa Barbara, M.A., New York University. Applied Developmental Science. Dissertation: Understanding Teacher-Student Relationships and Teachers' Psychological Adjustment as Multifaceted and Co-Developing Classroom Processes. Jason Downer, Advisor.

Katherine Ariel Cornett, Ph.D., B.A., M.T., University of Virginia. Social Studies Education. Dissertation: Elementary Social Studies Teaching and Learning in a Standards-Based Multi-Age Classroom. Stephanie van Hover, Advisor.

Christina Joy Dixon, Ed.D., B.A., Stanford University, M.Ed., Bank Street College of Education. Administration and Supervision. Capstone: A Framework for Executive Leadership of Continuous Improvement in K-12 Public School Districts: Learning from Research and Practice. David Eddy Spicer, Advisor.

Nicholas Kevin Erdman, Ph.D., B.S., M.S.A.T., Shenandoah University. Kinesiology. Dissertation: Clinical Utility of the Dual-Task Assessment of Sport Concussion in Collegiate Athletes. Jacob Resch, Advisor.

Matthew Charles Ericson, Ph.D., B.A., M.P.P., University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Higher Education. Dissertation: Community College Transfer Student Pathways in Virginia. Josipa Roksa, Advisor.

Nicole Arielle Fratrik, Ed.D., B.S., Auburn University, M.Ed., Marymount University. Curriculum and Instruction: Capstone: Secondary Mathematics Teachers' Curricular Reasoning and Adaptations of Pacing Guides. Joe Garofalo, Advisor.

Ginger Lee Griffin, Ed.D., B.S., Bridgewater College, M.A., Ed.S., James Madison University. School Psychology. Capstone: The Relationship of Adverse Childhood Experiences to Cognitive, Behavioral and Emotional Functioning in Children. Jason Downer, Advisor.

Emily Meagan Heiston , Ph.D., B.S., Shenandoah University, M.Ed., University of Virginia. Kinesiology. Dissertation: The Impact of Acute Exercise on Vascular Insulin Sensitivity . Steven Malin, Advisor.

Craig Andrew Herring, Ed.D., B.A., M.T., University of Virginia, M.Ed., George Mason University. Administration and Supervision. Capstone: A Study of Feedback Practices to Enhance Teacher Performance. Sara Dexter, Advisor.

Jennifer Hertzberg, Ed.D., B.A., M.Ed., Ed.S., George Washington University. Administration and Supervision. Capstone: Leadership, Organizational Routines, and Innovation: A Study of the Implementation of Project Based Learning in Three Elementary Schools. David Eddy Spicer, Advisor.

Albert Henry Jacoby III, Ed.D., B.A., M.A.ED, The College of William and Mary. Curriculum and Instruction. Capstone: Computational Thinking in Elementary Schools: A Case Study. Jennie Chiu, Susan Mintz, Advisors.

Abbis Haider Jaffri, Ph.D., B.S, King Edward Medical University, M.S., Pennsylvania State University. Kinesiology. Dissertation: Examining Neuromuscular Adaptation in Foot and Ankle Injuries using Ultrasound Imaging. Susan Saliba, Advisor.

Yuane Jia, Ph.D., B.S, M.A., Guangxi Normal University. Research Statistics and Evaluation. Dissertation: Methodological Considerations in School Climate Research. Tim Konold, Advisor.

Samantha Jill Ludin, Ph.D., B.A., George Washington University, M.Ed., University of Virginia. Clinical Psychology. Dissertation: Teen Dating Violence: Associations with Individual and Contextual Factors. Catherine Bradshaw, Advisor.

Erik Scott Maginnis, Ed.D., B.A., Georgetown University, M.A., University of Maryland. Administration and Supervision. Capstone: Building Collective Efficacy: How School Leadership Supports Ninth-Grade Teams in Implementing a Developmentally Responsive High School Transition. Sara Dexter, Advisor.

Preston Lane Magouirk, Ph.D., B.A., Tulane University, MPP, Vanderbilt University. Educational Policy Studies. Dissertation: Cross-Sector Program Selection, Quality Improvement, and System-Building in Early Childhood Education: Evidence from a Statewide Reform in Louisiana. Daphna Bassok, Advisor.

Marisa Malone. Ph.D., B.S., SUNY at Brockport, M.A., Western Carolina University, M.Ed., University of Virginia. Clinical Psychology. Dissertation: Grade Configuration, School Climate, and Academic Achievement in Middle Grade Students. Dewey Cornell, Advisor.

David Nicholas Martin, Ph.D., B.S., M.S., James Madison University. Research, Statistics and Evaluation. Dissertation: An Investigation into the Impact of the Differential Implementation of Accountability Policy on the Teacher Experience. Vivian Wong, Advisor.

Theresa Noelle Melton, Ph.D., B.A., University of California, Santa Diego, M.Ed., University of Virginia. Research, Statistics and Evaluation. Dissertation: Staying Positive: Using a Positive Youth Development Framework to Explore the Contribution of Ecological and Individual Assets to Youth Development. Nancy Deutsch, Advisor.

Gopal Midha, Ph.D., B.B.S, University of Delhi, M.Ed., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Administration and Supervision. Dissertation: Principal Meetings and the Creation, Retention, and Transfer of Professional Knowledge. David Eddy Spicer, Advisor.

Polina Pavlovna Mischenko, Ph.D., B.S., Boston University, M.Ed., Harvard University. Curriculum and Instruction. Dissertation: What it Takes to Teach Mindfulness in Elementary School: A Qualitative Study of Teachers Delivering the Compassionate Schools Project Curriculum. Patricia Jennings, Advisor.

Eileen Marie Oliver-Eggert, Ed.D., B.A., Canisuis College, M.Ed., University of Virginia. Administration and Supervision. Capstone: The Principal's Role in Addressing Concerns of Beginning Special Educators and Enhancing Retention. Pamela Tucker, Advisor.

Jaime Leigh Osborne, Ed.D., B.A., M.T., University of Virginia. Administration and Supervision. Capstone: Department Chair Instructional Leadership at Independent Schools. David Eddy Spicer, Advisor.

Amanda Renae Rawlins, Ph.D., B.I.S., M.T., Virginia Commonwealth University, M.Ed., University of Virginia. Reading Education. Dissertation: Literacy Maturity and the Magnocellular Theory of Dyslexia: Implications for Clinical Diagnosis. Peter Youngs, Advisor.

Malachi Amon Richardson, Ph.D., B.A., Morehouse College, M.Ed., University of Virginia. Clinical Psychology. Dissertation: Normalized Aggression: Exploring the Role of Normalized Beliefs in the Desensitization of Violence Exposed Youth. Patrick Tolan, Advisor.

Maria Francisca Romo Escudero, Ph.D., B.S., Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, M.P.P., Universidad Diego Portales. Applied Developmental Science. Dissertation: Understanding Early Childhood Teachers' Competence: Pedagogical Attention, Analysis and Interpretation, and Decision-Making Skills. Jennifer Locasale Crouch Advisor.

Susan Angela Ross, Ed.D., B.A., Carleton College, M.Ed., University of Virginia, M.Ed., George Mason University. Administration and Supervision. Capstone: Using the Four Pillar Practices and Constructive Developmental Theory as Lenses for Transformational Learning in Principal Professional Learning. Sara Dexter, Advisor.

Alexis Rutt, Ph.D., B.A., M.Ed., Eastern Mennonite University. Curriculum and Instruction. Dissertation: Preparing Secondary Science Pre-Service Teachers to Teach in Linguistically Diverse Classrooms. Frackson Mumba, Advisor.

Lauren Elizabeth Ware Stark, Ph.D., B.A., University of Delaware, M.A., University of Pennsylvania. Social Foundations. Dissertation: "We're Trying to Create a Different World": Educator Organizing in Social Justice Caucuses. Derrick Alridge, Advisor.

Casedy Ann Thomas, Ph.D., B.S., Bridgewater College, M.Ed., University of Virginia. Curriculum and Instruction. Dissertation: Examining Opportunities to Learn and Enact Ambitious Instruction, Culturally Responsive Teaching, and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in Mathematics Education. Robert Berry, Advisor.

Nicole Anne Thomas, Ed.D., B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, M.Ed., North Carolina State University. Higher Education. Capstone: An Examination of Service Utilization Regarding Integrative Wellness Services on Campus. Karen Inkelas, Advisor.

Kathryn Leigh Keller Wood, Ed.D., B.A., University of Virginia., M.Ed., Xavier University. Curriculum and Instruction. Capstone: Preparation for Montessori School Leaders: A Look at Current Standards. Susan Mintz, Advisor.

Andrea Dale Xisto, Ph.D., B.A., Princeton University, J.D., Washington and Lee, M.Ed., University of Virginia. Clinical Psychology. Dissertation: Reviewing the Play: A Mixed Methods Exploration of Athletic Identity in the Lives of Black Male Student-Athletes. Catherine Bradshaw, Advisor.