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Theses/Dissertations from 2018
Professional relationships: Bifurcations, threshold concepts, and MSW student voices., Todd Adamowich
IT TAKES A VILLAGE-SCHOOLING OUT OF PLACE: SCHOOL EXPERIENCES OF BLACK AFRICAN YOUTH IN WATERLOO REGION, Olufunke Oba 5726040
THE HOLD ME TIGHT PROGRAM FOR COUPLES BECOMING PARENTS: A MIXED METHODS STUDY, Debbie Wang
Theses/Dissertations from 2017
Reflexivity and Organizational Culture: A Comparative Case Study, Chloe Frisina
Experiences of Racialized Service Providers who Work with Racialized Clients: Functions and constraints of master and counter-narratives of helping, racism, and vicarious racism, Prapti Giri
"The Outside of the Inside;" Experiences of Discovering Home and Community within Waterloo Region, Nicole Greig
APPRECIATION AND RESPECT: UNDERSTANDING THE DECISION TO JOIN THE CAF AFTER BLACK BEAR PROGRAM USING FOUR DIRECTIONS AND MIXED METHODS, Anna Harpe
Uncovering the processes and consequences of Egyptian immigrant parental involvement in their children’s education: Bridging cultural differences, Hend Shalan
GOING BEYOND THE BEST INSUFFICIENT OPTION: AN EXPLORATION OF SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP INITIATIVES WITHIN TWO NON-PROFIT SOCIAL WELFARE ORGANIZATIONS IN ONTARIO, Amy Joyce Shuttleworth
Students' Experiences of the Scent-Free Initiative at the Faculty of Social Work, Tanya Marie Smith
The Risk of Risk: An Exploration of the Impact of “Risk” on Child Welfare Decision-making, Jill K. Stoddart
Theses/Dissertations from 2016
Climate change and social work: Our roles and barriers to action, Tina Cumby
CARING IN TRANSITION: HOME CARE WORKERS’ EXPERIENCES OF CARE RELATIONSHIPS IN SHANGHAI, CHINA, Liu Hong
Host Community Narratives of Volunteer Tourism in Ghana: From Developmentalism to Social Justice, Danielle E. Lediard
Let's Talk About (Consensual) Sex!, Eleanor M. McGrath
Exploring women’s perspectives of living with mental illness, stigma, and receiving community services, Alexa L. Stovold and Magnus Mfoafo-M'Carthy
Leadership Practice, Organizational Culture and New Managerialism: Strengths, Challenges, Variations and Contradictions in Three Children's Service Agencies, Rosemary E. Vito
Theses/Dissertations from 2015
"It's Not Written in Stone": A Narrative Analysis of the Mothering Experiences of Women who Experienced Childhood Sexual Abuse by a Family Member, Eva L.P. Burrill
The Felt Sense of Interconnectedness: A qualitative analysis of perceptions on finding resilience in the aftermath of trauma using the mind-body connections of Yoga, Ashley Collette
Attitudes Toward Couple Therapy in Helping Profession Graduate Students, Laura Demoe
An Exploration of Employment Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence in the Region of Waterloo, Alishau Diebold Mrs.
The Spirit of Haudenosaunee Youth: The Transformation of Identity and Well-being Through Culture-based Activism, Bonnie M. Freeman
Embracing the Grey Zone: Navigating flexible boundaries at Welcome Inn Community Centre, Carly H. Gaylor
Perceptions of Determining Factors: A Case Study of Eviction Risks of People Who Hoard in Waterloo Region, Emily J. Gibson
"Where's the support?": An Exploratory Study of Supports for Primary Caregivers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Toronto Region, Nicole H. Siron
MAPS OF MARGINALIZATION: EXPLORING THE HEALTHCARE EXPERIENCES OF MEN AND WOMEN WITH FIBROMYALGIA, Michelle J. Skop
"It's a Very Silent Pain": A Phenomenological Study of Women Who Are in a Relationship with a Sexually Addicted Spouse, Jacqueline S. Thibodeau
Theses/Dissertations from 2014
A HEART-BASED SUFI MINDFULNESS SPIRITUAL PRACTICE EMPLOYING SELF-JOURNEYING, Faruk Arslan
Emerging From The Wreckage: The Exploration of Mental Health, Stigma, and My Experiences of Living With Obsessive-Compulsive "Disorder", Katelyn P. Harrington
Youth Recidivism: A Qualitative Study of Risk and Resilience, Jesse M. Near Ms.
Intersectional Exposures: Exploring the Health Effect of Employment with KAAJAL Immigrant/Refugee Women in Grand Erie through Photovoice, Bharati Sethi Ms
Theses/Dissertations from 2013
Agency or Agencies? Catalysts of Resilience in Drop-In Participants, Andy D. Bayer
"The Road Less Travelled;" Women's Journeys to Community Leadership in the Waterloo Region, Lyndsey A. Butcher
Taking Up Space: A Case Study Exploration of the Relationship Between Citizenship and Free Humanities Programs in Canada, Jessica L. Klassen
“IT FEELS LIKE HOME”: THE IMPACTS OF SUPPORTIVE HOUSING ON MALE YOUTH – PERSPECTIVES OF YOUTH AND SERVICE PROVIDERS AT FIVE BEDS TO HOME, Sarah Michelle Ogden
Theses/Dissertations from 2011
An Exploration of Factors Impacting Youth Volunteers Who Provide Indirect Services, Andrea M. McArthur
Theses/Dissertations from 2010
The Dance in Contexts: Exploring the Complexity of the Helping/Healing Process with a Focus on Client Satisfaction, Margriet de Zeeuw Wright
Bringing Medicine to the Hamlet: Exploring the Experiences of Older Women in Rural Bangladesh Who Seek Health Care, Md. Abul Hossen
An Exploration of Counselling Practices with Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Should Therapists Ask About Thoughts or Behaviour Involving Sex with Children?, Angela Karen Hovey
Exploring the Concepts of Partnership and their Implications for HIV and AIDS Prevention and Care in Two Ghanian Communities, Jonathan Lomotey
What the Body Stories of Girls Tell Us About Autonomy and Connection During Adolescence, Colleen McMillan
The Experience of New Workers in the Field of Child Welfare, Teena M. Shah
Theses/Dissertations from 2009
Getting the Bug: Exploring Running Group Therapy for Youth with Affective Disorders, Jamie Lee Bell
Secondary Traumatic Stress: The Hidden Trauma in Child and Youth Counsellors, Michelle Linda Bloom
Exploring the Nature of Collaboration Between Organizations Assisting Persons Experiencing Poverty in the Region of Waterloo, Ontario, Morgan E. Braganza
The Sexual Health Education Experiences and Needs of Immigrant Women in Kitchener-Waterloo, Stefani Burosch
Exploring a Sense of Canadianess: Canadian Muslims in Kitchener-Waterloo (Ontario), Soha Elsayed
Keeping Kids Safe in Custody: Youths’ Perception of Safety While Incarcerated in Canada, Judy Finlay
Assessing Tangible Support Efforts in English Canadian Christian Church Communities, Dana M. Friesen
Including Spirituality: A Means to Cope with Cancer and Recommendations for Health Care Professionals, Lisa Green
Exploring the Experience of University Students Coping with Acquired or Traumatic Brain Injury, Halina Kay Lin Haag
Moving Beyond the Surface: Ethics Education in Canadian Social Work Bachelor Programs, Susan Lynn Hardie
Personal Growth in Couples Caring for a Child with a Life-Threatening Illness, Kimberly Kennedy
Exploring the Reintegration Process for Child Soldiers: A Case Study of Young Women and their Children in Northern Uganda, Allison N. Martin
The Paradox of Exclusion Within Equity: Interrogating Discourse at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, Delores V. Mullings
Institutional Analysis of Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Mental Health, Substance Use and Gambling Problems in Ontario: A Case Study, Gabriela Novotná
Mothers’ Experiences of the Care Provided to their Child with a Life-Limiting Illness, Carolyn Miguelle Ouellet
Non-Biological Caregivers’ Experiences of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Support Groups, Sharon Porty
Exploring Newcomer Settlement and Integration Supports in Brantford, and Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk Counties: Community-Based Participatory Research, Bharati Sethi
Voices of Anorexia Uncovered: The Healing Journey Unveiled, Elisha Van Harte
Constructed Identity, Subjective Identity and Inter-Subjective Transformation: An Exploration By Way of Motherhood and Canadian Maternity Benefits, Patricia Van Katwyk
A Systems Theory Examination of Factors Related to Inclusive Attitudes Towards Newcomers and Racial Minorities, Shannon A. Veurink
Theses/Dissertations from 2008
Living Out: A Study Exploring the Experience of Live Out Assistants in L’Arche, Jennifer Christine Elkins
Perspectives on the Post-Degree Supervision Needs of Ontario Social Workers, Heather Jane Hair
Challenges of Volunteerism within a Cultural Community: Case Study of Young Hmong Adults in Kitchener-Waterloo, Melanie Heu
Understanding Indigenous Canadian Traditional Health and Healing, (Gus) Louis Paul Hill
Aging with Dementia and an Intellectual Disability: A Case Study of Supported Empowerment in a Community Living Home, Shehenaz Manji
The Story of South African Child Welfare: A History of the Present, Jeanette Elizabeth Schmid
Critical Approaches to Clinical Social Work Practice: Considerations from Contemporary Relational Psychoanalytic Theory, Christopher Trevelyan
Assessment of Unit Scale: An Innovative Counselling Tool for Assessing the Relationships of Couples Facing Infertility, Reina Zatylny
Theses/Dissertations from 2007
An exploration of bullying as experienced by Sudanese refugee youths, Aislinn Clancy
A Qualitative Study of Experiences of Aboriginal Caregivers of Children with Developmental Disabilities, Joyce Ellen Clouston
“To Thine Own Self Be True”: A Narrative Analysis of Social Group Disengagement and Associated Identity Implications, Catherine de Boer
IDA Accessibility: Learning More About Whether Individual Development Accounts Can Work for Canada’s Poor, Molly Elliot
Role changes and birth order in female adolescent bereavement, Jennifer Joyce Evans
Mothers of children placed in out-of-home care: Everyday realities and child placement experiences, Nancy Colleen Freymond
Assessing the Need for and Impact of an Emotions Regulation Booster Program for Elementary School Aged Children, Angela Hammond
The Relationship Between Homelessness and Women’s Health, Christine Paramonczyk
Who Has Seen What When? Pornography’s Contribution to the Social Construction of Sexuality During Childhood and Adolescence, Bente Skau
An Exploration of Immigrant Women’s Experiences with Social Service Agencies in the Region of Waterloo, Gillian Wells
Theses/Dissertations from 2006
Correlates of housing stability among psychiatric consumer/survivors, Stephanie Anne Brown
Embracing an emerging structure: The employment of psychiatric survivors in Ontario community mental health organizations, Jillian Gail Grant
Political will as a determinant of health in Ontario: Implications for progressive human services, M. Anthony Hutchinson
Attachment representations in mothers of young children with developmental delay: Relations with concurrent and later maternal depression, Mary Catherine Hutchinson
Awakening social work to the human/nature relationship: A proposed university education framework, Seth M. Koplowitz
To 'brown it up' or 'bring down the brown': Identity and strategy in second-generation, South Asian-Canadian youth, Purnima Sundar
Caregiver's perceptions of the ability of orphanages to meet child development needs: A Polish case study, Marta Zych
Theses/Dissertations from 2005
An exploration into the clinical usefulness of the reciprocal and avoidant attachment questionnaires in the treatment of survivors of childhood abuse, Maxine Dawn Barbour
An examination of social workers' and other therapists' use of transference and countertransference as therapeutic tools in couples counselling within the psychoanalytic paradigm, Heidi B. Gottlieb
'No woman no cry': An examination of the use of feminist ideology in shelters for abused women when working with Caribbean-Canadian women, Tenniel Melisa Hanson
The impact of training on educators' reporting of child abuse and neglect, Carrie Smith
Media messages about body image and food: Adolescent perceptions of contradictory messages in television commercials, Carrie Wise
'The AIDS is coming and there is nowhere to run...': Culture, gender, and the politics of Kisongo Maasai women and girls' vulnerability to HIV/AIDS (Immune deficiency, Tanzania), V. Corey Wright
Theses/Dissertations from 2004
Social policy and social work education: A historical comparative study, Thomas E. Brenner
The relationship between family burden ratings and follow-up psychotic symptom levels in schizophrenia, Alison Golob
Sexual consent in a gay, lesbian, and bisexual population: An exploratory study, Dahlia Marie Hallal
Safe sex practices: Identity style, sexual communication, and HIV/AIDS knowledge, Kathia Marie Hallal
Humour and marital quality: Is humour style associated with marital success?, Melissa Johari
The bald truth: Determining the need for a Canadian alopecia association, Bonnie Lipton
Welcoming the stranger: An exploration of the nature of the work of Mennonite Christians in the work of refugee assistance in the region of Waterloo, Paul Millar
Developmental Psychology Dissertation Topics
Developmental psychology investigates how children’s behaviour changes over time, by studying experience and behaviour. Change is, for example, studied in a variety of areas including language, intelligence and motor skills. Theories of development propose a number of models to account for how change occurs, and gives pre-eminence either to experience or more enduring criteria. Some approaches take a mid-way position, however, by proposing an interaction between the two. Developmental psychology is an interesting area and relevant to many people, including doctors, teachers and parents. A psychology dissertation on developmental psychology may indeed be useful and well read.
• Are abilities unconnected with numeracy of children with dyscalculia affected by the condition or are they relatively independent?
• The role of face stimuli in assessing the development of the human ventral pathway from infancy to adulthood.
• The extent and role of plasticity in shaping visual cognitive development.
• Explaining change during cognitive development: one type of learning mechanism or diverse learning paradigms for different problems?
• Assessing whether intrinsic factors or the quality of interaction between human caregivers and children lead to successful learning outcomes.
• The extent to which understanding the mechanisms of neural development can be informative as to how early cognition occurs.
• Explaining how evidence for increasing integration of systems during the course of development can be assimilated with the increasing dissociation of structures.
• The development of conversational understanding as a domain-general improvement in processing speed and working-memory capacity in cognitive effort.
• The influence of culture on conversational understanding, where children do not normally communicate with adults.
• Scale errors and action planning in children: Assessing the implications of DeLoache’s findings for understanding the “what/where” pathways in the human brain.
• Developmental cognitive neuroscience’s significance for the early detection and treatment of developmental disorders.
• Is Piaget’s theory of cognitive development still a valid theory in the light of modern findings in cognitive neuroscience?
• How young children learn and thrive when their childhood is shaped by positive, secure relationships with knowledgeable adults, who are able to support their child’s learning and development.
• How the notion of plasticity in child development can account for the child’s ability to change in response to negative or positive life experiences.
• The acquirement of culture and biological growth is essential for child development.