Dissertations and MA Theses


Hill, Anita. (2011). Do our children add up?: A meta-analysis of the longitudinal effects of kindergarten schedule and mathematic achievement (Ph.D.). Chair: Steven Pulos

Kgosidialwa, Keinyatse T. (2010). Parental involvement and expectations of children’s academic achievement goals in Botswana: Parent’s perceptions (Ph.D.). Chair: Steven Pulos

Lyles, Mary Milligan. (2010). Multimedia design in social science: The modality and redundancy principles (Ph.D.). Chair: Steven Pulos

Alanizi, Faris M. M. (2010).Measurement of perceived parenting style influence on academic achievement among Saudi college students (Ph.D.). Chair: Steven Pulos

Aljubaily, Hesham Yahya. (2010).Measuring university students’ perceptions of characteristics of ideal university instructors in Saudi Arabia and the United States: An application of nonparametric item response theory study (Ph.D.). Chair: Steven Pulos

Ferrari, Jan Ricketts. (2010). Critical multicultural education for social action (Ph.D.). Chair: Kathryn Cochran

Jobes, Rebecca D. (2010). Development and validation of a Q-sort instrument of early childhood teachers’ beliefs about interactions with young children (Ph.D.). Chair: Teresa McDevitt

Rittner, Linda L. (2009). The children’s inferential thinking modifiability test as a tool for the identification of second grade gifted Hispanic learners (Ph.D.). Chair: Steven Pulos

Johnson, Robert. (2009). A conceptual integration analysis of multiple instructional metaphors (Ph.D.). Chair: Kathryn Cochran

Lara, Laura G. (2009). A mixed method study of factors associated with the academic achievement of Latina/o college students from predominantly Mexican American backgrounds: A strengths-based approach (Ph.D.). Chair: Teresa McDevitt

Cooper, Kathryn A. (2009). Preschoolers’ understanding of the relationship between perceptual access and accuracy of knowledge: A study of 4- and 5-year-olds’ judgments about peer models (Ph.D.). Chairs: Teresa McDevitt and Mark Alcorn

Adams, Christina L. (2008). Effectiveness of the First-Year Experience program at the University of Northern Colorado in supporting student transition and success: An application of Tinto’s theory of college student withdrawal (Ph.D.). Chair: Marilyn Welsh

Humes, George Edward II (2008). The contributions of everyday memory to performance on the disk-transfer tasks (Ph.D.). Chair: Steven Pulos

Nassen, Lana Marie (2008). An internal consistency reliability generalization of the Child Behavior Checklist (Ph.D.). Chair: Steven Pulos

Miramontes, LisaMarie Patricia (2007). Exploring at-risk youths’ personal and social development during wilderness experiences (Ph.D.). Chair: Kathryn Cochran

Al-Moziraee, Abdullah Fahad. (2005). Factors affecting young adolescents’ proportional reasoning in Saudi Arabia (Ph.D.). Chair: Steven Pulos
Ewing, Vanessa. (2005). A new voice: Students with disabilities discuss their education (Ph.D.). Chair: Kathryn Cochran

Opferman, Michael J. (2005). The elusive WRAT: A meta-analysis of the Wide Range Achievement Test (Ph.D.). Chair: Steven Pulos

Krahn, Mary Jo Selid. (2004). Young infants’ looking behaviors in relation to mothers’ behaviors during mother- infant interaction (Ph.D.). Chairs: Teresa McDevitt & Steven Pulos

McCoy, Tamara Nicole. (2004). Consequences of violating assumptions on the estimation of statistics in structural equation models (Ph.D.). Chair: John Cooney

Blasi-Taylor, Stephanie L. (2004). Factors predicting young women's intentions to obtain timely pelvic examinations (Ph.D.). Chair: Teresa McDevitt

Wen, Ya-Hui. (2004). Development and validation of the thinking in teaching scale (Ph.D.). Chair: Steven Pulos

Campbell, Justin S. (2003). Meta-analysis and reliability generalization of the Psychopathy Checklist applied to youth (Ph.D.). Chair: Steven Pulos

Elison, Jeff. (2003). Definition and distinction between shame and guilt: A facet theory analysis (Ph.D.). Chair: Randy Lennon [Received graduate dean's citation for excellence]

Gallagher, Marla. (2003). The development of learner-centeredness in pre-service teachers' beliefs about learners, learning, and teaching (Ph.D.). Chair: Teresa McDevitt

Al-jubaili, Ahmad. (2002). Science misconceptions and working memory capacity among Saudi adolescents: A neo-Piagetian investigation (Ph.D.).Chair: Steven Pulos

Downey, Jayne A. (2002). Perspectives on educational resilience from children facing adversity (Ph.D.). Chair: Teresa McDevitt [Received graduate dean's citation for excellence]

Elsey, Robert D. (2002). Psychological defenses and academic success during adolescence (Ph.D.). Chair: Steven Pulos

Owens, Stephanie A. (2002). The nature of the learning environment created by young children through chase play (Ph.D.). Chair: Teresa McDevitt. [Received graduate dean's citation for excellence]

Al-Wattban, Mohammad. (2001). Proportional reasoning and working memory capacity in adolescents: A neo-Piagetian investigation (Ph.D.). Chair: Steven Pulos

McGill, Karen L. (2001). Using electrophysiological traces to differentiate verbatim memories and inferences from a list of words (Ph.D.). Chair: John Cooney

Al-Salhi, Abdullah Soliman. (2001). Epistemological beliefs among Saudi college students (Ph.D.). Chair: Steven Pulos

Bakari, R. (2000). Development and validation of an instrument to measure preservice teacher’s attitudes toward teaching African American students (Ph.D.). Chair: Teresa McDevitt [Received graduate dean's citation for excellence]

Chu, Yu-Wei. (2000). The relationships between domain-specific self-concept and global self-esteem among adolescents in Taiwan (Ph.D.). Chairs: Randy Lennon & Steven Pulos

Manuel, Laura. (2000). The moral development of home schooled and public schooled adolescents (Ph.D.). Chair: Kathryn Cochran

Holder, K. C. (2000). Being and becoming a teacher: Meaningful information processing in an undergraduate educational psychology course (Ph.D.). Chair: Kathryn Cochran

Lane, Peggy. (1999). The impact of teaching styles on students' styles and academic outcomes (Ph.D.). Chair: John Cooney

Horton-Merz, Alice. (1999). Making sense of the moment: The essences and improvisational nature of teaching fifth-grade mathematics (Ph.D.). Chair: Kathryn Cochran

Suhr, Diana D. (1999). An investigation of mathematics and reading achievement of 5- through 14-year olds using latent growth curve methodology (Ph.D.). Chair: John Cooney [Received graduate dean's citation for excellence]

Glenn, Karen A. (1999). Rote vs. note: the relationship of working memory capacity to performance and continuation in beginning string classes (Ph.D.). Chair: Steven Pulos

Corbett, Katherine Etta. (1998). Motor development and attentional capacity in the young child: A neo-Piagetian perspective (Ph.D.). Chair: Steven Pulos

LaConte, Michael A. (1998). Study of self-reported stress and coping in children: A phenomenological approach (Ph.D.). Chairs: Randy Lennon & Steven Pulos

Shaklee, Janie Mefford. (1998). Elementary children's epistemological beliefs and understanding of science in the context of computer-mediated video conferencing with scientists (Ph.D.). Chair: Teresa McDevitt

Troyer, Rodney Paul. (1998). Preservice teachers' understanding of less is more: Educational reform in the information age (Ph.D.). Chair: Kathryn Cochran

Mansfield, Eric Alan. (1997). Working memory development in adolescence: A neo-Piagetian investigation (Ph.D.). Chair: Steven Pulos [Received graduate dean's citation for excellence]

Wei, Shih-tai. (1997). Perceived parenting patterns and adolescents' coping styles in Chinese culture (Ph.D.). Chairs: Randy Lennon & Steven Pulos [Received graduate dean's citation for excellence]

Denzine, Gypsie Marie. (1996). Implicit learning and prototypes (Ph.D.). Chair: Steven Pulos

McGuire, Dinah Jackson. (1996). Effects of training in self-generation on the quality of students' questions, class notes and examination scores (Ph.D.). Chair: Jeanne Ormrod

Thrailkill, Nancy Jo. (1996). Imagery-evoking and attention-attracting material as facilitators of learning from a lecture (Ph.D.). Chair: Jeanne Ormrod

Gaudet, Laura Latta. (1995). The development of a self-report symptom inventory of psychosocial concerns of traumatic brain injured (TBI) individuals (Ph.D.). Chair: Steven Pulos [Received graduate dean's citation for excellence]

Minsel, Thomas R. (1995). Memory for tones in musicians and non-musicians: An expert/novice study (Ph.D.). Chair: Steven Pulos

Reffel, James A. (1995). Visuo-spatial and verbal working memory in skilled and less-skilled readers (Ph.D.). Chair: John Cooney

Young, Suzanne. (1995). Student evaluation of university teachers: Models for teacher effectiveness (Ph.D.). Chair: Dale Shaw

Spivey, Norman R. (1994). Reciprocal teaching of lecture comprehension and comprehension monitoring skills in college students (Ph.D.). Chair: Teresa McDevitt

Ambrosio, Anthony Lewis. (1994). Social problem finding: A cognitive developmental perspective (Ph.D.). Chair: Teresa McDevitt

Bourassa, Eileen Lee. (1992). Accelerated reading: Impetus for change in first grade classroom instruction (Ph.D.). Chair:Kathryn Cochran

Furlong, Peter R. (1992). Informal reasoning, guided direction, and an economic issue (Ph.D.). Chair: John Cooney

Lehmann, Jean P. (1992). Factors associated with mothers' expectation for their adolescent children: A comparison between families with disabled adolescents and families with non-labeled adolescents (Ph.D.). Chair: Teresa McDevitt

Pearman, Elizabeth Louise. (1989). Identification of subgroups of emotionally behaviorally disturbed students on selected educational, personal, and family variables (Ph.D.). Chair: Dale Shaw

Trahan, Marcille F. (1989). The effects of computer-assisted instruction on the metacognitive awareness and reading comprehension of average and learning disabled readers (Ed.D.). Chair: Lee Swanson

Ewers, Cynthia A. (1989). An information processing analysis of working memory in relation to listening comprehension in young children (Ph.D.). Chair: Kathryn Cochran [Received graduate dean's citation for excellence]

Crist, Patricia A. Hickerson. (1988). The effects of multiple sclerosis on mother-daughter interaction and self-esteem (Ph.D.). Chair: Randy Lennon

McCallin, Rose C. (1988). Knowledge application orientation, cognitive structure, and achievement (Ph.D.). Co-Chairs: Jeanne Ormrod

O'Connor, James E. (1988). A study of expert and novice teachers' cognitive processes related to classroom management and discipline events (Ph.D.). Chair: Lee Swanson

Schiel, Jeff. (1988). Information retention as a function of the number of partitions and the reliability of continuous variables (Ph.D.). Chair: Dale Shaw

Zaragoza, Victor (1987). The effect of support groups on academic achievement, school attendance and self-concept of adolescents from single-parent families (Ed.D.). Chair: I. David Welch

Bloor, Phoebe A. (1987). The integration of conceptual and procedural knowledge in the teaching of fifth grade mathematical skills (Ed.D.). Chair: John Cooney

Ladd, Stephen F. (1987). Mental addition in children and adults using chronometric and interview paradigms (Ed.D.). Chair: John Cooney

Brown, Beth E. (1986). A comparative analysis of six valued components of close adult friendships (Ed.D.). Chair: Dale Shaw

Lounge, Joseph P. (1986). Dual processing theory applied to the development of number fact proficiency (Ed.D.). Chair: John Cooney

Lewis, Mark Allen. (1985). A study of the effects of competitive and individualistic feedback on children's attributional perceptions and performance in computer assisted mathematics instruction (Ed.D.). Chair: John Cooney

Al-Marghani, Mohammed Mahmud. (1985). Learned helplessness or test anxiety: An experimental investigation of cognitive deficits (Ed.D.). Chair: John Cooney


Bendokas, Sandra L. (2006). Inspection time and WAIS subtest performance in biological parents of children with autism (M.A.). Chair: Grant Morris

Holland, James D. (2006). The effect of inhibition manipulation on Tower of Hanoi-Revised performance for both the computer and manual versions (M.A.). Chair: Marilyn Welsh

McKinney, Christopher J. (2005). Clioquinol restores the learned irrelevance effect in copper-cholesterol fed rabbits (M.A.). Chair: M. Todd Allen

Rittner, Linda L. (2005). Pediatric condition falsification in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (M.A.). Chair: Steven Pulos

Elison, Jeff. (2000). The compass of shame scale: An assessment of shame-focused coping (M.A.). Chair: Randy Lennon

Barnes, Tracie. (1996). Argumentative reasoning: A cross cultural study. Chair: Steven Pulos

Stephenson, Kathleen. (1994). The effect of prematurity on motherese (M.A.). Chair: Teresa McDevitt

Thrailkill, Nancy Jo. (1996). Effects of visual images on recall of verbal prose (M.A.). Chair: Jeanne Ormrod

Weber, Melba Megumi. (1994). Acculturation and academic attributions among Mexican, Mexican-American, and Anglo adolescents (M.A.). Chair: Steven Pulos

Vecchione, Thomas P. (1992). A further look at horizontality: Issues related to age, gender, and socioeconomic differences (M.A.). Chair: Randy Lennon

Warren, Erica M. (1992). Life span coping strategies of adult females with learning difficulties in higher education: A life-span qualitative approach (M.A.). Chair: Steven Pulos [Received graduate dean's citation for excellence]

Heiman, Julie. (1989). Self-concept, grade point average, and sex predictors of cheating behavior (M.A.). Chair: Dale Shaw

Overholser, J. Drew. (1986). Imaginal versus semantic processing as memory aids for reading disabled and nondisabled adults (M.A.). Chair: Lee Swanson