This collection includes theses and dissertations submitted electronically beginning with the Fall 2010 semester.

All theses written prior to Fall 2010 are available at EKU Libraries. Please search the library catalog and add the words “eastern thesis” to your search to help narrow the results.

To browse these theses and dissertations by academic department or program, please go to the Research Unit, Center or Department page.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Improving Occupational Performance using Therapeutic Activities on a Geropsychiatric Unit, Brenda L. Cain

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Nowhere To Go: The Trend To Criminalize The Nation's Homeless, Jessica Anderson

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Examining the Role of Race, Gender, and Class in African-American Police Perceptions in Rural Kentucky, Paul Maxwell Blackhurst

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Relationship Between Personality And Exercise Motivation In Weight Loss, Leanna Beth Bowles

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Factors Influencing College Attendance of Appalachian Kentucky Students Participating in a Federal Educational Talent Search Program, William Bowling

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A Case Study of One Service Member With Traumatic Limb Loss and the Decision of Whether or not to Return to Duty, Carly Braun

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Effective Methods of Formative Assessment, Chelse Rae Bugg

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Increasing Automaticity, Sara Burns

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The Effects Of An Education Recovery Team On Teacher Professional Practices, Collective Teacher Efficacy And Student Acheivement In Persistently Low Achieving Schools, Stella Ann Burns

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Wintering white-throated sparrows (Zonotrichia albicollis): home ranges, aggression and corticosterone, Marissa Ann Buschow

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Gaussian Amicable Pairs, Ranthony Ashley Clark

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Relationships Between Teacher Perceptions Of Principal Leadership And Student Achievement In Kentucky Appalachian High Schools, James I. Dantic

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The Impact Of Orientation Programming On Student Success Outcomes At A Rural Community College, James M. Davis

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"It's Like We Were Being Watched ... Like There Were Only 3 Walls, And Not a Fourth Wall": Manifestations of Metafiction in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Caleb Randall Dempsey-Richardson

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Understanding Playground Behaviors And Injury Potential To Elementary Children, Ronald Gene Dotson

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An Examination of the Role of Macro- and Micro-Level Processes in John Adams's Phrygian Gates, James Edward Evans

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Factors That Contribute To Success In Policing Based On Prior Military Experience, Thomas Salem Fagan

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An Examination of Teacher Efficacy on Student Achievement in Regional Juvenile Detention Centers and Youth development Centers in Kentucky, Scott Tyrone Ferguson

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A Look at the Deaths of Career and Volunteer Firefighters in America: Who has the Higher Rate of Death?, Matthew Joseph Flanagan

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Examining the value of fire prevention inspections in commercial occupancies, Philip Steven Gairson

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Choice of College Major: An Exploration of Appalachian Female Choice of an Early Childhood Education Major, Lisa Newton Gannoe

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Validation Of Kentucky Wetlands Rapid Assessment Method (ky-Wram) Metrics Using Macroinvertebrate Communities Of Forested Depressional Wetlands, Britney Yvonne Garrison

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Exploring the Utilization of Applications as a Form of Augmentative and Alternative Communication by Speech-Language Pathologists, Joselyn Rae Gilbert

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Effects Of Thermal Acclimation On The Critical Thermal Maxima Of The Tropical Cockroaches: Blaptica Dubia, Eublaberus Posticus And Blaberus Discoidalis (blaberidae), Lauren Michelle Goode

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Facultative adjustment of pre-fledging mass recession by nestling Chimney Swifts (Chaetura pelagica), Sagan Brianne Goodpaster

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Suicide Terrorism: Understanding the Mindset and Motives, Joshua Daniel Goss

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The Effects of Fatigue on a Dual-Task Postural Control Measure, Allisha R. Guzdial

Implications of Perceived Interactional Injustice: A Meta-Analytic Approach, Joshua James Hager

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Backboards and Browsers: A Qualitative Examination of the Experiences of Division I Student-Athletes in Online Courses, Jonathan Patrick Healy

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Effects of Variation in Hunger Levels on Begging Behavior of Nestlings and the Provsioning Behavior of Male and Female Eastern Phoebes, Christopher Adam Heist

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Safety On A Drilling Rig: Is It Safety Culture?, Jonathan Wade Henson

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Rejecting the rejecters: The latent effect of policy on subculture, Ethan Maxwell Higgins

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Sexual Victimization Among Sorority Women, Amanda Hinkel

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Relationship Between a Proxy of Prenatal Testosterone (2D:4D) and Determinants of Endurance Running Performance, Simon D. Holzapfel

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Music Piracy and Its Criminalization: Understanding the Napster Era (1999) to Present Through Donald Black's Theory of Moral Time, Craig Robert Jankowski

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Relationships among Self-Construal, Goal Motives, and Goal Outcomes and the Moderating Effects of Culture, Tao Jiang

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Predicting Inmate Economic Conflict In Female Housing Units: Individual Factors Versus Social Climate Factors, Polina Andreyevna Karpova

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Positive Solutions, Existence Of Smallest Eigenvalues, And Comparison Of Smallest Eigenvalues Of A Fourth Order Three Point Boundary Value Problem, Sarah Schulz King`

Confessions of a Scaredy Cat, Todd King

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A Study of Rural Police Leadership Behaviors in Kentucky: A Full Range Perspective, Frank P. Kubala Jr.

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The State Of Health And Safety Program Management As It Pertains To OSHA In The Funeral Industry: A Formative Analysis, Brad William Kuchnicki

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A Deconstruction of Dexter: An Analysis of Noble Cause Corruption Within a Crime Drama, Alyssa Lawrence

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Impact of Disability on Celebration of Wedding Anniversaries, Emily Lemaster

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A Case Study of Two Rural Elementary Schools: What Are The Identified Characteristics That Make School A Outperform School B In Reading?, Emily Taylor Finley Levey

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Double Standards In Self-Deception: The Development Of The Self-Other Double Standards Scale, Benjamin T. Lindsay

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Children with ASD and their Experience of Friendship and Co-occupation, Joshua Eric Line

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Perceptions Of Athletic Training Services Of Japanese Collegiate Student Athletes, Jun Matsuno

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Examination of Racial Bias on the MMPI-2 Restructured Form among African Americans and Caucasians, Willie Floyd McBride III

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The Effectiveness of an Emergency and Defensive Driving Techniques Course Component: Analyzing Student Response to Searching, Identifying, Predicting, Deciding and Executing Skills, Christopher Bradley Millard

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The Sensory Processing Patterns and Activity Choices of a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Mixed-Methods Case Study, Valerie Miller

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A Bridge Program's Effect on Non-College Ready Student Veterans, Brett Eugene Morris

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Risk to public safety posed by adjudicated delinquent juvenile sex offenders: Do they really need to register, Donna Susan Mynatt

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Police Deception: A Survey of EKU Students, Jason Anthony Nicholson

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Breeding Biology Of Chuck-Will's-Widows: Incubation, Brooding, And Provisioning Behavior And Characteristics Of Nest Sites, Ryan Sean O'Connor

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The Effects of Trust on Organizational Citizenship Behaviors: A Meta-Analysis, Matthew Vincent Petrella

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The Relationship Between Teacher Efficacy and Use of Data to Inform Instruction in Two Turnaround Middle Schools, Peggy Conrad Petrilli

Like So Many Purple Boughs, Lisa Schmidley

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The First Ten Years: a Descriptive Analysis of Presentation Abstracts of the SSO: USA, 2002 to 2011, Amanda Schneider

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Applications Of Leggett Williams Type Fixed Point Theorems To A Second Order Difference Equation, Charley Lockhart Seelbach

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Assessment of motility and hemolytic activity in clinical isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii from University of Kentucky hospital, Lexington, KY, Amber R. Stanton

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Expectation vs. Perspective: A personal experience of completing transition from high school to community, Katherine Steinman

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Differences In Training Programs And Time Trial Performances Of Teenage Sprint Freestyle Swimmers, John Andrew Stratman

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Population Distribution and Abundance of the Blackfin Sucker (Thoburnia atripinnis) in the Upper Barren River System, Kentucky and Tennessee., Cory Daniel Stringfield

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The Relationship Between Teacher Leadership and Student Achievement, Sally Ann Sugg

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Kentucky SRO Programs: An Examination of Impact on Reported Criminal Violations and Board Violations, William John Sullivan

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The Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion: Occupational Hazard or Preventable Tragedy; A Look at State-Corporate Crime, Cassandra Tate

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Ability and Skill Retraining with Task-Oriented Intervention to Improve Functional Independence in Persons with Stroke, Trista Thacker

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The Relationship Between Kentucky High School Principals' Leadership Behaviors And Student Outcomes, Carolyn Camille Towns

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The Implications Of Accountability Models Weighing The Same Student Data Differently, Neely Traylor

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Can the Triarchic Model Differentiate between Psychopathy and Antisocial Personality Disorder?, Tina Dilem Wall

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Winter Behavior and Ecology of Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis): Home Ranges, Habitat Use, and Effect of Weather on Foraging Behavior, Todd J. Weinkam

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The Impact Of Personality, Mindfulness, And Symptoms On Response To Brief Meditation, Miranda Westbrook

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Assessment of Antimicrobial Resistance in Pathogens Responsible for Causing Bovine Mastitis in Kentucky, Erica Denise West

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Revulsion and Palatability: The Staying Power of Death Penalty Rituals - Last Meals and Beyond, Angie Wheaton

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The Effect of a Student Support Services Program on Academic Success at an Appalachian Comprehensive University, Ryan Martin Wilson

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Habitat Associations Of Stream-Dwelling Salamanders At Multiple Spatial Scales In Central Kentucky Headwaters., John Mark Yeiser

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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An Eccentric Intervention of the Flexor-Pronator Mass To Impact Overhead Throwing Distance and Velocity, Ricker Stanton Adkins

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Civilian Aviation Screening: A Time-Series Analysis of Confiscated Firearms at Screening Checkpoints, Shon Agard

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A Dietary Study of big brown (Eptesicus fuscus) and northern bats (Myotis septentrionalis) in Western Kentucky, Sarah Elizabeth Asher

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The Effectiveness Of Homeland Security Training For Rural Communities: A Comparative Analysis Of Web-Based And Instructor-Led Training Delivery, Ryan K. Baggett

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Synthesis Of Novel Ionic Liquid Tagged Porphryin Media Designed For The Oxidation Of Lignin, Joseph Hugh Franklin Baker

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Perceived Levels of Confidence and Knowledge of Autism Between Paraprofessionals in Kentucky Schools and Parents of Children with Autism, Laura Nichole Baker

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Population Distribution and Demographics of Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieu) in Silver Creek, Madison County, Kentucky, Justin Daniel Basham

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A Comparative Case Study of Factors Distinguishing Between High and Low-Performance on Reading Achievement in Elementary Rural Appalachian Schools, Jennifer Renee Chambers

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The vascular flora of Breaks Interstate Park, Pike County, Kentucky, and Dickenson County, Virginia, Julie Bennett Clark

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Kentucky Speech-Language Pathologists' Confidence And Education In Providing Services To Spanish-English Bilingual Children In The Public Schools, Leah Katherine Cooley

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Subversive Liminality and Ideological Warfare: The Zombie Mash-Up as Resistance to Hypermasculine Revenge Narratives Post-9/11, Veronica L. Cooper

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Ambient Ionization Mass Spectrometry Analysis Pertaining To Biofuel Process Development, Sushma Dendukuri

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The Perception Of School Board Members And Their Role In Improving College And Career Readiness, Sara Elaine Farris

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The French and Indian Wars: New France's Situational Indian Policies During the Fox and Natchez Conflicts, 1701-1732, Stephen Jay Fohl

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The Moderating Effects of Need for Closure on the Common Ingroup Identity Model, Bradlee Wayne Gamblin

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Effect of predator type, season, brood size, and West Nile Virus infection on the nest defense behavior of male and female Eastern Bluebirds, Kayde Lynn Gilbert

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Expectations Do Not Always Influence Food Liking, Jamie Phillip Hale

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American Sign Language-English Interpreting Program Faculty: Characteristics, Tenure Perceptions, and Productivity, Kimberly J. Hale

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Anti-Slavery and Church Schism among Protestants in Antebellum Central Kentucky, Lance Justin Hale

The Painted Box, Veronica Louise Harryman

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Examining the Occupational Engagement of College Students with Asperger's Syndrome: A Mixed Methodology, Laura Leigh Henley

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Teacher Perceptions and Knowledge about Stuttering Before and After an In-Service Training, Micha Lachole Hobbs

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A Review of Air Medical Safety: 2005-2011, Andrew Holcomb

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Deuterium Tracer Studies Of The Mechanism Of Cobalt Catalyzed Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis, Chunfen Jin