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    • Counseling Lebanese Americans: A Culturally Sensitive Approach

      Hafsa Ahmed; Colin Freeland; Sara Moe
      Cursory evidence shows that this population, Lebanese Americans, is inordinately impacted by elevated rates of affective and anxiety disorders, acculturative stress, intergenerational trauma, and a wide range of other psychosocial stressors.
    • Lessons Learned: The Lived Experience of Tribal College & University Students

      Vicki Black
      This is the second part of a large phenomenological study about Tribal College & University students.
    • On the Shoulders of Giants: Helping Students Understand Mathematics Through its History

      David Henderson
      This is a dissertation on the use of the historical development of mathematical ideas to help secondary students understand the nature of the discipline.
    • Development of Openness to Self-Healing Scale (OTS-HS)

      Caroline Fernandes
      Development of a holistic integration psychometric scale to measure openness to self-healing in counseling
    • An Examination of Commonly Used Fourth-Grade Textbooks Using a LatCrit Lens

      Jami Friedrich
      This is a poster presenting the findings of a qualitative critical discourse and content analysis dissertation study.
    • Emotional Intelligence, Burnout, and Professional Fulfillment among Clinical Year Medical Students

      Cody Blanchard
      Emotional intelligence is correlated with decreased levels of burnout and increased levels of professional fulfillment in a group of clinical year medical students.
    • The Growing Attrition in African American Male College Students

      Kyle Smith
      The purpose of this research is to investigate the relevant issues of increased attrition, discuss the current exclusionary practices of stereotype threat and racial battle fatigue, and explore what interventions current universities and higher education faculty are using to correct the present campus diversity and inclusion issues that occur across predominantly white university campus communities and Black men.
    • Pharmacovigilance Analysis of Drug-Drug Interactions in the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System: A Retrospective Study

      Awatef Ben Ramadan; Hellen Pham
      The objective of this study is to analyze and assess the drug-drug interactions in the web-based, publicly available FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) database in the years 2017, 2018, and 2019.
    • Promoting Intrapersonal Resilience: Women of Color in STEM Programs

      C. Peeper McDonald; Kirstin Sylvester
      The presented study aims to provide a quantitative analysis of the relationship between resilience and experienced microaggressions, and how that relationship influences retention, progression, and degree completion in underrepresented Women of Color in STEM programs. Understanding resilience characteristics allows for the identification of traits and behaviors that can be encouraged.
    • Exploring 5-HT2 Receptors as Targets for Treating Epilepsy in Fragile X Syndrome: A Preclinical Study of Fmr1 Knock-out Mice

      Tanishka Saraf; Yiming Chen; Jessica Armstrong; Clinton Canal
      This project explores the anticonvulsant potential of lorcaserin in Fragile X Syndrome in which epilepsy prevalence is ~25%. We did a full dose response (1-10 mg/kg) in an audiogenic seizure assay in Fmr1 knock-out mice. Lorcaserin did not affect prevalence at any dose but attenuated seizure severity to some extent.
    • A Study on the Performance of Airbnb Listings in New York City

      Candace Walton; Tiffany Williams
      This paper aims to better understand what factors are considered when an individual chooses to book an Airbnb and what features contribute most to their experience. With this understanding, it is the goal to be able to effectively market Airbnb to potential customers to increase the number of bookings and generate more revenue.
    • Sex Differences in an Fmr1 Knock-out Mouse Model of Fragile X Syndrome

      Jessica Armstrong; Yiming Chen; Tanishka Saraf; Clinton Canal
      Possessing a single X-chromosome, fragile X syndrome (FXS) occurs more frequently in males than females, and FXS males typically have more severe clinical symptoms than FXS females. Genetic mosaicism (X-inactivation) in females with FXS is the presumed, exclusive reason for the lower symptom severity; we explored the hypothesis that other factors - sex hormones or sexually dimorphic brain systems - could be involved.
    • "anybody Listening?": Perceptions Of African American Girls Involvement In A Community-based Delinquency Reduction Program

      Hicks-Brown, Marco Viveca
      Female adolescents represent a growing subcategory of the juvenile justice population. This growth is directly linked to adolescent females being disproportionately incarcerated for status offenses such as running away. The Georgia House Bill 242 has changed the way status offenders are held accountable for their actions. The bill called for more researched-based, community-based services. However, there were very few gender-specific community-based services for adolescent females and even fewer programs that address all the areas of need for a delinquent adolescent female. This study adds to the literature of “what works�? for adolescent females in the juvenile justice system and establishes a long-term service that will prevent adolescent females from reoffending or violating their probation. A key component to the services provided to adolescent females is education. In this capacity, this research study sought to answer the following question: 1. How do the experiences of at-risk adolescent females in a community-based program help reduce their recidivism rates? Participants, volunteers, and the founder of Savannah Youth City, Inc. were interviewed to determine the effectiveness of SYC’s program through their lived experiences and the perception of the participants on the program’s ability to reduce their recidivism rates. This study utilized a qualitative methodology. The participants were adamant that SYC was effective in reducing their delinquent behaviors despite some of the participants having recent judicial system involvement. It was the perception of the participants that SYC provided them with acceptance, validation, and a nonjudgmental environment.
    • A Phenomenological Study Of Emotional Intelligence & Millennials In A Multigenerational Workplace

      Tolbert, NyThea Campbell
      The increase in generational diversity in the workforce emphasizes the need for employers to note the co-existence of age and cultural phenomena that may impact work practices. As such, the purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of Millennial four-year college graduates and their acquisition and utilization of emotional intelligence as it relates to their success with soft skill development in a generationally diverse workplace. To address the research questions of this study, a qualitative research method utilizing interviewing was applied to gain insights of the lived experiences of recent graduates of a four-year degree program. Criterion sampling was utilized to find participants who were currently employed for a minimum of one year in a generationally diverse work setting. The lived experiences of the participants related to this phenomenon resulted in the emergence of five themes that offer recommendations in developing students’ professional skills and emotional intelligence to increase their employability and opportunities for sustaining employment.
    • Closing The Gap Between Surviving And Thriving: Designing Interventions For Adaptive Change With The Vision Implementation Teams At Augusta Road Baptist Church

      King, William Mattison
      The reality of a post-Christendom world has resulted in the church losing its place in American society and culture. If the church is to understand this time of disruption, it must recognize the Holy Spirit’s work within it. When a congregation finds itself in uncharted territory, unequipped to live into its vision, it must determine how to address the adaptive challenges it faces so that its vision can be realized. Augusta Road Baptist Church has served Greenville, South Carolina for ninety-five years. After a season of conflict, declining membership, and the unexpected loss of key leadership, a season of vision has allowed the congregation to ask how it can adapt to live into a thriving future. Utilizing the principles of Adaptive Leadership Theory developed by Ronald Heifetz, this thesis tests the potential of an adaptive change process to facilitate the first steps of congregational vision implementation. Sixteen Augusta Road Baptist Church leaders were oriented to the principles of Adaptive Leadership Theory and asked to put them into practice. Through team meetings, these participants diagnosed technical and adaptive challenges facing the church, chose an adaptive challenge to address, and designed interventions to develop adaptive capacity within the congregation to help it live into its vision. Participants were also presented with spiritual reflections to facilitate the recognition of the Holy Spirit’s work in leading disruption and adaptation. After introducing the research context and problem, this thesis traces the biblical, theological, and historical tradition of the Holy Spirit’s role in driving the church to adapt as it bears witness to Christ in changing and challenging contexts. It then explores the impact of an adaptive change process on project participants. It follows project participants as they design interventions for achieving congregational vision, recognize the work of the Holy Spirit in congregational life, and develop adaptive capacity. Finally, this thesis concludes with possibilities for utilizing this adaptive change process across all ministries at Augusta Road Baptist Church and in other congregations that find themselves in adaptive moments.
    • Missional Relationships: Using Preaching And Small Group Reflection As A Mechanism To Expand Missional Theology And Build Mutually Beneficial Relationships In The First Baptist Church Of Orangeburg, South Carolina

      Aaron, Kristopher Daniel
      ABSTRACT KRISTOPHER DANIEL AARON MISSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS: USING PREACHING AND SMALL GROUP RE-FLECTION AS A MECHANISM TO EXPAND MISSIONAL THEOLOGY AND BUILD MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL RELATIONSHIPS IN THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF ORANGEBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA Under the direction of ROBERT N. NASH, Ph.D., Supervisor The congregants of First Baptist Church, Orangeburg, South Carolina, are like many in churches across the United States. While they believe in the importance of local mission efforts, they view their work primarily as charity to a different group in their com-munity. For more robust and effective efforts, however, the minister must encourage his or her congregation to develop relationships with those they serve. This project explores the importance of relationships in mission. The goal was for those who volunteer in the soup kitchen to develop mutually beneficial relationships with those they serve, to understand their efforts as more than just charity, and to view their efforts as ministering with people in their own community rather than ministering to people in a different community. This project is a qualitative study that combines interviews, small group reflection sessions, and sermons to expand the congregation’s view of the importance of relationships in mission. Interviews were held before and after the sermon series with church member volunteers. Group interviews were also held with non-member clients. In addition to inter-views, small group sessions with corresponding activities were held following the sermons for volunteers. Finally, after all the interviews and sessions, preliminary results were shared with volunteers. Participant responses indicate that they do understand the importance of relation-ships in mission. Participants also indicate that they view their efforts as more than charity and that they appreciate the need to empower those they serve if they hope to serve along-side them. Further study is needed to see how these changes to empower clients are implemented and how it affects the health and vitality of the ministry.
    • Lord Your Servant Is Listening: Using Listening Prayer As A Means For Discerning The Call To Vocational Ministry

      James, Freddye G
      ABSTRACT FREDDYE G. JAMES LORD, YOUR SERVANT IS LISTENING: USING LISTENING PRAYER AS A MEANS FOR DISCERNING THE CALL TO VOCATIONAL MINISTRY Under the direction of DENISE M. MASSEY, PH.D. Discerning whether or not women and men have received a call to ministry from God has been difficult historically. Listening to God’s voice requires one be in relationship with God and be intentional about the pursuit of hearing. This research was designed to use listening prayer, a type of contemplative prayer, to help the five young men and women of Ministry Apprenticeship Necessary for Tactical Leadership Development (MANTLE) at Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral(WOF) use listening prayer as a tool to hear from God regarding if they have been called to vocational ministry. This group was selected for this research project because of their selection for leadership development at WOF. Group members met for six sessions to learn about listening prayer, the call to vocational ministry, and to practice listening prayer exercises. A pre-project survey, group observation notes, post-project survey, group members’ oral reports from journaling, and an experiential paper from each group member were used to generate data. The qualitative data was analyzed by coding. While this study was not designed to provide results with statistical significance, listening prayer, when understood and practiced consistently, is profitable as a tool for discerning the ministerial call. All group members heard from God regarding a call to vocational ministry, four affirmatively and one who did not hear but intends to continue to listen. This study gave participants a means to hear from God and cultivate an ongoing dialogue in the context of an intimate friendship with God. The positive results point to the need for further study on the topic.
    • The Use Of Gratitude As A Spiritual Discipline In The Spiritual Formation Of Online Students At Point University

      Thompson-Lewis, Shirley
      This project in the category of spirituality examines the usefulness of gratitude as a spiritual discipline in the spiritual formation of students at Point University. The students participated in an eight-week synchronous and asynchronous experience facilitated through the University’s learning management system. A One-Group Pre-test/Post-test quasi-experimental design was used to measure the frequency with which students expressed and/or experienced gratitude in their day to day lives across six areas: God, self, family, community/others, suffering, and grace. Qualitative measures included interview responses and Count Your Blessings forum posts. Quantitative data was collected from pre and post surveys. The quantitative data infers that there was an increase in the students’ awareness of God in their day-to-day experiences through the practice of gratitude. The self-reported subjective qualitative data provided by the students in the interview and the forum supports the inferences of the quantitative data that the students’ awareness of God had increased during the project using gratitude as a discipline. Recommendations for further study include using a larger sample and incorporating additional experiences such as virtual life groups and online service projects. Another recommendation is to consider exploring gender differences in student participation in spiritual formational programs.
    • A Disrupting Word: Preaching A Theology Of "god As Event" To Engage Theological Reflection

      Thomas, Christopher Paul
      The project outlined in this thesis examined the role of preaching in engaging members of an established, traditional congregation by using the narrative, inductive style of the New Homiletic, with the theological lens of John Caputo’s “God as Event.�? This project took place over five weeks at the First Baptist Church of Williams, with the primary goals of examining how members of the congregation hear theology in sermons, use what they hear to articulate their own theological beliefs, and how discussing such theology leads to the identification of an emerging, local theology. Eight members of Williams volunteered to participate in five focus group sessions which met the afternoon of each Sunday when the sermons were preached. During these sessions I served as a participant-observer, keeping the focus group sessions on track with guiding questions, while recording each session for data analysis. The data collected from these focus group sessions was analyzed in order to examine how the project met the three goals described. The focus group data demonstrated how members of the congregation had heard the theology present in the sermons, often repeating words, phrases, and specific theological ideas directly from the sermon. The data demonstrated how participants borrowed this language to describe their own beliefs, while also reflecting critically on the theological ideas presented in the sermons. Furthermore, the data showed how these eight members began to identify a local theology in the congregation and surrounding community and how they might critically engage with this emerging, local theology. There is the potential for further study concerning the role of preaching in shaping theology in the postmodern, post-Christian era. There is also potential for studying how preaching itself may make space for deconstruction within the confines of a traditional congregation. This project presents the possibility for wider conversations concerning preaching’s role in the theological development of the postmodern Church.
    • Locus Of Injury: The Relationship Between Moral Injury And Locus Of Control

      Wheeler, John
      The purpose behind this study was to determine if a relationship between locus of control (LOC) and moral injury (MI) exists, and to contribute to the pool of existing research for MI. Findings established that there is a relationship that exhibits moderate strength. Additional findings also note a moderate to strong relationship between impaired function from MI and MI symptom severity. Correlational analysis did not identify a significant relationship between LOC and MI impaired functionality, implying unique characteristics between these two distinctions of MI. Further implications suggest that as LOC travels from external to internal, MI symptomology will decrease.