Research and scholarship from doctoral students in the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education at St. John Fisher College.

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Submissions from 2019

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Needed Specialists for a Challenging Task: Formerly Incarcerated Leaders’ Essential Role in Postsecondary Programs in Prison, Samuel Arroyo, Jorge Diaz, and Lila McDowell

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Chief Diversity Officers (CDOs): The Relationships Between Organizational Structure, Institutional Commitment to Inclusive Excellence, and CDOs’ Perceptions of Their Performance in Facilitating Transformational Change, Gabriel Marshall Sr.

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Examining the Impacts of Intrusive Advising on the Retention and Academic Success of First-Year, At-Risk, Community College Students, Angela L. Rios

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The Effect of Year-Round Education on Middle School Student Achievement in Math: A Program Treatment within the Equity Project Charter School, Jason D. Skeeter

Submissions from 2018

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First-Generation Latinas’ Perspectives of College Involvement: A Phenomenological Study, Melissa E. Aponte

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Family Engagement: The Perspectives of Low-Income Families on the Family Engagement Strategies of Urban Schools, Don-Lee M. Applyrs

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The Key to Academic Success: A Qualitative Phenomenological Study on First- Generation African American Students Who Successfully Graduated from a Predominantly White Institution, LaToya Blount

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Closing the Reading Achievement Gap: The Impact of a Multitiered Response to Intervention Framework in Kindergarten, Victoria Borsella

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Examining the Long-Term Suspension Process for Students Classified with an Emotional Disturbance, Samantha Brody

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How the Criminal Justice System Can Contribute to Eliminating Inequities in Healthcare at Two Pivotal Times: While Incarcerated, and During Reentry into the Community, Karen A. Buck

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Maximizing Influence and Sensesight: A Grounded Theory Study of How Executives Make Sense and Lead in Complexity, Ryan Clapper

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New York State Superintendents and Social Media, Roger B. Clough II

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In Pursuit of Equity: Does the Implementation of Culturally Responsive Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Have an Effect on the Racial Suspension Gap?, Alexandria Connally

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The Factors Influencing Interest, Processing, and Application of Financial Literacy Education as Perceived by Students in an Urban College Setting, Stacy Crawford

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Pipeline to Success, Sean Davenport

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An Examination of Planning and Implementing Brain-Based Strategies in the Elementary Classroom, Gina DiTullio

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How Nonprofit Organization Founding Executive Leaders Assign Meaning to Their Experience with Succession Planning: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis, Tanya M. Eastman

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Factors Contributing to African American and African Caribbean Students’ Sense of Belonging and Retention in the First Year of College at a Predominately White Institution in the Northeast, Niki Fjeldal

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The Strong Black Woman’s Perceptions of Self-Care Engagement, Gina M. Gaines

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A Phenomenological Study on Persistence to Program Completion of Students of a Second Language in Associate’s Degree in Nursing Programs in Central New York, Christina Granato

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Social Work Faculty and Graduate Student Perceptions of a One-Year Residency Program: A Phenomenological Perspective, Patricia A. Gray

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Computational Thinking Unplugged: Comparing the Impact on Confidence and Competence from Analog and Digital Resources in Computer Science Professional Development for Elementary Teachers, Christopher Harris

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The Academic Impact of Suspension on Black Male Students in an Urban High School, Sandy Hattar

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The Sky’s the Limit: Factors That Affect Females’ Decisions to Become Professional Pilots, Debra Henneberry

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The Principal Pipeline: A Qualitative Exploration of Strategies for the Recruitment and Retention of Black Male Public School Principals, Stephen Jackson

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“I’m Black, and I’m a Cop”: Career Choices of African American Males in The New York City Police Department, Pamela A. Jimenez

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Why Do They Stay? The Experiences and Perceptions of Traditional Age Male College Students that Influence Persistence Beyond the First Year in College, Elizabeth A. Lambert

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A Qualitative Exploration of the Factors that Led Hispanic/Latina Middle School Students to Select a STEM High School Education in New York City, Maria Lopez

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Employee Soft Skills and Organizational Culture: An Exploratory Case Study, Eliyahu Lotzar

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The Academic Nurse Leader’s Role in Supporting Novice Nurse Educator Transition: A Grounded Theory Study, Marianne Markowitz

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An Examination of Staff Perceptions of the Effectiveness of the Professional Learning Community Model: A Multiple Case Study Design, Renee Martin

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Leadership Under Fire: A Phenomenological Study of Senior Administrator’s Perceived Leadership Identity and Crisis Response at Higher Education Institutions in the United States, Melissa Moore

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An Examination of Satisfaction, GPA, and Retention of First-year College Students from Rural Communities at a Small Public Technical College, Timothy Moore

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A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Player Motivations and Problematic Involvement in Multiplayer Online Games: Exploring an Alternative Diagnostic Approach that Minimizes the Risk of Pathologizing Healthy Gaming Behaviors, Casey O'Brien

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A Narrative Inquiry on the Impact Leadership Development Has on the Professionalization of Early Childhood Education in New York State, Michelle A. Paige

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A Mixed-Method Case Study of a Learning Disability Program at a Private College: Student and Staff Perceptions of Services & Classroom Accommodations, Cynthia Y. Palmer

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The Perceived Effects of Organizational Culture on Workplace Bullying in Higher Education, Laura Persky

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Why Aren’t We Getting the Part?, Jocelynne Rainey

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Black Educational Leaders’ Social Justice Educational Practices and Experiences Within Demographically Changing Inner-Ring Suburban School Contexts, Anna B. Rodriguez

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MBA Student Expectations: MBA Online and MBA Classroom Student Expectations for Leadership Skills Development in an MBA Program, Irene Galgan Scruton

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9-1-1 Leadership: Perceptions of Evidence-Based Quality Improvement, Steven C. Sharpe

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Parents’ Experiences, Perceptions, and Responses to Bullying in an Urban Public Elementary School, Leslie Boyd Smith

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Incivility in Nursing Education: The Role of Nursing Education in the Perpetuation of Incivility in the Nursing Profession, Jane Stephenson

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A Seat at the Table: A Profile of the Leadership Preferences Among Generation Y Latina College Students, Michelle P. Steven

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Exploring Kouzes and Posner’s Exemplary Leadership Practices of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education, Sheila M. Strong

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Intent and Behavior: Examining Executive Leader Succession Planning in Select New York City Nonprofit Organizations, Pela Selene Terry

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Teacher Perceptions of Latino Parental Involvement in an Urban Public School District: A Survey of the Predictive Role of Teacher’s Cultural Intelligence, Vanessa A. Vasquez

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The Decline in U.S. Air Traffic Controllers: A Qualitative Exploration of Current African American Air Traffic Controller Perspectives on Diversity Recruitment in Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative Schools, Wycliffe L. Walcott Jr.

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African American Women in New York State Who Overcame Barriers to Become Superintendents of Schools, Augustina Biney Amissah West

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Leaving an Expert and Returning a Novice: Exploring the Transition of Clinical Nurse Experts to Novice Nurse Educators, Elizabeth Woytowicz

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Career Advancement of Black Nurses in Healthcare: The Lived Experience of Successful Leaders and Critical Elements Learned Along the Way, Priscilla Reese Yancey

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Leader Responses to Ambivalence During IPE Organizational Transformation: A Phenomenological Study, Pam Youngs-Maher

Submissions from 2017

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We Are Family: Exploring Sense of Community for College Students With and Without Hidden Disabilities, Pamina A. Abkowitz

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Leaning In and Pushing Through: The Challenges and Strategies of African American Women Executives of Nonprofit Organizations in the New York Metropolitan Area, Zenya Alvarez~Cleveland

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Transferability: The Application of Information Literacy Competencies to Academic Area-of-Interest Course Research Paper Among Adult College Students in an Undergraduate Liberal Arts Program, Lilleth C. Beckford

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Environmental Education in the Public Sphere: Comparing Practice with Psychosocial Determinants of Behavior and Societal Change, Chris A. Bolt

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An Analysis of Factors That Affect African American Women with Mental Illness, Marguerite Brown

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Giving Primacy to the Voice of Parents: A Qualitative Study of the Involvement of Parents of First-Generation College Students, Dawn L. Bruner

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Measuring the Impact of Three Different Co-Teaching Models on Student Test Results in Ninth-Grade Algebra I, Amy Marie Cermele

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The Impact of Parent Engagement on the Academic Achievement of African American Students: A Phenomenological Study from the Perspective of Parents of Middle School Students in the Northeastern Region of the United States, Tonya Couch-Jenkins

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School Boards and Team Learning: A Phenomenological Study of the Beliefs of School Board Presidents in Central New York, Mary K. Coughlin

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Thriving to Survive: Examining Spirituality as a Strategy for Coping and Perseverance Among Christian College Students at an Urban Public College, Theresa A. Curry

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A Case Study of Highly Effective Transfer School Principals Serving Low-Income African American Students in an Urban Setting, Katwona Dennis-Warren

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The Impact of Incivility on Hospital-Based Student Nurses, Retention as Licensed Registered Nurses and Their Post-Graduation Employment Choices, Melissa Di Natale

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Barriers to Pursuing the Role of Head of School as Perceived by Female Administrators in Independent Schools, Kathleen Gallagher

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Music and Dementia: A Caregiver’s Perspective of the Effects of Individualized Music Programming on Quality of Life for Seniors Living in Assisted Living Environments, David James Gentner

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Teacher Preparation: Perceptions of Preparedness for High-Needs Urban Schools A Qualitative Study, Galen Gomes Sr.

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Factors that Affect Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Students’ Efforts toward Self-Actualization at a Private, Religious College: A Phenomenological Study, John B. Gormley

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Is Complementary and Alternative Medicine Effective in Reducing Self-Reported Anxiety Symptoms in College Students?, Hollie M. Hall

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Perceptions of Enrollment Employees in Community College: An Exploration of Organizational Climate and Organizational Effectiveness, Ronish Hamilton

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Measuring the Effects of Youth Participation in a Government-Funded, Urban After-School Employment and Training Program: A Case Study Summative Evaluation, DaMia Harris-Madden

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From Behind the Lens: Police Officer Perceptions as Body-Worn Cameras are Introduced Into the New York City Police Department, Kishon C. Hickman Sr.

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It’s Time to Listen to the Survivors: Understanding Undergraduate College Women’s Choice to Report a Sexual Assault to College Officials, Tamara H. Kenney

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High School Stress and Cheating: Developing an Understanding of the Factors that Influence Stress and Cheating in High School Students, Raymond W. Kilmer III

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The Correlation of Office Disciplinary Referral Issuance and Cultural Competence: An Exploratory, Sequential, Mixed Method Study, Djinga King-St.Louis

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K-2 Teacher Perception of Anxiety, Beth Kramer

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Breast Cancer Disparities in African American Women: Does Race or Place Matter?, Candice A. Lucas

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An Ethnographic Study about the Lived Experiences of Transracial Adoption from a Haudenosaunee Adult Adoptee Perspective, Tricia Lyman

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The Persistence of Black Male Community College Students and the Impact of Preconceived Attitudes and Behaviors of Faculty, Joshua A. Martin

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A Qualitative Study of the Implementation of an Evidence-Based Program in a K-12 Setting, Terrance McCarthy

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Continuous Improvement in Higher Education: A Change Model Using Predictive Analytics to Achieve Organizational Goals, Mary McLean

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Adjunct Faculty on the Fringes: The Quest for Recognition and Support in Community Colleges, Amy Mech

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Examining the Development and Implementation of Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans through the Experiences of School Personnel, Chastity R. Murray

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Being Able to Be Stable: A Mixed Methods Analysis of Behavior and Motivation Predictors that Promote Long-Term Weight-loss Maintenance, Rose M. Nichols

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Whom Do I Trust? Measuring Principals’ Trust in Major Stakeholders Correlated to Leadership Behaviors in High Poverty Middle Schools, Liza Ortiz

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A Mixed Methods Approach to Using Collaborative and Proactive Solutions with Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders while Applying the Self-Determination Theory, Andrea J.M. Rock

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Perceptions of Important Personal and Leadership Characteristics for Newly Hired Principals to Be Successful School Leaders: Views of School Superintendents, William C. Rolón

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Ethics in Higher Education: A Study of the Perceived Ethical Climate of Administrators and Faculty at a Higher Education Institution, Philip Rothman

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The Impact of a Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder on Nonmedical Treatment Options in the Learning Environment from the Perspectives of Parents and Pediatricians, Cecilia Scott-Croff

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From Poverty to Economic Independence: An Examination of Factors Contributing to Success and Self-Sufficiency among Black Male Family Self-Sufficiency Program Participants, Nathaniel V. Sheppard

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A Mentorship Model for Nursing Faculty in a Hospital-Based Associate Degree Nursing Program, Patricia Spoto

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Teaching, Leading, and Learning in the 21st Century Classroom, Karen A. Tesik

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Leading for Good in the Impulse Society, Kimberly Townsend

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Impact of the New York State Tax Levy Cap on School Districts’ Financing: A Retrospective and Prospective Analysis, Ann Vaccaro-Teich CPA

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A Rape Culture or Rape Crisis: The Impact on First Year College Students Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors after Participating in a Mandatory Sexual Violence Prevention Program, Sandra S. Vazquez

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E-leadership in Practice: The Components of Transformational Leadership in Virtual Business Environments, Wei Xin Vought

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What Aspects of Emotional Intelligence Help Former Prisoners Make Decisions to Desist Crime?, Craig A. Waleed

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Pathways to Success at Four-Year Institutions as Perceived by Black First-Generation College Students, Raymond L. Warren Jr.

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Defining Shared Values in Patient-Centered Care: A Case Study, Nancy J. Williams

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The Relationship Between Expressed Creative Problem-Solving Preference and Divergent Thinking Attitudes, Jona A. Wright