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Upcoming Doctoral Defenses

Anik Choudhury

Unintended Consequences: Essays on Competition for Capital and Financial Statement Assurance

Major: Business Administration
Chair: Tony Curatola
Committee Members: Dan Dai, Gregory Nini, Hsihui Chang, Curtis Hall
Date and Time: May 23, 2024 9:00 AM
Location: Gerri C LeBow Hall, Room 722

Emily Kelting

Ion-Acoustic Wave Dynamics in a Two-Fluid Plasma

Major: Mathematics
Chair: Doug Wright
Committee Members: Gideon Simpson, Cecilia Freire Mondaini, Ronadle Perline, Wolf-Patrick Duell
Date and Time: May 23, 2024 11:00 AM
Location: Korman Center, Room 211

Jenna Davis

A Qualitative Descriptive Analysis of the Changing Role of Human Resource Professionals in Higher Education in the Age of Disruptive Workforce Events: A Case Study

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Salvatore Falletta
Committee Members: Cameron Kiosoglous, Stephen Toth
Date and Time: May 23, 2024 12:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact jd3748@drexel.edu for link.

Sandra Clavijo

Exploring Female Student's Sense of Belonging within Mechanical Engineering: A Mixed-method Study

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Kareem Edouard
Committee Members: Christopher Wright, Frank Fisher
Date and Time: May 23, 2024 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact sfc54@drexel.edu for link.

Kelsey Csumitta

Towards the Development of an Autonomy Supportive Parenting Intervention for Children with Down syndrome: Intervention Targets and Parent Acceptability

Major: Psychology
Chair: Nancy Lee
Committee Members: Brian Daly, Giacomo Vivanti, Emily Kuschner, Lauren Kenworthy
Date and Time: May 24, 2024 9:30 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact kdc72@drexel.edu for link.

Robin Deb

Long-term Performance of Self-heating Concrete Composites using Low-temperature PCM for Snow-melting and Freeze-thaw Resilience Applications

Major: Civil Engineering
Chair: Amir Farnam
Committee Members: Grace Hsuan, Ahmad Najafi, Miguel Pano, Franco Montalto
Date and Time: May 24, 2024 9:30 AM
Location: Lebow Engineering Center, Room 240

Ksenia Sergueeva

¿Can AI Help Me Make Green Choices?" Understanding the Role of AI Recommenders in Promoting Sustainable Consumption

Major: Business Administration
Chair: Chen Wang
Committee Members: Daniel Korschun, Jillian Hmurovic, YanLiu Huang, Seung Hwan (Mark) Lee
Date and Time: May 24, 2024 10:00 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact ks3788@drexel.edu for link.

Carolyn Previti

Mandatory Disclosure & Uncertain Tax Benefit Resolutions

Major: Business Administration
Chair: Tony Curatola
Committee Members: Barbara Grein, Dan Dai, Amanda Marino, Hsihui Chang
Date and Time: May 24, 2024 11:00 AM
Location: Gerri C LeBow Hall, Room G033

Cassidy Buhler

Advances in optimization with applications to biodiversity conservation

Major: Business Administration
Chair: Hande Benson
Committee Members: Avijit Banerjee, Jinwook Lee, Vasilis Gkatzelis, Anna Devlin
Date and Time: May 24, 2024 11:00 AM
Location: Gerri C LeBow Hall, Room 408

Heather Showalter

Current Special Education Leader Perceived Confidence Levels Within Key Practice Areas: A Quantitative Investigation

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Constance Lyttle
Committee Members: Pamela Baker, Janet Sloand
Date and Time: May 24, 2024 12:00 PM
Location: Zoom

Ankita Kulkarni

Essays on Signaling Theory in Crowdfunding

Major: Business Administration
Chair: Jade Lo
Committee Members: Dali Ma, Jeongsik Lee, Nikolay Merkulov, Srikanth Paruchuri
Date and Time: May 28, 2024 10:30 AM
Location: Gerri C LeBow Hall, Room 722

Candice Kaup Scioscia

Where Do I Belong? A Narrative Study of the Community College Tutor-Student Relationship

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Stephanie Budhai
Committee Members: Jose Chavez, Nicole Paternoster
Date and Time: May 28, 2024 12:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact cmk387@drexel.edu for link.

Christina Felonis

Application of Machine Learning to Predict Binge Eating and Compensatory Behavior Episodes During Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Bulimia Nervosa

Major: Psychology
Chair: Adrienne Juarascio
Committee Members: Fengqing Zhang, Evan Forman, Ann Haynos, Lauren Forrest
Date and Time: May 28, 2024 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact cf687@drexel.edu for link.

Gary Huff

Disentangling the Antecedents of Higher Education Mergers

Major: Business Administration
Chair: Teresa Harrison
Committee Members: Curtis Hall
Date and Time: May 29, 2024 9:00 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact glh47@drexel.edu for link.

Ingrid Natale

The Impact Government Regulation on Consumer Purchasing Habits

Major: Business Administration
Chair: Mark Stehr
Committee Members: Teresa Harrison
Date and Time: May 29, 2024 11:00 AM
Location: Gerri C LeBow Hall, Room TBD

Natalie Napolitano

Predicting Failure of Non-Invasive Ventilation in Children with a Risk Stratification Model

Major: Biomedical Science
Chair: Paul Brandt-Rauf
Committee Members: Akira Nishisaki, Trish Shewokis, Amy Throckmorton, Ahmet Sacan
Date and Time: May 29, 2024 11:00 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact nn397@drexel.edu for link.

Sinead Meehan

Transforming the Design Landscape: Unveiling the Critical Dimensions of Elementary Teachers¿ Approaches to Problem Scoping in Engineering Design

Major: Education
Chair: Christopher Wright
Committee Members: Valerie Klein, Jason Silverman, Colin Hennessy Elliott, Kristen Wendell
Date and Time: May 29, 2024 11:00 AM
Location: 3401 Market Street, Floor 3

Abigail Karlin-Resnick

Examining the Effects of School-Based Sexual Health Education Implementation Dosage: A Quantitative Explanatory Study

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Harriette Rasmussen
Committee Members: Amanda Lannie, Mara Decker
Date and Time: May 29, 2024 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact ajk424@drexel.edu for link.

Kelly Bumgarner

The physiological correlates of emotional cues in technology mediated communication

Major: Business Administration
Chair: Rajneesh Suri, Hasan Ayaz
Committee Members: David Gefen
Date and Time: May 29, 2024 3:00 PM
Location: Gerri C LeBow Hall, Room 722

David Brown

Schools that Demonstrate Growth in PSSA Math Proficiency from 3rd to 4th Grade in 2017, 2018, and 2019: A Qualitative Multi-Site Case Study

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Colin Hennessy Elliott
Committee Members: Jason Silverman, Joshua Taton
Date and Time: May 29, 2024 3:30 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact deb323@drexel.edu for link.

Nia Ladson

Black Teachers Reflect on the Experiences that Contribute to Their Retention: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Kristine Grant
Committee Members: Deanna Hill, Donna-Marie Cole-Malott
Date and Time: May 30, 2024 9:30 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact nfl29@drexel.edu for link.

Sarala Thapa

An Experiential Learning Approach to Teach Sustainability in a Private School in India: A Qualitative Single Case Study of Teachers' Perceptions and Practices

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Constance Lyttle
Committee Members: Kristen Betts, Amita Gupta
Date and Time: May 30, 2024 10:00 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact st3282@drexel.edu for link.

Devon Bremer

Examining Medical School Stressors to Inform Curriculum Development to Strengthen Medical Students' Preparedness for Clinical Practice: A Phenomenological Study

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Harriette Rasmussen
Committee Members: Jen Katz-Buonincontro, Andrea DiMattia
Date and Time: May 30, 2024 11:00 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact db3463@drexel.edu for link.

Krystal Del Orbe

Strategies to Overcome the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on Undergraduate Students: A Phenomenological Study

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Janet Sloand
Committee Members: Amanda Lannie, Adam Shellhorse
Date and Time: May 30, 2024 11:00 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact krl62@drexel.edu for link.

Tisha Laws

Exploring the Lived Experiences of Black Principals in High-Poverty Public School Settings

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Harriette Rasmussen
Committee Members: Stacy Holland, Kristine Grant
Date and Time: May 30, 2024 2:45 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact tl925@drexel.edu for link.

Lashae Williams

Bilingualism and Cognitive Flexibility in Pre-School Aged Children with and without Autism

Major: Psychology
Chair: Diana Robins, Naomi Goldstein
Committee Members: Giacomo Vivanti, Evangelia Chrysikou, Lucy Robinson
Date and Time: May 31, 2024 10:00 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact tln36@drexel.edu for link.

Sara Steinman

Exploring the Attitudes and Perceptions of Head Coaches Toward Transgender Athletes in Women's College Sports Before and After Intervention: A Phenomenological Study

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Harriette Rasmussen
Committee Members: Cameron Kiosoglous, Nicole Loyd
Date and Time: May 31, 2024 3:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact ss5342@drexel.edu for link.

Saishi Cui

Statistical and Machine Learning contributions to the analysis of single-cell RNA sequencing data

Major: Biostatistics
Chair: Issa Zakeri, Sina Nassiri
Committee Members: Lucy Robinson, Loni Tabb, Longjian Liu
Date and Time: June 03, 2024 9:00 AM
Location: Nesbitt Hall, Room 132

Laura Stauderman

Applying Self-Determination Theory to Examine Student Engagement and Classroom Culture in Face-to-Face Settings in Secondary Education: An Explanatory Sequential Mixed-Methods Approach.

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Cameron Kiosoglous
Committee Members: Sarah Ulrich, Lori Carlin
Date and Time: June 03, 2024 3:30 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact ls3524@drexel.edu for link.

Evan Arena

Flexion in gravitation and cosmology

Major: Physics
Chair: Dave Goldberg
Committee Members: Stephen McMillan, Gordon Richards, David Bacon, Michelle Dolinski
Date and Time: June 04, 2024 10:00 AM
Location: Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, Room 112

Lizbeth Gomez

Modification of Asthma Treatment Response by Environmental and Social Exposures: A Secondary Analysis of AsthmaNet Clinical Trials

Major: Environmental and Occupational Health
Chair: Jane Clougherty
Committee Members: Usama Bilal, Leslie McClure, Fernando Holguin, Ellen Kinnee
Date and Time: June 04, 2024 11:00 AM
Location: Nesbitt Hall, Room 132

John-Paul Marrazzo

Making and Breaking Double Bonds: Adventures with Isocyanoalkenes and Benzonitriles

Major: Chemistry
Chair: Haifeng Ji
Committee Members: Jun Xi, Ming-Yu Ngai, Craig McClure, Lynn Penn
Date and Time: June 04, 2024 12:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact jrm454@drexel.edu for link.

Rachael Walton

Exploring Human Experiences of Black Students Criminalized through Disciplinary Action in New York City Schools: A Narrative Case Study

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Sheila Vaidya, Michael Haslip
Committee Members: Worokya Duncan
Date and Time: June 04, 2024 12:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact rw828@drexel.edu for link.

Alexei Taylor

Exploring Alzheimer’s Disease Subtype Replicability

Major: Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Chair: Fengqing Zhang
Committee Members: Lei Wang, Aaron Kucyi, Kate Devlin, David Wolk, Christos Davatzikos, Wenxin Jiang
Date and Time: June 04, 2024 1:30 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact at3334@drexel.edu for link.

Kamila Kuabara

Macroecology and Macroevolution of Avian Chewing Lice (Insecta: Psocodea: Phthiraptera), Parasites of Neotropical Birds (Aves)

Major: Ecology, Evolution and Earth Systems
Chair: Jon Gelhaus
Committee Members: Jason Weckstein, Gary Rosenberg, Sean O'Donnell, Kevin Johnson
Date and Time: June 04, 2024 2:00 PM
Location: Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, Room 103

Ali Rahmaninezhad

Optimizing the Performance of Microbially Induced Calcium Carbonate Production (MICCP) through Microbial Engineering Approaches.

Major: Environmental Engineering
Chair: Christopher Sales
Committee Members: Amir Farnam, Ahmad Najafi, Mira Olson, Joseph Hughes
Date and Time: June 04, 2024 3:00 PM
Location: Lebow Engineering Center, Room 241

Ashley Zitter

Factors Influencing Intervention Outcomes of Children with ASD: The Role of Child and Implementation Characteristics

Major: Psychology
Chair: Giacomo Vivanti
Committee Members: Brian Daly, Diana Robins, Elisabeth Sheridan, Julia Parish-Morris
Date and Time: June 06, 2024 9:00 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact anz26@drexel.edu for link.

Tiffany Eaton

Exploring the Role of Socioeconomic and Cultural Influences on Weight Management in Black Women

Major: Community Health and Prevention
Chair: Shiriki Kumanyika
Committee Members: Allison Groves, Irene Headen, Meghan Butryn, Amanda Wagner
Date and Time: June 06, 2024 9:00 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact tmb389@drexel.edu for link.

Lauren Villanueva

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Gendered Experiences of Retention in Institutional Advancement

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Kristy Kelly
Committee Members: Karin Botto, Aroutis Foster
Date and Time: June 06, 2024 11:00 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact lmr24@drexel.edu

Udoh Akpan

Solitary Waves in Fermi-Pasta-Ulam-Tsingou Lattices with Long Range Particle Interation

Major: Mathematics
Chair: Doug Wright
Committee Members: Matthew Johnson, Xiaoming Song, David Ambrose, Ronald Perline
Date and Time: June 06, 2024 12:00 PM
Location: Korman Center, Room 211

Ellana Black

Working Smarter: A Quantitative Investigation into Higher Education Faculty’s Perceptions, Adoption, and Use of Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Alignment with the Learning Sciences and Universal Design for Learning

Major: Education
Chair: Kristen Betts
Committee Members: Deanna Hill, Constance Lyttle, Michelle Miller, Tamara Galoyan
Date and Time: June 06, 2024 2:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact esb79@drexel.edu for link.

Angela Mastrianni

Designing Computerized Support for Identifying and Treating Patients with Life-Threatening Injuries During Medical Emergencies

Major: Information Science
Chair: Aleksandra Sarcevic
Committee Members: Afsaneh Razi, Jina Huh-Yoo, Christopher MacLellan, Krzysztof Gajos
Date and Time: June 07, 2024 10:00 AM
Location: 3675 Market St, Room 928

Emily Esquea

Targeting Metabolic Vulnerabilities in Breast Cancer Brain Metastatic Cells

Major: Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics
Chair:
Committee Members:
Date and Time: June 07, 2024 10:00 AM
Location: New College Building, Geary A

Shavonne McMillan

Safeguards for Black and Brown High School Students: A Study Exploring Educators' Experiences with Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Amanda Lannie
Committee Members: Charlotte Brickhouse, Chris Vorndran
Date and Time: June 07, 2024 12:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact smm836@drexel.edu for link.

Genevieve Daly

Social Determinants of Health Education in Physician Assistant Faculty Training

Major: Health Sciences
Chair: Stephen Gambescia
Committee Members: Al Rundio, William Lorman, Patrick Auth, Frank Giannelli
Date and Time: June 07, 2024 2:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact gd452@drexel.edu for link.

Shamell Roberts

Attaining Success: A Counternarrative Study of Black Women Senior-level Administrators in Higher Education

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Stephanie Budhai
Committee Members: Jose Chavez, Tiffenia Archie
Date and Time: June 10, 2024 12:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact smr62@drexel.edu for link.

Joshua Weitzel

Exploring High School Principals¿ Perceptions of Essentials Factors for High-Performing Administrative Teams: A Mixed Methods Study

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Constance Lyttle
Committee Members: Michael Kozak, Brian Bliss
Date and Time: June 10, 2024 2:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact jnw52@drexel.edu for link.

Monica Thompson

Speech-Language Pathologists¿ Knowledge and Understanding of The Universal Design for Learning Framework within the K-5 Setting: A Qualitative Study

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Mary Jean Tecce DeCarlo, Dominic Gullo
Committee Members: Jalisa Barnes
Date and Time: June 10, 2024 4:30 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact mdt79@drexel.edu for link.

Lauren Hine

Are Public Schools Preparing Graduates to Complete Adulthood Tasks? A Quantitative Study

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Chris Vorndran
Committee Members: Bridget Blakely, Mariah Rackley
Date and Time: June 11, 2024 6:30 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact lvh28@drexel.edu for link.

Nicholas Coffman

Pedal Power: Navigating The Tension Between Consumption and Creativity in Online Guitar Effects Pedal Culture

Major: Communication, Culture & Media
Chair: Wesley Shumar
Committee Members: Brent Luvaas, Rachel Reynolds, Hilde Van den Bulck, David Arditi
Date and Time: June 12, 2024 12:00 PM
Location: MacAlister Hall, Room 5051-A

Claire Trainor

A Brief, Emotion-Coaching Intervention for Caregivers of Adolescents with Eating Disorders: Feasibility, Acceptability, and Preliminary Impacts on Emotion Regulation

Major: Psychology
Chair: Stephanie Manasse, Adrienne Juarascio
Committee Members: Jennifer Schwartz, Sasha Gorrell, Mindy Solomon
Date and Time: June 12, 2024 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact cmt389@drexel.edu for link.

Tyler Andres-Bray

Exploring Ecological Drivers of Cultural Variation and Patterns of Insectivory in the Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes ellioti)

Major: Biological Sciences
Chair: Sean O'Donnell
Committee Members: Mary Gonder, Kevin Smith, Michael O'Connor, Crickette Sanz, Elizabeth Lonsdorf
Date and Time: June 18, 2024 1:00 PM
Location: Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, Room 103

Andy Wiggins

Leveraging Unlabeled Data to Improve Guitar Tablature Transcription

Major: Electrical Engineering
Chair: John Walsh
Committee Members: David Han, Mark Cartwright, Keunwoo Choi, Youngmoo Kim
Date and Time: June 25, 2024 2:00 PM
Location: Bossone Research Enterprise Center, Room 302