This online database contains the full-text of PhD dissertations and Masters’ theses of Wilfrid Laurier University students from 1982 forward. These documents are made available for personal study and research purposes only, in accordance with the Canadian Copyright Act and the Creative Commons license—CC BY-NC-ND (Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivative Works). Under this license, works must always be attributed to the copyright holder (original author), cannot be used for any commercial purposes, and may not be altered. Any other use would require the permission of the copyright holder. Students can choose to withdraw their dissertation and/or thesis from this database. For additional inquiries, please contact the repository administrator via e-mail or by telephone at 519-884-0710 ext. 2073.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2024

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Grammatical Aspect, Temporal Adverbs, and Situation Models, Valerie Hemeon

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The influence of visual perspective on the cognitive effort required for mental representation, Jeffrey P. Hong

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Social-Emotional Outcomes in Emerging Adults with ADHD: The Influence of Self-Compassion on Peer Rejection, Rejection Sensitivity, and Psychological Distress, Alia Hussain

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Language Acquisition, Mental Health, and Acculturation among Migrants in Canada, Ali Jasemi

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Predictors of Canadians’ Psychological Well-Being in Retirement: A Mixed Methods Approach, Jessica Miller

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Overcoming the unseen: Understanding diverse Canadian workers’ well-being during the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Tyler M. Pacheco

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Understanding the Significance of Object Recognition in Cowbirds: Exploring the Interplay of Cognition, Social Behaviour and Reproductive Success, Eric Rushton

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Dancing around and through harm: Examining the lived experiences of women of colour with gender-based violence in the Toronto & Kitchener-Waterloo Latin dance communities, Lexi Salt

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Addressing Racial Trauma in Psychotherapy, Rajni Sharma

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SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES ON CRIME: EMPATHY, COGNITIVE REAPPRAISAL, AND MEDIA SOURCES, Gillian Sherman

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Workplace Wellbeing and Sense of Mattering Among Small and Medium Enterprise Workers in Canada, Kyle Smilovsky

Theses/Dissertations from 2023

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Inspirational Bullshit: The Good, the Bad, and the Vacuous, Esther Abel

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I am Queer and Asian: The Crossroad of Race and LGBTQIA+ Identity among Queer Asian Canadian Youth and the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Kenny Chee

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Vapourized Cannabis Extract Administration Impairs Memory and Alters Neural Activity in Laboratory Rats, Megan Chladny

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Experiences of quality of life among youth experiencing homelessness, mental health problems, and addictions, Wilsy Choudhary

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Transformations Towards Just Urban Sustainabilities: A community psychology approach to analyzing and fostering urban changes, Bianca C. Dreyer

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A Close Look at the Connections Between Mental-State Talk, Theory of Mind, and Source Monitoring During Parent-Child Reminiscing of Emotional Events, Mallory Earnshaw

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Intermittent sucrose access: Sweetness versus calories, Jarret Folmer and Rudy Eikelboom

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The Contribution of Phonological Overlap to the Cognate Effect: An Event-Related Potential Study of Persian-English Bilinguals, Zahra Fotovatnia

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Still, We Thrive: Understanding How Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men (GBTMSM) Experience Structural Barriers & Facilitators to Wellness, Lucas Gergyek

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The Long-term Effects of Cannabis on Attention to Motion, Rachel McCaig

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The Power of Dissent: Mitigating False Polarization and Cross-Party Dislike in Online Interactions, Victoria Parker

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Examining the Effects of Noise and Task Dependent Performance in Prosody Perception in Autistic Individuals, Zehranur Sasal

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How narcissism relates to perceived conflict and cooperation in social situations, Sydney Sharp

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Distinctiveness and Similarity: How the Sub-Trait Facets of the Big Five Self-Organize to Create Personality Types, Jonathan Thiessen

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Investigating The Role of Implicit Theories of Relationships on The Interpretation of Investments in Relationship Decision-Making, Sarah Wall

Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Early Predictors: The Impact of Childhood Exposure to Interparental Conflict on Developmental Outcomes for Emotion Self-Regulation and Related Problem Behaviour., Katrina Abela

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Community stress and resilience during covid-19: Assessing the emotional profile of the City of Hamilton using a social media analysis, Senyo Agbeyaka

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Relationships Between Executive Functioning, Memory, and Source Judgements on Children’s Responses to Online Advertising, Samantha Barbosa

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Impression Management Among Municipal Employees as a Barrier to Engagement: An Explorative Study, Alicia Bevan

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Inducing Kindness to Cope with Social Stress: Comparing Self-Compassion with Cognitive Reappraisal, Cortney Burnham

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How Narcissism Relates to (Non-) Cooperation, Christopher Chinn

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An Examination of External Threats on Romantic Behaviour in People with Low Self-Esteem, Melanie Christoforou

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Feeling Fat: Theorizing Intergenerational Body Narratives Through Affect, Katie Cook

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B-SURE (Bereavement Support Research): The Differential Experiences of Peer and Professional Support in Grief, Andrea Crowley

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The Avian Hippocampal Declarative Memory System, Chelsey C. Damphousse

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Thinking About Making a Connection: Exploring the Role of Metacognition in Recognition Memory for Associative Information, Mario E. Doyle

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An Exploration on the Barriers to Accessing Mental Health Services Among South Asian Youth, Oeishi Faruquzzaman

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“The system is not set up for individuals with FASD”: Lived and Caregiver Perspectives Regarding Current and Ideal Housing Supports for Canadian Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Siann Gault

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The Electrophysiological Correlates of Text Integration and Direct vs. Indirect Articles: A Centralized and Lateralized Examination, Deanna C. Hall

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Exploring individuals’ views on the malleability of their moral self-concept, Steven Hertz

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First Language Loss and Maintenance in Adolescents and Young Adults from Immigrant Backgrounds, Wanxin Li

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AGENTS AT WORK: MODELING HOW SPACE CAN INFLUENCE PEOPLE IN THE WORKPLACE, Jovan Poposki

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Examining harm reduction in Housing First for youth experiencing homelessness and concurrent mental health and substance use issues, Victoria Rozycki

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“What if this happiness doesn’t last forever?”: Stressors faced by racialized SOGIE refugees, Moni Sadri-Gerrior

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Using Online Training Modules to Enhance Parents' Early Literacy Training Skills and Understanding, Ayodele Sanni

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The Impact of Social Media Influencers on Emerging Adults, Avnee Sharma

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Impact of Inducing Self-Compassion on the use of Safety Behaviours in Social Situations, Kamila Szczyglowski

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Exploring Intersectional Factors Associated with Mental Health Service Utilization in a Sample of LGBT2Q+ Canadians, Samson Tse

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"If we're not loud, we're not cared for": Empowerment in transgender peoples' healthcare experiences, Chase Valiant

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When a Seat at the Table is not Enough: A Participatory Action Research Study on Collaborative Partnerships in Ontario Developmental Services Organizations, Kaylagh Vanwyck

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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HOW DO YOU TALK TO YOURSELF? – THE EFFECTS OF PRONOUN USAGE AND INTERPERSONAL QUALITIES OF SELF-TALK, Sonya M. Bisol

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Sucrose Solution Access Influences Intake Value in Rats, Adam Celejewski

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A Tale of Two Tweets: What Factors Predict Forgiveness of Past Transgressions on Social Media?, Andrew Dawson

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Bicultural Identity and Academic Achievement: The Second-Generation Immigrant Student Experience, Karimeh Haddad

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Rainbow Writes: Peer-Led Creative Writing Groups’ Potential for Promoting 2SLGBTQ+ Youth Wellbeing, Ceilidh Harrison

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Reducing Anticipatory Anxiety: Does Values-Affirmation Increase Self-Compassion?, elena harwood

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A Low Self-Esteem Perspective on Support Provision, Alexandra Hirniak

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How Did We Learn About Sex? —— Sex Education and Sexual Health in Chinese Youth, Yujuan Liu

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The Perceived Deservingness of Narcissistic Individuals, Danielle Lynch

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To Like or to Want? Exploring the Psychobiological Processes of Human Food Reward, Angela Mastroianni

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Microaggressions and Microaffirmations Experienced by LGBTQ2S+ People with Disabilities, Kathleen McKee

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Investigating the Use of Mental-State Talk in Parent-Child Joint Reminiscing and Storytelling on Children’s Source Monitoring, Holly Autumn Nelson

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Reading in Kapampangan, Filipino, and English: A Look at Multilingual Children in an Economically Challenging Philippine Community, Portia Padilla

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Investigating the Inhibition of the Return of Attention in the Tactile Domain, Robert Plax

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MOTHER-CHILD SHARED STORY TELLING OF WORDLESS AND WORDED PICTURE BOOKS: A WITHIN-SUBJECT DESIGN STUDY OF PRESCHOOL CHILDREN, Katherine Reid and Alexandra Gottardo

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Is it just a dream? How attributions for successful and unsuccessful social mobility attempts maintain the myth of the American Dream, Erin Shanahan

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Cambridge-North Dumfries Ontario Health Team: An Exploratory Evaluation of Service Integration Planning, Megan Strazds-Esenbergs

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"Learning" to Feel Valued: Exploring the Impact of Community Service Learning on Student Mattering and Mental Health, Emily Weatherhead

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Attained and Retained Employment of Employees with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Ontario, Michelle Willson

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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A Housing First Model for Youth and its Relation to Social Integration, Alexandra Amiri

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A program implementation fidelity assessment of a Housing First program in Ontario, Steven Bigioni

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Positive Wellbeing Among University Students from Diverse Communities: A Place-Based Approach, Kevin Bonnell

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Examining Gender Differences in Perceptions of Pay Negotiation and Remuneration Among Late-Adolescents, Meghan Borg

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Domain-Specific Self-Compassion in Individuals High versus Low in Social Anxiety, Leah Brassard

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Social Transition, Coming Out, and Challenging Transnormativity: Non-Binary Experiences in Healthcare, Drew Burchell

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There is No Free: An Indigenous Informed Perspective on Free, Prior and Informed Consent, Nicole Burns

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The Inclusive Nature of Mindfulness-Based Practice: Does Executive Functioning Play a Role in Children's Mindful Experience?, Kaitlyn Butterfield

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Well-being, discrimination, and self-management among racialized LGBQ+ newcomers living in Waterloo Region, Ontario, Emily Cox

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Exploring Young ACB Women’s Experiences of Navigating Sexual Health in the Greater Toronto Area., Natasha Afua Darko

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SPATIAL MEMORY AND EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING IN THE GOTO-KAKIZAKI RAT MODEL OF DIABETES, Lorielle Dietze

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Picture This: The Effect of Imagery Perspective on Affective Forecasting, Giselle Durand

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Be Kind to Your Mind: A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing the Benefits of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion vs. Social Skills Training Among Children and Adolescents, Lindsey Feltis

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Using Our Past to Predict Our Future: Applying Reference Class Forecasting to Debias Individual Project Completion Predictions, Rebecca Friesdorf

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What Makes an Image Memorable? Effects of Encoding on the Mechanism of Recognition, Asiya Gul

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The role of life events in older women's psychosocial development and well-being, Taylor Hill

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The Effects of Dorsal Lateral Telencephalon Lesions on Zebrafish Social Behaviour, Hailey Katzman

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Narrating a Conscientization journey on Crime Prevention through Social Development, Carlos Luis Zatarain

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Examining the longer-term impact of a home-visiting intervention program on the school readiness skills of English language learners in kindergarten, Michelle McCann

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Age, Access, and Sweets-Motivation, Gehan Senthinathan

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Reducing Meat Consumption: Drawing on Participatory Action Research to Explore Ways of Engaging in a Process of Meat Consumption Reduction, Brittany Spadafore

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Transforming relations: Anishnawbe Natural Law in the “Ring of Fire”, Darren Thomas

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Narcissistic worldview: How narcissism relates to perceptions of conflict and exploitative behaviour, Nicola Urquhart

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(Subjective) Time Heals All Wounds: The Competing Roles of Objective and Subjective Time in Reactions to Past Events, Sarah L. Williams

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An Evaluation of the Timeline as a Memory Retrieval Aid for Children’s Recall of Specific Details from a Repeated Event, Huan Huan Zhang

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Connectedness to Nature and Pro-Environmental Behaviour from Early Adolescence to Adulthood: A Comparison of Urban and Rural Canada, Daniel Anderson

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Free, Prior, and Informed Decision-Making About Proposed Development on Indigenous Territories in Northern Ontario, Courtney Arseneau

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EXPLORING THE FEMALE AUTISM PHENOTYPE: PERSONAL IDENTITY FORMATION AND WELL-BEING IN AUTISTIC FEMALES, Erinn Nell Barry

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Started from the future now we're here: The effect of planning direction on motivation, Kaylee Boulton

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“INVISIBLE” PARENT EXPERIENCES OF HOMELESSNESS AND SEPARATION FROM THEIR CHILDREN IN CANADA, Rachel A. Caplan