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In celebration of Black History Month 2023:

Dissertations and Theses from Pacifica Alumni

This list is a compendium of writings and research that covers a broad gamut of individual and group experiences. While no means a complete list, it is what is currently available from our distinguished alumni. 

Doctoral Dissertations.

Abrahamian, L. K. (2021). Hok danil as bringing spirit. Available from ProQuest.
Allen, M. L. (2016). The impact of Motown music on the psyche of African American women. Available from ProQuest.
Allen, S. S. (2015). Transforming rage: Revisioning the myth of the angry Black woman. Available from ProQuest.
Aro, M. F. L. (2022). Wishing for Wakanda: Marginalized young adults and fantasy fiction. Available from ProQuest.
Baskerville, S. M. (2016). A phenomenological study of African American women in predominantly White graduate schools. Available from ProQuest.
Brewster, F. (2004). The dreams of African American women: A heuristic study of dream imagery. Available from ProQuest.
Carmichael, C. (2009). Coniunctio and communitas. Available from ProQuest.
Cummings, R. B. (2020). Reconstructing collective memory and holding space in Leimert Park Village . Available from ProQuest.
De Veaux, M. (2011). In search of solid ground: Oral histories of the Great Migration 1920-1960. Available from ProQuest.
Deligio, E. (2019). Coming home: Restoration after state violence. Available from ProQuest.
Dumas, R. T. (2013). The African American mother’s perspective of maternal-child separation for professional or educational endeavors. Available from ProQuest.
Fletcher, L. A. (2009). Autonomous psyche: The complexity of psychological life. Available from ProQuest.
Ford, B. J. (2014). Transmission of generational trauma in African American gang members. Available from ProQuest.
Grammer, H. L. (2019). From incarceration to eco-liberation: Formerly incarcerated youth in the wilderness. Available from ProQuest.
Hanson, M. K. (2022). Seeing through Sara: A hermeneutic exploration of Stephen King’s Bag of Bones. Available from ProQuest.
Johnson, S. D. (2011). The fire that genius brings: Creativity and the unhealed companionship between Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. Available from ProQuest.
Jones, W. J. (2016). The process of self-actualization among three historic African American leaders. Available from ProQuest.
Kline, D. L. (2020). Affective states of retired Black NFL players: Unsilencing voices to discover emotional narratives. Available from ProQuest.
Mascal, K. N. (2020). Insurmountable odds: Black females resiliency in a culture of suicide statistics. Available from ProQuest.
Miles, S. (2012). Tuning in: The impact of Maat Inner Resource Training on African American adolescent males in the inner-city. Available from ProQuest.
Myers, S. K. (2021). Sojourner Truth’s presence as a prophetic voice in depth psychology. Available from ProQuest
Miles, S. (2012). Tuning in: The impact of Maat inner resource training on African American adolescent males in the inner-city. Available from ProQuest.
Okibe, S. (2019). Acculturation-related mental health stressors among recent West African immigrants in Southern California. Available from ProQuest.
Orduña, A. D. (2021). Òṣun consciousness: Unearthing anti-Black biases in the Los Angeles homeless system soul as reflected in the sacred histories of the African American experience. Available from ProQuest.
Petronis, L. A. (2009). The lived experience of exile and Christianity for the Lost Boys from Sudan: A transcendental-phenomenological study. Available from ProQuest.
Reeves, P. D. (2013). How music and lyrics protect and heal the souls of African American women who have experienced domestic-violence trauma, sexual abuse, or depression: A phenomenological study. Available from ProQuest.
Scruggs, G. K. P. (2009). Alchemy: Extracting the gold inherent in our youth how the use of myth will assist in the personal development of Afrikan American urban adolescent males. Available from ProQuest.
Selig, J. L. (2004). Cultural therapy: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s work with the soul of America. Available from ProQuest.
Shiver, S. L. (2011). African American fathers in middle adulthood: Experiencing transformation by understanding archetypal patterns. Available from ProQuest.
Singh, S. S. N. (2009). A phenomenological study of African American men raised without their biological fathers. Available from ProQuest.
Smith, M. de S. D. (2015). Silenced by the myth: Racial identity among Brazilian college students of African descent. Available from ProQuest.
Strayhorn, R. (2011). The impact of Motown music on self-understanding and experience in psychotherapy among African-American baby boomers: A phenomenological investigation. Available from ProQuest.
Taylor, E. M. (2010). The phenomenology of psychological reparation: Manic reparation within the African American community. Available from ProQuest.
Williams, L. C. (2014). The psychology of invisibility: A phenomenological study on African American gay male exclusion and its impact on perceived self development. Available from ProQuest.

Master’s Theses

Chisholm, C. (2004). Between a rock and a hard place: The shadow sandwich and African American individuation. Available from the Pacifica library.
Cooper, D. C. (2022). Whiteness in psychotherapy: The underexplored dynamic. Available from the ProQuest.
Daniels, M. J. (2016). Underutilization of psychotherapy by African Americans with an emphasis on cultural trauma and cultural complexes. Available from ProQuest.
Jackson, M. E. (2003). Crumbling: The evolution of the African-American adolescent female’s self-image. Available from the Pacifica library.
King, D. (2015). African American students’ mental health and academic performance at pedominantly White institutions of higher learning. Available from ProQuest.
McCray, A. R. (2014). Healing African Americans’ double consciousness: Jungian analysis and African centered adult rites of passage. Available from ProQuest.
Minsky, A. H. (2010). Barack Obama’s legacy of dreams: 1961–1994. Available from ProQuest.
Mitchell, K. (2021). Stigmatization and the racial complex: What does the African American client truly need in psychotherapy? Available from ProQuest.
Olsen-Van Stone, C. A. (2017). Unbearable Whiteness: Workshop for White therapists on cultural responsive practice with Black clients. Available from ProQuest.
Roberson, R. A. (2018). Between the margins: Biracial identity development in a nation divided by the color line. Available from ProQuest.
Scates, S. (2019). Remembering ourselves by mourning our losses with conscious movement. Available from ProQuest.
Towliat, H. (2021). Black history knowledge and racism: The role of the unconscious and phantom narratives. Available from ProQuest.
Tudor, C. E. (2022). Embracing color: The role of understanding multiracial identity in America’s anti-racist movement. Available from the ProQuest.

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