CWU's graduate programs in Psychology include the following:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis: This degree program trains students to apply behavioral science in real-world settings such as clinics or schools. Students use a systematic approach to the assessment and evaluation of behavior, and the application of interventions that alter behavior.
  • Experimental Psychology: This degree is research oriented. Graduates will often work in colleges, universities, research centers, government, and private businesses. Many will continue on for doctoral programs.
  • Mental Health Counseling: This is an applied degree where students use research to counsel clients in need. Graduates work with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric clients in community mental health, schools, and in private practice.
  • School Psychology: This degree is assessment oriented. Candidates interview and test students to identify placement issues and optimize learning. Graduates work as school psychologists within the public school system.
  • This collection features theses from students in the Department of Psychology Graduate Programs at Central Washington University.

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Theses from 2018

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Gender Differences in Task Switching: An Event-Related Potential Study, Briana M. Bratcher

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Confidence in Academic Testing: The Effect of Induced Checking and Anxiety on University Students' Emotional Responses to, and Performance in, Academic Challenge, Elijah Bruner

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The Effects of Moral Message Framing on Political Ideology, Matthew Christiansen

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Development of the Clark and Becker Scale of Symptomatology (CBS): Symptom-Level Item Performance, Michael Clark

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EVALUATION OF PAPER TEST STRATEGIES ON COMPUTER-ADMINISTERED TESTS: THE IMPACT OF ITEM RESPONSE MARKING ON TEST PERFORMANCE, Erik Ekberg

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An Examination of the In-Group Hypothesis in Facial Expression Inferences Using American and Indian Samples, Scott Lehrman

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THE IMPACT OF MINDFULNESS ON STUDENT SUCCESS, Casey D. Nightingale

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MODELING THE PSYCHIATRIC ASPECTS OF POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME AND INDUCED STRESS, Danielle Peecher

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Attitudes Toward Anonymous Public Nudes, Marianna Wendt

Theses from 2017

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Effects of Screen Light Filtering Software on Sleep and Morning Alertness, HengYu Chi

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Uncertainty's Impact on Perceptions Toward Randomness, Ross Cook

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MUSICAL MNEMONIC DEVICES OR METHOD OF LOCI: WHICH PROMOTES HIGHER RECALL OF CONCRETE AND ABSTRACT WORDS?, Sky M. Corby

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Cognitive Biases in Alcohol and Marijuana Users, Wyatt G. Frahm

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Piano Music as a Behavioral Intervention at the Ellensburg, WA Developmental Preschool, Christopher Hull

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Behavioral Differences Between Urban and Rural American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos), Carolina Montenegro

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Effects of a Growth Mindset Intervention on First-Year College Student Academic Performance, Sarah North Wolfe

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Teacher Perceptions of School Climate and PBIS, Douglas Periman

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A Cultural Comparison of the Facial Inference Process, Janine Swiney

Theses from 2016

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Differences in Attitudes towards Heterosexual and LGBT Homeless Youth in College Students, Jonathan P S Clinkenbeard

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EFFECT OF PRIOR TRAUMA EXPOSURE ON ALPHA AMPLITUDE, HEART RATE, AND SELF-REPORTED NEGATIVE AFFECT, Gina L. DeNoble

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Self-Compassion, Mindfulness and Wellbeing in Counselors-in-Training, Lea Fairbanks

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Derived Textual Control in Activity Schedules Using a Stimulus Pairing Observation Procedure, Grace Felling

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Online Usage Among College Students: A Comparison of Online Gaming and Facebook Users, Jonathan M. Ingram

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MEASURING SELF-REPORTED EXERCISE, MOTIVATION TO EXERCISE, AND SEXISM IN WOMEN, Sydney C. Jensen

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Life Adversity, Social Support, Resilience, and College Student Mental Health, Joshua Mello

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MANDING IN CHILDREN WITH AUTISM: TRANSFER OF CONTROL FROM ADULTS TO PEERS, Michael Layne Miller

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Examination of the Relationship Between Caesarean Section Births and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Breea M. Rosas

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The Effects of Question-Present Versus Item Present Conditions on Acquisition of Mands, Paige M. Thornton

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MATE SELECTION COMPARISONS IN HETEROSEXUAL AND HOMOSEXUAL INDIVIDUALS, Daina Lee Wierzbinski

Theses from 2015

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Exercise Motivations of Older Adults, Laura J. Attaway

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The Effects of Feedback Sequence on Cognitive Performance, Travis W. Pyle

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Electrophysiological and Behavioral Working Memory Differences Between Musicians and Non-Musicians, Benjamin P. Richardson

Theses from 1968

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The Effectiveness of Perceptual Training as a Corrective Measure for Reading Disability, Brenda Bonin Batali

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Concept Identification as a Function of three Semantic Dimensions, Richard Eugene Edwards

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The Effect of Dominance Level When Using Mediated Generalization to Facilitate Concept Formation, Delbert Smith McHenry

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An Experimental Analysis of Superstitious Behavior in College Males, Nancy Alice Metzler

Theses from 1967

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The Effectiveness of the Presentation and Removal of Money as Reward and Punishment in a Paired-Associate-Constant Order Learning Task, John B. Baughman

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The Effect of Shifts in Reward Magnitude and Changes of Schedule of Reinforcement on Resistance to Extinction, Richard James Boylan

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Suggestibility and its Relationship to Instructional Set in Serial Learning, Richard Walter Giroux

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The Effect of Continuous – and Partial Reinforcement on the Choice Behavior of Rats, Philip S. Hall

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Meaningfulness and Similarity as Determinants of Verbal Retention, Walter S. Heins

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Bayes’ Theorem: A Model for Human Probability Estimate Revision, William H. Hickok

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The Effect of Electroconvulsive Shock Following One-Trial Avoidance Learning in the Rat, Richard H. Lovely

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The Effect of Overlearning and the Associative Value of the Stimuli Upon Reversal Learning, Ralph Daniel Marken

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Operantly Conditioning a Boy’s Classroom Behavior, Daniel Lee McIvor

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The Relative Efficiency of Auditory (Social) Reinforcement vs. Food Reinforcement with the Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri Sciureus) in an Operant Situation, David R. McMurray

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Conservatism in a Bayesian Probability Situation as a Function of the Sex of the Subject, Paul Frederick Miller

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Delayed Auditory Feedback and Retention Testing Time, Wayne K. Miller

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The Relative Effect of Time of Reinforcement and Pre-Reinforcement Activity on the Learning of Meaningful Verbal Material, Daisuke Bill Nakashima

Theses from 1966

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A Comparison of Estimates of Relative Frequency vs. Subjective Probability, Duncan Muir McQuarrie

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Revision of Subjective Probabilities Under a Bayesian Model, Gary A. Sterner