This page lists the dissertations completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Doctor of Social Work degree. The Department of Social Work is the first program to offer a degree at the doctoral level at Kutztown University. The first degrees were awarded in Spring 2018.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2023

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SOCIAL WORK SUPERVISION EDUCATION: PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS REFLECT ON EDUCATION AND SUPERVISORY COMPETENCE, Morgan Ann Daugherty

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Without A Village: Motherhood, Child Care and COVID-19, Bailey Higgins

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School Social Work and Autism Competency: A Mixed-Methods Assessment of Pennsylvania School Social Workers, Jami Imhof

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Relational Connections for Youth Aging out of Foster Care: A Policy Content Analysis, Heather Miller

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Liberating Self: An Autoethnographic Inquiry Into Black Male Mental Health, Phillip J. Roundtree Sr., DSW, LCSW, MS

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“We're Not Thriving, But We're Trying.” Exploring Undergraduate Students' Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Kelly Smith

Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Herstory: Women and Drugs. Women in the Environment Perspective Using Meta-Ethnography, Tammy Ann Shay

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African-American Pastors' Mental Health Literacy, Leadership and Counsel: A Systematic Review, Michelle A. Townsend

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Social Work Experiences of Moral Distress Amid COVID-19, Megan Tritt

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The Development of the Police Department Wellness Survey (PDWS), Tia White

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Human Behavior in the Political Environment: A Content Analysis of Political Content in HBSE Textbooks, Brendan Young

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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School Social Workers and Threat Assessment Teams: Exploring Roles, Perceptions, and Outcomes, Alicia Chico

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Who Do We Think We Are? A Qualitative Exploration of Social Work Identity, Michael W. Hassler

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Awareness of and Value Placed on School Social Work: A Study of Pennsylvania’s Public School Administrators, Jen Marshall

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Effectiveness of a Social Work Informed Casework Training Curriculum for Paraprofessionals in Non-Profit Social Service Agencies, Mindy L. McCormick

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Understanding Effective Supervision and the Relationship between Supervision Effectiveness and Education, Rachel S. Bernini

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The Perceived Impact of Basic Need Insecurity on Social Work Student Success, Amy B. Downes

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"We Are Forgotten." Framing Disaster via Twitter in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria: Implications for Social Work Policy Practice, Barbe A. Fogarty

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CASEWORKER TURNOVER: WHY DO CHILD WELFARE CASEWORKERS WANT TO LEAVE THEIR JOBS AND WHAT MAKES THEM STAY?, Bonnie C. Marsh

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SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK: A CURRICULUM ANALYSIS, Nikki Snyder

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Intervention Research for the Education and Empowerment of Families Experiencing Homelessness: Exploring Knowledge of Tenant Rights and Perceptions of Personal Empowerment, Diane J. Irish DSW, LSW

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Social Work Educators' Perceptions of their Leadership and Management Competencies, Leah K. Lazzaro DSW

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Exploring the relationships of Email Overload, Stress and Burnout in Social Workers, Lisa M. Lowrie

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Social Work’s Contribution to Research Regarding Suicide Among African Americans, Darius Reed

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Exploring the Role of United States Legal Discourse in Creating, Sustaining, and Disrupting Vestiges of Slavery, Hanif M. Bey

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Intimate Partner Violence: A Narrative Analysis of the Jamaican Women Experience, Sonia M. Brown

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Understanding College Students with Physical Disabilities, Kimberly L. Hardner

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A Workable Balance: Maternity Leave and Female success in the Workplace in Finland and the United States, Karey J. Murphy

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Hispanic Parent/Caregiver Health Literacy: Examining Effect on Pediatric Emergency Department Utilization, Sandy Anhai Ramirez Sanchez

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Academic Preparedness of Social Workers for Interprofessional Education/Collaborative Practice (IPECP), Amy Corwin Sagen