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Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Patient perspectives on teledentistry and face-to-face doctor interaction during orthodontic treatment, Jackson K. Griffeth D.M.D.; Bhavna Shroff D.D.S., M.Dent.Sc., M.P.A.; Caroline Carrico Ph.D.; and Payton Cook

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Sweet Fruit, Daa Guy-Vasson

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The Therapeutic Potential of Glycosaminoglycan Directed Metalloglycomics: Elucidating New Targets and Mechanisms for Polynuclear Platinum Complexes, James D. Hampton

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Pissing in the Pleasure Garden, Ellen Hanson

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Radiographic Comparison Using CBCT-PAI and Volumetric Analysis of Endodontically Treated Teeth: A Retrospective Cohort Study, Jeremy Hargrove

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Reproducibility and accuracy of the virtual occlusal record, Anne M. Harper

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Virtual Reality Tool for Visualizing the Oral Microbiome, Alexus M. Harris

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Rheological Analysis of the Mechanical Properties of Murine Lungs Over the Lifespan, Olajumoke Olufunke Harrison

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GENERATION OF A MULTI-PROTEIN CHIMERIC CONSTRUCT FOR DIAGNOSTIC APPLICATIONS OF LYME DISEASE, Amanda Hatke

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"Unite the Left": Contextualizing Bukharin's ABC of Communism and Berkman's ABC of Anarchism, David Hayter

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What Sound Reveals To Our Eyes: The Intersection Between Subconscious Thought and Real Imagery in Experimental Film and Sound Design, Mireille G. Heidbreder

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The Roles of Neutralizing Antibodies in Blocking Human Cytomegalovirus Entry into Multiple Cell Types, Li He

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PHARMACOPHORIC EVALUATION OF 5-HT2A AND 5-HT2B SEROTONIN RECPEPTORS, Prithvi Hemanth

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Water Clarity at the River-Estuary Transition Zone: A Comparative Study of the James, Mattaponi, and Pamunkey Sub-estuaries, Rachel Henderson

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Value of Pediatric Sleep Questionnaire in Referrals for Obstructive Sleep Apnea at VCU Pediatric Dental Clinic, Elizabeth H. Hering

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LONIDAMINE IS A NOVEL INHIBITOR OF FATTY ACID OXIDATION, Tianhai He

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INTENTIONS TO USE TELEREHABILITATION FOR COMMUNICATION AND TREATMENT FOR VISION IMPAIRMENTS, Eric E. Hicks

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Symptom Self-Management in Adolescents Following a Concussion, Amanda Hodges

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EVALUATING THE EFFECTS OF ELECTRONIC NICOTINE DELIVERY SYSTEMS ON SMOKING REDUCTION, NEGATIVE MOOD, AND STRESS AMONG SMOKERS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS, Cosima Hoetger

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EVALUATION OF REGIONAL EXTRATHORACIC DEPOSITION OF LOW- AND HIGH-MOMENTUM AEROSOL USING ANATOMICALLY-CORRECT IN VITRO AIRWAY MODELS, Sana Hosseini

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The Rational Synthesis of Lanthanum Manganite Nanomaterials for Magnetic Refrigeration Applications, Caitlin Hunt

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The Default: The Paradox of Play and Productivity, Yeon Geong Hwang

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Impact of Targeting Glycosylated Ceramides on Tumorigenic Properties, and Characterization of Sphingolipids in Head and Neck Tumors, Katherine E. Hylton

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EVOLUTION AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE OF VAGINAL BIFIDOBACTERIUM BREVE IN THE VAGINAL ENVIRONMENT, Nicole R. Jimenez

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Black Feminist Thought, Interrupted: Dissecting the Voice of Black Feminists in the Blogosphere and their Engagement with Platform Affordances, Dawn G. Johnson

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Fool for Laban: An Adaptive Temporality and Stylized Movement Shepard Piece, Rebecca Johnson

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Exploring the Dopamine Transporter Utilizing a Two-Pronged Approach with Novel Cathinone Analogs and Mutant Dopamine Transporters, Charles B. Jones III

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Parametric, Nonparametric, and Semiparametric Linear Regression in Classical and Bayesian Statistical Quality Control, Chelsea L. Jones

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fatal softness, mariah b. jones

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Improving patient-specific assessments of regional aortic mechanics via quantitative magnetic resonance imaging with early applications in patients at elevated risk for thoracic aortopathy, Patrick A. Jones

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Charles and the Nature of Intellectually Disabled Characters in Performance, Scott Jones

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A Mechanism Behind the Mechanotransduction of Surface Characteristics in Osteoblasts, Otto J. Juhl IV

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Movement, home ranges, and population estimates of spotted turtles (Clemmys guttata) during a rainy breeding season in Virginia, Lauren J. Jurczak, Derek M. Johnson Dr., and John Kleopfer

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Computational Analysis and Prediction of Intrinsic Disorder and Intrinsic Disorder Functions in Proteins, Akila I. Katuwawala

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Multiplexed nucleic acid sensing with single molecule FRET, Anisa Kaur

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Preventing Obesity: A Social Ecological Exploration of Centers for Disease Control Prevention Strategies and Guidance toward Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, and Communities, Ryan Kelly

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Haven: Support For Mothers, Sarah Kincaid

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Estimating Affective States in Virtual Reality Environments using the Electroencephalogram, Meghan R. Kumar

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Effects of abiotic and biotic factors on hornworm distributions, Emelia O. Kusi

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Patient Blood Management Programs and Their Association with Patient and Organizational Outcomes, Sandra L. Lamm

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AN EXPLORATION OF TEACHER RESIDENTS’ PERCEPTION OF CULTURE AND THEIR USE OF CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE PEDAGOGY, Jodi Larson

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ARTICULATING THE HEART OF DARKNESS: A PSYCHOMETRIC AND BEHAVIORAL ANALYSIS OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PSYCHOPATHY AND SADISM, Emily Lasko

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“Insurance Doesn’t Care About the Patient”: An Institutional Ethnography of the Influence of Professional Autonomy on the Provision Care for Medicaid Dental Patients with Disabilities, Stephanie Lau

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Are the Tickets for Everyone? Heterogeneity of Economic Rewards for Associate’s Degree Completion, Kathleen E. Lee

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SYSTEMATIC STRUCTURE-ACTIVITY RELATIONSHIP STUDIES OF NALFURAFINE, Mengchu Li

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Changepoint detection in correlated categorical time series, MO LI

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Searching for gold: Using a novel land cover classification to identify multiscale drivers of site occupancy by a flagship species for early-successional habitat conservation, Baron Lin

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Drowning in our Tears, Kelley-Ann A. Lindo

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Grief, Loss, and Climate Change: Validation of a Solastalgia Scale, Claire Luce

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The Relationships Between Adolescents’ Future Aspirations and Postsecondary Enrollment: Finite Mixture Models, Chu Yi Lu Qiu

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Information Architecture for a Chemical Modeling Knowledge Graph, Adam R. Luxon

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EFFECT OF STIMULUS WAVEFORM ON TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION METRICS IN PROXIMAL AND DISTAL ARM MUSCLES, Christopher Lynch

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A Psychometric Evaluation of the BEST in CLASS Adherence and Competence Scale, Katrina A. Markowicz

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Unsheltered, Mary Maroste

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The Harm in Seeking Care: Assessing the Relationship Between Healthcare Discrimination and Healthcare Avoidance Behaviors in the Past Year and Since the Start of the Coronavirus Pandemic in a Transgender and Gender Independent Sample, Kyle L. Mason

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Theorizing #Girlboss Culture: Mediated Neoliberal Feminisms from Influencers to Multi-level Marketing Schemes, Frankie Mastrangelo

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TYA AND EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH IN HIGHER EDUCATION: AN ASSET TO UNDERGRADUATES AND THEIR COMMUNITY, Emily J. Mattison

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Dendrimer-based Antibiotics for the Treatment of Bacterial Biofilm in Cystic Fibrosis (CF), YOUNAN MA

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Creature | Take Me to the World: A Dual-Genre Thesis of Fiction and Nonfiction, Anna-Claire McGrath

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Single-molecule investigation of i-motif folding and dynamics in bioinspired DNA platforms, Anoja Megalathan

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Molecular Basis of Cross-Sensitization in Colonic Inflammation-Induced Somatic Hypersensitivity, Parshva K. Mehta

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Reanimator/Reflection: 
Creating Mirrors through Time 
with AI, Sound, Video and Live-generated Art in the Dark Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Eric Millikin

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Mathematical Modeling of Lung Inflammation: Macrophage Polarization and Ventilator-Induced Lung Injury with Methods for Predicting Outcome, Sarah B. Minucci

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NOVEL ROLES OF YY1 IN ASTROCYTES, Karli A. Mockenhaupt

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A NOVEL SULFATED TRIMER OF QUERCETIN FOR PULMONARY DELIVERY TO TREAT THE EMPHYSEMATOUS LUNG, Abhinav Mohan

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FTY720-induced antinociception in the chronic constrictive injury (CCI) mouse model: neuronal-astroglial mechanisms through S1P1 signaling, Lauren V. Moncayo

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Development of SAM-based Chemical Probes for Methyltransferases, Daniel V. Mongeluzi

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A Multilevel Mixed Methods Examination of Treatment Nonadherence Among Rural Cancer Survivors, Bonny Morris

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Medical Expenditures and Health Care Utilization: A comparison among U.S. Adult Tobacco Consumers (i.e. Never Tobacco Users, Cigarette Smokers and Smokeless Tobacco Users), Raheema s. Muhammad

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Cost-effectiveness of interventions targeting hard-to-reach populations living with HIV in Eastern and Southern Africa, Deo Mujwara

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Streptococcus Sanguinis: The Good, the Bad, and the Metal-Binding Lipoprotein, Cody Murgas

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Examining the Impact of Entrepreneurship Training on Entrepreneurial Mindset and Economic Well-being, Sombo Muzata

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The Relevance of Anaplasma phagocytophilum adhesins to infection in vitro and in vivo, Waheeda A. Naimi

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Genetics and Alcohol Interventions in Youth, Zoe E. Neale

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Leading in Crooked Rooms: Race, Gender, Culture and Black Women's Leadership Skills and Practices, Portia Newman

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HUMAN ORGANIC ANION TRANSPORTERS 1 AND 3: STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS IMPACTING TRANSPORTER-SUBSTRATE BINDING INTERACTIONS, Julie Nguyen

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The Algorithmic Mashrabiya: Reimagining the Traditional Islamic Screen, Ahmed Nour

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INFLUENCE OF IMMIGRATION STATUS ON THE 10-YEAR TRAJECTORIES OF PSYCHOSOCIAL FUNCTIONING IN INDIVIDUALS WITH TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, Chimdindu Ohayagha

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Modulation in NMDA receptor function alleviates safety learning deficit in females who experienced chronic stress during adolescence, Zuby C. Okafor

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USING DEEP LEARNING-BASED FRAMEWORK FOR CHILD SPEECH EMOTION RECOGNITION, Gerald N. Onwujekwe

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ties that bind us, Christine M. Orr and Christine M. Orr

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A Novel Immunostimulatory Platform for Amplifying the Abscopal Response Rates of Radiation Therapy, Patrick A. Paez

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The Strategic Orientation of Skilled Nursing Facilities, Jennifer R. Palazzolo

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Improving Space Efficiency of Deep Neural Networks, Aliakbar Panahi

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Teachers' Views on the Intersectionality Between Culture and Student Behaviors, and Experience Using Culturally-Responsive Behavior Interventions, Toshna Pandey

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The Role of Autophagy and Senescence in the Responses of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Cells to Chemotherapy and Radiation, Nipa H. Patel

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The Value of Postoperative Appointments following Full Mouth Dental Rehabilitation under General Anesthesia, Priyanka Patel

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Feeling the Squeeze: The Association between Multigeneration Caregiving and Informal Caregivers’ Health, Christine L. Patterson

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Impact of Physical Activity and Cardiorespiratory Fitness on Vascular Homeostasis in Premenopausal Women Consuming a Westernized High-Fat Meal, Lauren N. Pedersen

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The role of insurance coverage in outpatient substance use disorder treatment referral, utilization, and outcomes, Huyen Pham

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Preclinical Pharmacokinetic Studies of Pterostilbene, and its Human Pharmacokinetic Prediction Using Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic Modeling, Palak S. Phansalkar

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UNDERSTANDING PREDICTORS OF TELEMEDICINE ADOPTION BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, Bradford S. Pierce

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CHAINS OF STABILITY: BUILDING FINANCIAL AND CULTURAL COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY FOR LATINAS IN RICHMOND & CHESTERFIELD, VIRGINIA, Gabriella C. Pino-Moreno and Gabriella Pino-Moreno

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First-Year Retention at Virginia Commonwealth University: Understanding Student Departure and the Potential Impact of Academic Advising, Ben Plache

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Effect of Task-Irrelevant Emotional Faces on Attention to a Letter Search Task at High and Low Perceptual Loads, Nina Plotnikov

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Mobile-Based Contingency Management to Promote Daily Self-Monitoring of Pain Severity and Related Measures in an Online Sample of Individuals with Chronic Pain, Kathryn Polak`

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NATURE-INSPIRED MATERIAL STRATEGIES TOWARDS FUNCTIONAL DEVICES, Sayantan Pradhan

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Communication at The Center: A Modest Proposal for an Oral Communications Center at Virginia Commonwealth University, BRYANT E. PUGH

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The Student Experience of Higher Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic: How Class and Race Shape Socially Distanced Learning at a Public University, Alice M. Quach

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Characterizing Community-level Size Spectra in Piedmont Streams of Virginia (USA), Giancarlo Racanelli