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Theses/Dissertations from 2023

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Rooted in Between, Manavi Singh

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How do cultural norms shape healthy eating in African Americans? The role of cultural congruence and mindsets of health in healthy eating intentions among African American college students, Danyel Smith

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Motivations and Conflicts in Prison Medical Contracting, Meagan D. Sok

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Face Anti-Spoofing and Deep Learning Based Unsupervised Image Recognition Systems, Enoch Solomon

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The Influence of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Rural Virginia Secondary Teachers’ Self-Efficacy, Sherol L. Southerland

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Synthesis and Characterization of Ge1-y-xSiySnx Core and Ge1-xSnx@SiO2 Core-Shell Group IV Semiconductor Nanocrystals, Drew Z. Spera

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The Artist I Want To Be, Samson Stilwell

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Systematic Structure-Activity Relationship Study of Nalfurafine Towards Treatments for Substance Use Disorders and Pain Management, Celsey St. Onge

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Novel, continuous preparation of tuberculosis drug rifapentine, Erin E. Stryker

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Novel Electrospun Nanofiber Films for Treating Opioid Use Disorder, Hadi Sudarjat

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Profiles of Family Functioning in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Patients: Longitudinal Associations with Child Well-Being, Sydney Sumrall

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Medium and Myth in a Southern City: Plaster in the Studio of Edward V. Valentine and the Valentine Museum, 1865–2003, Anna KR Sunderlin

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To, From: Of Time, Of Distance, Of Body and Mind, Fanxi Sun

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Variability in Causal Effects on A Binary Outcome and Noncompliance in A Multisite Randomized Trial, Xinxin Sun

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Hearts in Transition: the Relationships among Gender Minority Stress, Hormone Therapy, and the Risk for Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease in Transgender Men and Non-Binary Individuals, a Mixed-Method Pilot Study, Megan Symanowitz

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Advanced Modeling and Innovative Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Coil Designs for The Treatment of Neurological Disorders, Mohannad Tashli

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Development of a QA plan for a 3.0T Cannon Galan MR-SIM, Nathaniel D. Teague

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Death in the Lowcountry: The Material Culture of Burial in Hampton County, South Carolina, Quinn T. Terry

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Frewayni's Garden: Preserving Tigrayan Culture During a Period of Ethnocide, Gabrielle F. Tesfaye

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Blockchain security and applications, Phuc D. Thai

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Dendritic cell glutamine metabolism regulates allergic sensitization in asthma, Anuj Tharakan

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INCORPORATING A DEVELOPMENTAL PERSPECTIVE INTO GENE IDENTIFICATION MODELS FOR ALCOHOL USE BEHAVIORS, Nathaniel S. Thomas

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Nuff Love: From Me to You, Katherine S. Thompson

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Comparing Theoretical Models of Childhood Adversity to Understand Psychological Adjustment of Child Welfare-Involved Adolescents, Camie Tomlinson

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A Lifelong Network: Perceptions and Experiences of First-Generation Alums After Graduation, Allison Toney

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Illusion: Immersive Experience, Tessa S. Trowbridge

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The Role of S1PR1 in Astrocyte Morphogenesis, Connor A. Tuck

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Aerosol Synthesis of Tungsten Bronze Particles for NIR Shielding, Hao Tu

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KPT-330 synergizes with everolimus to reduce mTORC1-overactive basal-like triple-negative breast cancer brain metastasis burden, Aaron D. Valentine

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A novel role for Sphingosine Kinase 1 in adipose beiging and mitochondria, Yolander Valentine

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Through the Lens of Glass, Paul J. van den Bijgaart

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The Impact of a Parent-Only Pediatric Obesity Intervention Program on Quality of Life in Racially Diverse Children, Taylor Vashro

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Effect of apical preparation size on endodontic treatment outcomes, Joseph Vaughn

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Using a single measure to assess adherence and differentiation in family therapy for adolescent externalizing problems, Stephanie Violante

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ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF A MULTIDISCIPLINARY PRIMARY CARE MODEL ON QUALITY MEASURE ACHIEVEMENT AND HEALTH CARE UTILIZATION, Tyler D. Wagner

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A Methodology of Paradoxes: Investigating Authenticity in the Representation of Queerness on the Contemporary Stage, Kendall C. Walker

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Grounded in Teachers’ Reality: A Collective Case Study on Middle School Teachers’ Self-Efficacy for Equity-Centered Trauma-Informed Educational Practices, Margaret Wallace

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“Trans broken arm syndrome”: Examining causal antecedents of gender-related medical misattribution and invasive questioning in an analogous healthcare setting through the lens of person perception, Catherine Wall

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Building a macrosystems ecology framework to identify links between environmental and human health, Felisha N. Walls

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Factors Associated With Turnover Intention of Medical Laboratory Professionals During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Mixed Methods Approach, Keandra Walthall

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The Wound Healing and Antibacterial Properties of Mesenchymal Stromal Cell Extracellular Matrix Nanoparticles, Emily N. Wandling

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EARLY TERMINATION IN PHASE II CLINICAL TRIALS: ADMISSIBLE DESIGNS USING DECREASINGLY INFORMATIVE PRIORS, Chen Wang

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Leadership Schema Complexity: Its Meaning, Antecedents, and Consequences, Wenhao Wang

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Improving the Performance, Energy Efficiency and Security of GPUs, Xin Wang

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一TO二TO三, yameng wang

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Epithelial membrane protein 3 (Emp3b) is a novel regulator of sympathetic nervous system development in zebrafish., Jessica M. White

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Attitudes and Beliefs of Cannabis Use During Pregnancy: Hashing out the Impact of Location and Legality, Anna Wiese

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FRET-based single-molecule detection of TNBC miRNAs and aptasensing of pathogen-protein IsdA, Kalani M. Wijesinghe

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Investigating TGF-β1 and Fibronectin Signaling in Low Oxygen Environments, Caitlin E. Williams

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EXPLORING THE ROLE OF INSTITUTIONAL CULTURE IN STUDENT AFFAIRS ASSESSMENT PRACTITIONERS’ EXPERIENCES IMPLEMENTING EQUITY-CENTERED ASSESSMENT, Jaime L. Williams

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Addressing Death Distress in Caregivers of Patients with Malignant Glioma, Kelcie D. Willis

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Predictors of Treatment Attendance for Black Youth with Depression in Integrated Primary Care, Stephanie A. Wilson

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The Choice is Ours: A Multiphasic Ethnographic Study Exploring the Role of Black and White Biracial Siblings within Ethnic Racial Identity Development, Lesley B. Winchester

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Nannies and Public Space: Reproductive Labor in Richmond, VA, Hannah D. Woehrle

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Resting State fMRI Functional and Effective Connectivity and Impulsivity in Opioid Use Disorder and Cocaine Dependent Subjects Relative to Healthy Control Subjects, Kyle Woisard

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Religiously Responsive Pedagogy in Christian Schools: A Qualitative Exploration of Faculty Perceptions of Faith Integration, Andrea R. Woodard

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How Do Early Interventionists Adapt Instruction When Delivering Services in Natural Environments?, brian C. wysong

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Novel Development of a Low-Cost, Micrometer-Scale Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy System, John Yates

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Impact of portal of exit on the prevalence of apical periodontitis in root canal treated maxillary molars with missed second mesiobuccal canals: A CBCT Study, Jing Ye

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The Presentation and Impact of Compassion Fatigue and Compassion Satisfaction in Occupational and Physical Therapists Working with People Who Have Sustained Burn Injuries, Miranda L. Yelvington

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Laying out a Space: Spectral Geographies, Fictions of the Soul, Erin D. Yerby

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Characterization and Decoding of Speech Activity from Intracranial Signals, Pedram Zanganeh Soroush

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Genomic comparison of DBA/2J and C57Bl/6J strains of Mus musculus and best practice of genome alignment for bioinformatics analyses, Dustin J. Zeliff

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PMs and Gas Pollutants Removal by Electret Filter Media and Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), Yu Zhang

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Preclinical Strategies to Enhance Oral Bioavailability of Ursolic Acid, and In Silico Prediction of Its Oral Pharmacokinetic Profiles, Renjie Zhan

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The Game of Absolute, Rupeng Zhao

Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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The Role of human Dopamine Transporter Threonine 261 and Serine 262 in Amphetamine Regulation of Transporter Function and Surface Expression, Sina Abdollahi

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Out from Under: Wellness Design and Alternative Therapies for Anxiety and Depression, Emily J. Adams

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Orientia tsutsugamushi Equips Two Ankyrin Effector Proteins to Modulate the Immune Response, Haley E. Adcox

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Examination of Common and Rare Variant Genetic Architecture of Psychiatric Disorders, Mohammad Ahangari

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Puddlefist, Dylan Ahern

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Analysis of Microdroplets and Microorganisms by Single Entity Electrochemistry, Junaid U. Ahmed

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Examining the Role of Flavorants on Nicotine Intake in Mice Using an Oral and Inhalation Self-Administration Paradigm, Lois Setemi Akinola

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The high osmolarity glycerol (HOG) pathway contributes to clathrin-independent endocytosis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Ahmed Z. Al Ani

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Outcome of Endodontic Microsurgery: Success and Survival Rates at Virginia Commonwealth University, abdullah alawadhi

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Effect of moderate sedation regimen (diazepam, meperidine, and hydroxyzine) dosages on patient behavior and outcome of sedation in Pediatric Dentistry: a retrospective study, Taibah M A M J Albaker

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Anthracyclines Attenuate the NRF1-Mediated Bounce-Back Response, Bader Albalawi

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MetaMosque – Envisioning the Mosque as a Virtual Public Space, Alaa Albarazy

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The Silent Rage of Being Loved, Michelle R. Albertson

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Investigating the Potential Causal Relationship Between Free Will Belief and Well-Being, Courtney J. Alderson

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TOWARD DEVELOPING REAL-TIME ALERT FOR SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY COMPLIANCE, Yousif Yaqoub Alsharif Alhashemi

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DEVELOPMENT OF NOVEL AROMATIC ALDEHYDES FOR THE TREATMENT OF SICKLE CELL DISEASE, rana alhashimi

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THE EXPRESSION OF NK CELL REGULATORY LIGANDS IN A LUNG CANCER MOUSE MODEL IN BOTH GENDER; AND HUMANIZING IMMUNODEFICIENCY MICE WITH CD34+ CORD BLOOD CELLS USING BUSULFAN, Ohud Alhawiti

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Kneeling and healing: Imagining radical self-care as a form of resistance and racial coping for Black children, Keyona Allen

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Eadah: Tools for Celebrating Qatari Wellness Rituals, Abdulrahman Al Muftah

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Protein Structure and Interaction: The Role of Aromatic Residues in Protein Structure and Interactions Between Pyridoxine 5'-Phosphate Oxidase/Dopa Decarboxylase, Mohammed H. AL Mughram

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Budget impact analysis of upadacitinib for the management of moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis in patients treated with systemic therapies in the United States, Haya O. Alobaid

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Bioinformatic Pipeline for Determining Terminal Repeats in the Human Cytomegalovirus Genome Assembled with PacBio Long Read Sequences, Ahmed Al Qaffas

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Uses and Gratifications Sought on Social Media in Saudi Arabia: A Comparison of Twitter and Snapchat, Ahmed Alqarni

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IDENTIFICATION OF PYRUVATE KINASE MODULATORS AS POTENTIAL THERAPEUTICS FOR SICKLE CELL DISEASE AND CANCER, Dina Alramadhani

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In Vitro Personalized Predictive Correlations for Pediatric Intranasal Drug Delivery Using Nasal Sprays, Ahmed Alshammary

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Exploring predictors in the receipt of patient/family-centered care, Arami Anwell

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Alcohol and Other Addictive Behaviors Among Bariatric Surgery Patients, Rachel M. Arnold

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Viral overexpression of RPRD2 in mouse nucleus accumbens induces anxiety-like behavior and regulates genes associated with microtubule transport, Claire Nuhad Atiyeh

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Modulating Ketamine’s Locomotor Activating and Reinforcing Effects Through Drug Combinations, Tegshjargal Baasansukh

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Behavioral Screening and Chiral Bioanalysis of Emerging Stimulant-Type Drugs in Rats, Tyson R. Baird

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Direct-gap Group IV Alloys and Quantum Dots: Synthesis, Thin Film Fabrication, and Optical and Electrical Characterization., Rachel Barbieri

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Racism Experiences and Mental Health: An Examination of Direct, Vicarious, and Appropriated Racism Experiences on Mental Health Symptom Expression, Christina Barnett

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Mending Art Classrooms: An Exploration of the Benefits of Collaborative Artmaking for Underinvested Black Youth in Richmond, Virginia, Jazmine M. Beatty

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Dungeons and Devised Theatre: A Study of Tabletop Gaming and its Application in Playwriting and Character Development, Sabrina E. Becker