Student Research

Under the guidance of a faculty-mentor, students in APU’s M.S. in Research Psychology and Data Analysis master’s program work on a research thesis throughout their program centered on a topic of their choice, based on personal and career interests. The program culminates in the completion and presentation of their thesis. View a sampling of student research theses:

  • Erika Aldana

    The role of religious coping in the relationships between trauma, PTSD, and substance use problems Thesis Advisor: Curtis Lehmann, Ph.D.

  • Evelyn Allen

    Does perceived similarity mediate the effect of minority-student exemplars on college choice? Thesis Advisor: Brian Collisson, Ph.D.

  • Adolfo Bermeo

    Topic: Family, Culture, Health Thesis Advisor: Priscila Diaz-Castaneda, Ph.D.

  • Leslie Castro

    Childhood trauma, impulsivity, and the relationship with Borderline Personality Disorder Thesis Advisor: Curtis Lehmann, Ph.D.

  • Weston Duong

    Life narratives Thesis Advisor: Priscila Diaz-Castaneda, Ph.D.

  • Britini Hester

    How the spiritual coping skill of surrender effects people with PTSD Thesis Advisor: Curtis Lehmann, Ph.D.

  • Andy Hurtado

    Bilingual Language Acquisition: An Examination of Language Influences on Facial Recognition Thesis Advisor: Benjamin Marsh, Ph.D.

  • Britni Killingsworth

    Peer influences on substance abuse recovery Thesis Advisor: Rachel Castaneda, Ph.D.

  • Tamara Lee

    Individual differences in working memory and face recognition Thesis Advisor: Benjamin Marsh, Ph.D.

  • Kyle McCarthy

    Exercise and recovery through the lens of Self-Determination Theory: Motivation determines quality of life Thesis Advisor: Rachel Castaneda, Ph.D.

  • Cindy Melchor

    Drug addiction Thesis Advisor: Rachel Castaneda, Ph.D.

  • Miranda Murarik

    Restorative environments Thesis Advisor: Teresa Pegors, Ph.D.

  • Jennifer Payne

    Mental health service use Thesis Advisor: Rachel Castaneda, Ph.D.

  • Angel Perdomo

    Expanded learning programs’ effect on academic achievement Thesis Advisor: Julianne Edwards, Ph.D.

  • Stephanie Sosa

    Does empathy moderate the cross-race effect? Thesis Advisor: Benjamin Marsh, Ph.D.

  • Brayden Stanton

    Substance use disorder Thesis Advisor: Rachel Castaneda, Ph.D.

  • Vanessa Weber

    A mixed-methods analysis of the stigmatization of military personnel within higher education Thesis Advisor: Brian Collisson, Ph.D.

  • Alison Winiarski

    The effect of suggestion of preferred learning style on memory Thesis Advisor: Julianne Edwards, Ph.D.

  • Zizhong Xiao

    The Light Triad Scale: A brief measure of mindfulness, warmth, and agreeableness Thesis Advisor: Brian Collisson, Ph.D.

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Note: This information is current for the 2019-20 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.