Works in this series are the final written component of a masters or doctoral degree program at Grand Valley State University. Culminating Experience Projects demonstrate a student's competence in their discipline while producing original research, investigating a scholarly topic, or producing a creative work.

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Note: in some graduate programs, students may instead create a Thesis or Dissertation. These can found as separate series in the Graduate Research and Creative Practice collection.

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Doctoral Projects from 2021

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Utilizing Educational Materials to Change Vaccine Compliance in Children Under 24 Months of Age, Kelsey M. Arnold

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Program Evaluation of Parent Engagement Activities in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Cheryl A. Bos

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Fostering a Sense of Belonging in Students who are At-Risk for Suspension or Expulsion: A Small-Group Intervention for Middle School Students, Shayna M. Brooks

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Improving Handover Process for Stroke Patients Transferring from Emergency Department to Interventional Radiology: A Quality Improvement Project, Megan Buchman

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Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Community-Based Palliative Care, Mary D. Chenge

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Building Community for Black Women Student Affairs Graduate Students by Creating a Mentor Sister Circle Program, Taijah Monay Claybrook

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Utilization of Home Blood Pressure Monitoring in Adult Patients with Hypertension, Justin R. Crow

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Do I Belong? Underrepresented Students Sense of Belonging, Delaney Deisig

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Fostering Preschool Emergent Literacy Development Through Parent Involvement in the Preschool Classroom, Jamie S. DeVries

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Evidence-based Recommendations for Assistive Technologies for Safety in Dementia Care, Lee A. Diener

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Improving Adolescent Risk Assessment and Provider Follow-Up in Primary Care, Darby R. Disselkoen

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Improving Orientation for Transfer Students at GVSU, Jamie Dorman

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Second Language Learning in Elementary Years: Cognitive and Social-Emotional Benefits, Brooke Elenbaas

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Evaluating Alumni Perceptions of Reciprocity with Their Alma Mater, Courtney Geurink

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Writing as a Vessel for Thinking: Incorporating Self-Regulation, Metacognition, and Formative Assessment in the Middle School ELA Classroom, Alyssha Ginzel

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A Dosimetric Comparison Using Physical and Biological Objectives on Targets and Organs at Risk, Whitnee Hallford

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Improving the Screening and Care of Hospitalized Adults with Obstructive Sleep Apnea Through Standardized Workflow Processes, Elizabeth Henschel

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Creating equal opportunities through developmental screening at a rural health clinic, Allison Honderd

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Addressing Student Discipline Discrepancies Through Restorative Justice and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, Josh Jackson

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Spirituality in Secular Schools: A Grounded School Counseling Intervention, Alexis P. Joseph

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Literacy Achievement Gap of Elementary English Learners, Bethany Kamps

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Intervention Strategies for Guiding Intercollegiate Student Athletes to a Greater Sense of Career Maturity, Laura Kastler

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Increasing Parental Engagement in Social-Emotional Learning at Home through Incentive Based Program: A Guideline for Implementation, Shawn P. Kiley

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A Look into Transition Programs for First Year Students with Disabilities in Higher Education: How to Create a Transition Program to Support Student Success, Gillian R. Lazzarini

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The Importance of Data-Informed Decision-Making When Analyzing and Selecting Resources for Social-Emotional Learning: A Process for Resource Review and Selection, Taylor S. Lindman

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Reading Enjoyment and Motivation in Grades 3-5: Encouraging an Increase in Reading for Pleasure, Gayle Lotterman

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Cultivating Resilience in LGBTQ+ College Students Through Mindfulness-Based Practices, Luke A. Madden

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Trauma-Informed Care and Student Outcomes: A K-12 Perspective, BrookeAnn Maroney

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One Size Does Not Fit All: Addressing Adolescents’ Needs for Historically and Culturally Responsive English Language Arts Curriculum, Angela McKellar

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A Budget Impact Analysis of a Tobacco Control Program in a Community Mental Health Clinic, Thuy-Nhi Nguyen

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A Summer Reading Program for Joy and Growth: Using Free Books, Videos, and Little Free Libraries to Empower Students and Parents to Make the Most of the Summer Months for Reading Growth, Allison Nieboer

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Improving Care Coordination for The Homeless Population Using Systematic Quality Improvement, Rutendo Nyasvisvo

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Engaging Elementary Students of Color in Culturally Relevant Teaching, Hilary S. O'Neill

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Enhancing Medication Adherence Behaviors Among Ambulatory Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Patients: A Quality Improvement Project, Desiree Palmer

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Sickle Cell Disease: Development of an Acute Pain Management Program in a Hematology/Oncology Practice, Elizabeth Pohl

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Play-Based Learning Beyond Preschool: Implementing Guided-Play into a First Grade Classroom, Jennifer Powers

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Evaluating the Impact of Nurse Server Standardization on Patient Safety, Megan L. Priebe

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Rising Student Burnout: A Distributive Leadership Approach to Creating Student Well-Being, Taylor J. Ross

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A Program Evaluation to Assess Readiness for the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Patient Centered Medical Home Model Application, Alida M. Semrinec

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Developing an Online Orientation Program for Adult Learners at Grand Valley State University, Justin Thomas Sims

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Building Resilience for Parents and Children Through Community Early Childhood Playgroups, Amanda Stevenson

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Enteral Nutrition Protocol for Pediatric Burn Patients: A Quality Improvement Initiative, Margaret Tepe

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A Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Based, Collaborative Community Approach for the Adverse Childhood Experience Student, Jessica L. Tiefenbach

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Evaluation of a Chewing Gum Protocol for Postoperative Spinal Patients, Lauren E. Vachon

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Improving Reading Comprehension in Arabic English Language Learners, Amanda Watson

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“Warm Handoff” to Increase Enrollment in a Maternal Infant Health Program, Samantha Worthem

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Using multi-tiered systems of support to improve student outcomes, Kevin Daniel Annis

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Improving Blood Pressure Control Among Patients Diagnosed with Hypertension in a Primary Care Setting, Eriko Apriliando

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Analysis of PTV Margins for VMAT Treatment of Rectal Cancers Utilizing Prone Bellyboard Device., Ben Armbuster

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Dosimetric Effect When Treating Multiple Lesion SRS Using VMAT With and Without Jaw Tracking, Mindy Bui

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Developing a Sustainable Group Tobacco Control Program in a Community Mental Health Clinic, Jennifer Burns

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The Air Gap Effect Between a Bolus and the Skin Surface for Chest Wall Irradiation, Marisa Clark

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Creating a Quality Improvement Toolkit to Identify & Address Gaps in the Care of Older Adults with Hip Fracture, Amanda J. Covell

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Creating Opportunities for Personal Empowerment: A Project Evaluation, Ann L. Cudney

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A Comparison Between Rectal Dose in Prostate Radiotherapy Patients Treated with Spaceoar Hydrogel Present Versus Patients Treated Without Spaceoar Hydrogel., David DeSano

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Elementary College and Career Readiness Curriculum: A School Counselor Intervention, Alexandra Evans

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Irradiating Internal Mammary Nodes in Right Sided Breast Cancer Patients: A Dosimetric Comparison Considering if Deep Inspiration Breath Hold Provides Significant Organ Sparing, Emily Foster

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A Quality Improvement Project to Improve Financial Sustainability of Home-Based Palliative Care Program, Andrea L. Giffel

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Trauma-Informed Schools: A Strategy for Problem Behaviors in the Classroom, Timothy Hall

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A Policy Analysis of Adult Lead Exposure Screening in Michigan, Omoyemi A. Idowu

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Utilization of Patient Toolkit and Discharge Algorithm for Providers to Reduce Readmission due to Repeat Ground Level Fall, Sara Karl

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Using Space OAR to Spare Multiple At-Risk Organs in Prostate RT, Caroline Kendra

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Honoring Patient Do Not Resuscitate Wishes and Reducing Harm During Transitions of Care: A Quality Improvement Project, Emily L. Kraus

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Implementation Strategies to Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Adults with Sepsis: A Quality Improvement Project, Erin Kucharek

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Self-Monitoring of Blood Pressure in Community – Dwelling Senior Adults, Laura N. Love

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Implementation of Early Mobility in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Kelly Lubbers

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Benefits of Inclusion: Supports and Strategies for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, Molly M. McCain

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Video Education for Improved Education of Newly Diagnosed Multiple Sclerosis Patients, Theresa McCrumb

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Developing Lactation Support in a Primary Care Pediatric Office, Charlotte Minnema

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Increasing Annual Retinal Exams among Patients with Type 2 Diabetes, Afokoghene H. Odhu

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An Examination of Distance Learning and the Achievement Gap, Stephanie Owens

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Differentiating Literacy Instruction Through Guided Reading, Emily Clare Ringquist

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The Impact of a Pediatric Nurse Residency Program on Newly Licensed Registered Nurses at Six Months, Amy Rohn

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Dosimetric Comparison of Hypofractionated Prostate Radiation with Simultaneous Integrated Boost and Conventional Fractionation with Sequential Boost, Kristina Sammon

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Process Improvement to Reduce Route of Medication Administration Errors in Patients with Enteral Feeding Tubes, Elizabeth Scott

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Evidence-Based Policy and Procedure Review System, Meredith A. Stokes

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The Effect of the Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Model on Adult Depression in an Outpatient Setting, Genevieve E. Sweeney

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A Collaborative Approach to Incentivizing Healthy Food Choices among Uncontrolled Diabetic Patients at a Local Federally Qualified Health Center to Improve Health Outcomes, Briauna J. Taylor

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An Evaluation of IMRT for External Beam Partial Beast Irradiation Utilizing Robust Optimization, Gregory Thomas

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Evaluation of the Integration of Behavioral Health Services into Primary Care, David B. Vander Ark

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Process Improvement to Improve Quality Measures in a Rural Primary Care Clinic, Lucille Yurko VanderWoude

Doctoral Projects from 2019

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Evidence-based Toolkit for Reduction of Overdose Risk in Primary Care Patients on Opioid Therapy, Katelin A. Aris

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An Evaluation of a Nerve Block Protocol in Patients with Hip Fractures, Jenna Buchman

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Using the Rapid Assessment for Adolescent Preventive Services (RAAPS) to Screen for Risk Taking Behaviors of 13 to 18 Year-Olds in a Regional Family Practice Office, Megan E. Carpenter

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Screening for Social Determinants of Health in Diabetic Patients Served in Primary Healthcare Centers, Hewan K. Chekol

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Identifying Gaps in Care in the Geriatric Trauma Patient with Rib Fractures, Kathy A. Crystal

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Final Defense: Sepsis Screening Tool Assessment at a Freestanding Children’s Hospital in the Midwest, Cassandra Cummings

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Improving Patient Handover from the Pediatric Emergency Department to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Kathryn DeVinney

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Implementation of an Evidenced-Based Intervention for Pain Management in Lumbar Spine Surgery, Mary R. Draper

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Pathways to a Sustainable Community Health Worker Program in a Rural Native American Community, Hannah R. Duby

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Evidence-Based Toolkit to Evaluate Telemedicine Delivery of Palliative Care, Aubrey E. Dwyer

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Developing an Evidence-Based Supportive Services Program for Cancer Survivors in a Private Oncology Practice, Joseph Ellul

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Improving Depression Screening and Follow-up in Primary Care through Implementation of an Evidence-Based Protocol, Cheryl Fowler

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Increasing Prevention and Recognition of Delirium in a Non-ICU Acute Care Population, Anne Gembrowski

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Improving Communication of Asthma Related Care Between Pediatric Primary Care Providers and Schools, Jessica N. Heichel

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Development of a Process for Adoption and Attainment of PCMH Recognition Requirements for an Urban Primary Care Clinic, Jamie L. Hendricks

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Prior Authorizations and Continued Treatment in Addiction Medicine, Wendy Hunting

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Management of Distress in Adult Oncology Patients, Lauren Jongsma

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Nurse Care Manager Impact on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus at a Rural Primary Care Practice, Patrick Joswick

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Optimizing Clinical Processes Using the Electronic Health Record to Improve Patient Outcomes in Primary Care, Alex Jubril