MA Community Psychology Theses


This collection archives and makes available graduate theses and dissertations that were previously held in Concordia University Portland's institutional repository, CU Commons.

The Master of Arts in International Development and Service (MA IDS) was a “living classroom” combining rigorous academic study with field research and volunteer service in the United States and in several overseas settings. This program prepared students for careers with community development organizations, international non-profits, inter-governmental agencies, NGOs and educational institutions.

Students enrolled in the MA IDS program developed in-depth, topical research projects as the culmination to their degree. As Concordia University placed a substantial emphasis on service-learning experiences, many of these thesis projects involved helping international partner organizations in order to make a positive impact on local and global communities.


Theses/Dissertations from 2018


The Impact of Higher Education, Ethnicity, & the Intersection of Both on Perceptions of People with Mental Illness, Natalie Crocker


The Influence of Social Context on Perceptions of Racism, Thaïs Kelly


Minority Students in College: Finding Sense of Community, Ernesto Vasquez III

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

Effects of Dialectical Thinking on Social Explanation, Bryan C. Evans

Science-Related Attitudes: A Psychometric Evaluation, Adrienne M. Hagen

Social Capital and Intercultural Communication: Exploring Trust, Diversity, and Engagement in Neighborhoods, Abigail Lucero

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

Academic Grievances: An Exploratory Study, Amon Samuel Johnson


Black Faces in White Spaces: The Influence of Predominately White Congregations on Black Congregants’ Sense of Community and Racial Identity, Eunice O. Makinde


The Influence of Race, Economics, Neighborhood, and School Category on the Severity of ADHD Symptoms, Angel Linh Nguyen


Attendance and Restorative Practices, Annie W. Scott


The Impact of Ethnicity and Social Class on the Practice of Corporal Punishment, Jana Weiss