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from 2018

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One School, One Family: Portland High School Climate in the Age of Trump, Naomi Abrams Hawkes

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The Y Can’t Do It All: Examining the Decline of Participation in Youth Athletics, Ian Allen

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Self-Care in Graduate and Undergraduate Social Work Students at the University of Southern Maine, Rachel Andreasen

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Cultivating Compassion, Amelia Baliey

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Patients Attitudes on Alternative Approaches to Chronic Pain Management, Morgan Beede

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Parentified then Removed: A teenager’s conceptualization of family identity, Katherine Bernard Melcher

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Geochemistry of Archaeological and Marine Environments in Southwest Maine, Heather L. Bushie

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Discharge to the Community from an Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital: Factors to Consider, David Byerly, Jennifer Caswell, and Erin Brooks

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Chronic Pain Through the Occupational Therapy Lens, Jessica Campbell and Megan Emery

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Community Driven Student Leadership: The DOCE Approach, Courtney Caouette, Jordan O'Hearn, Stacy Henson-Drake, Michaela Stone, and Gabrielle Lodge

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What is the Relationship Between Sensory Processing Deficits and Schizophrenia?, Jenna Carlson and Nandikesha Jungwirth

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Occupational Therapy’s Role in Empowering the Oldest Old Population, Lauren Conigliaro and Nicole Wingfield

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Pes Planus (Flat Feet) in Relation to Knee Pain, Timothy Conley and Joseph Davenport II

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Treatment Interventions for Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, Nathan Cook and Alexa Srolovitz

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Military Sexual Trauma: A Thematic Analysis of Impact and Interventions, Rebecca Cornell du Houx

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Occupational Therapy's Role in Transition to Higher Education and Employment for Individuals Living with Austism Spectrum Disorders, Kelsey Covert and Samantha Mathieu

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Social Exchange Theory: What is it, and how can it be applied to everyday situations?, Miriam Deauseault

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Digital Filter Graphical User Interface, Tony Finn

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Animal Assisted Therapy for Adult Domestic Violence Survivors, Kaden Flynn

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ACL Conservative Rehab vs. Surgical Reconstruction, Logan Gailtis and Joshua Stetson

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Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Elementary School Students, Jocelyn Giammarino and Mary Macaluso

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Fatigue in Polymers, Benjamin Gomes

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Improving Life Skills for People with Brain Injury, Rita Goodwin and Samantha Brownwell

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A Qualitative Study of Asylum Seekers Experience as Mentees with the Welcoming the Stranger Program, Deborah H. W. Hamilton

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The Media Portrayal of Homelessness in Portland, Maine, Molly Hardman

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Community Engaged Scholarship: Impact on Student Retention and Success, Stacey Henson-Drake and Courtney Caouette

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An Exploration of Life Skill Development in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities, Jack Holevatz and Elizabeth Yattaw

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Supporting Positive Youth Development for At-Risk Youth, Alice Hwang, Etinosa Obadagbonyi, and Kyle Scherer

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The Effects of Self-Selected Music on Strength Training Performance, Kimberly Johnson, Nikki Meoli, and Taylor Lux

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Living Kinky, Carrie Kahl

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Portland Public Art Video Series, Jennifer Lague

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Rule Governed Variation in Elicited Narratives in Peruvian Sign Language (LSP), Polly B. Lawson and Kyle Warnock

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Malaga Island, Isles of Shoals: Collection Assessment & Re-Curation of Archaeological Research, Stephen M. Lewis

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Cross-Platform OpenHDS Web Application, Nick Littlefield

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The “Evil Eye” and Other Prescriptive Classroom Management Practices, Hannah Luken

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Treatment Modalities in Pediatric Depression, Katie McNally

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Testing of Thermally Actuated Rotational MEMS Mirror, Shilen Parikh

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Empowering Metacognition in the Writing Center, Katelyn Parsons, Deanna Richards, Garrett Erb, Jake Angelico, and Vic Schalk

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Therapeutic Riding and Psychological Health in Older Adults, Alyssa Pattison and Craig Ashford

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Concussion Rehabilitation: Vestibular and Physiotherapy, Amia Pelletier and Jordan Wing

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TELLING ROOM: Color in Action, Ryan Poag and Meaghan Gonsior

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Collegiate Leadership Competition: Deliberate Practice Leading to Expertise, Courtney Randall, Mark Graham, Irene O'Leary, Katia Fonseca, Salina Mallory, and Matt Norris

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Driving Predictability for Individuals with Neurological Disorders: Occupational Therapy Services, Julie Roy and Caroline Dunn

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Family-Centered Care Outcomes in a Preschool Setting, Victoria Schalk and Cathy Lane

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Breaking Down Barriers: Technology and Dementia, Jamie Sullivan and Kristin Desrochers

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Expanding the Concept of Play, Allison Vachon and Kylie Lyon

from 2017

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Trauma & Substance Use, Kaitlyn Arnold

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Parenting a black child in America: Fears and Experiences, Tonya Bailey-Curry

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Instructional Learning Aids for Gear Train Analysis in Machine Dynamics, William M. Bartholomew

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Making Random - Cryptography and the Generation of Random Sequences, Samuel Barton