Spring 2021 commencement program

Graduate School

David Zeh, Dean

Spring 2021 Doctoral Degree Candidates for Graduation
Name Degree Major Dissertation Title
Mahmoud Aboukifa Doctor of Philosophy Civil and Environmental Engineering
Simbiat Adekanmbi Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Neha Agrawal Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Anne Marie T Aiyuk Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Ahsan Ali Doctor of Philosophy Computer Science and Engineering Towards Autonomous and Efficient Machine Learning Systems
Brittney Allen Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Tyler G. Allen Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Alexandra Arguello Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Nancy M. Arredondo Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Henrik Babajanyan Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Tamara Bader Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Natalie Nicole Bain Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Colin T. Baldwin Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Tessa Behnke Doctor of Philosophy Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Impacts of Non-Native Ungulate Grazing on Physiology and Reproduction in Greater Sage-Grouse
Cameron G. Berg Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Marcus Earl Blum Doctor of Philosophy Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Reproductive Ecology of Desert Bighorn Sheep: Behavior, Movement, and Habitat Selection
Katie Lynn Bomberger Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Israel Temitope Borokini Doctor of Philosophy Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Multi-empirical investigations on the population genetic structure, ecological niche, and regeneration of Ivesia webberi with conservation implications
Nicco J. Buffolino Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Jena Breanne Casas Doctor of Philosophy Psychology Evaluating the Feasibility and Acceptability of Written Exposure Therapy Delivered Via Telehealth for the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Jaclyn Riana Cerceo Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Pranay Chakraborty Doctor of Philosophy Mechanical Engineering Understanding Coherent and Incoherent Phonon Transport in Superlattices Towards Minimized Lattice Thermal Conductivity
Jeffrey Chan Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Kefan Chen Doctor of Philosophy Materials Science and Engineering ATOMISTIC SIMULATION AND FIRST PRINCIPLES CALCULATION OF INTERFACIAL ENERGETICS OF GALVANIZED ADVANCED HIGH STRENGTH STEELS
Mandi M. Collins Doctor of Philosophy Education Teachers' Knowledge, Beliefs, and Experiences in Supporting Students to Become Scientifically Literate Citizens: A Community of Practice Perspective
Duke D. Culbertson Doctor of Philosophy Mechanical Engineering Formation, Growth, and Interactions of Tension Twins in Magnesium
Caroline D. Cummings Doctor of Philosophy Psychology Positive Emotion, Attentional Focus and Physical Health-Related Behaviors in the Family System
Jonathan Dang Doctor of Medicine Medicine Multi-Scale Atmospheric Dynamics of Extreme Saharan Dust Storms Resulting in Dust Transport Out of Africa to Iberia and the Atlantic
Morgan Ann Derby Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Saroj Dhital Doctor of Philosophy Atmospheric Science Multi-Scale Atmospheric Dynamics of Extreme Saharan Dust Storms Resulting in Dust Transport Out of Africa to Iberia and the Atlantic
Taylor Kourtney Dupree Doctor of Philosophy Education Perceptions of African American Female Therapists in Television.
Alyssa Morgan Eckert Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Kara Emery Doctor of Philosophy Neuroscience Coding strategies underlying visual processing
Nathan M. Escorial Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Jovonnie Esquierdo-Leal Doctor of Philosophy Psychology Exploring the systematic design of stimuli in behavioral assessment tools and their relation to hiring
Katelyn Marie Fellows Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Fernando Flores-Mendez Doctor of Medicine Medicine
James Deon Fowler Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Jon Eric Fox Doctor of Philosophy Mineral Resources Engineering
Cory Lee Frey Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Autumn Renee Gardner Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Sarah Gebrezghi Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Azin Ghaffary Doctor of Philosophy Civil and Environmental Engineering Advancing Nonlinear Design of Buildings under Extreme Wind Loads
Micaela Kathleen Gomez Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Brianna M. Grumstrup Doctor of Philosophy Education Expanding the Literature on Health and Nutrition for Individuals with Significant Disabilities
Taylor Paul Gurnea Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Salvador Gutierrez-Portocarrero Doctor of Philosophy Chemistry Advances in Single Entity Electrochemistry for Semiconducting Nanocrystal Studies.
Justin Garrett Hacnik Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Emily E. Hannah Doctor of Philosophy Cellular and Molecular Biology
Cody L. Harry Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Lisa A. Herring Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Md M. Hossain Doctor of Philosophy Economics
Mengjiao Huang Doctor of Philosophy Public Health Investigation of the Short-term Effects of Heatwaves and Air Pollution on Maternal and Child Health in the U.S
Brendan Michael Johnston Doctor of Philosophy English
Melissa Lin Jones Doctor of Philosophy Judicial Studies Injecting Fault into a No-Fault System: The Aggressor Defense in District of Columbia, Work-Related Fight Cases
Kristin Nicole Karmann Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Jacqueline M. Kirshenbaum Doctor of Philosophy Social Psychology Persuasion Factors that Influence the Effectiveness of Cross-Examination of a Forensic Expert
Haviva Kobany Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Micaela M. Koci Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Danielle Blake Lam Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Janice K. Lee Fuquay Doctor of Philosophy Education Examining the Relationship Between Preschool Teachers’ Use of Social and Emotional Teaching Strategies and Children’s Challenging Behavior and Social Skills
Michael T. Lee Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Sally S. Leong Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Ainsley B. Lewon Doctor of Philosophy Psychology
Tyler N. Livingston Doctor of Philosophy Social Psychology Effects of Felt Power on Emotion, Ethnic Bias, and Judgments in a Simulated Capital Trial
Therlinder Lo Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Colleen Therese Wilcox Long Doctor of Philosophy Political Science Is Nevada Ready or Muddling Through? An Analysis of Nevada Academic Content Standards & Civic Knowledge Attained by Students in Nevada as Measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress
Kelly Nicole Lujan Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Irvin V. Ma Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Andres S. Madrid Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Matthew Christopher Malone Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Nicholas Tetsuya Manasewitsch Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Kiran Rebekah Mathew Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Elizabeth Anne Matley Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Jessi McMinn Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Michael H. McMurray Doctor of Philosophy Education Public School Principal, Counselor, and Teacher Opinions of Career and Technical Education at the Secondary Level
Kaitlyn N. McOsker Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Olga Lorena Mesina Doctor of Philosophy Education The Impact of Postsecondary Transition to College Programs for Students with Disabilities
William Miller Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Neigena Mobaligh Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Vahid Mohammadrezaei Doctor of Philosophy Chemistry Annulation and Substitution Reactions Mediated by Cobalt and Scandium Complexes, Respectively
Nima Mojtahedzadeh Doctor of Philosophy Civil and Environmental Engineering Estimating Free Field Seismic Settlement History in a Saturated Layered Soil Profile
Laura Hemker Moles Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Anthony S. Moschetti Doctor of Philosophy Biochemistry Targeting Proteins of Aspergillus fumigatus for Monoclonal Antibody Production
William W. Nawa Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Munachimso Ndukwu Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Tyler Nickl Doctor of Philosophy English The School of Stegner: Settler Colonialism and Creative Writing at Postwar Stanford
Kyle Norton Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Kaylene Opperman Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Sibela Osmanovic Doctor of Philosophy Education An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of the Experiences of Refugees in Graduate Education
Shefali Shailesh Patel Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Lazaro R. Peraza Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Christina Marie Peters Doctor of Philosophy Psychology Examining Relations between Environmental Events & Performance on Impulsive Choice Tests
Anshula Prasad Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Elizabeth K. Preston Doctor of Philosophy English Humor Me: Using Humor Writing to Teach First-Year Composition Students Rhetoric and Composition
Claire Quang Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Tara J. Ramey Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Rachel Renee Rauber Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Maricel Raymundo Leppala Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Casey James Reid Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Peter O'Neill Rerick Doctor of Philosophy Social Psychology Dissonance and Memory: Are Chosen Behaviors Remembered as Less Free if the Outcome is Negative?
John G. Rolshoven Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Darius Roohani Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Michael W. Rudokas Doctor of Philosophy Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology The Complexities of cAMP Signaling in the Heart
Masoumeh Saber Zaeimian Doctor of Philosophy Biomedical Engineering Development of Mn:AgZnInS/ZnS Fluorescent Nanocrystals and Dendritic Au-Pt Nanozymes for Biosensing
Mahsa Sadeghpour Doctor of Philosophy Geography
Anita Savell Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Flora Dado Sayson Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Michelle Elyse Scalise Doctor of Philosophy Geophysics
Marisa A. Sewell Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Priyamvada Sharma Doctor of Philosophy Civil and Environmental Engineering Fate of Trace Organic Contaminants in Semi-Arid Areas
Rafiul H. Shihab Doctor of Philosophy Mechanical Engineering
Austin Noriyuki Shinagawa Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Lindiane R. Shultis Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Kimberly Ann Simpson Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Jonathan Singer Doctor of Philosophy Psychology An Examination of Preparedness for Family Members of Individuals with a Life Limiting Illness: A Possible Protective Factor for Pre-Loss Grief
Theresa Bren Skaar Doctor of Philosophy Social Psychology The Experience of Grief: The Role of Mindfulness, Communication, & Social Support
Mustafa Solmaz Doctor of Philosophy Computer Science and Engineering
Jodie A. Soracco Doctor of Philosophy Education Examining Individual and Group Well-Being in Elementary School Settings
Jacob T. Sorensen Doctor of Philosophy Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology Elucidation of the Immunological Binding Dynamics of the Hepatitis B Virus Core-related Antigen and its Adaption for the Point-of-Care
Cyndy Guadalupe Soto-Lopez Doctor of Philosophy Psychology
Shanna Seager Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Molly Kaylyn Svendsen Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Kelsey Laine Swanson Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Setare M. Taabodi Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Connor Michael Talbott Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Michael Kenneth Taylor Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Utsav Thapa Doctor of Philosophy Civil and Environmental Engineering Removing Pharmaceuticals And Personal Care Products From Urine With Waterless Urinal Sealants
Jithil L. Tharayil Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Joseph J. Thomas Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Yuan Tian Doctor of Philosophy Civil and Environmental Engineering Coordinate conversion methods and applications for LiDAR data
Ari Tobi-Aiyemo Doctor of Philosophy Judicial Studies The Role of the Nigerian Judiciary in a Democracy: The Judges’ Dilemma
Mariah Cheyenne Turcotte Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Durin Uddin Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Cindy Yvette Valverde Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Kathrine M. Visman Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Alex Michael Vogt Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Kyle W. Von Schimmelmann Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Jeffery S. Weinert Doctor of Philosophy Education
Austin N. Witt Doctor of Medicine Medicine
Yang Yang Doctor of Philosophy Materials Science and Engineering
Su'Ad A. Yoon Doctor of Philosophy Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Novel immunological interactions as an overlooked aspect of global change: insights from the host range expansion of Lycaeides melissa.
Zejian Zhou Doctor of Philosophy Electrical Engineering Large-scale Multi-agent Decision-making Using Mean Field Game Theory and Reinforcement Learning
Martha P. Zimmermann Doctor of Philosophy Psychology Using Growth Mindset and Modifiable Risk Factors to Prevent Common Mental Disorders Among University Students: A Latent Growth Curve Analysis