Research by Students

Graduate students in the School of Public Affairs and Administration work in a variety of research topics from public administration and policy. A list of recent M.P.A. capstone project paper and Ph.D. dissertation titles is provided below. Other research produced by students individually as well as in collaboration with other students and faculty is not listed here.

Recent and archived doctoral dissertation topics

Adrian Wallace, Ph.D. - "Stakeholder perspectives: Implementation of local school wellness policies in the Kent intermediate school district" (Fall 2018)

Emma A. Powell, Ph.D. - "A corporate model: Aligning nonprofit expectations with regional/local efforts to serve the mission" (Spring 2017)

Russell T. Panico, Jr., Ph.D. - "An analysis of campus violence threat assessment policy implementation at Michigan community colleges" (December 2016)

Kristin L. Poleski, Ph.D. - "To promote or not to promote: An inquiry into the experience of female police officers and their decisions to pursue promotion" (June 2016)

Beth M. Beaudin-Seiler, Ph.D. - "National quality awards in healthcare and actual quality in U.S. hospitals." (May 2015)

Archived Doctoral dissertation topics

Recent M.P.A. project paper titles

Fall 2018

Bennett, Michael J. - "Evaluation and quality improvement of the intentional rounding program."

Kevil, Breanna - "Hidden consequences of childhood trauma."

Knowles, Haylee J. - "Assessing grit among past WMU students."

Patterson, Kelsey - "Bariatric surgery nutrition and fitness program design: Evaluation of a bariatric surgery medical weight management program in southwest Michigan."

Saleem, Saria - "The analysis of change in Mediacare spending per beneficiary score in relation to patient satisfaction and readmission rates."

Schroeder, Eric R. - "Paying for justice: A study of indigent defense in Michigan."

Springsteen, Kathleen K. - "Growing food on private property in residential districts: A content analysis of municipal ordinances in Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties."

Summer 2018

Burke, Brittany - "Reporting non-debilitating, physical injuries in U.S. military members."

Cardona, Jose Amado - "The impact of privatization on the education in the US."

Cretsinger, Marye - "Women, alcoholism, and AA: The effectiveness of Alcoholics Anonymous on women in Kalamazoo county."

Eagle, Mark A. - "Decades of the Randolph-Sheppard Program."

Hampton, Krista - "Food insecurity and pediatric obesity in Kalamazoo."

Juarez, Courtney - "Physician assistants and the opioid crisis."

Langois, Katlyn - "The prevalence of COPD and the associated readmission rates."

Lussier, Keith - "Acculturation strategies and needs of the URM population."

Mahoney, Ericka - "Mental health expenditures and the effect on violent criminal societal outcomes."

Patrick, Natasha J. - "Overutilization of emergency departments and potential causes of non-emergent visits in the United States."

Rogers, Christopher D. - " Gambling on satisfaction: The effects of casino funding of tribal governments on tribal government employee job satisfaction."

Turner, Marcus D. - "The effects the special alternative programing has on adult offenders within the department of corrections."

White, DeAnna - "Ingham County Youth Center: program analysis."

Wood, Emily - "The correlation between diabetes, socioeconomic status and education."

Spring 2018

Beach, Jacob Allen - "Building nonprofit leaders: A look at leadership development in nonprofit organizations."

Crossley, Samantha Josephine - "The rise and decline of infant mortality."

Forest, Megyn N. - "The cost of turnover: How teacher turnover affects student outcomes of head start programs in Michigan."

Haynes, Kevin B. - "Evaluation of online health education: International student perspectives on alcohol education."

Hoyt, James E. - "Pros & cons of decriminalizing marijuana: How this has impacted state & federal law enforce enforcement."

Johnson, Andrew - "Evaluating emergency assistance at South County Community Services."

Khim, Christina - "Immigrant and refugee success in the United States: A case of Burmese residents in Battle Creek, Michigan."

Lekovic, Sebila - "A cross-sectional comparison: Discovering factors that impact breastfeeding behavior and infant mortality rate in the United States."

Overbey, Courtney - "Analyzing access to reproductive health care services in rural areas of Northern Michigan."

Tulloch, Tyler D. - " Revenue diversification in cooperative extension: Trends and impacts at Michigan State University Extension."

Zajac, Tayler M. - "Student employee training and the significance of shadow shifts."

Archived project paper list