Recent Submissions

  • A healthcare IoT prototype for responsive oxygen therapy treatment of COPD patients

    Khan, Azer (2020-12)
    Our final design offers oxygen therapy patients an IoT enabled, adaptable and small form-factor device offering potential for automatic detection and agile response to oxygen saturation readings. Our key components are a photodiode sensor, algorithm processor and micro- controller providing the foundation for future development for FDA approval, machine-learning and analytics, and feedback-loop oxygen tank controller tracks. Our device is cutting-edge in its communications, power consumption and efficiency. We have gained an understanding of the effort required to design an IoT enabled solution in the healthcare space. Integrating hardware and software designs are an exercise to understand the inner workings of many systems used today. It is estimated that there will be about 50 billion IoT-enabled devices in the world by 2030 [22]. Technologists who understand the underlying systems will be able to make well-informed decisions about the future of the connected world.
  • A generative chatbot with natural language processing

    Liebman, David (2020-12)
    The goal in this thesis is to create a chatbot, a computer program that can respond verbally to a human in the course of simple day-to-day conversations. A deep learning neural network model called the Transformer is used to develop the chatbot. A full description of a Transformer is provided. The use of a few different Transformer-based Natural Language Processing models to develop the chatbot, including Generative Pre-Training 2 (GPT2), are shown. For comparison a Gated Recurrent Unit (GRU) based model is included. Each of these are explained below. The chatbot code is installed on a small device such as the Raspberry Pi with speech recognition and speech-to-text software. In this way a device that can carry out a verbal conversation with a human might be created. For the GRU-based model a Raspberry Pi 3B with 1GB RAM can be used. A Raspberry Pi 4B with 4GB of RAM is needed to run a chatbot with the GPT2.
  • The supernatural, the demonic, and witchcraft in early modern English plays : Macbeth, The Witch, The Witch of Edmonton, and Doctor Faustus

    Schojbert, Haley (2020-12)
    The Tragedy of Macbeth (1606) by William Shakespeare, The Witch (1616) by Thomas Middleton, The Witch of Edmonton (1621) written by William Rowley, Thomas Dekker, and John Ford, and Doctor Faustus (1589-1592) by Christopher Marlowe all contain different stage representations of the witch and the demonic. In this thesis, I aim to understand the cultural and social structures that enabled witchcraft accusations, not as a coordinated effort on behalf of the Church to kill women, but rather a progression of ideologies and religious beliefs regarding magic and how to maintain social hegemony. I aspire to challenge our modern tendency to explain witchcraft accusations as a conspiratorial result of patriarchal institutions attacking the bodies of women, and to frame these accusations as multi-faceted, organically growing phenomena that ensured small village communities adhered to a social order. While it is tempting to view representations of the witch through the lens of secular feminist resistance against patriarchy, it is important to reconstruct our readings of these works as being part of a theocratic society and as existing within a network of complex religious beliefs because these plays were originally seen by the credulous eyes of the early modern public.
  • Musical experience and the pursuit of music therapy: the influence of active music making

    Levitan, Safrah (2020-12)
    This qualitative study explores the relationship between one’s musical experience and the decision to become and remain a professional music therapist. This study includes interviews with six board certified music therapists ranging from 4-15 years of experience in the field. Three questions were asked during the interview process regarding the lived musical experience of these therapists: 1) Describe the role of active music making throughout your life; 2) What do you perceive as the relationship between music experience and choosing music therapy as a career?; and 3) What role does active music making play in your decision to maintain a career in music therapy? Once the interview process was complete, a thematic analysis was done to formulate main themes and codes within the interviews. These themes and codes were then supported by interview quotes as a form of evidence. After reviewing all findings, a reflection was done focusing on the key aspects of the interviews and personal thoughts regarding the results. These key aspects included the participants’ relationship to music, active music making experiences, competencies, primary education, educational privilege, collegiate education, and self-identity.
  • “We All Get Found Sometimes”: an arts-based heuristic study on a queer music therapist’s expressive music journaling

    Benson, Travis (2020-11)
    This arts-based, heuristic research documents my process as a queer and genderqueer (they/them) music therapist of creating a song cycle based on the themes gathered through lyric analysis from personal, emotional improvisational songs posted on Patreon.com between July 2018 and September 2019. The 35 songs are sorted by season, and were written based upon the major themes prevalent within each season. The result is a 5-song cycle connecting past to present, excerpts from different journals kept during the process, and the data collected from the lyric analysis. This author claims improvisational songwriting through expressive music journaling (EMJ) to get in touch with one’s deep/subconscious feelings is an effective way to: process trauma, grief, and mental illness; that it is able to bridge gaps of time; and that it will help to regard personal material one might not want to dissect without a creative outlet.
  • The effects of job crafting and leader member exchange on the affective well-being of emerging adults in college

    Kishna, Celina (2020-12)
    Relatively little research has been conducted on factors that affect the work life of emerging adults. Drawing from a primarily college sample (​N ​= 194), this study investigates the relationships between leader member exchange (LMX), job crafting (JC) and job affective well-being. A simultaneous multiple regression demonstrated that several dimensions of JC were positively associated with job affective well-being. A multiple parallel mediation model conducted with JC as a mediator between LMX and job affective well-being. demonstrated that the increasing structural job resources component of JC was a partial mediator between LMX and job affective well-being. Future studies should include dyadic data from both employees and supervisors to improve research on job affective well-being.
  • The politics of touch

    Kurtz, Teresa (2020-08)
    Through this thesis, I aim to deconstruct and reconstruct what it means to reach out and touch another by analyzing the role of physical touch in literature with a New Historicist approach. In other words, I am reading into the signification of touch within different literary texts while taking into account the text's geographical, historical, and sociological conditions. In a different time, place, and sociocultural climate, the same signifier--such as touch--will necessarily have different significations. Therefore, touch in all of its forms must be read within its individual literary context.
  • Disgust of the other side : how disgust relates to political attitudes

    Weintraub, Jeremy S. (2020-08)
    The purpose of this study was to expand upon prior-researched aspects of the Behavioral Immune System (BIS), a psychological mechanism that increases survival by detecting pathogens in the environment (Schaller, 2015). Prior studies have associated the BIS with disgust sensitivity, political orientation, political policy, and susceptibility to disease (Curtis, DeBarra, & Aunger, 2011; Oaten, Stevenson, & Case, 2009; Brenner & Inbar, 2015; Lee & Ottati, 2002; Terrizzi Jr, Shook, & McDaniel, 2013). The current research has the capacity to shed light on the degree to which the BIS is connected with the important modern-day political issue of immigration in the United States. Keywords: Disgust, Behavioral Immune System, Perceived Vulnerability to Disease, Political Attitudes toward Immigrants
  • Music therapy service delivery trends in special education settings in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States

    Myers, Amy L. (2020-05)
    This survey research sought to identify music therapy service delivery trends in special education settings in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States. A total of 25 individuals who oversee the provision of special education programming and services in public school districts in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia were included in this study. The majority of participants indicated that music therapy services are not being provided in their respective school districts. Inadequate funding, limited access to music therapists and their services, and a lack of awareness of music therapy were identified as factors that impact the provision of music therapy services in special education settings within the Mid- Atlantic Region. The findings of this study point to an overall need for increased advocacy for music therapy services in special education settings at the client/family level, the community level, the school district administrative level, the state level, and the federal level. Further research in each state would provide a clearer picture of these trends and would be beneficial in guiding music therapists, district administrators, and clients/families who are seeking music therapy services.
  • "I have been told that human beings seldom dream about cherubim" : unconventional representations of the divine in Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quartet

    Seitz, Jeffrey D. (2020-05)
    Madeleine L'Engle's writing is a kaleidoscope of science and theology, with an abundance of literary and spiritual insights. For decades, readers have been inspired by the familiar characters in her Time Quartet novels. Yet these readers are confounded by the supernatural beings she populated in the texts. One of the ways this mythopoeic writer indicated her spiritual inclinations was by her unconventional representations of the divine through her masterful use of the suspension of disbelief that serves as a possible spiritual vision. Decades after the publication of A Wrinkle in Time, her writing continues to inspire and puzzle readers. Madeleine L Engle Time Quartet novels continue to evoke curiosity among literary scholars because of her boldness for integrating spirituality with science.
  • Personal therapy for a graduate student in the analytical music therapy model : a heuristic inquiry

    Wenger, Daniel (2020-05)
    This heuristic inquiry explores my experience as a graduate student undergoing personal music therapy in the Analytical Music Therapy model. After reviewing 27 recordings of my sessions, I used self-dialogue to select five session recordings based on personal significance and examples of growth. The verbal processing of these sessions was transcribed and the musical improvisations were given detailed descriptions. I then re-listened to the sessions and noted significant experiences and patterns directly onto the transcripts and descriptions. After immersing myself in the transcripts and descriptions, I took notes regarding the relationships between session experiences and shifts in my daily awareness. These notes helped me discover areas that were developed through my process. They were defined as the following themes: connection, body awareness, musical awareness, intrapersonal awareness, and professional development. These themes provided a deeper understanding of the expansive experience of AMT, the influence of a student-client perspective on therapy, and the potential for professional development through AMT experiences. An arts-informed reflection provides a holistic understanding of my unique transformation through analytical music therapy.
  • Music therapy in the medical setting : a music therapy program proposal for the Mercy Medical Hospital

    Wong, Andrew (2020-05)
    This music therapy program proposal has been designed for implementation at the Mercy Medical Hospital in Rockville Centre, NY. Music therapy is a unique healthcare profession that utilizes music to assist individuals from all age groups improve their physical, emotional, social, communication, and cognitive functioning. This proposal will define music therapy, and delineate the research of the effectiveness of music therapy on the physical and emotional needs of medical patients. A proposed weekly schedule and details of music therapy sessions with descriptions of music therapy methods and their variations including materials, goals, and benefits are included. The financial implications of the program are detailed, including salary, equipment and other program expenses. The connections of music therapy and the mission of the facility are presented, as well as context for implementation of this music therapy program.
  • The experience of music therapists working with clients with schizophrenia

    Earl, Brittany (2020-05)
    The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore the lived experience of music therapists who work with clients diagnosed with schizophrenia. The main focus of this study was the music therapists’ perceptions of how music therapy impacted these clients. The data was collected through individual, semi-structured interviews that occurred in person and via telephone conversations. The participants were four board-certified music therapists who worked with this population within the last five years. The interviews were coded and analyzed, revealing two overarching categories and four themes. The first category was The Perceived Impact of Music Therapy on Clients. This category contained the themes: Growth Reported by Music Therapists a nd Growth Reported by Clients . The second category was Experiences in Music Therapy . This category contained the themes: Personal Experiences of Music Therapists and Perceptions of Client Experiences . All four participants reported that their clients have experienced growth as a result of music therapy. These reports were from the perspectives of the participants, as well as the perspectives of their clients. The participants described that their overall experience in working with this population was enjoyable, and that their clients seemed to have positive experiences in music therapy.
  • A quantitative and qualitative approach to understanding and defining hate sex

    Di Santo, Jacqueline M. (2020-05)
    Although a popular topic in the media, there is no research to date on hate sex. The purpose of this study was to attain a better understanding of hate sex and operationally define the construct utilizing both quantitative and qualitative methods to understand and define hate sex. An anonymous survey was completed by 771 individuals (69.8% females, 28.8% males, 1.4% other; mean age = 23.21, SD = 6.59). It was found that individuals who reported having had hate sex in their lifetime were more sexually experienced than individuals who reported never having had hate sex. Individuals who report having had hate sex also appear to hold a different perception of hate sex than the portrayal of hate sex in the media. Using these findings, A definition of hate sex is introduced. Implications and future directions of this line of research are discussed.
  • Proposal for neonatal intensive care unit music therapy program at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center

    Chilton, Madeline C. (2020-05)
    The following is a proposal for the implementation of a music therapy program in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Brookdale University Hospital. This proposal provides the rationale for instituting a NICU music therapy program and details the content of the program including services provided, treatment methodology, documentation, required resources, projected outcomes, and evaluation. Recommendations are provided for the qualifications, responsibilities, and integration of a full-time music therapist into the NICU team. The aim of this proposal is to demonstrate the multitude of benefits that a music therapy program will offer the NICU at Brookdale, and provide a feasible plan for its initiation. The inclusion of music therapy services in the treatment modalities offered by the Brookdale NICU will demonstrate a commitment to innovative, family-centered care, and to the mission and core values of the One Brooklyn Health hospital system.
  • Benedictine, Bridge Back, and beyond : a proposal for an integrated music therapy program involving graduated levels of substance misuse treatment

    Hitchcock, Sarah (2020-05)
    The following document is an in-depth proposal for expanding a part-time music therapy program in a medical setting focused on the needs and concerns of people who are struggling to recover from an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. The enlarged program would include a full-time music therapist with expanded responsibilities.This proposal has been designed for the HealthAlliance programs in Kingston, New York: First Step Detoxification Program and the First Step Rehabilitation Program at Benedictine Hospital, the Outpatient Program at Bridge Back South. The needs of patients recovering from alcohol and drug misuse are specific to their stage in the recovery process, detoxification, early rehabilitation, or longer-term rehabilitation. This proposed music therapy program addresses the specific needs of the patient at each stage of the recovery process. This proposal focuses on the needs of the patients, describes details of the actual program, and shows how the music therapy program integrates into the larger context of the medical program. Finally, it lays out the financial needs of the proposed music therapy program and its expected outcomes. This proposal will demonstrate how a strong, integrated music therapy program can assist in the care and healing of people suffering from substance misuse and how to address its underlying causes.
  • An inquiry into sound healing and music therapy

    Erson, Rebecca D. (2020-05)
    Sound and music are powerful forces within the context of the subjective experience, the depths of which are underrepresented within traditional objectively focused research. This study delved into the internal experience of the practitioner when utilizing these forces in the therapeutic setting. As a music therapist who utilizes sound healing within my daily practice, I was interested in looking at my own experience of facilitating sound healing sessions and music therapy sessions. In comparing these two experiences I sought to draw some parallels as well as further define what is different about the two modalities.
  • Factors influencing music therapists to join, or not join, the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)

    Peterson, Sarah (2020-05)
    The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) is the membership organization for music therapists that strives to develop and support the music therapy profession. Professional membership in the AMTA has been declining in recent years, though the number of credentialed music therapists is increasing. The objective of this research study was to determine what factors influence music therapists to join, or not join, the AMTA. The survey consisted of close and open- ended questions to gather the demographics of participants; the factors that influenced their decision to purchase, or not purchase membership; how participants view the benefits that membership in AMTA provides; and what participants want to see AMTA accomplish to increase membership. Out of the 7,958 music therapists that were eligible to participate, 1,262 completed the survey. Current members, and individuals planning on renewing in 2020 accounted for 49.88% of the sample; former members accounted for 43.38% of the sample; and respondents who have never been members of AMTA accounted for 6.74% of the sample. Receiving member benefits was the most common factor that influenced membership for current members, individuals renewing, and former members. Former members and respondents who have never been members cited the cost of membership, the lack of cost-benefit, and the perceived lack of benefits as factors for not renewing, or not purchasing membership.

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