Tag: Doctoral Dissertation Defense

Dissertation Defense: Becoming Bilingual

Carolyn O’Gorman-Fazzaolari, School of Education & Human Development

Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction 

Dissertation: Becoming Bilingual: Examining Teachers’ Perceptions and Practices for Achieving Bilingualism and Biliteracy Goals in English and Spanish in a Two-way Dual Language Bilingual Education Program


Major Professor: Dr. Eric Dwyer

Winning an NSF Grant: Workshop for Behavior and Social Scientists

Mantz Web
Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies
Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs


Winning an NSF Grant: Workshop for Behavioral and Social Scientists

Teleconference with Dr. Jeff Mantz, National Science Foundation

Thursday, April 28, 2016 | 3:30 – 5:30 PM | FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus | WC-130


Planning to submit an application to the National Science Foundation for a doctoral dissertation research improvement grant (DDRIG), a Scholars Award to improve methodological skills, or an Interdisciplinary Social and Behavioral Sciences grant? Mentoring someone who is submitting an NSF application? Wondering what makes a successful application? Learn to avoid common missteps in the application process as well as how to produce a “must-fund!” proposal and submit your application with confidence. The August deadline will be here before you know it! 

Dr. Jeff Mantz is Program Director in Cultural Anthropology and Human Subjects Research Officer at the National Science Foundation, where he has served since 2012. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and has previously taught at George Mason University, Cornell University, California State University at Stanislaus, and Vassar College. His own research takes him to the Caribbean and Central Africa, where he explores issues related to inequality, resource extraction and commodity supply chains.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 305-348-2247.

Doctoral Dissertation Defense: Amary Alcide, L.C.S.W.-S



Florida International University

University Graduate School


Doctoral Dissertation Defense




Hospice Psychosocial Service Availability and Utilization in the United States


Amary Alcide, LCSW-S

Information has been sparse on the hospice psychosocial support offered through the American hospice system. This study examined the hospice psychosocial services that are available and utilized within the United States. In addition, the characteristics of patients and families who utilized these services were comprehensively assessed. Data from the 2007 National Home and Hospice Care Survey (NHHCS) was analyzed in this cross-sectional study (National Center for Health Statistics [NCHS], 2007). Hierarchical linear regression, hierarchal logistic regressions as well as chi-square test of independence were used to analyze the data.

It was hypothesized that for profit hospice ownership status would predict less availability and utilization of psychosocial services when agency size, chain status, and patient total activity of daily needs are controlled. Ownership status was a significant predictor of medical social service availability where for profit agencies were more likely to have this service available. Conversely, hospice patients at for profit agencies were less likely to utilize medical social services as well as bereavement services.

Overall, patient and caregiver utilization rates of psychosocial services were low with the exception of medical social services, bereavement services, spiritual care services, & safety training services. The majority of individuals that used these services were married, White, non-Hispanic, 74-75 year old cancer patients with no cognitive impairment. Most were Medicare recipients with advanced directives in place and had 4 ADL needs. Routine home care patients with an average care continuum of about 2-2 ½ months accounted for most of those who used these services. The majority of these patients lived in a private residence with family members and had spousal caregivers.

These results suggest that the psychosocial services that are being provided have an overall low utilization rate despite availability regardless of ownership type. Further, psychosocial services are disproportionately underutilized by racial and ethnic minorities. In addition, these results highlight the disparity that exists between racial groups that are admitted under hospice care. Further interdisciplinary research needs to be conducted in order to address this disparity in order to determine alternative forms of care that are specifically tailored to a diverse patient population.

Date: March 10, 2016                                                             Department: Social Work

Time: 9:30 a.m.                                                                       Major Professor: Dr. Nicole Ruggiano

Place: AHC5-500