The ISP, or Independent Study Project, is written by students from the undergraduate programs of SIT Study Abroad and relates to a program theme. Using primary sources students choose topics with a manageable focus that can be carried out in a variety of settings, such as schools, nongovernmental organizations or field research stations. During the independent study period students work closely with a project advisor and other key contacts in the field. The ISP is typically a 20- to 40-page paper presented to student colleagues, the academic director and, often, the advisor and other interested host-country individuals.

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Submissions from 2015

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Before The Chains Are Broken: Considering Spaces and Accessibility of Mental Healthcare in Java, Angela Leocata, Harvard University

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Medina: The Alternative and Hidden Sides of Fez el Bali, Jie Li, Skidmore College

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From Laws to Last Names: Examining Popular Opinions of Adoption in Morocco, Margaret Liston, Elon University

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Deconstructing Counselling: The Complexity of Psychosocial Support Services in Nakivale Refugee Settlement, Emily Luba, Colgate University

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Non-compliance in marine reserves: measuring the drivers of behavior among recreational fishermen within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Nick Manning, Colby College

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Los Guardianes de Yaoska de Rancho Grande: Ocho pasos para detener una empresa minera transnacional, Joshua Marcus, Macalester College

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Tracing the Human Healthcare Roots of Antibiotic Resistance in India: Causes, Challenges, and Promising Solutions, Kelsey Matteson, Rollins College

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Branches Above and Roots Below: Mothers’ Hopes for their Children in Batoufam, Cameroon, Taylor Maxfield, Calvin College

Exploring the Passage to Adulthood in Masxha: A Narrative Inquiry, Sonia Max, Wesleyan University

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The Impact of Jordanian Health Care Policy on the Maternal and Reproductive Health Care Seeking Behavior of Syrian Refugee Women, Momina Mazhar, University of Maryland

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The History of US-Iran Relations and its Effect on the JCPOA Negotiations, Chase McCain, Occidental College

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EXISTENTIAL AVALANCHE THE LIVED EXPERIENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN DOLPO AND MUSTANG, NEPAL, Keegan McChesney, Occidental College

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Peace Building through Education Reforms Case study: Objectives and Philosophy of Jordanian Educational System, Megan McKeown, Chapman University

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Characteristics of Geoffroy’s tamarin (Saguinus geoffroyi) population, demographics, and territory sizes in urban park habitat (Parque Natural Metropolitano, Panama City, Panama), Caitlin McNaughton, Ohio Wesleyan University

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Furendei Wama Garifuna Aprendemos En Garifuna, Emmanuel Melgoza-Alfaro, University of Colorado at Boulder

Huellas en la Historia: Educación y Derechos Humanos, Kimberly Méndez, DePauw University

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Las tomas en Liceos Emblemáticos: Herramientas para Cambio Social, Daniel Mendoza, Connecticut College

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Comparing Avian Diversity and Anthropogenic Disturbance at Sendero Los Quetzales Cerro Punta, Panamá, Sloane Merdinger, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Tracing the Human Right from Law to Policy to Reproductive Healthcare: Exploring the Strengths and Shortcomings of Undocumented Migrant Women’s Access to Reproductive Healthcare in Switzerland, Sabrina S. Merold, Swarthmore College

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El impacto de los lazos familiares en la salud física, emocional y espiritual en cuidados paliativos: Un estudio de la Clínica Familia, Max Meyerhoff, Macalester College

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Driving Away: A Macro and Micro View of the Prague Car Transit System, Danny Meyers, Skidmore College

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Facilitators of Empowerment Lead in Sustainable Rural Development: A Case Study of Thanda, Emma Milford, Washington University in St. Louis

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Afrochilenos en rumbo al reconocimiento como pueblo tribal Una investigación sobre los factores históricos y culturales de los Afrodecendientes en Arica, Sandy Milien, Sewanee University of the South

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TEORÍA Y PRÁCTICA: La educación liberadora y la disputa contrahegemónica en los Bachilleratos Populares Germán Abdala y Sergio Karakachoff / THEORY AND PRACTICE: Problem-Posing Education and Counterhegemonic Struggle in the Germán Abdala and Sergio Karakachoff Popular High Schools, Rebecca Millberg, Scripps College

“Forbidden Fruit”: Constructions and Representations of Eastern European Homosexuality in the Dutch Gay Paradise, Marty Miller, Rice University

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An Expanding Financial Sector: Continuity and Change Among Dhikur Groups in Lower Mustang, Anna Misenti, Occidental College

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Deterritorialización y resistencia en el sur de Buenos Aires: el qué, el por qué y el cómo de preservación de la identidad en el barrio de Barracas en una era del cambio y inversión por parte del gobierno. / Deterritorialization and resistance in the southern barrios of Buenos Aires: the what, why and how of identity preservation in the neighborhood of Barracas in an era of change and outside investment., Paige Moody, Macalester College

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The Cognitive Effects of Chronic Malnutrition and Environment on Working Memory and Executive Function in Children, Kristiana E. Morgan, Emory University

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Permanence and Picnic Tables Perceptions of Maji Safi Group’s Disease Prevention Center at Shirati KMT District Designated Hospital, Sarah Muskin, Vassar College

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This Is Not About Cows: Historic and Contemporary Challenges to South-Central Madagascar’s Cattle Systems, Dan Myers, University of Denver

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Assessing the Sustainability of Selective Logging in Ankarabolava-Agnakatrika New Protected Area, Eileen Nakahata, College of William and Mary

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The Beast Inside Your Head: A Look at Mental Health Issues in Samoa, Brandon Nelson, University of North Dakota

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Poner Fin a la Violencia Hacia la Mujer: Estrategias y Opiniones de Tres Organizaciones Feministas en Valparaíso, Chile, Hannah Neukrug, University of Virginia

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La santé maternelle à Antsiranana selon la médicine occidentale et la médicine traditionnelle : Une étude des traitements opposés pour les femmes enceintes, Lauren Nguyen, Bowdoin College

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El futuro ES la historia: El pasado doloroso y las generaciones futuros en los espacios de memoria en Buenos Aires / The future IS history: The painful past and future generations in memory sites in Buenos Aires, Leslie Niiro, Duke University

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Ficus sp. y la frugivoría: Una investigación sobre un recurso importante para las aves en el bosque nublado occidental del Ecuador, Hilary Niles, Middlebury College

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Not All Those That Are Buried Are Dead: An Analysis of Memorialization at the Prestwich Memorial, Anna Sumner Noonan, Sewanee University of the South

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La radio comunitaria: hacia un futuro más democrático para Bolivia, Katharine Norris, Smith College

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Lasrealidades y los desafíosde los padres adolescentes. Valparaíso, Chile, Kenechukwu Nwosu, Vassar College

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Exercising Agency in Medical Decision-Making Processes Conventional and Traditional Medicine -A Case Study of 67ha, Antananarivo-, Sakura Oyama, Washington University in St. Louis

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Killing to Save: Trophy Hunting and Conservation in Mongolia, Lucy Page, Williams College

Percepciones Sobre Las Aguas De La Cuenca Hidrográfica Del Valle De Lluta Y La Situación De Arsénico, Alec P. Pankow, University of Puget Sound

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The Power of Peace: A Reflection on the Shifting Methods, Strategies, and Philosophies of Peaceful Protest Within Dharamsala’s Community of Activists Post-2008, Christian Bormann Paris, Muhlenberg College

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Fish use of largely unexplored sub-tidal habitats in the Hinchinbrook Channel Estuary, Queensland, Alexandra Parisien, Duke University

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Exploring Community Health through the lens of the Community Unit in Kariobangi North and the Surrounding Areas, Maya Paris-Saper, Sarah Lawrence College

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Sports and Exercise Medicine for Athletes and Footballers: The Case of Kenya, Monil Patel, Tufts University

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Las percepciones de los profesionales de la salud sobre los cuidados paliativos en diferentes sectores de salud en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires / Perceptions of health professionals about palliative care in different health sectors in the City of Buenos Aires, Kate Paulsen, Bowdoin College

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A “UNIVERSAL VALUE”? PERCEPTIONS OF DEMOCRACY ACROSS RACE AMONG YOUNG VOTERS IN DURBAN, SA, Svati Pazhyanur, Cornell University

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Child Marriage: Addressing the Challenges and Obstacles in the Post-2015 Agenda, Valeria Pelayo, Williams College

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An Interactive Research Study on For-Profit Microfinance and its Continued Social Impact, Rachael Peroutky, Carleton College

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Nutrition and Education in an Urbanizing Nation, Molly Pritz, Bates College

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The impact of the Queensland Shark Control Program on local populations of threatened shark species, 1962-2014, Carolyn Pushaw, Harvard University

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The Struggle Overseas: Risk Factors for Suicide among Female Migrant Workers in Nepal, Dhara Puvar, Loyola University Chicago

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La vida es un conflicto, pero hay que llevar soluciones: La resolución de conflicto en comunidades rurales de San Ramón Nicaragua a través de facilitadores judiciales rurales y mediación, Marlee Raible, Whitman College

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Cus M! Let’s Go!: The Flourishing of Bali’s Komunitas Gay in the HIV/AIDS Crisis, Ikaika Ramonès, Harvard University

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Review or Rhetoric? An Analysis of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review, Sameer Rana, Pomona College

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The Price on Our Practices: Motivation and Cultural Commodification in the Mongolian Tourism Industry, Joseph Recupero, Gettysburg College

Eating Out in Kathmandu: Restaurant Business and Nepal’s Urban Middle Class, Jessica Reid, Saint Michael’s College

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NGOS, Community Associations, and Corporations in Partnership: CrossSectoral Collaboration in Serviluz, FortalezaCE, Leila Reynolds, Univeristy of Washington

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“No todo se brilla” Tiempos de Espera: Reflejos de Estructuras Dominantes, Flora Richey, Carleton College

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An Investigation of the Integration of Education and Mental Health Treatment into the Care of Diabetes in Syrian Refugee Women, Miller Richmond, University of Mississippi

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Llama a tu abuela: mujeres cochabambinas en su tercera edad, Alexandra Ricks, Wesleyan University

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Jordanian Special Needs Children’s Access to Services: Parental Perspective, Selena Rincon, Harvard University

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Transnational Education Systems In Morocco: How Language Of Instruction Shapes Identity, Sarah Robertson, Scripps College

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Hurdles to Health: An Exploration of the Social Determinants that Affect Attitudes toward HPV Vaccination in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, Megan Rogers, Seattle University

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Too Many Rented Rooms: Creative Expression in the Tibetan Community and the Foreign Artist, Imogen Rosenbluth, Brandeis University

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The Industrial Impact on Wetlands in Jinja and the Nexus of Industry, Wetlands, and Community (A Rights-Based Sustainable Development Approach), Ranger Ruffins, University of North Carolina

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Jóvenes en movimiento: los papeles de la danza folklórica y contemporánea en las vidas de los jóvenes Cochabambinos, Maya Salas, Scripps College

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Environmental Law in Madagascar: The Nagoya Protocol on Genetic Resource Use, Access and Benefit Sharing, Sarah Sanbar, Claremont Mckenna College

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“Seguimos Siendo Indígenas” Una investigación sobre el discurso de los derechos y necesidades de la Comunidad Shipiba de Cantagallo como pueblo indígena en el contexto urbano de Lima., Janet Sanchez, Occidental College

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Western Farmers’ Markets in Kathmandu: Vendor Perspectives, Caroline Saunders, Vanderbilt University

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The Lucrative Business of Children: A Study of Child Trafficking in Nepalese Orphanages, Mira Saxe-Smith, Muhlenberg College

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Women in Transition: Fighting Mentalities And Ensuring Political Participation in Post-revolutionary Tunisia, Hayley Schultz, Hope College

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Soil total organic carbon and farmers’ perceptions associated with bokashi application in Cerro Punta, Panama, Emma Searson, Washington University

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Social Responsibility and Enterprise: A Case Study of Les EauxMinéralesd’Oulmes Water Company in the Oulmes Region of Morocco, Kathryn Seibold, Colby College

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Child Nutrition and Fitness in Switzerland and the United Kingdom: Analyzing Preventative Solutions for the Developing Obesity and Diabetes Crises, Nicolas Selemon, Bowdoin College

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Inspiring Public Trust in the Domestic Legal System: The Impact of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), Jung Min Shin, Vanderbilt University

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The Role of Productive Uses of Electricity in Rural Development: A Case Study of Xẻo Trâm and Hòa Đức Hamlets of Hòa An village, Vietnam, Gabrielle Short, University of Vermont

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Conservation For Whom?: The Struggle for Indigenous Rights in Sagarmatha National Park, Jake Sivinski, Lewis and Clark College

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Internal Migration: The Women Behind Bali’s Tourism Industry, Stephanie Skinner, James Cook University

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Genocide in Northeast Brazil: Dismantling Colonial Legacies of Contemporary State Violence in Salvador, Kelsi Sleet, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Human impacts on water systems: Biological assessment of water quality in the Bosque Protector Río Guajalito (BPRG) using aquatic macroinvertebrates, Harrison Smith, University of Arkansas

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Seeds of Peace: Visible Cooperation Between Jews and Muslims in Morocco, Namratha Somayajula, Oregon State University

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Dasaran: A Medium for Grief in Bali, Anna Spencer, Colby College

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Documenting a Wild Reality: The Experiences, Perceived Issues and Proposed Solutions of Four Actors in Human Wildlife Conflict in Jangwani Corridor, Tanzania., Jessie Springer, Hamilton College

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Perceptions of Potable Water in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur and Barmer Districts, Melissa Spross, Texas A&M University

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The Circle of Empowerment: The Nzinga Group's Approach to Empowering Afro-Brazilian Adolescent Girls and Women Through the Cultural Tradition of Capoeira Angola, Sofia Stafford, Duke University

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The Pelagic Artisanal Fishing of Mangapwani, Northern Unguja, Shavonne Stanek, Oberlin College

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Taking Root: An Analysis of the Best Method for Active Forest Regeneration in the Cloud Forest, Charlotte Startin, Scripps College

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A Behavioral Analysis of the Pre-release Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) Currently at Devils@Cradle: An assessment of the impacts of captivity on the wild behaviors of Tasmanian devils that are important for their reintroduction, survival, and inclusion in wild populations, Anna Staudenmaier, Macalester College

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The Digital Gap: An Investigation into the Access and Use of Internet in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, Kayla Steinberg, Macalester College

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The Role of Occupational Therapy in Implementing Inclusive Education in a Residential Care Facility: A Case Study, Erica Steinhoff, Ithaca College

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Perceptions of Safety Among Adolescents in Jordanian Host Communities: A Pilot Study Conducted In Housing Communities in Baqa’a and Ramtha, Katie Stevenson, Bates College

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The Himalayan Gold Rush The untold consequences of Yartsa gunbu in the Tarap valley, Noah Stone, Middlebury College

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Remnants of the American War: An Interactive Documentary, Jacob Sussman, Wesleyan University

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Victims of Poverty and Gender Roles: The Marriage Practices, Gender-based Violence, and Trafficking That Hmong Women Face in Their Daily Lives’, Willa Sweeney, University of Virginia

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An Avian Biological Gradient Across Tropical Dry Lowland Local Habitats at Playa Venao, Los Santos Province, Panama, Abigail Thomas, Stonehill College

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Las Luchadoras Inspiradoras: El papel de las mujeres en los movimientos estudiantiles chilenos, Arielle Ticho, University of Northwestern

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Marine Animalia Organism Diversity and Reef Condition on Two Reef Sites at Big Creek Beach and Boca del Drago, Bocas del Toro, Panamá, Bri Tiffany, Washington University

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“Doce Pasos” en la Dirección Correcta: la adaptación cultural de prácticas terapéuticas en un centro de rehabilitación para hombres ecuatorianos, Jason Tinero, Washington University in St. Louis