What kinds of projects have our SMP students done?

Katie Grein '13 presents her SMP

Check out the database of past PsycSMP abstracts

Prospective PsycSMPs: A past student may have suggested a path for future research that you would like to follow!

Students can visit the College Archives (Calvert 009-ground floor) to read or view past St. Mary's Projects Mondays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (appointments recommended).

Access to a full SMP can depend on how a student completed a release form, but most SMPs can be read or viewed in the College Archives without restriction.

Electronic copies of SMPs are usually provided to faculty and staff upon request, but students are provided electronic copies of SMPs only with the permission of a faculty member.

Carrie Singer

Singer, C. (2004, May). Understanding the process of identity formation in adopted children: Factors that impact the psychosocial adjustment of adoptees.
Mentor: Dr. Terell P. Lasane


This review paper presents an analysis and discussion of the current literature in the field of adoption outcomes. To date, many of the findings regarding adoptees and their psychological, academic, social, emotional, familial, and behavioral adjustment have been conflicted. Twenty-six journal articles were obtained from PsycInfo using the key words "adoption" and "adjustment." The methods and results varied significantly across studies. Adoptees tend to be overrepresented in clinical populations, but most function just as well as biological children. Identity formation is discussed within the context of ethnicity, adoptive family variables, and level of openness in adoption. Treatment options and directions for future research are suggested.

Read the paper (download the pdf)