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Recent Alumni Publication

Smith, E. S. ('10), Geissler, S.A., Schallert, T., & Lee, H. J. (2013). The role of central amygdala dopamine in disengagement behavior. Behavioral Neuroscience, 127 (2), 164-174.

Bryant, V. E. ('10), Kahler, C., Devlin, K., Monti, P.M. Cohen, R. (2013). The effects of cigarette smoking on learning and memory performance among people living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 25 (10), 1308-1316.

Alumni Reflections

"I believe (or at least like to think) that I have made many wise decisions in my life. One decision I have made that I know was possibly the wisest of all, was majoring in Psychology. I have used all that I have learned studying Psychology at St. Mary's College of Maryland on a daily basis. Since obtaining my degree I have been employed by two highly accredited organizations that have provided me with numerous life-changing experiences. I worked as a Caseworker with the Choice Program where I worked with at-risk and gang-involved adolescents and their families. I then worked for the Institute for Family Centered Services as a Family Centered Specialist, where I provided home-based family therapy. Had I not received a degree in Psychology from such an incredible college filled with such highly-educated and motivated professors, I would not be writing this post about my past successes. Best major there is (in my opinion)." ~Brian Mansky '07

Where are they now?


Esther Adetunji

Esther Adetunji '08 earned a JD at Boston College Law School in 2011. She worked as a legal intern in Pretoria North, Gauteng, South Africa for the Refugee and Migrant Worker Rights Programme of Lawyers for Human Rights for 5 months. Now she is a staff attorney for Bread for the City in Southeast, DC.




Leo Schlosnagle '06 earned a PhD in Lifespan Developmental Psychology from West Virginia University in 2011. Currently, Leo is a research & resource development manager at the Center for Excellence in Disabilities at WVU. Most of his research focuses on how adults of different ages make monetary investment decisions.  His area of inquiry shares a lot in common with behavioral economics, and his research employs correlational and experimental methods. Leo feels that the undergraduates at SMCM who plan to pursue graduate degrees might be especially interested in some of WVU's programs, and suggests such students visit the WVU web site at


Angy Kallarakal '05

 Angy Kallarkal '06 earned a PhD in Neuroscience from University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2012. She is now a postdoctoral fellow at the Univeristy of Utah.
Lauren Broyles


Lauren (Matukaitis) Broyles '95 earned a BSN from Johns Hopkins University in 1998 and a PhD in Nursing from University of Pittsburgh in 2008. She completed a Postdoctoral fellowship in Health Services Research, 2008-2010 and received the VA Career Development Award, (analogous to NIH K-award) 2010-2011. She is now a research health scientist for the Center for Health Equity Research & Promotion of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. A program of research focuses on how to improve how clinicians identify and manage alcohol misuse in hospitalized patients (alcohol misuse is comprised of the spectrum of alcohol use from hazardous drinking all the way through to alcohol use disorders). Specifically, she examines the effectiveness of nurse-led alcohol screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) for reducing alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems among Veterans.


Patrick Vargas Patrick Vargas '92 earned a MA in Social Psychology  in 1994 from Ohio State University and a PhD in Social Psychology from the same institution in 1997. He spent a year as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia, and moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998. Patrick is an associate professor of advertising, with appointments in the Department of Psychology, and the Institute for Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Laurie Ryan Laurie Ryan '86 earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology (Specialty Area: Clinical Neuropsychology) from Louisiana State University in '97. She went on to complete a fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital/Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Afterwards she joined the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC where she served as the clinical neuropsychologist for the Walter Reed site. She is now chief of the Dementias of Aging Branch in the Division of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging, part of the NIH. She oversees the development, coordination, and implementation of NIA’s basic and clinical Alzheimer’s disease research program. Dr. Ryan also directs the Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials research portfolio.


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