Deanna is a senior undergraduate Biology and Psychology double major. She joined the Rudd Adoption Program as a Research Assistant in the summer of 2011 and started her Honors Thesis titled “Community Climate and Mental Health Outcomes in Lesbian, Gay, and Heterosexual Adoptive Families” in the Fall of 2011 under the guidance of Dr. Rachel Farr and Dr. Harold Grotevant.
She has been accepted as a poster co presenter with Dr. Farr for three conferences, the New Worlds of Adoption: Navigating the Teen Years Rudd Conference at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, 120th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association Division 44, and the Undergraduate Research Conference at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is excited to gain more research experience at the end of her undergraduate career. Outside of working with the Rudd Adoption Program, she also enjoys being a Resident Assistant, a member of the UMass Track and Field team, and a volunteer at the Everywoman’s Center. She hopes to join a Master’s program in Genetic Counseling and pursue family research after graduation.
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