|Dr. Ruth McRoy
Ruth G. McRoy holds the Ruby Lee Piester Centennial Professorship in Services to Children and Families and is the director of the Center for Social Work Research at the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. She also holds a joint appointment in the U.T. Center for African and African American Studies and is a member of the University of Texas Academy of Distinguished Professors. Dr. McRoy received her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology, and her Master's and Ph.D. Degrees in Social Work. Having been involved in adoption practice for many years, as a counselor and coordinator, Dr. McRoy currently provides consultation on a variety of adoption practice issues and serves on the boards of several adoption and foster care programs in the Austin area. Her research interests include the following: family preservation, open adoptions, emotionally disturbed adopted children and adolescents, transracial adoptions, adolescent pregnancy, African American families, racial identity development, and adoptive family dynamics, among others. She has co-authored five books and numerous articles and book chapters on adoptions, and presently has many invited papers at national and international conferences.