Senior Research Fellows
David Brodzinsky, Ph.D.
David Brodzinsky is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Foster Care Counseling Project at Rutgers University. He also maintains an active private practice serving the clinical needs of children and families, including individuals who are part of the adoption triad. Brodzinsky has written and lectured extensively in the fields of developmental and clinical psychology and is an internationally known expert in the field of adoption. He is co-author of such well-known books as, The Psychology of Adoption, Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self, and Children's Adjustment to Adoption: Developmental and Clinical Issues.
Harold Grotevant, Ph.D.
Harold Grotevant is Distinguished University Teaching Professor of Family Social Science and adjunct professor of Child Psychology at the University of Minnesota. His scholarly work focuses on relationships in adoptive families and on the development of children and adolescents within their families, especially with regard to identity formation and adjustment. An international leader in adoption theory and research, he has greatly shaped the world's understanding of adopted people and adoptive family functioning. He is highly sought as an adoption lecturer and has written several books, including: Openness in Adoption: Exploring Family Connections (with R. McRoy) and Emotional Disturbance in Adopted Adolescents: Origins & Development (with R. McRoy and L. Zurcher), as well as numerous book chapters and articles on adoption.
Harold D. Grotevant
University Distinguished Teaching Professor
Department of Family Social Science
University of Minnesota
1985 Buford Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108
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Jeff Katz, M.S.W., MPA
Jeff Katz is an independent consultant and nationally recognized expert on issues of adoption and foster care. For 10 years, he was
the Executive Director of Adoption Rhode Island, where he led several important adoption initiatives on both a state and federal level.
Katz has led workshops at national conferences, submitted testimony to Congress, and participated in adoption programs at the
White House. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors or Advisory Board of several national organizations including the
National Adoption Center, the Adoption Exchange Association, and the Adoption Resource Exchange for Single Parents. In 1996,
Katz received an "Adoption Activist" award from the North American Council on Adoptable Children. Katz has been published in the
Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Providence Journal, and has written a
chapter on "Special Needs Adoption" for the Encyclopedia of Childbearing. As a Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government
at Harvard University, he conceived and led a national research project, in collaboration with the Urban Institute, on
"Listening to Parents: Overcoming Barriers to the Adoption of Children from Foster Care.”
Ruth Gail McRoy, Ph.D.
Ruth McRoy is the Director of the Center for Social Work Research and is a Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition, she holds the Ruby Lee Piester Centennial Professorship in Services to Children and Families. A preeminent practitioner, researcher, and lecturer in the field of adoption for over 20 years, her professional interests include family preservation, open adoptions, adoption outcomes, transracial adoptions, racial identity issues and post-adoption services. Among her influential adoption-related research projects are, "Longitudinal Outcomes of Openness in Adoption (1997-2001)," "Changing Adoption Agency Practices: Mental Health Implications for Birthparents, Adoptive Parents, and Adopted Children (1999-2000)," and "Evaluation Study of Post Adoption Services (1994-1996)." She has written seven books, including: Special Needs Adoptions: Practice Issues and Openness in Adoption: Family Connections (with H. Grotevant), and numerous articles and book chapters on adoption.
Associate Dean for Research and Distinguished
Ruby Lee Piester Centennial Professor in
Services to Children and Families
Director, Center for Social Work Research
School of Social Work and Center for African and African American Studies
The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station D3500
Austin, TX 78712
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Lois Melina has written and lectured on adoption for more than 20 years. She currently is a columnist for Adoptive Families magazine and is the former editor and publisher of Adopted Child Newsletter. She is the author of four books on adoption: Raising Adopted Children, Making Sense of Adoption, The Open Adoption Experience (with Sharon Kaplan Roszia), and Adoption: An Annotated Bibliography and Guide. Her articles on adoption have appeared in a wide range of magazines and journals including Working Mother, Journal of the American Board of Family Physicians, Family Circle, and The Quill. She lives in Moscow, Idaho, with her husband. They have two grown children, a son and a daughter, both adopted from Korea.
P. O. Box 9362
Moscow, ID 83843
208 South Main St., Suite 3
Moscow, ID 83843
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