Press Release




NEW YORK, Sept. 6, 2006 – The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute is proud to announce that Dr. David Brodzinsky – whose research, teaching and writing have made him a luminary in the field for three decades – is joining our staff as Research and Project Director, effective immediately. In addition to leading projects on a variety of subjects relating to adoption and foster care, Dr. Brodzinsky will also serve as staff liaison for the Institute’s new Senior Research Fellows program.

Dr. Brodzinsky is Professor Emeritus of Developmental and Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University, where he directed the Foster Care Counseling Project. He has published widely in professional journals and is the co-author or co-editor of five influential books on adoption, including Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self (1992); Children’s Adjustment to Adoption: Developmental and Clinical Issues (1998); and Psychological Issues in Adoption: Research and Practice (2005).

“When someone like David is hired, it sends two clear messages: that the organization must be doing something very right to attract a professional of his caliber – and that its work is about to get even better,” said Institute Executive Director Adam Pertman. “This is a real coup for us.”

Dr. Brodzinsky said he was “very enthusiastic” about joining the Institute’s staff after a decade of serving on its Board of Directors and, most recently, as one of its Senior Research Fellows. “My passion is for hands-on work that has real, positive effects on people’s lives. No one does that better or more effectively than the Adoption Institute, so I’m thrilled at this opportunity.”

Dr. Brodzinsky recently moved from New Jersey to Northern California, where – in addition to his work for the Adoption Institute – he will continue his private practice in psychology, much of it focusing on the clinical needs of members of the adoption community. For a more-complete biography of Dr. Brodzinsky, please go to

In its 10th Anniversary year, the Institute is expanding (most importantly) its work and its impact, as well as its staff. In addition to Dr. Brodzinsky, we also recently hired a new Project Administrator, Mari Cochran, who operates out of our Boston-area office. We now have senior personnel in five states: New York, where the Institute is based; Massachusetts, California, North Carolina and Illinois.

The Adoption Institute is the pre-eminent research, policy and education organization in its field. Its mission is to provide leadership that improves laws, policies and practices – through sound research, education and advocacy – in order to better the lives of everyone touched by adoption. To achieve its goals, the Institute conducts and synthesizes research; offers education to inform public opinion; promotes ethical practices and legal reforms, and works to translate policy into action. The Institute is nonpartisan, non-profit and independent of any constituency or cause.

For more information about Dr. Brodzinsky, the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, its Senior Research Fellows Program, or any of its other programs or projects, please contact Chief Executive, April Dinwoodie at 212-925-4089 or