Press Release



April Dinwoodie, Chief Executive

Hollee McGinnis, Policy Director
212-925-4089 or 646-263-9236

NEW YORK, September 28, 2005 – The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute is proud to announce the appointment of Scott Ryan, Associate Dean at Florida State University’s College of Social Work and an accomplished adoption researcher, as one of its Senior Fellows.

Dr. Ryan will join a handful of prominent, highly respected researchers, lecturers and writers who currently serve as Institute Senior Fellows. They include (in alphabetical order): Dr. David Brodzinsky, Dr. Harold Grotevant, Jeff Katz, Dr. Ruth McRoy and Lois Melina.

“Scott’s excellent work on adoption issues, combined with his passionate commitment to children and families, make him a terrific fit in the group of esteemed professionals who already are with us,” said Adam Pertman, the Institute’s Executive Director. “I look forward to collaborating with him and learning from him.”

Dr. Ryan said he, too, was excited by his appointment. “The Donaldson Institute plays such an important role in improving adoption, and its research is so strong and high-impact, that I just feel privileged to be associated with the organization and its exemplary staff,” he said.

Dr. Ryan is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean at Florida State University’s College of Social Work, and is also the Director of the Institute for Social Work Research. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds several advanced degrees: a Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University, a Master’s in Business Administration from Howard University, and a Doctorate in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Ryan has worked extensively with families touched by adoption for more than a decade as a clinician, educator, trainer and researcher. He has led research projects on an array of significant topics, including the efficacy of play therapy, adoption disruption, child development in same-sex adoptive families, the impact of institutionalization on children adopted from Romania, and post-placement services. He serves on the Editorial Board of Adoption Quarterly and, for the last three years, has led a study funded by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption on how to improve outcomes for special-needs adoptees and their families.

The Adoption Institute is the pre-eminent policy, research and education organization in its field. It provides information and leadership that improve the lives of everyone touched by adoption – especially children – through better laws, policies, practices and attitudes. For more information about the Institute, please write to or visit our award-winning website at If you have questions or want to arrange an interview, contact Pertman at 617-332-8944 or