Institute Adds Prominent Adoption Experts as Fellows

New York, NY. Three highly accomplished scholars are joining the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute as Senior Research Fellows, the Institute announced today.


They are:

Amanda Baden, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Counseling and Educational Leadership, at Montclair State University. Her research and clinical practice focus includes racial and cultural identity.   She is an editor of The Handbook of Adoption: Implications for Researchers, Practitioners, and Families.

Abbie Goldberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Psychology, at Clark University. Her research and teaching interests involve diverse families, sexuality and gender. Her numerous publications include the book Lesbian and Gay Parents and their Children: Research on the Family Life Cycle.

Laurie Miller, M.D., Professor, Pediatrics, and founder of the International Adoption Clinic at Tufts Medical Center. She consults with nations around the world, has conducted numerous studies and projects, and has published widely, including The Handbook of International Adoption Medicine.

“We are honored that these three gifted individuals have agreed to share their talents with us, and are very grateful to them – and to all our Senior Fellows – for helping us accomplish our vital mission,” said Adam Pertman, the Adoption Institute’s Executive Director. “The Institute’s stature and impact are growing every day; we’re delighted that our new colleagues are joining us at such an exciting time.”

The other Senior Fellows – all among the most prominent and highly regarded researchers, lecturers, trainers and writers in the field today – are: Dr. Richard Barth of the University of Maryland; Dr. Devon Brooks of the University of Southern California; Professor Naomi Cahn of George Washington University Law School; Dr. Harold Grotevant of the University of Massachusetts; Dr. Victor Groza of Case Western Reserve University; Dr. Dana Johnson of the International Adoption Clinic at the University of Minnesota; Dr. Ruth McRoy of Boston College; Dr. Ellen Pinderhughes of Tufts University; and Dr. Scott Ryan of Texas State University. For more complete information on all our Senior Fellows – current and new – go to:

The Institute created its Senior Research Fellows Program to raise the quality and impact of its work – and to improve adoption generally. The Fellows enhance and expand our initiatives by contributing their knowledge and expertise; by providing insights from their research and experience; by helping elevate the value and usefulness of our products so they achieve the highest possible standards; and by helping to focus our work on vitally important issues that affect tens of millions of children and families.

The Adoption Institute is the pre-eminent research, policy and education organization in its field. Its mission is to provide leadership that improves adoption laws, policies and practices – through sound research, education and advocacy – in order to better the lives of everyone touched by adoption.



For more information about the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, its Senior Fellows Program, or any of its other initiatives, please contact Pertman at 617-332-8944 or

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