Welcome! These pages contain general information about my research, teaching, and clinical interests, and links to more detailed information about these topics.
Generally speaking, I am interested in how a variety of social locations (e.g., gender, sexual orientation, social class) and contexts (e.g., work, family, community) shape processes of development and mental health. My research focuses on parenthood, relationship quality, and well-being in diverse families (e.g., adoptive parent families, lesbian/gay parent families) in an effort to increase our understanding of family diversity. Specifically, I am currently exploring the transition to adoptive parenthood among a diverse group of couples. I teach courses on gender and families, diversity in contemporary families, human sexuality, and ethics in clinical psychology. My clinical interests include adolescent mental health and substance abuse. I am particularly interested in understanding these problems in the context of the family.
Major Interests: adoption; reproductive technologies; gay/lesbian parenting; the transition to parenthood; work-family issues; family diversity; gender.