Bio

Welcome! These pages contain general information about my research, teaching, and professional interests, and links to more detailed information about these topics.

I received my BA in psychology from Wesleyan University and my MA in psychology and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I am currently an associate professor of clinical psychology at Clark University, with visiting scholar appointments at both the Williams Institute at UCLA and the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute. 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 conducting a longitudinal study of adoptive parenthood in a diverse group of couples. In addition, I am conducting study of postpartum well-being in women with diverse sexual histories. I teach courses on gender and families, diversity in contemporary families, research methods with diverse families, human sexuality, and ethics in clinical psychology.

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Major Interests: adoption; reproductive technologies; gay/lesbian parenting; family diversity; the transition to parenthood; work-family issues; gender and parenthood; the division of labor.