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Abbie E. Goldberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. She received her BA in psychology from Wesleyan University, and an MA in psychology and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research examines diverse families, including lesbian- and gay-parent families and adoptive-parent families. She is currently conducting a longitudinal study of adoptive families headed by female, male and heterosexual couples, which focuses in part on parents’ and children’s experiences in the school setting. Dr. Goldberg is also conducting a longitudinal study of postpartum well-being in women with diverse sexual histories. She is the author of over 70 peer-reviewed articles and two books: Gay Dads (NYU Press; 2012) and Lesbian- and Gay-Parent Families (APA; 2010). She is the co-editor (with Katherine R. Allen) of LGBT-Parent Families: Innovations in Research and Implications for Practice (Springer; 2013) and the editor of the Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies (Sage; 2016). She has received research funding from the American Psychological Association, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Williams Institute, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the National Institutes of Health, and the Spencer Foundation. She teaches courses on gender and families, diversity in contemporary families, research methods with diverse families, human sexuality, the psychology of sexual orientation, and ethics in clinical psychology.
Major Interests: adoption; reproductive technologies; gay/lesbian parenting; human sexuality; family diversity; the transition to parenthood; work-family issues; schools and diverse families; gender and parenthood; the division of labor.