Research

Generally speaking, I am interested in individual and family diversity, with attention to how various social locations (gender, sexual orientation, social class, race) intersect to shape identity, development, and well-being. My research focuses on exploring 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. For the last 10 years I have been conducting a study of adoptive parenthood among a diverse group of couples. I am also involved in research that examines (a) families formed with the help of reproductive technologies, (b) the transition to parenthood among bisexual women partnered with men, and (c) transgender college students.