Generally speaking, I am interested in how a variety of contexts (e.g., gender, sexual orientation, social class, work-family variables) shape processes of development and mental health. 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. Specifically, I am currently exploring the transition to adoptive parenthood among a diverse group of couples. I teach courses on gender and families, human sexuality, and ethics. My clinical interests include adolescent mental health and substance abuse and dependence. I am particularly interested in understanding these problems in the context of the family.
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