Abbie E. Goldberg is a Professor of Psychology and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies 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. A central theme of her research is the decentering of any “normal” or “typical” family, sexuality, or gender, to allow room for diverse families, sexualities, and genders.
For 15 years, Dr. Goldberg has been 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 research on the higher educational experiences of trans and gender-nonconforming individuals. Dr. Goldberg recently completed a longitudinal study of postpartum well-being in women with diverse sexual histories. She is the author of over 120 peer-reviewed articles and three books: Gay Dads (NYU Press, 2012), Lesbian- and Gay-Parent Families (APA, 2010), and Open Adoption in Diverse Families (Oxford, 2020). She is the co-editor (with Katherine R. Allen) of LGBTQ-Parent Families: Innovations in Research and Implications for Practice (Springer, 2013, 2020), the editor of the SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies (SAGE, 2016), and the co-editor of LGBTQ Divorce and Relationship Dissolution (Oxford, 2019). She is currently the co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Trans Studies (SAGE), which is in production. 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 family diversity, research methods with diverse families, human sexuality, the psychology of sexual orientation, and ethics in clinical psychology.
Her curriculum vitae can be found here.
Major Interests: adoptive families; open adoption; transracial adoption; foster care; reproductive technologies; gay/lesbian parenting; human sexuality; family diversity; the transition to parenthood; the division of labor; gender and parenthood; schools and diverse families; schools and trans/gender nonconforming individuals.
For students applying to the doctoral program in clinical psychology during the 2020-2021 application cycle: Dr. Goldberg may take a student in 2020.
Recent media interviews:
- Interviewed for Slate article, “Myka Stauffer and the aggressively inspirational world of ‘adoption influencers,’” 6/4/20
- Author, The Conversation article, “I’ve been following families in open adoptions for 15 years, observing adoptive parents’ struggles to tell painful origin stories with kids,” 5/26/20
- Interviewed for Worcester Telegram article, “Pandemic having profound effect on mental health,” 5/17/20
- Interview featured in Huff Post Canada article, “How co-parenting has equipped queer families to handle the coronavirus pandemic,” 4/24/20
- Research featured in the New York Times article, “How to make your marriage gayer,” 2/13/20
- Author, Boston Parents Paper article, “Open adoption and diverse families,” 12/2/19