Abbie Goldberg delivering the keynote address at the LGBT Research Symposium at the University of Illinois.

Dr. Goldberg has given numerous talks, including plenary and keynote addresses. She has also facilitated numerous workshops, including two- and three-day workshops. She has presented to a range of audiences, including school administrators, teachers, adoption agencies, clinicians, medical professionals, lawyers, and parents. Sample titles include:

  • Maybe Baby: Parenting Routes and Strategies for LGBTQ Prospective Parents
  • From Family Trees to Heritage Week: Supporting Adoptive Families in School
  • Beyond the Binary: Making Higher Education Work for Trans Students
  • From Two Daddies to Divorce: Supporting Same-Sex Couples in Separation

    Abbie Goldberg  giving a lecture on lesbian/gay parenting at Springfield Technical Community College

  • Moving Beyond “The Kids are All Right”: 20 Years of Research on LGBT Families
  • From Placement to Puberty: Lesbian and Gay Adoptive Families Over Time
  • “So You Want to Get a Divorce…”: LGBTQ Affirming Practice for Lawyers and Mediators



Dr. Goldberg facilitating a workshop on adoption with LGBTQ people for Lutheran Family Services.

Dr. Goldberg has served as a consultant for clinicians, researchers, lawyers, educators, administrators, and non-profits on a variety of topics, including:

  • Qualitative methods and analysis
  • Open adoption
  • Transracial adoption
  • LGBTQ parenting
  • LGBTQ divorce and relationship dissolution
  • The transition to parenthood for LGBTQ people
  • Improving school climate for LGBTQ families and children
  • Improving adoption agency climate for LGBTQ individuals and couples
  • Training clinicians to be LGBTQ affirming and sensitive
  • Creating trans-inclusive practices in higher education

She has also provided consultation to students and junior faculty on career development, writing, research, and publication, providing ongoing feedback and input on:

  • Productivity and goal-setting
  • Qualitative methods and analysis
  • Research design 
  • Participant recruitment
  • Writing book proposals
  • Writing and revising manuscripts for publication
  • Preparing materials for tenure
  • Public speaking

Comments from recent workshop participants include:

  • “Learning about [trans] students’ experiences was eye opening. . .the different vignettes helped to  give me ways to make my interactions more inclusive.”
  • “[I have] a new perspective on trans individuals. Moving forward [I will] be more open minded and accepting, find ways to be more supportive to this community on campus, be more mindful in terminology used, [and will] create safe spaces for the trans community [here].”

For information about Dr. Goldberg’s domains of expertise and consulting rates, or to inquire about her availability and fee for a speaking event or workshop, please contact her.