Amanda Baden received her doctorate in counseling psychology from Michigan State University and she is currently a Professor in the Counseling Program at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. Dr. Baden has both personal and professional experience with adoption. She was adopted from Hong Kong and raised in a transracially adoptive family. Her experiences both personally and professionally have lead her to focus her research and clinical practice on adoption triad members, transracial/international adoption issues, racial and cultural identity, and multicultural counseling competence. Dr. Baden has written extensively on adoption issues including having created a model of identity for transracial and international adoptees called the Cultural-Racial Identity Model. She is one of the editors of the recently published book entitled, The Handbook of Adoption: Implications for Researchers, Practitioners, and Families (Sage Publications).
Dr. Baden is the co-chair of the Biennial Adoption Conferences held by the Adoption Initiative at St. John’s University in New York City. She serves on several advisory boards for adoption organizations including the Adoption Initiative (at St. John’s University), Families with Children from China, Chinese Adoptee Links, and the Chinese Adult Adoptee Worldwide Reunion. She was a regular columnist for Families with Children from China Journals across the US and Canada and for Mei Magazine (project now ended), a publication for Chinese adopted children. In 2005, Dr. Baden was chosen by her Congressman, Jerrold Nadler, and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute as an Angel in Adoption.
Dr. Baden was a Senior Fellow for the Donaldson Adoption Institute in which she serves with prominent adoption scholars to conduct and evaluate research and policy related to adoption and foster care. She also serves as a Board Member for the New York State Board of Psychology. She is on the editorial boards of the journals, Adoption Quarterly and Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless.
Dr. Baden’s clinical specializations include counseling adoption triad members, transracial adoptees, and individuals having multiracial backgrounds. She lives in New York City and is a licensed psychologist with a clinical practice in Manhattan.
Licensed Psychologist, New York State
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology (APA-Accredited)
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, August 1999
Dissertation: The Psychological Adjustment of Transracial Adoptees: An Application of the Cultural-Racial Identity Model
Honors: Minority Competitive Doctoral Fellowship, Michigan State University, 1994-1997, Graduate Conference Presentation Travel Support Award, 1996, 1997, Greater Lansing Area “Big Sister of the Year,” 1996, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Handbook of Multicultural Counseling Scholarship, 1997, MSU College of Education Alumni Endowed Scholarship, 1998
M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling
University of Georgia, Athens, GA, June 1994
Honors: Chi Sigma Iota, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, Full University-Wide Graduate Assistantship 1992-1994
B.A. in Psychology
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, May 1991
Honors: Dean’s List, Psi Chi, Hall Foundation Scholarship 1987
Honors & Special Appointments
2017 Awarded Montclair State University Outstanding Academic Advising Award
2016 Outstanding Achievement in Adoptee Advocacy and Research, Adoption Initiative
2015 Ada Beth Cutler Faculty Fellow, CEHS, Montclair State University
2015 Outstanding Poster Presentation, Rudd Adoption Conference, UMASS, Amherst
2014 John D. Black Award, American Psychological Association, Division 17
2012 to present, Board Member, State Board of Psychology, New York State
2012 Rudd Adoption Research Program Advisory Board, University of Massachusetts at Amherst (Board Member)
2011 Senior Research Fellow, Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute (ongoing)
2005 Congressional Record, In Honor of Dr. Amanda Baden, 2005 Angel In Adoption, Vol. 151, No. 117
2005 Angels in Adoption Award, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, Washington, DC
2004 Outstanding Major Contribution to The Counseling Psychologist award from the American Psychological Association’s Division of Counseling Psychology.
Counseling, Department of Counseling & Educational Psychology, Montclair State University (Tenured), 2017 to present
Counselor Education, Department of Counseling & Educational Psychology, Montclair State University (Tenured in 2007 and Promoted in 2007), 2002 to present
Counseling Program, Department of Counseling St. John’s University (Tenure-track), 1999-2002