Current Research Studies

 

As an active researcher and scholar, I am often involved in a number of research projects. I seek to give adopted individuals a powerful voice and to represent their needs and strengths in ethical, authentic, and fair research. I seek also to accurately, appropriately, and justly depict and study the needs of adoptive parents and birth parents. I strive to do justice to their stories, experiences, feelings, and their trust. Please consider participating in any of the studies below. Please also help us spread the word so we can improve the practice of adoption, the counseling services for the adoption triad, and our understanding of the dynamics of adoption.

Now Seeking Research Participants for Several Current Research Projects

Project A: Clinical Treatment for Adoptees

Seeking :

  • Adult Adoptees who have attended therapy at some point in their lives [UPDATE: Survey Completed]
  • Clinicians/Counselors/Therapists/Psychologists (no experience with adoption or adopted clients necessary) [UPDATE: Survey still active]

Interested? Click here.

Project B: Adoption Microaggressions/Stigma for the Adoption Triad

Seeking:

  • Adult Adoptees
  • Birth Parents or First Parents
  • Adoptive Parents

Interested? Click here.

Project C: The Wellness of Adoptees 

Seeking:

  • Adult Adoptees (over age 18)
  • Were adopted before age one.
  • Were adopted by non-biological parents (neither parent was related to the child by blood)
  • Were told or discovered you were adopted at any age. We have a special interest in those told after age 18.
  • [UPDATE: Survey is closed and we are no longer seeking participants.]

Interested? Click here.

Project D: Search and Reunion Practice

In collaboration with the Donaldson Adoption Institute, we are exploring the current status of adoption search practices among adoption professionals and those who facilitate adoption searches and reunions.

Seeking:

  • adoption professionals and search facilitators who are
    • therapists
    • psychologists
    • counselors
    • social workers
    • lawyers
    • search angels
    • or others who facilitate and support searches between adopted persons and birth families/first families who search for each other
  • to participate in an IRB-approved study on adoption treatment.
  • [UPDATE: Survey is closed and we are no longer seeking participants.]