Amanda Baden - Talk at House of RepresentativesAmanda L. Baden, Ph.D.

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  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.

She was the recipient of the John D. Black Award in 2014 for the Outstanding Practice of Counseling Psychology and was named the Outstanding Graduate Advisor for Montclair State University in 2017. Dr. Baden served as a Senior Fellow for the Donaldson Adoption Institute, an independent adoption research and policy organization. She is currently on the Advisory Board for the Rudd Adoption Research Program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. 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

License #014725

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.

Academic Positions


Counseling, Department of Counseling & Educational Psychology, Montclair State University (Tenured), 2017 to present

 Associate Professor

Counselor Education, Department of Counseling & Educational Psychology, Montclair State University (Tenured in 2007 and Promoted in 2007), 2002 to present

 Assistant Professor 

Counseling Program, Department of Counseling St. John’s University (Tenure-track), 1999-2002