UMass Psychology


Megan R. Gunnar, Ph.D.
Regents Professor, University of Minnesota, Director of the Institute of Child Development.

"Post-institutionalized Children Become Teenagers: Early Deprivation and the Developing Teen Brain"



Attendees will learn about current adoption research projects and programs following lunch. 


Panel and Audience Discussion of Clinical and Research Implications of Keynote Address.

Chair: Sally Powers
Panelists: David Scherer, Susan Smith, John Sobraske and Ellen Pinderhughes.

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  • "Who Am I? Where Do I Belong?" | Presenters: David Brodzinsky and Sally Popper.
  • "Adolescents and Identity" | Presenters: Amanda Baden and Jeanne Howard.
  • "Youth Speak: The Teen Years from the Inside Out" | Presenter: Kim Stevens and a panel of teens who who have experienced foster care and/or adoption.
  • "Resources and Opportunities for Students and New Professionals Focused on Adoption" | Presenters: Abbie Goldberg & Rachel Farr.
  • "Adoption and the Internet: Untangling the Web" | Presenters: Adam Pertman and Mary Fournier.
  • "Medical Perspectives on International Adoption: Adolescent Growth, Health, and Development" | Presenters: Dana Johnson & Laurie Miller.
  • "Experiences of Adolescent Birth Parents "| Presenter: Ruth Mc Roy and Birth Parents: Marvin Drake & Susan Nickerson.

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The conference is sponsored by the Rudd Adoption Research Program, Center for Research on Families, Department of Psychology, College of Natural Sciences and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute , and Boston College School of Social Work.

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