UMass Psychology

Tentative Program


8:00

REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

Campus Center Auditorium (Level 1)- University of Massachusetts Amherst

9:00

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS

Campus Center Auditorium (Level 1)

9:15

KEYNOTE

"Ordinary Magic on the Developmental Road to Resilience"
Presenter: Dr. Ann Masten, University of Minnesota

10.30 BREAK

10:45

PANEL DISCUSSION

Panelists:

Astrid Castro (Dabbeni), Executive Director of Adoption Mosaic, Portland, OR

Judith Eckerle, M.D., Pediatrician and Director of the Adoption Medicine Program at the University of Minnesota)

11:30

ANNOUNCEMENTS, PRESENTATION OF POSTER AWARD

11:45

LUNCH

12:15

POSTER SESSION, BOOK SALE

1:15

BREAKOUT SESSION ONE

Breakout Session topics are listed below. Pre-registration will help determine when each session will be held on conference day, but your choice is not binding. Indicate your top 3 preferences in your conference registration. Read the presentations descriptions HERE. Read Presenters bio's HERE.

Campus Center Auditorium (Level 1):
Talking to Young Adults About Being Adopted | by Joyce Maguire Pavao

Room 162 (Level 1): 
Adoption Disclosure: The Impact of Late Discovery of Adoption on Adult Adoptees | by Amanda Baden, Elliotte Harrington, Doug Shadel, Ron Morgan, Lauren Spinella & Nicole Christian.

Room 165 (Level 1): 
Are You Still My Family?: Policy and Practice Around Post-Adoption Sibling Visitation | by Dawn Post & Sarah McCarthy

Room 908 (Level 9):
Emerging Adulthood in Open Adoption | by Deborah Siegel 
And
Predictors of Adoptive Family Relationships During Emerging Adulthood | By Amy Walkner

Room 917 (Level 9): 
African American Adopted Children Launching Into Adulthood: Experiences in a Rural Faith-Based Community Setting | by Ruth McRoy & Kathleen Belanger

2:30

BREAKOUT SESSION TWO

Campus Center Auditorium (Level 1): 
Emerging Adult Adopted Persons and Their Families: Counseling a Diverse and Underserved Group | by Susan Branco Alvarado & Joy Lieberthal Rho

Room 162 (Level 1): 
Genetic Testing: What are the Risks, Potential Gains, and Continued Unknowns in the Context of Medical Decision Making for Adult Adoptees? | by Thomas May and Samantha Wilson

Room 165 (Level 1):
Early Adversity, Challenging Behaviors, and Learning Difficulties: What Can Your Friendly MD Do To Help? | by Judith Eckerle

Room 908 (Level 9):
The Role of Siblings in Adoptive Family Dynamics -- Adoption Communication, Adoptive Identity, and Developmental Outcomes. | by Rachel Farr

Room 917 (Level 9):
Navigating Access to Higher Education | by Chris Langelier & Katy Andres


 

3:45

BREAKOUT SESSION THREE

Campus Center Auditorium (Level 1): 
Transitioning from Adolescence to Young Adulthood: Experiences with Racial and Adoption Microaggressions | by Amanda Baden, Ellen Pinderhughes, Lauren Spinella & Andrew Kitchen

Room 162 (Level 1):
Speak Out Team Development and Youth Advocacy | by Kim Stevens

Room 165 (Level 1):
Breaking Bread with the ENTIRE Adoption Constellation | by Astrid Castro (Dabbeni)

Room 908 (Level 9):
Are we Adequately Preparing Adoption Professionals to Work with Young Adult Adoptees? | by Bibiana Koh, Ruth McRoy & JaeRan Kim.

Room 917 (Level 9):
The Adoption Mentoring Partnership: Mentors Speak Out about Getting to College and What They've Learned as Mentors | Moderator: Karen Garber. Panelists: Michael, Samantha, Tim Dillon & Elena Faltas.



 


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