Our speakers

David Brodzinsky

Emeritus Professor, Developmental and Clinical Psychology, Rutgers University

David Brodzinsky, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Developmental and Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University and past Board member and Director of Research of the Donaldson Adoption Institute. Currently, he is Research Director of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency. For over 35 years, his research and scholarly writings have focused primarily on issues related to the adjustment of adopted and foster children and their families. He is especially well known for his research on developmental and family issues related to adopted children’s adjustment. Dr. Brodzinsky maintains an active private practice in clinical and forensic psychology in Oakland, CA, much of which focuses on the mental health needs of adoption kinship members. He has been a consultant to countless public and private adoption agencies and has conducted workshops and seminars on adoption and foster care for mental health professionals, adoption professionals, and the lay public throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He also has published widely on the psychology of adoption in professional journals and is the co-author or co-editor of five books on adoption, the most recent being, Adoption by Gays and Lesbians: A New Dimension in Family Diversity (2012).