Harold D. Grotevant, Ph.D., holds the Rudd Family Foundation Chair in Psychology at
the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The work of this position connects adoption
research with policy and practice through conferences, workshops, graduate and
postdoctoral training, and stimulation of research activities. Dr. Grotevant’s research
focuses on relationships in adoptive families, and on identity development in adolescents
and young adults. His work has resulted in over 100 articles published in professional
journals as well as several books, including Openness in Adoption: Exploring Family
Connections (with Ruth McRoy, Sage Publications, 1998). He is a Fellow of the American
Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the National
Council on Family Relations; Senior Research Fellow of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption
Institute; former Board President of Adoptive Families of America; member of the Board of
Directors of the North American Council on Adoptable Children; and recipient of research,
teaching, and educational leadership awards from the University of Minnesota. In 2009, he
received the Outstanding Service and Outreach Award from the College of Natural Sciences,
UMass Amherst. He directs the Minnesota / Texas Adoption Research Project, which examines
outcomes for adopted children whose families vary in terms of contact with their birth
relatives. This longitudinal study, begun with Dr. Ruth McRoy in the mid- 1980s, has
followed the children into young adulthood. 



Cultural Socialization in Families with Internationally Adopted Children (with Richard M. Lee, Wendy L. Hellerstedt, Megan R. Gunnar, and Minnesota International Adoption Project Team), Journal of Family Psychology (2006)

Cultural socialization attitudes, beliefs, and parenting behaviors were examined in families with internationally adopted children....




Emotion and Adjustment Outcomes in Domestic Infant Adoptees (with Matthew Comeau Lyle), Rudd Adoption Research Program Annual Conferences (2011)


Strengths and Competencies in Adopted Adolescents: Links with Attachment to Parents and Problem Behavior (with Christina Roth and Holly Grant), Rudd Adoption Research Program Annual Conferences (2011)

Positive Attributes of Adopted Adolescents Based on Parent and Self Reports (with Christina Roth Ms. and Holly Grant Ms.), Rudd Adoption Research Program Annual Conferences (2010)

Research in the field of adoption has been primarily problem based with little or no...