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About Harold Grotevant

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.


Present Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Present Rudd Family Foundation Chair in Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst


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619 Tobin Hall
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA. 01003