The University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Search Google Appliance


Summer Adoption Research Institute

Graduate students and recent Ph.D.s with strong interest in a career involving adoption research are invited to participate in the 2019 Rudd Summer Adoption Research Institute, May 19 – 24, 2019 on the campus of UMass Amherst.

Click here to listen to an interview with Dr. Grotevant discussing the 2019 Summer Adoption Research Institute!

The Institute provides an opportunity for extended interactions and community-building among a small group of participants and research faculty.  Participants will have an opportunity to present their work in a poster session and discuss it with other participants and faculty. The Institute opens with a dinner on the evening of Sunday May 19, and closes following lunch on Friday May 24. All attendees are expected to participate throughout the week. Most days will end by 6:00 pm, but some evening activities will also be planned.

Tentative Topics and Speakers

Data Organization and Management

Margaret Burchinal, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Culture, Race, and Class in Designing and Interpreting Adoption Research
Amanda Baden, Montclair State University
Ellen Pinderhughes, Tufts University

Longitudinal Data Analysis
Aline Sayer, UMass Amherst

Disseminating Research Findings to Adoptive Parents and Policymakers for Impact
Jesús Palacios, University of Seville, Spain

Analyzing Family and Couple-Level Data
Holly Laws, UMass Amherst

Secondary Data Sets with Adoption Data: Opportunities and Challenges
Hal Grotevant, UMass Amherst
Kirby Deater-Deckard, UMass Amherst

Funding for Adoption Research
Kirby Deater-Deckard, UMass Amherst
Hal Grotevant, UMass Amherst

Conducting Research with LGBT Adoptive Families
Abbie Goldberg, Clark University

Methodological topics will be interspersed with discussions of adoption in global perspective, balancing the personal and professional, the history of adoption, research funding, and more.

Space is limited; we are using an application process to make sure that each participant is a good fit for the goals of the institute. A small cohort of graduate students and recent Ph.D.s will be selected to spend a week together with experienced adoption researchers to build expertise in some of the special methodological and statistical issues inherent in this field.


  • Details announced October 22, 2018.
  • Applications due January 14, 2019.
  • Decision letters sent January 24, 2019.
  • Registration confirmation and fees due February 28, 2019.