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About the Rudd ChairDr. Harold Grotevant joined the Department of Psychology as the inaugural Rudd Family Foundation Endowed Chair in 2008. A gift from Andrew and Virginia Rudd, combined with matching funds, provided the resources for this endowed chair. In this capacity, Dr. Grotevant leads the Rudd Adoption Research Program.

The Rudd Adoption Research Program is the primary vehicle through which the activities of the Rudd Chair are carried out. The program is located within the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and is affiliated with the interdisciplinary Center for Research on Families. The program has several goals:

  • Advance knowledge about the psychology of adoption.
  • Provide evidence-based knowledge to inform adoption policy and practice
  • Engage with community partners to incubate, implement, and evaluate innovative programs
  • Mentor the next generation of adoption-competent scholars
  • Create an adoption-friendly campus at UMass Amherst

The program seeks to develop synergy among scientists, practitioners, and policymakers from varied disciplines who share interests in the many topics relevant to adoption. The ultimate goal of these activities is to contribute to evidence-based practice in adoption and to provide research-based information that will influence policy at agency, state, federal, and international levels.


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To learn more about the program, please view our annual report archive.


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