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Kirby Deater-Deckard

Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, UMass Amherst
Director, Developmental Science Initiative

Dr. Kirby Deater-Deckard joined our faculty in January, 2016. Kirby is a developmental psychologist who studies child and adolescent cognitive and social-emotional development, and the role of parenting and peer environments on developmental outcomes. As part of this research, he and his colleagues study adoptive and foster families. He conducted the Northeast-Northwest Collaborative Adoption Projects--at the time, the largest psychological survey of parents of internationally adopted youth in the United States. More recently, his work on adoption and fostering is focusing on international variations in family structures and youth outcomes in lower- and middle-income countries.