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Summer Adoption Research Institute


Application cycle for 2022 is closed!


Adoption researchers need to study and respond to adoption trends in order to best help serve children and families. With this in mind, graduate students and recent Ph.D.s with a strong interest in a career involving adoption research were invited to participate in the 2022 Rudd Summer Adoption Research Institute. The institute was held virtually Wednesday, May 18 – Friday, May,  27, 2022

The institute took place from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm EST each day with a mixture of in-person synchronous ("real time") sessions and some videos for participants to view asynchronously prior to real-time sessions. 

Click here to listen to an interview with Anne Marie Shier discussing her account of attending  the 2019 Summer Adoption Research Institute.
Click here to listen to an interview with Dr. Hal Grotevant discussing the 2019 Summer Adoption Research Institute.

The Summer Adoption Research Institute (SARI) provides an opportunity for extended interactions and community-building among a small group of participants and research faculty.  Methodological topics will be interspersed with discussions of adoption from a global perspective, balancing the personal and professional, while investigating the history of adoption, funding for research, and more topics.

Our expert instructors will conduct sessions on:

  • Adoption Research: Updated Trends, Topics, and OutcomesJesús Palacios, University of Seville, Spain
  • Culture, Race, and Class in Designing and Interpreting Adoption ResearchAmanda Baden, Montclair State University, Ellen Pinderhughes, Tufts University
  • How to Publish Adoption ResearchRichard Lee, University of Minnesota
  • Analyzing Family and Couple-Level DataHolly Laws, UMass Amherst, Aline Sayer, UMass Amherst (Emeritus)
  • Longitudinal Data AnalysisHolly Laws, UMass Amherst, Aline Sayer, UMass Amherst (Emeritus)
  • Epistemic Justice in Adoption Research: The Role of Critical Qualitative MethodsGina Miranda Samuels, University of Chicago
  • Behind the Scenes in Longitudinal Research: Backstories from the Minnesota Texas Adoption Research Project Ruth G. McRoy, Boston College, Hal Grotevant, UMass Amherst
  • Conducting Research with LGBT Adoptive FamiliesAbbie Goldberg, Clark University
  • Secondary Data Sets with Adoption Data: Opportunities and ChallengesHal Grotevant, UMass Amherst, Kirby Deater-Deckard, UMass Amherst
  • Funding for Adoption ResearchHal Grotevant, UMass Amherst, Kirby Deater-Deckard, UMass Amherst
  • Disseminating Research Findings to the Adoption Community and Policymakers for ImpactJesús Palacios, University of Seville,

Participants had the opportunity to present and discuss their work in a poster session designed to build networking opportunities and share leading-edge research among the adoption research community. 

Our review committee utilized an application process to ensure each participant will receive the maximum benefit from the programming being offered and that each member of the cohort is a good fit for the goals of the institute. A group of  20 graduate students and recent Ph.D.s were selected to attend and take part in the opportunity to learn from experienced adoption researchers to build expertise in various methodological and statistical issues inherent in this unique field of study.

Learn more about the resources the Rudd Adoption Research Program has to offer by visiting the “Future of Adoption” journal and viewing the content from our 2020-21 Virtual Conference