Rudd Adoption Research Program

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The Rudd Adoption Research Program is one vehicle through which the activities of the Rudd Chair are operationalized. The program is located within the University of Massachusetts Amherst Psychology Department and is affiliated with the interdisciplinary Center for Research on Families.

Program Priorities:

  • to advance knowledge about the psychology of adoption
  • to provide evidence-based knowledge to inform adoption policy and practice
  • to build capacity for excellence in adoption research to promote adoption research initiatives of emerging scholars
  • In short, 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.