Widener Psychology Faculty, Alumni, and a Student Co-Write Adoption Text
A new book offering practical tips for parents and mental health professionals in navigating adoption prominently features research by Widener faculty, young alumni, and a graduate student. Working with Adoptive Parents: Research, Theory, and Therapeutic Interventions was released in June and is co-edited by Dr. Virginia Brabender, professor in Widener’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology and Dr. April Fallon, clinical associate professor at Drexel University.
Dr. Sanjay Nath, director of the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, worked on a chapter with Dr. Hal Shorey, assistant professor of clinical psychology and director of Organizational Development Services, and Meridith Carter, a student in the PsyD program.
Brabender wrote chapters with alumnae Dr. Alicia Padovano, '12, and Dr. Amanda Swartz, '11, as well as Dr. Phil Rutter, assistant professor of human sexuality. Dr. Bret Boyer, associate professor of clinical psychology, and Dr. Barbara Goldsmith, an adjunct professor, also co-wrote chapters.
The idea for the text stemmed when Brabender and Fallon were going through the adoption process. "Despite an immense amount of adoption literature available, there was little to help adoptive parents anticipate what their reactions might be along the way," Brabender said. "Like good academicians, we sought to remedy the gap, which we did with our students and colleagues."
Working with Adoptive Parents: Research, Theory, and Therapeutic Interventions offers practical tips for parents and mental health professionals in navigating the waters of this life-altering, family-building experience.
The text was published by Wiley and is available on Amazon.com.
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