David Brodzinsky

Dr. David Brodzinsky is Professor Emeritus of Developmental and Clinical Psychology and past Director of the Foster Care Counseling Project at Rutgers University. He was a founding director and served for 10 years on the Board of Directors of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute. Currently, Dr. Brodzinsky is Research and Project Director for the Institute. For the past three decades, his research and scholarly writing has focused primarily on issues related to the adjustment of adopted and foster children and their families. He is especially well known for his research on developmental and family issues related to adopted children’s adjustment. Dr. Brodzinsky maintains an active private practice in psychology, much of which focuses on the clinical needs of adoption triad members. He also has an active practice in forensic psychology focusing primarily on family law issues including child custody, termination of parental rights, contested adoptions, and child abuse and neglect. Dr. Brodzinsky has published widely on the psychology of adoption in professional journals and is the co-author or co-editor of five books on adoption: The Psychology of Adoption (1990); Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self (1992); Children’s Adjustment to Adoption: Developmental and Clinical Issues (1998); Adoption and Prenatal Drug Exposure: Research, Policy, and Practice (2000), and Psychological Issues in Adoption: Research and Practice (2005).