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Harold Grotevant


Professor Emeritus

University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Department of Psychology - 619 Tobin Hall

135 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9271

Tel: (413) 577-0837

Areas of Interest

Child and Adolescent Development
Family Dynamics
Family Assessment
Identity Development
Quantitative Family Research


Ph.D., Child Psychology, University of Minnesota
B.A., Psychology, University of Texas-Austin

Honors & Awards

Fellow, American Psychological Association (Divisions 7 and 43)

Fellow, National Council on Family Relations

Senior Research Fellow, Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute

Academy of Distinguished Teachers, University of Minnesota

2008 Educational Leadership Award (CEHD)

2003 McFarland Outstanding Teaching Award (CHE)

2000 University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate Education

1998 CHE Educational Leadership Award

1994 CHE Excellence in Research Award

Teaching & Learning

Dr. Grotevant currently teaches at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Research & Discovery

The Minnesota / Texas Adoption Research Project (MTARP) - A longitudinal, multi-site project aimed at understanding the experiences of adoptive kinship networks having different levels of openness in their relationships.

"Ad Health" - Harold is working with Dr. Brent Miller of Utah State University and Dr. Xitao Fan of the University of Virginia on data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, examining links among adolescents' interpersonal relationships, social contexts, and mental health outcomes.

The International Adoption Project - This study involves a survey of all Minnesota families who adopted children internationally between 1990 - 1998.

Outreach & Engagement

2004-2005 Chair, Planning Committee, Children's Summit: "Smart Policies, Strong Families"

2004-2005 Chair, Advisory Council, Children, Youth & Family Consortium

2003 University of Minnesota Task Force on Academic Freedom

2002-2008 President's Initiative on Children, Youth and Families (Steering and Executive Committees)

1998-2001 FSoS Director of Graduate Studies

1995 Minnesota Department Of Human Services, Blue Ribbon Adoption Commission

1991-1995 Adoptive Families of America Board of Directors (incl. Board President)

1990-1995, 2001-2003, FSoS Department Head


  1. Grotevant, H.D. (in press). Growing up adopted: Birth parent contact and developmental outcomes. In K. McCartney & R. W. Weinberg (Eds.), Experience and development: Festschrift in honor of Sandra Scarr. New York: Taylor and Francis.

  2. Grotevant, H.D. (in press). Emotional distance regulation over the life course in adoptive kinship networks. In G. Wrobel & E. Neil (Eds.), International advances in adoption research for practice. London: Wiley.

  3. Grotevant, H.D., Wrobel, G.M., Von Korff, L., Skinner, B., Friese, S.C., Newell, J., & McRoy, R.G. (in press). Many faces of openness in adoption: Perspectives of adopted adolescents and their parents. Adoption Quarterly.

  4. Henney, S., Ayers-Lopez, S., Mack, J.M., McRoy, R.G., & Grotevant, H.D. (in press). Birthmothers' perceptions of their parented children's knowledge of and involvement in adoption. Adoption Quarterly.

  5. Gunnar, M., van Dulmen, M.H.M., and the Minnesota International Adoption Project Team. (2007). Behavioral problems of post-institutionalized internationally adopted children. Development and Psychopathology, 19, 129-148.

  6. Hellerstedt, W.L., Madsen, N.J., Gunnar, M.R., Grotevant, H.D., Lee, R.M., & Johnson, D.E. (2007). The International Adoption Project: Population-based surveillance of Minnesota parents who adopted children internationally. Maternal and Child Health Journal. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/sl0995-007-0237-9

  7. Grotevant, H.D. (2007). Openness in adoption: Re-thinking “family” in the United States. In M.C. Inhorn (Ed.), Reproductive disruptions: Gender, technology, and biopolitics in the new millennium. (pp. 122-143) New York: Berghahn Books..

  8. Grotevant, H.D., Dunbar, N., Kohler, J.K., & Esau, A.L. (2007). Adoptive identity: How contexts within and beyond the family shape developmental pathways. In R.A. Javier, A.L. Baden, R.A. Biafora, & A. Comacho-Gingerich (Eds.), Handbook of adoption. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  9. Berge, J.M., Green, K., Grotevant, H.D., & McRoy, R.G. (2006). Sibling narratives regarding contact in adoption. Adoption Quarterly, 9 (2/3), 81-103.

  10. Berge, J. M., Mendenhall, T. J., Wrobel, G. M., Grotevant, H. D., & McRoy, R. G. (2006). Adolescents' feelings about openness in adoption: Implications for adoption agencies. Child Welfare,85, 1011-1039.

  11. Dunbar, N., van Dulmen, M.H.M., Ayers-Lopez, S., Berge, J.M., Christian, C., Gossman, G., Henney, S.M., Mendenhall, T.J., Grotevant, H.D., & McRoy, R.G. (2006). Processes linked to contact changes in adoptive kinship networks. Family Process, 45, 449-464.

  12. Grotevant, H.D., van Dulmen, M. H., Dunbar, N., Nelson-Christinedaughter, J., Christensen, M., Fan, X., & Miller, B.C. (2006). Antisocial behavior of adoptees and nonadoptees: Prediction from early history and adolescent relationships. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 16, 105-131.

  13. Lee, R.M., Grotevant, H.D., Hellerstedt, W., Gunnar, M., and the Minnesota International Adoption Project Team. (2006). Cultural socialization in families with internationally adopted children. Journal of Family Psychology, 20, 571-580.

  14. Wrobel, G. M., Hendrickson, Z., & Grotevant, H. D. (2006). Adoption. In G. G. Bear & K. Minke (Eds.), Children's needs III: Development, problems, and alternatives. Washington, D.C.: National Association of School Psychologists.

  15. Von Korff, L., Grotevant, H.D., & McRoy, R.G. (2006). Openness arrangements and psychological adjustment in adolescent adoptees. Journal of Family Psychology, 20, 531-534.

  16. Gibson, P., Nelson-Christinedaughter, J., Grotevant, H.D., & Kwon, H-K. (2005). The well-being of African American adolescents within formal and informal adoption arrangements. Adoption Quarterly, 9(1), 59-78.

  17. Miller, B. C., Fan, X., & Grotevant, H. D. (2005). Methodological issues in using large-scale survey data for adoption research. In D. Brodzinsky & J. Palacios (Eds.), Psychological issues in adoption: Research and practice. (pp. 233-255). Westport, CT: Praeger.

  18. Grotevant, H. D., Perry, Y., & McRoy, R. G. (2005). Openness in adoption: Outcomes for adolescents within their adoptive kinship networks. In D. Brodzinsky & J. Palacios (Eds.), Psychological issues in adoption: Research and practice. (pp. 167 – 186). Westport, CT: Praeger.

  19. Dunbar, N., & Grotevant, H. D. (2004). Adoption narratives: The construction of adoptive identity during adolescence. In M. W. Pratt & B. H. Fiese (Eds.), Family stories and the life course: Across time and generations. (pp. 135 – 161). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

  20. Mendenhall, T., Berge, J. M., Wrobel, G. M., Grotevant, H. D., & McRoy, R. G. (2004) Adolescents' satisfaction with contact in adoption. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 21, 175-190.

  21. Wrobel, G. M., Grotevant, H. D., & McRoy, R. G. (2004). Adolescent search for birthparents: Who moves forward? Journal of Adolescent Research, 19, 132 - 151.

  22. Wrobel, G. M., Kohler, J. K., Grotevant, H. D., & McRoy, R. G. (2003). The Family Adoption Communication Model (FAC): Identifying pathways of adoption-related communication. Adoption Quarterly, 7(2), 53-84.

  23. Grotevant, H.D., Wrobel, G.M., van Dulmen, M. H., & McRoy, R.G. (2001). The emergence of psychosocial engagement in adopted adolescents: The family as context over time. Journal of Adolescent Research, 16, 469 – 490.