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Martha Rueter


Associate Professor

Room 275E McNeal
1985 Buford Ave
St Paul, MN 55108

Tel: 612-625-3163

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Areas of Interest

Family Interactions in Families With Genetically Unrelated Parents and Children Adoptive Families Family Communication
Child and Adolescent Adjustment
Family Research Methods
Family Observation Methods

Recent News

Rueter interviewed for show on “How Are Donor Conceived Families and Kids Doing?”


Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University

M.S., Psychosocial Dimensions of Physical Activity, Pennsylvania State University

M.E., Student Personnel Aspects of Counselor Education, Pennsylvania State University

B.A., Psychology, Gustavus Adolphus College

Research & Discovery

Family Communication Project (FCP) – A study aimed at understanding how parent-child communication operates differently across different types of families. Types of families under study include traditional families, families with adopted children, and families formed through Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART).

Sibling Interaction and Behavior Study (Matt McGue Principal Investigator) – An on-going, longitudinal study of 400 adoptive families and 200 non-adoptive (biological) families aimed at understanding family environment and genetic influences on adolescent adjustment.

Family Processes Influencing the Development of Psychopathology among Adolescents: The Moderating Role of Parent-child Genetic Relatedness

Outreach & Engagement

CEHD Research Work Group, 2008

CEHD Research Consultation and Statistical Consulting Work Group, 2008

CHE Scholarships Committee, 2004 – 2006, Chair, 2005-2006

CHE Initiatives Ad-Hoc Committee, 2002

University of Minnesota Addictions Studies Faculty Committee, 2000 – 2002

Teaching & Learning

FSoS 2105: Family Research Methods

FSoS 8014: Quantitative Family Research Methods

Professional Memberships and committee service

American Psychological Association

  • Family Psychology Division, Rural Families Committee

National Council on Family Relations

  • Reuben Hill Awards Committee, 2002 - 2005
  • Media Awards Committee, 2002
  • Theory and Research Submissions Review Committee, 2007

Society for Research on Adolescence

Honors & Awards

2002 CHE New Career Excellence Award


  1. Anderson, K. N., Rueter, M. A., Connor, J. J., Koh, B. D. (in press). Observed mother -and father-child interaction differences in families with medically assisted reproduction-conceived twins and singletons. Family Process.

  2. Anderson, K. N., Connor, J. J., Koerner, A. F., & Rueter, M. A. (2016). Twins conceived using IVF: a follow-up of the family environment and psychosocial adjustment in adolescence. Human Reproduction. 31(12),  2765 – 2771. doi:10.1093/humrep/dew261.

  3. Rueter, M.A., Connor, J.J., Pasch, L., Anderson, K.N., Koerner, A.F., & Damario, M. (2016) Sharing Information with Children Conceived using In Vitro Fertilization: The Effect of Parents’ Privacy Orientation. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 34, 90-102.

  4. Anderson, K.N., Rueter, M.A., & Lee, R.M. (2015). Discussing Racial and Ethnic Differences in Internationally Adoptive Families: The Role of Family Interactions. Journal of Family Communication, 15, 289-308.

  5. Anderson, K. N., Rueter, M. A., Connor, J. J., Chen, M., & Damario, M. (2015). Conformity Expectations: Differential Effects on IVF Twins and Singletons’ Parent-Child Relationships and Adjustment. Journal of Family Psychology, 29, 558-567.

  6. Anderson, K. N., Lee, R. L., Rueter, M. A., & Kim, O. M. (2015) Shared fate & adopted adolescent adjustment: Implications for acknowledging racial and ethnic difference. Children and Youth Services Review, 51, 66-73.

  7. Samek, D.R., Rueter, M. A., Keyes. M., Iacono, W. G., & McGue, M. (2015). Parent involvement, sibling companionship, and adolescent substance use: A longitudinal, genetically-informed design. Journal of Family Psychology, 20, 614-623.

  8. Anderson, K. N., Koh, B. D., Connor, J. J., Koerner, A. F., Damario, M., & Rueter, M. A. (2014). Twins conceived using assisted reproduction: Parent mental health, family relationships, and child adjustment at middle childhood. Human Reproduction, 29(10), 2247-2255. DOI:10.1093/humrep/deu190.

  9. Berge, J.M., Rowley, S., Trofholz, A., Hanson, C., Rueter, M.A., MacLehose, R., Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2014). What’s Being Served for Dinner?: Direct Observational Study Examining Family Dynamics during Family Meals and Childhood Obesity. Pediatrics, 134, 923 – 932.

  10. Walkner, A. & Rueter, M. A. (2014). Adoption Status and Family Relationships during the Transition to Young Adulthood. Journal of Family Psychology, 28, 877-886. DOI: 10.1037/fam0000020.

  11. Samek, D., Koh, B.D., & Rueter, M. A. (2013). Overview of behavioral genetics research for family professionals. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 5, 214-233. DOI:10.1111/jftr.12013.

  12. Samek, D. & Rueter, M. A. (2011). Predicting younger sibling substance use: A social learning versus social bonding hypothesis. Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 931–941, DOI: 10.1037/a0025857.

  13. Burt, S. A, Klahr, A. M., Rueter, M. A., McGue, M. Iacono, W. G. (2011). Confirming the etiology of adolescent acting-out behaviors: An examination of observer-ratings in a sample of adoptive and biological siblings. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry52, 519–
    526, DOI:10.1111/j.1469-7610.2010.02334.x.

  14. Klahr, A. M., Rueter, M. A., McGue, M., Iacono, W. G, & Burt, S. A. (2011). The relationship between parent-child conflict and adolescent antisocial behavior: Confirming shared environmental mediation. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology39, 683–694, DOI 10.1007/s10802-011-9505-7.

  15. Koh, B. D., & Rueter, M. A. (2011). Contributions of parent-adolescent negative emotionality traits and adolescent conflict to adopted adolescent externalizing. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 40, 825–836, DOI: 10.1080/15374416.2011.614579.

  16. Samek, D. & Rueter, M. A. (2011). Associations between observed family communication patterns, sibling closeness perceptions, and adoptive status. Journal of Marriage and Family, 73, 1015-1031. DOI:10.1111/j.1741-3737.2011.00865.x.

  17. Grotevant, H. D., Rueter, M. A., Von Korff, L. & Gonzalez, C. (2011). Post-adoption contact, adoptive communicative openness, and satisfaction with contact as predictors of externalizing behavior in adolescence and emerging adulthood. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 52, 529 – 536. DOI:10.1111/j.1469-7610.2010.02330.x.

  18. Connor, J. & Rueter, M. A. (2009). Predicting adolescent suicidality: Comparing across multiple reporters and methods. Journal of Adolescence, 32, 619-631.

  19. Rueter, M. A., Keyes, M. A., Iacono, W. & McGue, M. (2009). Family interactions in adoptive compared to non-adoptive families. Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 58-66. (PubMed #NIHMS99615).

  20. See CV for more publications.


  1. Anderson, K. N., & Rueter, M. A. (2016, March). Conformity expectations: A protective factor for twins' and their families' adjustment in adolescence. Paper presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Baltimore, MD.

  2. Chen, M., & Rueter, M. A. (2016, April). Choice mother families created via medically assisted reproduction: Findings from current literature. Poster presentation at the 12th Annual Women’s Health Research Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

  3. Chen, M., & Rueter, M. A. (2016, November). Choice mother families created via medically assisted reproduction: A critical review. Poster presentation at the National Council on Family Relations annual conference, Minneapolis, MN.

  4. Anderson, K. N., Rueter, M. A., & Connor, J. J. (March, 2015). Trouble for Twins and Their Fathers in Middle Childhood: Twin-Singleton Differences in Relationship Quality. Paper presented at the Society for Research on Child Development Biennial Meeting. Philadelphia, PA.

  5. Walkner-Spaan, A. J., & Rueter, M. A. (2015, April). Predictors of adoptive family relationships during emerging adulthood. Paper presented at the Rudd Adoption Research Program Annual New Worlds of Adoption Conference, Amherst, MA.

  6. Chen, M., Anderson, K. N., Scheib, J. E., Connor, J. J., & Rueter, M. A. (2015, October). Parent and donor-conceived child characteristics in single mother families: A feminist perspective. Paper presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Baltimore, MD.

  7. Anderson, K. N., Scheib, J. E., Chen, M., Connor, J. J, & Rueter, M. A. (2015, October). Fear-based disclosure: Different challenges and motivations across single mothers and same-sex female -and heterosexual-couple parents with sperm donor-conceived children. Paper presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Baltimore, MD.

  8. Samek, D. R., Rueter, M. A., Keyes, M. A., McGue, M., & Iacono, W. G. (2015, November). Parent Involvement, Sibling Companionship, and Adolescent Substance Use. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations meetings, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

  9. Chen, M., & Rueter, M. A. (2015, November). Child birth origin and adjustment in the context of family communication. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations meetings, Vancouver, BC, Canada.