Women's and Gender Studies

Abbie Goldberg

Abbie Goldberg, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: 508.793.7289
Email: agoldberg@clarku.edu

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Dr. Goldberg received a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1999, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in 2001 and 2005, respectively. She has been at Clark since 2005.

Current Research and Teaching

Dr. Goldberg is interested in how a variety of contexts (e.g., gender, sexual orientation, social class, work-family variables) shape processes of development and mental health. Her research focuses on exploring parenthood, relationship quality, and well-being in diverse families (e.g., adoptive parent families, lesbian/gay parent families). She is currently exploring the transition to adoptive parenthood among a diverse group of couples. She teaches courses on gender and family, ethics, and developmental psychopathology. Her clinical interests include adolescent mental health and substance abuse and dependence. She is particularly interested in understanding these problems in the context of the family.

Major Interests: adoption; gay/lesbian parenting; the transition to parenthood; work-family issues; family diversity; gender

Selected Publications

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Goldberg, A. E., & Smith, J. Z. (2014). Preschool selection considerations and experiences of school mistreatment among lesbian, gay, and heterosexual adoptive parents. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 29, 64-75.

Goldberg, A. E., & Smith, J. Z. (2013). Work conditions and mental health in lesbian and gay dual-earner parents. Family Relations, 62, 727-740.

Goldberg, A. E., Moyer, A. M., & Kinkler, L. A. (2013). Lesbian, gay, and heterosexual adoptive parents’ perceptions of parental bonding during early parenthood. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 2, 146-162.

Goldberg, A. E., & Smith, J. Z. (2013). Predictors of psychological adjustment among early-placed adopted children with lesbian, gay, and heterosexual parents. Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 431-442.

Goldberg, A. E. (2013). “Doing” and “undoing” gender: The meaning and division of housework in same-sex couples. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 5, 85-104.

Goldberg, A. E., Moyer, A. M., & Kinkler, L. A., & Richardson, H. B. (2012). “When you’re sitting on the fence, hope’s the hardest part”: Experiences and challenges of lesbian, gay, and heterosexual couples adopting through the child welfare system. Adoption Quarterly, 15, 1-28.

Goldberg, A. E., Smith, J. Z., & Perry-Jenkins, M. (2012). The division of labor in lesbian, gay, and heterosexual new adoptive parents. Journal of Marriage and Family, 74, 812-828.

Goldberg, A. E., Kashy, D. A., & Smith, J. Z. (2012). Gender-typed play behavior in early childhood: Adopted children with lesbian, gay, and heterosexual parents. Sex Roles, 67, 503-513.

Goldberg, A. E., & Kuvalanka, K. A. (2012). Marriage (in)equality: The perspectives of adolescents and emerging adults with lesbian, gay, and bisexual parents. Journal of Marriage and Family, 74, 34-52.

Goldberg, A. E., Kinkler, L. A., Richardson, H. B., & Downing, J. B. (2011). Lesbian, gay, and heterosexual couples in open adoption arrangements: A qualitative study. Journal of Marriage and Family, 73, 502-518.

Goldberg, A. E., & Smith, J. Z. (2011). Stigma, social context, and mental health: Lesbian and gay couples across the transition to adoptive parenthood. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 58, 139-150.

Goldberg, A. E., Smith, J. Z., & Kashy, D. A. (2010). Pre-adoptive factors predicting lesbian, gay, and heterosexual couples’ relationship quality across the transition to adoptive parenthood. Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 221-232.

Goldberg, A. E., Downing, J. B., & Richardson, H. B. (2009). The transition from infertility to adoption: Perceptions of lesbian and heterosexual preadoptive couples. Journal of Social & Personal Relationships, 26, 938-963.

Goldberg, A. E. (2009). Heterosexual, lesbian, and gay preadoptive couples’ preferences about child gender. Sex Roles, 61, 55-71.

Goldberg, A. E. (2009). Lesbian and heterosexual preadoptive couples’ openness to transracial adoption. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 79(1), 103-117.

Goldberg, A. E., & Smith, J. Z. (2008). Social support and well-being in lesbian and heterosexual preadoptive parents. Family Relations, 57, 281-294.

Goldberg, A. E., Downing, J. B., & Sauck, C. C. (2008). Perceptions of children’s parental preferences in lesbian two-mother households. Journal of Marriage and Family, 70, 419-434.

Goldberg, A. E. (2007). (How) does it make a difference? Perspectives of adults with lesbian, gay, and bisexual parents. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 77, 550-562.

Goldberg, A. E. & Allen, K. R. (2007). Imagining men: Lesbian mothers’ perceptions of male involvement during the transition to parenthood. Journal of Marriage and Family, 69, 352-365.

Goldberg, A. E. (2007). Talking about family: Disclosure practices of adults raised by lesbian, gay, and bisexual parents. Journal of Family Issues, 28, 100-131.

Goldberg, A. E. & Sayer, A. (2006). Lesbian couples’ relationship quality across the transition to parenthood. Journal of Marriage and Family, 68, 87-100.