Elizabeth S. Donalds, PsyD, is a 2012 graduate of the PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England.

Dissertation Committee

  • Kathi Borden, Ph.D (Committee Chair)
  • Joseph Pumilia, Ed.D. (Committee Member)
  • Judy Solman, Psy.D. (Committee Member)


adoption, adoptee, public school, adopted children, special education

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Adoption is an emotional topic for many families. Today there are between 5-7 million adoptees in the United States alone, and 40% of U.S. adults report considering adoption as a way to form families. With so many children being adopted, therapists who work with children in the public schools need to be educated about the ways in which adoption can affect those involved in the family of adoption. Unfortunately, there is little information about adoption available to professionals working in schools. The following research helps us understand the experiences of the adopted child in schools, as told by adult adoptees. The qualitative and quantitative information gathered through an online survey provides valuable insight into adoptees experiences and is useful to those who create curricula and training materials for professionals who work therapeutically with the adopted child, in schools and other settings.