The goal of our research program is to understand the experience and well-being of families created through donor insemination. Currently we are investigating (i) the role of family relationships, openness, and functioning in the well-being of donor-conceived adolescents and adults, (ii) the experience of being raised in a non-traditional family, (iii) the effect of open-identity donation on recipient and donor families, and (iv) the outcome of releasing donor identities to donor-conceived adults. This work allows us to contribute to policy development for open-identity donation both locally and internationally. This research represents a collaborative effort with The Sperm Bank of California in Berkeley - the first organization in the USA to offer open-identity donation.
Current research builds on earlier work in the areas of Psychobiology and Evolutionary Psychology, specifically on female mate choice and reproductive relationships.