David Brodzinsky, Ph.D. is a developmental, clinical, and forensic psychologist in the San Francisco bay area. His research and scholarly writings have focused on psychological issues in adoption and foster care, stress and coping in children, non-traditional family life, sexual-minority parenting and adoption, child custody issues, and children’s cognitive development. He has published numerous articles, book chapters, and books on these, and related, topics. He has also lectured frequently to professionals and the public throughout North America and Europe.
Dr. Brodzinsky maintains a clinical practice in Oakland, California, where he sees children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in short-term and long-term psychotherapy. He also offers consultations to parents and professionals regarding child development, parenting, adoption, foster care, divorce, and custody mediation.
As a forensic psychologist, Dr. Brodzinsky conducts evaluations and serves as an expert witness in cases involving child custody and parenting time, dependency, contested adoption, child abuse, and personal injury. He has testified on these issues throughout the country. He also provides private consultations and second opinions to attorneys on forensic psychological issues.
Dr. Brodzinsky is Professor Emeritus of clinical and developmental psychology at Rutgers University. From 1974-2006, he was a full-time faculty member in the Department of Psychology, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses, conducted research, and served as a clinical supervisor. He also directed the Rutgers Foster Care Counseling Project.
Dr. Brodzinsky was a founding director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, a non-profit organization in New York City focusing on research, education, training, and advocacy in the adoption field. Currently, he serves as Research Director for the Institute.
Dr. Brodzinsky is a consultant to numerous adoption, child welfare, and mental health organizations in the San Francisco bay area, including A Home Within, AdvoKids, Preventive Psychiatry Associates Medical Group, On Your Feet Foundation, and the Pacific Center.