Amanda Baden, Ph.D.
Amanda Baden received her doctorate in counseling psychology from Michigan State University and she is currently an Associate Professor in the Counseling Program at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. Dr. Baden has both personal and professional experience with adoption. She was adopted from Hong Kong and raised in a transracially adoptive family. Her experiences both personally and professionally have lead her to focus her research and clinical practice on adoption triad members, transracial/international adoption issues, racial and cultural identity, and multicultural counseling competence. Dr. Baden has written extensively on adoption issues including having created a model of identity for transracial and international adoptees called the Cultural-Racial Identity Model. She is one of the editors of the recently published book entitled, The Handbook of Adoption: Implications for Researchers, Practitioners, and Families (Sage Publications).
She serves on several advisory boards for adoption organizations including Families with Children from China, Chinese Adoptee Links, and the Chinese Adult Adoptee Worldwide Reunion. She is a regular columnist for Families with Children from China newsletters across the US and Canada and for Mei Magazine, a publication for Chinese adopted children. In 2005, Dr. Baden was chosen by her Congressman, Jerrold Nadler, and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute as an Angel in Adoption. Dr. Baden was recently invited to become a Senior Fellow for the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute in which she serves with prominent adoption scholars to conduct and evaluate research and policy related to adoption and foster care.
Dr. Baden’s clinical specializations include counseling adoption triad members, transracial adoptees, and individuals having multiracial backgrounds. She lives in New York City and is a licensed psychologist with a clinical practice in Manhattan.
Licensed Psychologist, New York State
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology (APA-Accredited)
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, August 1999
Dissertation: The Psychological Adjustment of Transracial Adoptees: An Application of the Cultural-Racial Identity Model
Honors: Minority Competitive Doctoral Fellowship, Michigan State University, 1994-1997, Graduate Conference Presentation Travel Support Award, 1996, 1997, Greater Lansing Area "Big Sister of the Year," 1996, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Handbook of Multicultural Counseling Scholarship, 1997, College of Education Alumni Endowed Scholarship, 1998
Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling
University of Georgia, Athens, GA, June 1994 Honors: Chi Sigma Iota, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, Full University-Wide Graduate Assistantship
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, May 1991
Honors: Dean's List three semesters, Psi Chi, Hall Foundation Scholarship 1987
- 2011 Appointed Senior Fellow to Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute
- 2005 Congressional Record, In Honor Of Dr. Amanda Baden, 2005 Angel In Adoption, Vol. 151, No. 117
- 2005 Angels in Adoption Award, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, Washington, DC
- 2004 Outstanding Major Contribution to The Counseling Psychologist award from the American Psychological Association’s Division of Counseling Psychology.