About the NSRC

Who We Are

The National Stepfamily Resource Center (NSRC) is a division of Auburn University’s Center for Children, Youth, and Families (CCYF). Dr. Francesca Adler-Baeder, Director of the Center for Children, Youth, and Families at Auburn, is the Stepfamily Association of America’s (SAA) former Director of Family Life Education and oversees the activities of the NSRC. In 2006, the Stepfamily Association of America, the nation’s only nonprofit organization focused on the dissemination of research-based resources for stepfamilies and professionals who work with them, voted not to renew its independent organization 501(c)(3) nonprofit status and donated its history, web site, and experts network to support the development and expansion of The National Stepfamily Resource Center.

Adopting SAA’s vision, The National Stepfamily Resource Center’s primary objective is serving as a clearinghouse of information, linking family science research on stepfamilies and best practices in work with couples and children in stepfamilies.

Current and planned activities include: resources for stepfamilies, Facts and FAQs about stepfamilies, posted research summaries and annotated bibliographies of stepfamily research, training institutes for family life and marriage educators, training institutes for therapists and counselors, media consulting on stepfamily issues, expert consulting on special projects, programs, and products targeting stepfamilies; and development of educational materials for use with stepfamilies.

Stepfamily Expert Council:

Professionals listed act as advisory council and contribute to the content and maintenance of this website. Expert Council members may specialize in stepfamily-related research, policy, law, or therapy and may be contacted by members of the media or professionals seeking information on Stepfamilies.  Advice to individuals about a specific family situation cannot be provided. To find a stepfamily therapist in your area, please refer to the Quick Steps article Finding a Stepfamily Therapist or our list of NSRC trained therapists.

Francesca Adler-Baeder, Ph.D.
Auburn University
Auburn AL

Anne Bernstein, Ph.D
The Wright Institute
Berkeley, CA

Christy Borgeld
Stepfamily Activities Coordinator
Wyoming, MI
Stepfamily Day site:

Dawn O. Braithwaite, Ph.D.,
Willa Cather Professor and Chair
Communication Studies Department
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
430 Oldfather Hall, Lincoln, NE


402-472-2239 (voice); 402-472-2069 (dept. office)

James H. Bray , Ph.D., Director
Department of Family & Community Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
3701 Kirby Drive, Suite 600
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 798-7752
2009 President, American Psychological Association

Scott Browning, Ph.D
Chestnut Hill College
Philadelphia, PA

Dora Capelluto, MA
Hispanic Stepfamilies
Weston, FL

Marilyn Coleman, Ph.D
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO

Ron L. Deal, M.MFT
President, Successful Stepfamilies
Amarillo, Texas

Elizabeth Einstein, MA/MFT
Ithaca, NY
Stepfamily Living site:

Margorie Engel, MBA, PhD.
Northeastern University
Boston, MA

Larry Ganong, Ph.D
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO

Peter K. Gerlach, MSW
Founder, Break the Cycle! Program
Phone: 503-293-8385
Bio Summary: http://www.Sfhelp.org

Brian Higginbotham, Ph.D.
Utah State University

Mary Ann Mason, J.D., Ph.D.
University of California
Berkeley, CA

Patricia Papernow, EdD
Psychologist, Hudson, MA
Clinical Instructor in Psychology, Dept of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Author, Becoming a Stepfamily  (Taylor & Francis) and
Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships  (Routledge, 2013).

Kay Pasley, Ed.D.
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

Dave Schramm, Ph.D, CFLE
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211-7700


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