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
Willa Cather Professor and Chair
Communication Studies Department
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
(402) 472-2069 (dept. office)
Department of Family & Community Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
2009 President, American Psychological Association [email protected]
Mary Ann Mason, J.D., Ph.D.
University of California
Psychologist, Hudson, MA
Clinical Instructor in Psychology
Department of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Author, Becoming a Stepfamily (Taylor & Francis) and Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships (Routledge, 2013)