The Claremont Symposium on Applied Social Psychology

March 25, 2006
Work and Families: Changing Realities

Speaker Bios

M. V. Lee Badgett

M. V. Lee Badgett is a visiting professor at the Williams Project of UCLA Law School for 2005-6.  She is also an associate professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  She is the co-founder and researcher director of the Institute for Gay and Lesbian Strategic Studies. Her book, Money, Myths, and Change:  The Economic Lives of Lesbians and Gay Men (University of Chicago Press) presents her work on family policy and on sexual orientation discrimination.  She's working on a new book on what the U.S. can learn from the European experience with same-sex marriage.

Rosalind Chait Barnett

Rosalind Chait Barnett, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist and Executive Director of the Community, Families, and Work Program at Brandeis University's Women's Studies Research Center. Alone and with others, she has published over 100 articles, 26 chapters, and seven books. With her co- author, Caryl Rivers, she has just completed a new book, "Same Difference: How Gender Myths Are Hurting Our Relationships, Our Children, and Our Jobs," published in July 2004 by Basic Books.

Jeanette N. Cleveland

Jeanette N. Cleveland is Professor of Industrial & Organizational Psychology at The Pennsylvania State University.  Her research interests include personal and contextual variables in performance appraisal, workforce diversity issues, work and family issues, and international human resources.  She was consulting editor for Journal of Organizational Behavior and has served or is currently serving on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Human Resource Management Review, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and International Journal of Management Reviews.  She is the Co-Editor for the Applied Psychology Series for Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates.  She is the author of numerous research articles and books including Understanding performance appraisal: Social, organizational and goal perspectives (with K. Murphy) and most recently, Women and men in organizations: Sex and gender issues (with M. Stockdale and K. Murphy, 2000). 

Robert Drago

Robert Drago is Professor of Labor Studies and Women's Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, and Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, and was a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar.  The author of over 70 articles and three books, his recent research concerns biases against caregiving in the workplace, and working time, and includes studies of college and university faculty and of women in intercollegiate coaching.  He is president elect for 2006 of the College and University Work/Family Association, and a co-founder of the Take Care Net.

Adele E. Gottfried

Adele Eskeles Gottfried is Professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling, California State University, Northridge. Her research concerns maternal- and dual-earner employment and children's development, home environment and children's development, and the development of children's academic intrinsic motivation.  Her books include Maternal Employment and Children's Development; Redefining Families; Gifted IQ; and she authored the Children's Academic Intrinsic Motivation Inventory. She has contributed invited chapters, and published widely in developmental journals. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, recipient of the MENSA Award for Excellence in Research, and was the Esther Katz Rosen Annual Lecturer at the American Psychological Association Annual Meeting.   She serves on editorial boards of many scientific journals.

Allen W. Gottfried

Allen W. Gottfried is Professor of Psychology, California State University, Fullerton, and director of the Fullerton Longitudinal Study. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the Western Psychological Association.  His areas of interest include the impact of family environment on children’s development, gifted intelligence, and longitudinal research.  His books include Home Environment and Early Cognitive Development; Maternal Employment and Children's Development; Infant Stress under Intensive Caer; Play Interactions; Redefining Families; Gifted IQ; and Temperament: Infancy through Adolescence--The Fullerton Longitudinal Study.  He has been a member of editorial boards of several developmental journals.

Joe Grzywacz

Dr. Grzywacz, an interdisciplinary social scientist, has studied work, family, and health for 10 years.  In two of the past five years his research has been recognized as among the "best of the best" research in work and family, and it has been published in journals such as the Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and American Journal of Health Promotion.  His research has been supported by public and private sponsors including the National Institutes of Health and the Alfred P. Sloan foundation.

Diane F. Halpern

Diane F. Halpern is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children at Claremont McKenna College. She has won many awards for her teaching and research, including the 2002 Outstanding Professor Award from the Western Psychological Association, the 1999 American Psychological Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1996 Distinguished Career Award for Contributions to Education given by the American Psychological Association, the California State University’s State-Wide Outstanding Professor Award, the Outstanding Alumna Award from the University of Cincinnati, the  Silver Medal Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Wang Family Excellence Award, and the G. Stanley Hall Lecture Award from the American Psychological Association.

Diane is the author of several books: Thought and Knowledge: An Introduction to Critical Thinking (4th ed., 2003), Thinking Critically About Critical Thinking (with Heidi Riggio, 2003), Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities (3rd ed., 2000), Enhancing Thinking Skills in the Sciences and Mathematics (1992), Changing College Classrooms (1994), Student Outcomes Assessment (1987), and States of Mind: American and Post-Soviet Perspectives on Contemporary Issues in Psychology (co-edited with Alexander Voiskounsky).  Her most recent book is co-edited with Susan Murphy, entitled From Work-Family Balance to Work-Family Interaction: Changing the Metaphor (2005).  Diane is co-editing two issues of the American Behavioral Sciences journal  on the topic of work and family, which are currently in press: Contemporary Issues at the Intersection of Work and Family: I. Family Perspectives, which is edited by Riggio and Halpern and Contemporary Issues at the Intersection of Work and Family: II. Organizational Perspectives, which is edited by Halpern and Riggio. In addition, she has written approximately 350 journal articles and book chapters.

Diane has served as president of the Western Psychological Association, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and the Division of General Psychology of the American Psychological Association.  She co-chaired the Education Work Group of the American Psychological Society with Milton Hakel. She chaired a conference on "Applying the Science of Learning to the University and Beyond: Cognitive, Social, and Motivational Factors" that was funded by grants from the Spencer Foundation and Marshall-Reynolds Trust. She presented the outcomes from the conference to the White House Office of Science and Technology and the Science Committee of the US House of Representatives and served as a primary author on the U.S. Department of Education’s Goals 2000. 

Diane has been invited to speak at numerous conferences and venues around the country and internationally.  Most recently, Diane was invited to participate as part of panel discussion on Women in Science: Are They Being Held Back? in response to a speech given by Lawrence Summers, president of Harvard University, who suggested that the inequality between men and women in science and mathematics might be linked to biology.  Furthermore, Dr. Halpern provided an invited congressional briefing on the issues of Women in Science.  Diane has served as president of the Western Psychological Association, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and the Division of General Psychology of the American Psychological Association. Currently, she is Past-President of the American Psychological Association.


Gwendolyn P. Keita

Gwendolyn Puryear Keita, PhD is the Director of the Women's Programs Office and an Associate Executive Director of the Public Interest (PI) Directorate of the American Psychological Association.  She has co-authored several books and journal articles and presented extensively on women's issues, women’s health in particular, and work, stress, and health. She has convened five conferences on work, stress, and health and three conferences on Psychosocial and Behavioral Factors in Women's Health.

Dr. Keita provided staff support for the APA Task Force on Women and Depression and co-authored their report, Woman and Depression:  Risk Factors and Treatment Issues (1990). The book and related task force activities enhanced professionals’ understanding of women’s increased risk for depression and worked to inform consumers and help reduce stigma.  Dr. Keita convened the Summit on Women and Depression (2000) which brought together over 35 internationally renowned experts from a variety of disciplines to provide a state-of-the-art review of research findings on women and depression, make recommendations on how these findings can be reflected in health policy and incorporated into practice, and generate a targeted research agenda on women and depression.  She also edited a special edition of the Journal of Affective Disorders (2004) on women and depression.

Dr. Keita also provided staff support for the APA Committee on Women in Psychology’s Task Force on Male Violence Against Women and co-authored its report, No Safe Haven:  Male Violence Against Women At Home, At Work, and in the Community (2004), a review of psychological research and recommendations for interventions, legal changes and policy initiatives.

Donna Klein

Donna Klein is the President and Founder of Corporate Voices for Working Families, a 501(c)(3) non-profit coalition of leading corporations committed to building bipartisan public and private-sector support for federal and state public policies that strengthen working families. 

Previously, as Vice President of Workplace Effectiveness at Marriott International, Inc., Washington, DC, Donna guided the strategic formation, planning, development, implementation and management of corporate-wide diversity and work-life initiatives for Marriott for 15 years.  Donna is past Chair of The Conference Board’s WorkLife Leadership Council, and a member of the Conference Board’s Diversity Council.  She is Advisory Council member of Boston College’s Work and Family Roundtable, an Advisory Board member of The Berger Institute for Work, Family & Children, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA, and a member of the Family & Children Committee of the National Academy of Science, Washington, DC.  She also serves on the Advisory Board of Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Boston, MA, the Advisory Council of the Southern Institute on Children and Families, and the After School Alliance.  

Amy Marcus-Newhall

Dr. Amy Marcus-Newhall is an associate professor of psychology and the associate dean of faculty at Scripps College.  She also has an affiliation with the Claremont Graduate University. Her primary areas of interest and research are attitudes and stereotypes held about and by employed and stay-at-home mothers, intergroup relations and reduction of prejudice, aggressive and hostile behavior, and hate crimes. One of her more recent publications is entitled "Life experiences of working and stay-at-home mothers" and appears in the series on The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination.  Other articles that she has written include topics such as gender subtypes, displaced aggression, hate crimes, and interracial stress in grade schools.  She was awarded a Haynes Grant to study "Working and Stay at Home Mothers:  A Multi-Method, Multi-Disciplinary Cross Cultural Examination of Role Strain in Caucasian and Latina Populations."  In addition, she has received grants from the Mellon Foundation, the Irvine Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, and the U.S. Forest Service.

V. Sue Molina

With nearly 30 years in public accounting as a partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP, Ms. Molina has extensive experience serving clients in the real estate industry, specializing in both domestic and international tax planning.  She was most recently the firm’s National Director of the Initiative for the Retention and Advancement of Women where she was an advocate for diversity within a historically male-dominated industry.  She led the firm’s strong commitment to advance highly talented women through the development of innovative career planning, mentoring, and leadership training and succession programs.  A certified public accountant, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Master of Accountancy at the University of Arizona.  She was recognized as one of the "Top 100 Most Influential People in the Accounting Profession" by Accounting Today, and is a member of the Advisory Council of the Claremont McKenna College Berger Institute of Work, Family and Children, and serves on the board and as the finance chair of Vital Voices Global Partnership in Washington, DC.  She also serves as Vice-Chairman and Audit Committee Chair of Royal Neighbors of America, a 200,000 member fraternal insurance company, specializing in providing insurance to women.

Rena Repetti

Rena Repetti is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at UCLA.
She received her Ph.D. in 1985 from Yale University.  Repetti studies stress and coping processes in the family.  Her work points to the dynamic interplay between an individual's efforts to cope with daily stressors and patterns of family interaction.  For example, Repetti has shown how stress at work can have both a short-term and a long-term impact on the parent-child relationship.

Darby Saxbe

Darby Saxbe is a third-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program at UCLA, where she works with Rena Repetti. She grew up in Oberlin, Ohio and graduated from Yale University with a double major in English and Psychology. Darby's current research interests, in addition to work and family issues, include stress physiology, close relationships, and health. For example, she is interested in how the cortisol rhythms of married couples are affected by daily hassles, and in how "risky family" environments affect adult health through biological and behavioral pathways. In her free time, Darby likes to read, knit, and play guitar, and is planning her wedding in June 2006.

Jane Swift

Jane Swift, former Massachusetts Governor, provides expert advice and guidance to early stage education companies.  Since 2003, Swift has been a General Partner at Arcadia Partners, the leading venture capital firm focused exclusively on the education industry.  Swift also serves on the board of Teachscape, a company which received an investment from Arcadia Partners.  Teachscape is a private company providing on-line and instructor led professional development services to Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade teachers and educators.

Prior to joining Arcadia, Swift worked for fifteen years in government beginning her career as an aide to a state legislator.  In 1991 she was elected to the Massachusetts Senate, becoming the youngest woman to serve in that body.  In 1998, she was elected Lieutenant Governor and in 2001 she became Massachusetts’ first woman Governor.  She was the first woman Governor in Massachusetts and the first Governor in the country to give birth (to twin girls) while serving in office.  During her tenure in public service, the Governor focused on excellence in public education, economic development and fiscal discipline, and improvements to the state’s children’s protective services.

Swift serves on the board of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (WCG), and is also a member of several not-for profit boards including The Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, The Republican Majority for Choice and Landmark Volunteers.  She is active in her community, serving as the Treasurer for the Williamstown Cooperative Nursery School, as a board member on the Williamstown Elementary School Endowment, and on the Community Outreach board for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams.

Swift is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, has received six honorary doctorates, and has held fellowships at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and at Williams College.

Sherylle J. Tan

Sherylle J. Tan is a developmental psychologist and the associate director of the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children at Claremont McKenna College.  The Berger Institute was developed to study the interactions between work and family and to conduct research that can be used to make data-based recommendations for public policies.  Dr. Tan received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Irvine and completed her masters and Ph.D. in psychology with an emphasis in applied developmental psychology at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California.  Since arriving at the Berger Institute, she co-created and coordinated Take a Kid to College Day, which is now in its second year and manages and coordinates the Institute’s research projects.  Prior to coming to the Berger Institute, Dr. Tan was the Evaluation Specialist for the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic.  She was the primary evaluator for two early intervention, preschool-based mental health programs funded by First 5 LA (Proposition 10 Commission): the award-winning Building Block program and the Stepping Up to School Readiness program.  She has also worked as a consultant for several nonprofit agencies.

Joan C. Williams

Distinguished Professor Joan C. Williams, a prize-winning author and expert on work/family issues, is the author of Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What To Do About It (Oxford University Press, 2000), which won the 2000 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award.  She has authored or co-authored four books and over fifty law review articles; her work is reprinted in casebooks on six different subjects; she has given over two hundred speeches and presentations in North and Latin America to groups as diverse as the National Employment Lawyers’ Association, the Denver Rotary Club, the American Philosophical Society, and the Modern Language Association, and has lectured at virtually every leading U.S. university.  Founding Director of WorkLife Law (WLL), she is also Co-Director of the Project on Attorney Retention.  She has played a leading role in documenting workplace bias against mothers.  Her "Beyond the Maternal Wall: Relief for Family Caregivers Who Are Discriminated Against on the Job," 26 Harvard Women’s Law Review 77 (2003), (co-authored with Nancy Segal), was prominently cited in Back v. Hastings on Hudson Union Free School District, 2004 U.S. App. Lexis 6684 (2d Cir. April 7, 2004).  She also has played a central role in organizing social scientists to document maternal wall bias, notably in a special issue of the Journal of Social Issues (2004), which she co-edited with Monica Biernat and Faye Crosby.  Her current work focuses on social psychology, and on how work/family conflict affects families across the social spectrum, with a particular focus on how caregiving issues arise in union arbitrations.  For more information visit  and

Professor Williams teaches property as well as courses related to gender, family and employment.  She has two children. Her husband is a public interest lawyer specializing in privacy and internet issues.