In this workshop Dr. Emery reviews the research on the impact of divorce on children. He then describes the research comparing two approaches to adversary settlement: mediation and litigation. Dr. Emery also provides guidelines on conducting custody mediation and gives examples of developmentally sensitive parenting plans.
Robert Emery, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Children, Families, and the Law at the University of Virginia. His research focuses on family relationships and children’s mental health, including parental conflict, divorce, mediation, child custody, genetically-informed studies of family life, family violence, and associated legal and policy issues. He has authored over 150 scientific publications, and several books including Marriage, Divorce, and Children’s Adjustment (1999, 2nd Ed); Renegotiating Family Relationships: Divorce, Child Custody, and Mediation (2011, 2nd Ed); and his guide for parents, The Truth about Children and Divorce: Dealing with the Emotions So You and Your Children Can Thrive (2006, paperback). He is co-author of Abnormal Psychology (2012, 7th Ed) with Thomas Oltmanns. Dr. Emery has discussed his work on the Today Show, Good Morning America, The Jane Pauley Show, National Public Radio, in Newsweek and Time magazines, and in many other print and electronic media. In addition to his research, teaching, and administrative responsibilities, Dr. Emery maintains a limited practice as a clinical psychologist and divorce mediator. He is the father of five children.