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Media Advisory/Press Release

Director at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology appointed to Governor’s Council

Dr. Robin Deutsch selected to help review laws on parental responsibilities

August 30, 2012–Newton, MA–The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) announced today that Dr. Robin Deutsch, director of MSPP’s Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law, has been appointed to the Governor’s Working Group on Child-Centered Family Laws.

Deutsch is the former director of Forensic Services of the Children and the Law Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital as well as an associate clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. As a therapist, consultant, custody evaluator, mediator, and parenting coordinator, her work has focused on the application of child development research to children’s adjustment to divorce and parenting issues, the evaluation of families involved in family change and management of high conflict divorce.

The Working Group is charged with ensuring that children’s interests are prioritized and protected during and following divorce. They will be reviewing the current laws and research on custody and recommending revisions should they feel them necessary. Members of the group include representatives from Massachusetts professional legal associations, the judiciary, the legislature, psychologists and lobbyists.

“I’m honored to have been selected for this committee,” said Deutsch. “My career has been focused on the psychology of children’s adjustment and parenting issues, so I am thrilled to be able to help Massachusetts law become more effective in supporting healthy families.”

Deutsch was a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Task Force that developed Guidelines for Parenting Coordination, and the Massachusetts task force that wrote Planning for Shared Parenting: a Guide for Parents Living Apart. She also served on the American Psychological Association Task Force that developed Guidelines for Parenting Coordination. Deutsch is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also received her PhD. in counseling psychology.

About MSPP—Founded in 1974 as an independent graduate school of psychology, MSPP provides unique training programs for mental health professionals at the doctoral, master’s and certificate level, each designed to immerse students in both academic study and real-life clinical experience. Constantly assessing and evolving to meet the needs of a rapidly changing and increasingly diverse society, MSPP currently offers programs to train highly skilled professionals to care for Latinos, veterans, children and adolescents and families in a variety of settings, including the schools, the courts, the community and the workplace, among others.

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