Kathleen L. Whitten, Ph.D., is an award-winning poet and developmental psychologist. Dr. Whitten is the author of Labor of the Heart: A Parent’s Guide to the Decisions and Emotions in Adoption, (2008, Taylor Trade). She was named the S.C. poetry fellow in 1995-96. Her poems and short stories have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Yellow Silk, Negative Capability, the anthology Twenty, and other publications. A former lecturer in psychology at the University of Virginia, she was also a research faculty member at the Child-Parent Attachment Clinic, Department of Psychiatric Medicine, University of Virginia. She has taught psychology courses at Georgia State University in Atlanta, and serves as a Distinguished Fellow in Developmental Psychology at the National Council for Adoption in Washington, D.C. She has published articles on adoption in Parenthood in America (ABC-CLIO), The Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention (Kluwer), The New Book of Knowledge (Grolier/Scholastic) and the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and Law. Her work has been covered by CNN, the Associated Press, WVIR-TV (NBC affiliate).