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  • Joanna Scheib

    Joanna Scheib

    Associate Adjunct Professor

        University of California, Davis
    Phone: 530.752.3236
    Office: 267A Young Hall




    Research Interests

    The goal of my research program is to understand the experiences and well-being of families created through donor insemination. In collaboration with The Sperm Bank of California in Berkeley, we are examining (i) the role of family relationships, openness and functioning in the well-being of donor-conceived adolescents and adults, (ii) the experiences of being raised in non-traditional families, (iii) the effect of open-identity donation on recipient and donor families and (iv) the outcome of releasing donor identities to donor-conceived adults. Findings from this work help with the development of policy for open-identity gamete donation. TSBC is the oldest organization in the US to offer open-identity donation, meaning that people conceived with the help of this program are some of the first in the world to access their donor's identity in planned releases.

    The current research builds on earlier work in the areas of Psychobiology and Evolutionary Psychology, specifically on female mate choice and reproductive relationships.

    Link to research at The Sperm Bank of California.