Professor Susan Golombok

BSc, MSc, PhD, MA, FBA

Privileges of a Fellow Emerita

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College Roles

  • Privileges of a Fellow Emerita

University Roles

  • Professor of Family Research
  • Director, Centre for Family Research


Telephone: +44 (0) 1223 334511


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Following a first degree in Psychology at the University of Glasgow, Susan took a Masters’ degree in Child Development at the University of London Institute of Education and a PhD at the University of London Institute of Psychiatry. She held research positions at the Institute of Psychiatry for 10 years before taking up a Lectureship at City University, London where she set up the Family and Child Psychology Research Centre. Susan is currently Professor of Family Research and Director of the Centre for Family Research as well as a Privileges of a Fellow Emerita at Newnham College.

Research Interests

The impact of new family forms on parenting and child development, specifically lesbian mother families, gay father families, single mothers by choice and families created by assisted reproductive technologies including in vitro fertilisation (IVF), donor insemination, egg donation and surrogacy. In addition to academic papers she is the author of several books, the most recent of which is Modern Families: Parents and children in new family forms.