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Dr. Susan F. Branco

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Assistant Professor at St. Bonaventure University in the Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling masters program. I enjoy teaching and supervising emergent professional counselors. 



I was awarded a Seed Grant from the Family Institute at Northwestern University to pursue research on the experiences of adult transnationally adopted Colombian adults who are in reunion with their first families. We analyzed our data in summer of 2021. Our fist publication can be found here. I am using the same data set for a secondary analysis of illicit or unethical adoption practices. My research on reparative models to address illicit adoption practices in order to draft a proposed model for Colombia is under consideration for an international academic compilation of reparative practices for transitional adoption corruptive practices. For more information on my research agenda please visit here.


Blast From My Past, The Colombian Link, MyHeritage Podcast, April 29, 2022

I Am Adoptee, SideXSide, Birth family reunions, with Joy Rho, October 25, 2021

Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture: Latinx podcast with Dr. Stephanie Flores-Khoulish, August, 20, 2021

Adoptees On Podcast, February 19, 2021

Panelist in the American Counseling Association's Day of Racial Healing, ACA Racism Resource, January 19, 2021

Clinical approaches: Growing up adopted. Rudd Adoption Research Program, Virtual Conference 2020-2021, Adoption Adults: Connections Across Generations, University of Massachusetts Amherst, December 3, 2020. 

Microcounseling Interventions: Skills to Address Racism and Microaggressions in Session, American Mental Health Counselors Association, November 20, 2020

We the Experts: Adoptees Speak Series (Adoptees & Therapy), Adoption Mosaic, November 14, 2020

Microaggressions in Counseling: Reflections During a Racial PandemicAmerican Mental Health Counselors Association, September 11, 2020

Being a Leader and Latinx: Y Ahora Que? Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, July 20, 2020

Self care for Minoritized Counselors, American Counseling Association and Motivo, July 29, 2020