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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTSOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORKEDITH SCHLAIN WINDSOR, in hercapacity as Executor of the estate of
THE
ACLARA SPYER,
Plaintiff,
v.THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,Defendant.
10
Civ. 8435 (BSJ) (JCF)ECF Case
EXPERT AFFIDAVIT OF MICHAEL LAMB, PH.D.
I, Michael Lamb, Ph.D., hereby depose and say as follows:
PRELIMINARY STATEMENT
1. I am Professor of Psychology in the Social Sciences, Head, Department ofSocial and Developmental Psychology, Faculty of Politics, Psychology, Sociology, andInternational Studies, Cambridge University. I have been retained as a consultant bycounsel for Plaintiff in connection with the above-referenced litigation
("Windsor")
andby counsel for the Plaintiffs in
Pedersen, et
al.
v.
Office of Personnel Management, et.
al.,
3:10-cv-01750(VLB)
(D. Conn., filed Nov. 9, 2010). I have actual knowledge of thematters stated in this affidavit and could and would so testify if called as a witness.
2.
My background, experience, and list of publications from the last
10
yearsare summarized in my curriculum vitae, which is attached as Exhibit A to this report.
3.
I hold a Bachelor's degree in psychology and economics from theUniversity of Natal in Durban, South Africa(1972),Master's degrees in psychology from
Case 1:10-cv-08435-BSJ -JCF Document 34 Filed 06/24/11 139 Pages
 
Johns Hopkins University (1974) and Yale University(1975),and a Ph.D. in psychologyfrom Yale University(1976).
4.
I have held academic positions as Assistant Professor of Psychology at theUniversity of Wisconsin, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University ofMichigan, and Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Pediatrics at the University ofUtah. In
2004,1
took a position as Professor and Head of the Department of Social andDevelopmental Psychology at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, where I amnow employed.
5.
From 1987 until
2004,1
was head of the Section on Social and EmotionalDevelopment and a Senior Research Psychologist at the United States National Instituteof Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), an institute within the NationalInstitutes of Health(NIH).6. I have authored more than 500 publications that have appeared either inpeer-reviewed professional journals or in professional books published by academicpresses primarily for the readership of other professionals. I have written or edited about45 books in the field of developmental psychology, development in infancy, mother-childrelationships, father-child relationships, the role of the father, sibling relationships, theeffects of nontraditional rearing circumstances, the effects of daycare, child abuse, andforensic interview practices. A number of my books, including my books onnontraditional families, are used widely as texts in graduate courses.7. I have been a peer-reviewer for various professional journals regularly formore than 30 years. I currently average two reviews of other professionals' work perweek. In connection with my work as a peer-reviewer, I have peer-reviewed dozens of
 
articles that address the parenting abilities of gay men and/or lesbians and/or theirchildren's adjustment.8. Over the past 35 years, I have pursued two broad areas of research. Oneline of research has focused on forensic issues such as the credibility of children and thebest ways of eliciting accurate information from victims of child abuse. This work is notdirectly relevant to the present litigation. The other line of research is concerned withchildren's development and adjustment, especially the formative effects of therelationships that children establish with their parents and the ways in which theserelationships shape children's development over time. In this context, I have alsoexamined factors that are likely to have an adverse effect on development, such as childabuse, and I have explored variations in rearing experiences that might affect childdevelopment, such as the effects of various types of nontraditional family forms. I amfamiliar with the research on families headed by gay and lesbian individuals and couples.9. My initial research in the United States was about the formation ofrelationships between babies and their parents in households with a mother and a father.When I began my research, I focused on the role played by fathers in children'sdevelopment. I later expanded my research in order to understand better the role thatfathers play in children's lives - when they live with their children and when they do not,in both divorced and married families, and when they are highly involved or uninvolvedin childcare.
10.
In the past four years, I have provided expert testimony at trial in twomatters,
In the Matter of the Adoption ofX.X.G.
andN.R.G.
in the Circuit Court of the
11th
Judicial Circuit and in Miami-Dade County, Florida, Case No. 06-43881
FC
04, and

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