Donor Conception & Family Building Lab (Scheib)

The goal of our research program is to understand the experiences and well-being of families created through donor conception.


Currently we are investigating the experiences of (i) donor-conceived adults across different family types who have an open-identity donor, (ii) donors after they leave an open-identity program, and (iii) the outcome of releasing donor identities to donor-conceived adults. This work allows us to contribute to policy development for open-identity donation both locally and internationally. This research is a collaborative effort with The Sperm Bank of California in Berkeley - the first organization in the USA and internationally to offer open-identity donation.

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