Dr. Irwin Sandler and his colleagues have been conducting research on factors that are associated with children’s adjustment following divorce. He has been particularly interested in understanding factors that lead to child resilience or positive child adjustment following divorce. Dr. Sandler's research finds that multiple factors contribute to children’s resilience, particularly the quality of parenting provided by both the mother and the father following divorce and children’s ability to cope effectively with the stressors that often follow the divorce of their parents. He and his colleagues have developed and experimentally evaluated programs to promote resilience following divorce and have found multiple positive benefits for children, lasting up to 15 years following the program.
Dr. Sandler is a Research Professor in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University, and is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and the Society for Prevention Research. He has received an award from the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts for his research on divorce. Dr. Sandler is the author of over 200 publications in scholarly and scientific journals, and is a partner in Family Transitions: Programs that Work, LLC that markets programs to promote child resilience following divorce. He is a contributing expert at HopeAfterDivorce.org.