Maria P. P. Root, Ph.D.

Maria P. P. Root, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in Seattle, WA is the leading published authority in the nation on the developmental and social issues raised by the "biracial baby boom." She has researched and published extensively on the topic of identity development and related topics such as minority mental health, gender and trauma. Dr. Root has edited and authored six books. She has two award-winning books, Racially Mixed People in America (1992: Sage Publications) and The Multiracial Experience: Racial Borders As the New Frontier (1996: Sage Productions.) These books were used by the U.S. Bureau of the Census to facilitate deliberations on an historical change to the U.S. Census for the year 2000: Persons are now able to check more than one box to indicate their race. Dr. Root has received several career contribution and research awards from the Washington State Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, Asian American Psychological Association, and the Filipino American National Historic Society. Her forthcoming book, Love's Revolution: Racial Intermarriage will be released this year.