Using her expertise in racial identity development and background in education, Abby has coached adult transracial adoptees and white adoptive parents of black and brown children. She recently earned a Master of Education degree and is a licensed marriage and family therapist associate and works with adoptees, birth moms, and young adults from a trauma-informed lens. Her work specifically addresses the lack of African American, adoption-informed counselors. In addition, Dr. Hasberry earned a Bachelor of Science degree in both African American studies and sociology, a Master of Arts in Teaching K-12 degree, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in curriculum and instruction. Finally, she is currently completing a Master of Science in Industrial & Organizational Psychology degree with specialization in evidence-based coaching.
Abby is a domestic transracial adoptee and birth parent. She was adopted as an infant and the youngest child in a family with three biological children making her not only the only adoptee, but also the only African American in her family. She is in full reunion with both her biological family and her biological son. She is married and is raising three children. Dr. Hasberry describes her adoption journey as a social and mental health experiment, which she has titled Adopting Privilege. Her work involves providing awareness of the trauma and identity confusion involved in adoption. She also aims to center the voices of adoptees in the adoption narrative.
Dr. Hasberry has plans to publish future works. Specifically, she is interested in research on the racial identity development of transracial adoptees, and she also plans on writing about her experiences as a parent, a birth parent, and about what she has learned about relationships. Her ultimate goal is to be on the TED Talks stage.