Copeland, Anne P. 1951-

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Copeland, Anne P. 1951-


Born September 3, 1951, in Pittsburgh, PA; daughter of James and Barbara (Findley) Copeland; married James P. Womack (a writer), December 15, 1984; children: Carrie, Katherine. Education: Eckerd College, B.A., 1973; American University, M.A., 1975, Ph.D., 1977. Hobbies and other interests: Piano, choral singing.


Office—The Interchange Institute, 11 Hawes St., Brookline, MA 02446. E-mail—[email protected]


Writer, educator. Kent State University, Kent, OH, assistant professor, 1977-79; Boston University, Boston, MA, associate professor, 1979-97, acting director of British programs in London and Oxford, 1988-89; Interchange Institute, Brookline, MA, founder and executive director, 1997—. Public speaker and trainer in cross-cultural orientations; member of board of directors, First Parish.


Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research, American Psychology Association, New England Psychology Association (president 1985), Society for Research in Child Development, Phi Beta Delta Society, International Scholars.


Alumni Achievement Award, Eckerd College, for postgraduate accomplishment.



(With Kathleen M. White) Studying Families,Sage Publications (Newberry Park, CA), 1994.

(With others) Separating Together: How Divorce Transforms Families, Guilford Press (New York, NY), 1997.

(With Karen Rudnick and Helenann Wright)International Newcomer's Guide to Boston, Interchange Institute (Brookline, MA), 2001, 5th edition, 2005.

(With Georgia Bennett) Understanding American Schools: The Answers to Newcomers' Most Frequently Asked Questions,Interchange Institute (Brookline, MA), 2001, 2nd edition, 2004.

Global Baby: Tips to Keep You and Your Infant Smiling before, during, and after Your International Move,Interchange Institute (Brookline, MA), 2004.

Also author of theNewcomers' Almanac, Interchange Institute (Brookline, MA), a monthly newsletter, and several other pamphlets for the Interchange Institute. Contributor of articles to books and periodicals, includingTales from a Small Planet and Personnel Journal. Editor,PTO Newsletter.


Ongoing research on families in intercultural transition.


Anne P. Copeland is a psychologist specializing in families. Her research in family psychology became focused on families in international and intercultural transition in 1988 when, as a full-time university professor, she accompanied her husband to England, where he was working on a book. She had one daughter already when arriving in London and delivered a second daughter while there. The experience of being a new mother in a foreign land was career changing for her. Upon returning to the United States, she felt that she needed to do something with her own intercultural experience. Among the lessons Copeland learned that year included, as she told CA, the fact that "living in a new culture is easier if you understand its values and history. … [That] people from two cultures will work together more easily if both recognize the differences and try to learn from each other. … [And that] you can do a much better job living in a new country if your spouse is happy."

Copeland founded the Interchange Institute in Brookline, Massachusetts, in 1997 in hopes of educating others in the intercultural experience. Copeland concluded to CA: "I started writing about this [intercultural] experience in 1997, with the goal of using my psychological and research expertise to increase the knowledge about intercultural transitions, and then turning that knowledge into practical products for real people. I try to educate both newcomers and hosts about the challenges this global world poses." She has since written widely on the subject, providing cultural and educational insights for newcomers to the United States. Among her titles are International Newcomer's Guide to Boston, Understanding American Schools: The Answers to Newcomers'Most Frequently Asked Questions, and the 2004Global Baby: Tips to Keep You and Your Infant Smiling before, during, and after Your International Move. Reviewing Global Baby for the ExpatExchange Web site, Betsy Burlingame thought it "may quickly become the expat parent's ‘bible’ for those moving and living abroad with an infant."



Canadian Home Economics Journal, winter, 1993, review ofStudying Families, pp. 27-28.

Contemporary Sociology, May, 1998, Terry Arendell, review of Separating Together: How Divorce Transforms Families, p. 226.

Journal of Marriage and the Family, May, 1992, Cheryl Butler, review of Studying Families, p. 471.

Sociology, February, 1992, Jon Bernardes, review of Studying Families, p. 140.


ExpatExchange, (April 12, 2006), Betsy Burlingame, review of Global Baby: Tips to Keep You and Your Infant Smiling before, during, and after Your International Move.

Interchange Institute Web site, 12, 2006).

Tales from a Small Planet, (March 23, 2006), Anne P. Copeland, "Practical Planet: Life with Baby Abroad."