Beatrice Beebe (Keynote)

Ph.D. in Developmental and Clinical Psychology
PRESENTATION: “Origins of disorganized attachment and dissociation:A view from microanalysis”

Beatrice Beebe received her Ph.D. in clinical and developmental psychology from Columbia University and a specialized certification un psychotherapy and psychoanalysis from New York University. She is a professor of psychology and psychiatry, with a private practice for adults and mother-infant dyads. Currently, Dr. Beebe directs a laboratory devoted to foundational research on mother-infant communication. Specifically, she studies infant social development and the impact of mother-infant communication in the development of attachment and in adulthood, in particular the role that maternal stress plays in those processes. She investigates mother-infant face-to-face communication and infant social development: the dyadic mechanisms organizing mother-infant social communication, the role that maternal distress plays in this communication, the effects of early mother-infant communication patterns on emerging infant attachment styles, and the long-term continuity of communication and attachment styles from infancy to young adulthood. She has developed a microanalysis methodology based on audio and video recordings, a complex coding system, and a sophisticated statistical methods of multi-level time-series analysis that functions like a social microscope, identifying different patterns of contingent relating. She is the author and co-author of 6 books and 73 peer-reviewed articles.

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