Professor Peter Fonagy, Chief Executive

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Peter Fonagy is Chief Executive of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. He is also Professor of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Developmental Science and Head of the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology at UCL.  In the US he holds professorships at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and at Yale and Harvard Medical Schools.

Peter Fonagy’s research on early development and developmental psychopathology has demonstrated that secure parent-infant attachment facilitates children’s development of the ability to understand their own and others’ thoughts, feelings and wishes (mentalization), which in turn influences personality development and mental health.

These findings have influenced social policy on early childcare, adoption and fostering.  With Anthony Bateman, Peter has developed and evaluated mentalization based treatment (MBT), which both in the UK and worldwide is transforming clinical work with patients with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder who were once seen as ‘untreatable’. Peter Fonagy teaches on several of our trainings in Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) - for more information, please visit his Tutor Profile or the Mentalization-Based Treatment Training Programme

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