Susanne Hommel


Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families


Susanne has been working as Honorary Research Fellow in the Parent-Infant Project (PIP) at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families since 2009. She is a MPhil/PhD student in Psychoanalytic Theory at University College London UCL in collaboration with PIP and her research focuses on the assessment of the quality of the Parent-Infant Relationship and the validation and reliability of the Parent-Infant Relational Assessment Tool (PIRAT). Her PhD is supervised by Prof. Mary Target, PhD, Dr. Carol Broughton, MSc. and Prof. Kai von Klitzing, MD.
Susanne did her Diploma/MSc in Clinical Psychology at University of Hamburg and trained as a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist in Hamburg. She trained with Mechthild Papoušek in Parent-Infant/Toddler Counselling and used to work as Clinical Psychologist/Research Psychologist in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychosomatics, University Hospital Hamburg. Her work focused on Perinatal Mental Health (mood disorders in pregnancy, postnatal depression and posttraumatic disorders after stillbirth or loss of a child) and Infant Mental Health (regulatory disorders in infancy, feeding disorders in infancy and early childhood, prematurity and the parent-infant relationship). She continues to teach and supervise health professionals in the field and edits English-German technical translations, for example "Claiming the Baby".

She has trained on several measures assessing the quality of the Parent-Infant/Toddler Relationship (Strange Situation Procedure, D-classification, AMBIANCE, Reflective Functioning on the PDI and CARE-Index and is reliable on the Strange Situation Procedure, A,B,C-classification).
Susanne is a fellow of the IPA Research Training Programme and member of the World Association of Infant Mental Health WAIMH, German Association of Infant Mental Health GAIMH and several associations in the field of Child Psychotherapy and Clinical Psychology in Germany.
She is based in Hamburg, Germany and has a private practice for parent-infant/toddler counselling, child psychotherapy and parent work. Her special interest is in working with under-fives.

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