Professor Arietta Slade


Yale Child Study Center


Arietta Slade, Ph.D. is Clinical Professor at the Yale Child Study Center, and Professor Emerita in the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at the City University of New York.  An internationally recognized theoretician, clinician, researcher, and teacher, she has written widely on the clinical implications of attachment theory, the development of parental mentalization, and the relational contexts of early symbolization.  Dr. Slade is one of the developers of an instrument widely used in attachment research and clinical practice, the Parent Development Interview (PDI; Slade, Aber, Berger, Bresgi, and Kaplan, 2003), and of the coding system used to code this instrument for reflective functioning.  She has been training researchers and clinicians in the PDI/RF system for over 15 years.  For the past 12 years she has also been co-directing Minding the Baby, an interdisciplinary reflective parenting home visiting program for high-risk mothers, infants, and their families, at the Yale Child Study Center and School of Nursing; the first wave of results from an NIH funded 5 year randomized clinical trial of Minding the Baby were recently published in the Infant Mental Health Journal.  Dr. Slade is also editor, with Jeremy Holmes of the six volume set, Major Work on Attachment (SAGE Publications, 2013), with Elliot Jurist and Sharone Bergner, of Mind to Mind: Infant Research, Neuroscience, and Psychoanalysis (Other Press, 2008), and with Dennie Wolf, of Children at Play (Oxford University Press, 1994).  

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