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Professor Peter Fonagy

Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis, University College London


Peter Fonagy, OBE, FMedSci, FBA, PhD, is Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis and Head of the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology at University College London; Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre, London; Consultant to the Child and Family Program at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine; and holds visiting professorships at Yale and Harvard Medical Schools.

He has published over 450 scientific papers, 250 chapters and has authored or co-authored 18 books. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Academy of Medical Sciences and the American Association for Psychological Science, and was elected to Honorary Fellowship by the American College of Psychiatrists. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from several national and international professional associations in respect of his work on child development, personality disorder and mental health.

His clinical and research interests centre on issues of early attachment relationships, social cognition, borderline personality disorder and violence. A major focus of Professor Fonagy's contribution has been an innovative research-based dynamic therapeutic approach, called Mentalization-Based Treatment, which was developed in collaboration with a number of clinical sites in both the UK and the USA.

Past appointments
Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis University College London (1992 - )

Principal publications
Mentalization-based treatment for personality disorders: A practical guide, 2016
What works for whom? A critical review of treatments for children and adolescents, 2015, 2nd edn
Handbook of mentalizing in mental health practice, 2012
Brief dynamic interpersonal therapy: A clinician’s guide, 2011
Handbook of psychodynamic approaches to psychopathology, 2015
Mentalizing in clinical practice, 2008


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