Peter Fonagy, PhD

Great Britain

Award Year: 2010

fonagyPeter Fonagy is Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis and Head of the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London, and Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre. Since 2010 he has also been the Director of the Mental Health Program of UCL Partners, UCL’s Academic Health Science Centre, coordinating the collaboration between UCL and North Central London’s National Health Service Trusts in research, education and clinical activity. He has a longstanding affiliation with the Menninger Clinic and is currently consultant to the Child and Family Program of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He is on the Adjunct Professorial Faculty of both Yale and Baylor medical schools. Peter was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1952 and moved to London in 1967 where he completed his secondary and university education at UCL. Before training as an adult and child psychoanalyst, Peter trained as a clinical psychologist. 25 years ago he established UCL’s clinical psychology training program, and he has developed it over the years to become the largest doctoral program in Europe. He took over as Director of the Psychoanalysis Unit and Freud Memorial Professor at UCL in 1992 and enlarged the Unit, which now houses three psychoanalytic masters programs, one in collaboration with Yale University, as well as a PhD program. He and his fellow directors of the Anna Freud Centre (Professors Target and Mayes) have built strong collaborative ties between the Anna Freud Centre and UCL, and UCL degree programs now take place in both settings. Peter has published widely with over 300 peer reviewed papers, 28 books and 180 chapters. He has several active research programs focused on attachment research and studies on the effectiveness of psychotherapy.

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