Steven Marans MSW, PhD

Harris Professor in the Child Study Center; Director, National Center for Children Exposed to Violence/Childhood Violent Trauma Center at the Yale Child Study Center; Director, Trauma Service; Professor of Psychiatry

Biographical Info

Dr. Marans, a child and adult psychoanalyst, is the Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry at the Child Study Center and Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine. He is the director of the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence and founder of the Child Development-Community Policing Program, a pioneering collaboration between mental health and law enforcement professionals providing collaborative response to children and families exposed to violence and trauma that occurs in their homes, neighborhood and schools. This program has been replicated in numerous communities around the country and abroad.

Dr. Marans is also co-developer with Dr. Steve Berkowitz of the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention, a brief, early treatment that has proven effectiveness in reducing post-traumatic disorders in children exposed to traumatic events. Under the auspices of a SAMHSA grant, this intervention is being rolled out nationally through the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Marans has worked closely with the White House, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Educations, and members of Congress on issues related to responding to trauma associated with violence in homes and communities, on terrorism and natural disasters and has served on national advisory groups and commissions regarding these issues.

Dr. Marans also continues to see children, adolescents and adults for clinical consultations, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. He teaches and supervises child psychiatry, psychology and social work fellows in psychodynamic evaluation and treatment.

International Activity

  • Trauma treatments and systemic change

    Consultation and collaboration with colleagues in France and Israel on the implementation of trauma-focused interventions for children and families affected by violence and other catastrophic events as well as with systems adopting cross-disciplinary approaches to intervention.

Education & Training

Smith College (1979)
London University (1993)
Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis, Adult Psychoanalysis
Hampstead Child Therapy Course and Clinic/Anna Freud Centre, Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis (1979 - 1984)

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