Nancy E Suchman, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Departments & Organizations

Psychiatry: Addictions, Division of | Division of Substance Abuse | Psychology Section | Psychotherapy Development Center | Substance Abuse Research | West Haven Mental Health Center

Faculty Research

Office of Student Research

Office of Cooperative Research

Biography

Dr. Suchman’s research integrates perspectives from attachment theory, neuroscience of addiction and developmental psychopathology. Funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1995, her research has focused on developing and evaluating attachment-based parenting interventions for mothers with substance use and psychiatric disorders. In 2015, she completed the second randomized clinical efficacy trial testing the efficacy of Mothering from the Inside Out, a mentalization based psychotherapy that aims to promote maternal reflective functioning - the capacity to make sense of and manage emotional distress in difficult parenting situations and to make sense of young children's emotional needs in order to promote secure attachments. Two randomized clinical trials have now demonstrated the efficacy of MIO. In a third ongoing randomized trial, addiction counselors are being trained to deliver MIO with sustained fidelity to determine if treatment efficacy holds in a community-based setting.


Education & Training

PhD Colorado State University (1994)
MS Syracuse University, Cultural Foundations of Education (1986)
BA Cornell University, Psychology (1979)

Honors & Recognition

  • Independent Scientist Research Career AwardNational Institutes of Health (2008)

  • Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development AwardNational Institutes of Health (2002)

  • National Research Service AwardNational Institutes of Health (1994)

Professional Service

  • NIH Psychosocial Development, Risk and Prevention (PDRP) Study Section National Institutes on Health (2011 - 2017)

  • Editorial Board Member Family Relations Journal (2007)

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International Activity

  • Invited Speaker London, United Kingdom (2015)

  • Invited Speaker San Francisco, United States (2015 - 2015)

    California Society of Addiction Medicine Conference. Addiction and parenting: Can neural circuitry effects be addressed through intervention? San Francisco, CA

  • Invited Speaker New Haven, United States (2015)

  • Invited Speaker Montreal, Canada (2015)

  • Invited Speaker Cape Town, South Africa (2015)

  • Invited Speaker Cape Town, South Africa (2015)

  • Symposium Chair Edinburgh, United Kingdom (2014)

  • Invited Speaker Calgary, Canada (2014 - 2014)

  • Invited Speaker Cape Town, South Africa (2013 - 2013)

  • Invited Speaker Seattle, United States (2013)

  • Keynote Speaker Helsinki, Finland (2012 - 2012)

  • Invited Speaker New York, United States (2012)

  • Invited Speaker Boston, United States (2011)

  • Invited Speaker Turku, Finland (2011 - 2011)

  • Invited Keynote Speaker Boston, United States (2011)

  • Invited Speaker Boston, United States (2011)

  • Invited Speaker Leipzig, Germany (2010)

  • Invited Speaker London, United Kingdom (2009)

  • Keynote Speaker Helsinki, Finland (2008)

  • Invited Speaker Paris, France (2006)

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Contact Info

Nancy E Suchman, PhD
Lab Location
The Moms 'n' Kids Program1 Long Wharf Drive, Ste Suite 310
New Haven, CT 06511
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Office Location
The Moms 'n' Kids Program1 Long Wharf Drive, Ste Suite 310
New Haven, CT 06511
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Mailing Address
One Long Wharf Drive
New Haven, CT 06511

Curriculum Vitae