The program introduces students to a broad range of perspectives on developmental psychopathology, including psychoanalytic theory, neuroscience, and cognitive theory. Students are equipped with knowledge and understanding of both neuroscientific and psychodynamic concepts, and the ability to design research approaches using a range of neuroimaging and psychological techniques.
It is particularly suitable for students with a strong academic background in psychology, medicine, genetics, neuroscience and related disciplines who have an interest in neuroscience. Applicants are not required to have extensive research experience, but some familiarity with experimental work (e.g. data collection, analysis and writing up) is important.
Year One: London
In the first year is based at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, with full access to University College London’s internationally renowned campus, including libraries and computer facilities.
The first year modules provide a foundation in developmental psychopathology and affective neuroscience, which includes an introduction to the main therapeutic orientations including cognitive behavioral, systemic and psychoanalytic approaches. Students will also develop core skills in research neuromethods and statistics, providing a necessary foundation for the research project in the second year at Yale.
Year Two: Yale
Research themes include:
- fMRI and social exclusion in autism
- Emergence of social cognition evidenced in child behavior
- EEG, face processing and autistic and psychopathic traits
- fMRI and childhood maltreatment
- Behavioral measures of mentalization across development
- EEG – fMRI: the biological basis of risk taking and reward
- Effective attachment based interventions for mothers in substance misuse treatment