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Nancy Suchman PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Associate Professor Yale Child Study Center (secondary appointment)
Nancy Suchman
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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)
  • Psychotherapy Associate
    Western New England Psychoanalytic Society

Activities

  • Invited Speaker
    Denver, United States 2018
  • International Speaking Tour, Australia
    Sydney, Australia; Brisbane City, Australia; Adelaide, Australia 2018
  • Invited Speaker
    Baltimore, United States 2018
  • Invited Speaker
    Rome, Italy 2018
  • Poster Workshop Co-Chair
    Rome, Italy 2018
  • Symposium Chair
    Rome, Italy 2018
  • Invited Speaker
    New Haven, United States 2018
  • Invited Speaker
    Lenox, United States 2017
  • Invited Keynote Speaker
    Pittsburgh, United States 2017
  • Invited Speaker
    Stellenbosch, South Africa 2017
  • Invited Speaker
    New Orleans, United States 2016
  • Invited Keynote Speaker
    Waterville, United States 2016
  • Invited Speaker
    London, United Kingdom 2015
  • Invited Speaker
    San Francisco, United States 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
  • Invited Speaker
    Cape Town, South Africa 2013
  • Invited Speaker
    Seattle, United States 2013
  • Keynote Speaker
    Helsinki, Finland 2012
  • Invited Speaker
    New York, United States 2012
  • Invited Speaker
    Boston, United States 2011
  • Invited Speaker
    Turku, Finland 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

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Independent Scientist Research Career AwardNational Institutes of Health2008
Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development AwardNational Institutes of Health2002
National Research Service AwardNational Institutes of Health1994

Professional Service

OrganizationRoleDate
National Institutes on HealthNIH Psychosocial Development, Risk and Prevention (PDRP) Study Section2011 - 2017
Family Relations JournalEditorial Board Member2007 - Present
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