Nancy Suchman, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Associate Professor Yale Child Study Center (secondary appointment)

Departments & Organizations

Psychiatry: Division of Addictions | Division of Substance Abuse | Psychology Section | Psychotherapy Development Center | Substance Abuse 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)
Psychotherapy Associate Western New England Psychoanalytic Society

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

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

  • Family Relations Journal (2007 - Present) Editorial Board Member

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Activities

  • Invited Speaker Denver, United States (2018 - 2018)

  • International Speaking Tour, Australia Sydney, Australia; Brisbane City, Australia; Adelaide, Australia (2018 - 2018)

  • Invited Speaker Baltimore, United States (2018 - 2018)

  • Invited Speaker Rome, Italy (2018 - 2018)

  • Poster Workshop Co-Chair Rome, Italy (2018 - 2018)

  • Symposium Chair Rome, Italy (2018 - 2018)

  • Invited Speaker New Haven, United States (2018 - 2018)

  • Invited Speaker Lenox, United States (2017 - 2017)

  • Invited Keynote Speaker Pittsburgh, United States (2017 - 2017)

  • Invited Speaker Stellenbosch, South Africa (2017 - 2017)

  • Invited Speaker New Orleans, United States (2016 - 2016)

  • Invited Keynote Speaker Waterville, United States (2016 - 2016)

  • Invited Speaker London, United Kingdom (2015 - 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 - 2015)

  • Invited Speaker Montreal, Canada (2015 - 2015)

  • Invited Speaker Cape Town, South Africa (2015 - 2015)

  • Invited Speaker Cape Town, South Africa (2015 - 2015)

  • Symposium Chair Edinburgh, United Kingdom (2014 - 2014)

  • Invited Speaker Calgary, Canada (2014 - 2014)

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

  • Invited Speaker Seattle, United States (2013 - 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 - 2011)

  • Invited Speaker Boston, United States (2011 - 2011)

  • Invited Speaker Leipzig, Germany (2010 - 2010)

  • Invited Speaker London, United Kingdom (2009 - 2009)

  • Keynote Speaker Helsinki, Finland (2008 - 2008)

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