I am enthusiastic about sharing my ideas with a broad community of scholars—academics, clinicians, trainees, and companies. I have been invited to give numerous in-person and online lectures and presentations in international conferences and academic seminars about my areas of expertise.
The primary focuses of my research and these presentations are:
(a) Early attachment network to multiple caregivers and its links to mental and physical health across the lifespan, and
(b) Relational and attachment-informed psychotherapy: What's psychotherapy all about?
In my talks, I combine easy-to-grasp introductions to attachment theory with both cutting-edge research and real-life examples from my daily clinical practice. By making attachment theory and research accessible to others, my overall aim is to promote a single message: Interpersonal sensitivity is crucial for the well-being of the individual, of the family, and of society as a whole. I am happy to collaborate with you to adapt the theme and nature of the talk to the audience and the event.
Attachment in practice: A Babylonian confusion (2022). LEARN! - an interdisciplinary research institute on learning in an institutional and societal context, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Attachment theory, parenting and developmental trajectories: Early attachment networks and mental health (2022). The Chilean Society for Emotional Development (SCDE).
Attachment networks to mothers and fathers predict mental health outcomes (2021). A keynote lecture, Ibero-American Attachment Network meeting, Santiago, Chile. [PDF]
Attachment networks predict internalizing and externalizing behavior problems (2021). A talk given at the psychology department colloquium series, University of Talca, Chile.
Scripted attachment representations and their clinical applications (2021). The Developmental Stress and Prevention Lab (director: Dr. Kristin Bernard), the Department of Psychology, Stony Brook University, NY. [PDF]
Attachment-informed psychodynamic psychotherapy (2020). A guest talk given at a child clinical supervision group for doctoral students, the Department of Psychology, Stony Brook University, NY. [PDF]
Can and how does attachment get under the skin? The (emerging) case of cellular aging (2019). The Department of Psychology, Haifa University, Israel. [PDF]
The link between adult attachment representations and anxiety in adolescence and adulthood (2019). The Minnesota Longitudinal Study of Risk and Adaptation meeting, the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, MN.
Why data collaboration is essential: The case of the unsettled issue of infant attachment network to mother and father (2019). The section Clinical Child and Family Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands. [PDF]
Attachment, cellular aging, and psychopathology (2019). The Developmental Affective Neuroscience Lab (director: Dr. Nim Tottenham), Columbia University, NY.
Attachment and health: Attachment to mother and father as possible etiology? (2017). The Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.
Attachment and biomarkers of stress regulation (2014). The Department of Psychology, New School for Social Research, NY.
Selected International Conference Presentations
Secure base script knowledge mediates the link between early parental sensitivity and depressive symptoms (2021). The biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development in Minneapolis, MN. [VIDEO: My opening statement for this symposium]
Depending on the methodological tradition, adult insecure avoidant/dismissing attachment may or may not be linked to internalizing symptoms: A conundrum (2020). The Society for Emotion and Attachment Studies (SEAS) virtual conference "70 Years of Attachment Research: A Multidisciplinary Social Neuroscience Perspective."
The link between adult attachment security and anxiety: A meta-analysis (2019). The International Attachment Conference, Vancouver, Canada. [PDF]
Insecure attachment and depression across the life span: The paradox of early versus late development (2019). The Society for Research in Child Development in Baltimore, MD.
Attachment, childhood trauma, and psychosis (2017). Mount Sinai/Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY.
Re-visiting the effect of early networks of infant attachments to mother and father on later developmental: An unsettled issue (2017). The International Attachment Conference, London, UK.
The link between adult attachment security and depression: A meta-analysis (2017). The International Attachment Conference in London, UK. [PDF]
Attachment security moderates the link between adverse childhood experiences and cellular aging (2017). The biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX. [PDF]