Steele, Howard


Howard  Steele
PhD, Psychology, University College, London
Professor of Psychology, The New School for Social Research; Director of Undergraduate Studies in Psychology

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Areas of Expertise:
Attachment research; bonds between parents and children and intergenerational consequences of attachment; clinical syndromes, including dementia, multiple personality disorder, borderline personality disorder
Howard Steele is co-director of the Center for Attachment Research (CAR) in the New School Psychology Department. He also serves as honorary senior lecturer in psychology at University College London and as a consultant on attachment research at the Clinic for Dissociative Studies in London. Mr. Steele is the founding and senior editor of the quarterly international journal Attachment and Human Development; he has published widely on topics related to attachment across the life cycle and generations, including the effects of loss and trauma in low-risk normative and high-risk clinical populations. His research work has increasingly come to focus on caregiver-child relationships in the context of foster care and adoption, both nationally and internationally.
Courses Taught:
  • Research Methods in Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical Applications of Attachment Theory and Research
  • Introduction to Psychology
Recent Publications:

“State of the Art: Attachment,” The Psychologist (2002)

“Infant-Mother Attachment at One Year Predicts Children’s Understanding of Mixed Emotions at Six Years,” Social Development (1999) (co-author)

“Coherence of Mind in Daughter Caregivers of Mothers with Dementia: Links with Their Mothers’ Joy and Relatedness on Reunion in a Strange Situation,” Attachment and Human Development (December 2004)

“The Role of Attachment Security, Temperament, Maternal Perception, and Care-Giving Behavior in Persistent Infant Sleeping Problems,” Infant Mental Health Journal (2003)

“Unrelenting Catastrophic Trauma Within the Family: When Every Secure Base Is Abusive,” Attachment and Human Development (December 2003)

John Bowlby: Attachment Theory Across Generations (2007) (Davidson Films’ Giants Series)

Clinical Applications of the Adult Attachment Interview (2008) (co-editor)

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