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  • Howard Steele

    Professor of Psychology (Clinical)


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    Howard Steele


    Howard Steele is Professor of Psychology, Director of Graduate Studies, and Co-Director (with Miriam Steele) of the Center for Attachment Research.

    Concentrations: Attachment theory and research; intergenerational patterns of attachment; mourning in response to trauma and loss; attachment-based interventions to prevent child maltreatment and promote secure, organized attachments

    Editor, Attachment & Human Development

    President, Society for Emotion and Attachment Studies

    Center for Attachment Research Facebook Page

    Degrees Held

    PhD 1991, University College, London

    Recent Publications


    Steele, H., & Steele, M. (2018). Handbook of Attachment-Based Interventions. NY: Guilford Press.    Steele, H., & Steele, M. (2008). Clinical Applications of the Adult Attachment Interview. NY: Guilford Press

    Selected Articles*

    Bernstein, A, Riedel, J, Graae, F, Seidman, D, Steele, H, Connolly, J, & Lubowsky, J (1988). Schizophrenia is associated with altered orienting activity; depression with electrodermal (cholinergic?) deficit and normal orienting response. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 97, 3-12.   Steele, H, & Steele, M. (1990). Predicting security of attachment to mother at one year from pregnancy assessments. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 8, 264-265.

    Bekar, O., Steele, M., Shahmoon-Shanok, R., & Steele, H. (2018) Mothers’ Mental State Talk and Preschool Children’s Social-Behavioral Functioning: A Multidimensional Account. Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy, 17:2, 119-133.

    Steele, H. (2016). Disorganized attachment and risk assessment: A topic for ongoing discussion. Attachment & Human Development, 18(6), 525. 

    Smith-Nielsen, J., Tharner, A., Steele, H., Cordes, K., Mehlhase, H., & Vaever, M. S. (2016). Postpartum depression and infant-mother attachment security at one year: The impact of co-morbid maternal personality disorders. Infant Behavior & Development, 44,148-158.

    Slutsky, J., Jadva, V., Freeman, T., Persaud, S., Steele, M., Steele, H., & ... Golombok, S. (2016). Integrating donor conception into identity development: adolescents in fatherless families. Fertility & Sterility106(1), 202-208.

    Smith-Nielsen, J., Steele, H., Mehlhase, H., Cordes, K., Steele, M., Harder, S., & Væver, M. S. (2015). Links Among High EPDS Scores, State of Mind Regarding Attachment, and Symptoms of Personality Disorder. Journal Of Personality Disorders, 29(6), 771-793. 

    Steele, H., & Steele, M. (2014). Attachment Disorders. In M. Lewis & K.  Rudolph, Eds the third edition of the Handbook of Developmental Psychopathology (pp 357-370). New York: Springer.

    Steele, M.,Steele, H., Bate, J., Knafo, H., Kinsey, M. Bonuck, K., Meisner, P. & Murphy, A. (2014). Looking From the Outside In: The Use of Video in Attachment-Based Interventions. Attachment & Human Development, 16, 402-415.

    Murphy, A., Steele, M., Dube, S. R., Bate, J., Bonuck, K., Meissner, P., Goldman, H. & Steele, H. (2014). Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Questionnaire and Adult Attachment Interview (AAI): Implications for parent child relationships (.PDF). Child Abuse & Neglect, 38, 224-233.

    Steele, H. (2013). Earliest experiences and the process of attachment. In Narvaez, D., Panksepp, J., Schore, A., & Gleason, T. (Eds.).  Evolution, Early Experience and Human Development: From Research to Practice and Policy. New York: Oxford University Press.

    Esbjorn, B.H., Pedersen, S.H., Daniel, S.I.F., Hald, H.H., Holm, J.M. & Steele, H. (2013). Anxiety levels in clinically referred children and their parents: Examining the unique influence of self-reported attachment styles and interview-based reflective functioning in mothers and fathers (.PDF). British Journal of Clinical Psychology, DOI:10.11111/bjc.12024

    Bekar, O., Fried, E, Guadalupe, Z., Logan, M., Shahmoon-Shanok, R., Steele, H., & Steele, M. (2012). Peers helping peers in the face of trauma and developmental challenge: The Relationships for Growth & Leaning Program. ZERO TO THREE (32), 39-48.

    Kriss, A., Steele, H., & Steele, M. (2012). Measuring attachment and reflective functioning in early adolescence: An introduction to the Friends and Family Interview.  Research in Psychotherapy: Psychopathology, Process and Outcome, 15, 87-95.

    Steele, H. (2011). Early social and emotional experience matters: The first year of life (.PDF). In D. Skuse, H. Bruce,  L. Dowdney & D. Mrazek D.(Eds.). Child Psychiatry and Psychology: Frameworks for Practice (pp 41-44). Wiley-Blackwell: London.

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    Center for Attachment Research

    Current Courses

    Independent Study
    GPSY 6990, Summer 2024

    Future Courses

    Independent Study
    GPSY 6990, Fall 2024, Spring 2025

    Independent Study
    LPSY 3950, Fall 2024, Spring 2025

    Intro to Psychology
    ULEC 2160, Fall 2024

    Senior Work Project
    LPSY 4001, Fall 2024, Spring 2025

    Past Courses

    Independent Study
    GPSY 6990, Fall 2023, Spring 2024

    Independent Study
    LPSY 3950, Fall 2023, Spring 2024

    Intro to Psychology
    ULEC 2160, Spring 2024

    Research Methods
    GPSY 6238, Spring 2024

    Senior Work Project
    LPSY 4001, Fall 2023, Spring 2024

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