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    Howard Steele

    Professor and Co-Chair of Psychology


    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:

    Selected Articles*

    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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    Current Courses:

    Research Methods

    Departmental Seminar

    Independent Study

    Ind Senior Project

    Independent Study

    Senior Work Project

    Intro to Psychology