Dr. Carol George

Carol George, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at Mills College, Oakland, CA.  Dr. George received her doctorate in developmental psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984.  Trained in attachment theory by Dr. Mary Main, Dr. George developed the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI, 1984, 1985, 1996) with Drs. Main and Kaplan.  Before working with Dr. West on the AAP, Dr. George developed with Dr. Judith Solomon two other well validated attachment-based representational assessments, including the Attachment Doll Play Assessment (for children ages 4-12 yrs.) and the Caregiving Interview (for parents of children prenatal-12 years).  The development and validation of these assessments made important contributions to the development of the AAP.  Dr. George has authored numerous research articles and book chapters on adult and child attachment and caregiving.  She is Assistant Editor and on the editorial board of Attachment and Human Development.  She co-edited with Dr. Solomon the books, Attachment Disorganization (1999) and Disorganized Attachment and Caregiving (2011), the only comprehensive books in the attachment field on this attachment dimension.

Dr. Malcolm West

Malcolm West, Ph.D., is retired Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary, Calgary Alberta.  He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Alberta in 1973.  Dr. West’s numerous publications on adult attachment include Patterns of Relating: An Adult Attachment Perspective (with Adrienne Sheldon-Keller), an extension of developmental attachment theory to adults.  In addition to the AAP, Dr. West has developed self-report assessments of attachment in adults (Reciprocal Attachment Questionnaire) and adolescents (Adolescent Attachment Questionnaire).  He is on the International Advisory Board of Attachment and Human Development.

Dr. Anna Buchheim

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Anna Buchheim is a Full Professor for Clinical Psychology at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, where she has been a faculty member since 2008.  She received her diploma in Psychology in at the University of Regensburg in 1986, where studied attachment with Drs. Klaus and Karin Grossmann, and her doctorate and her habilitation (postdoctoral lecture qualification) at the University of Ulm, Germany.  In addition to her Innsbruck appointment, Dr. Buchheim is guest professor at the International Psychoanalytic University Berlin and holds international qualification as a psychoanalyst from the International Psychoanalytic Association.  Prior to her appointment to the University of Innsbruck, Dr. Buchheim was a senior research assistant and lecturer at the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the University of Ulm.  Dr. Buchheim leads the AAP trainer’s consortium in Austria/Germany. Dr. Buchheim’s main research interests and courses focus on clinical application of attachment, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, neuroimaging and psychoneuroendocinology. She is the first investigator to assess attachment “in action” in an fMRI environment.  Dr. Buchheim continues to develop innovative clinical and experimental studies using the AAP to evaluate psychotherapy outcome and process, and the neurological and neuroendocrinological correlates of attachment in adults. She is co-editor of the German Journal on Personality Disorders and Vice President of the German Society of Personality Disorders.

Dr. Adriana Lis

Adriana Lis is a Full Professor at the University of Padova, Italy, where she has been a faculty member since 1976, and leads the AAP trainer’s consortium in Italy.  She received her PsyD in 1973 from the University of Padova.  Her main research interests and courses focus on assessment, outcome and process in psychotherapy research, psychodynamic treatment, and attachment theory.  Dr. Lis is the charter member and the chief of the one-year graduate course in Psychodiagnosis and Assessment, in collaboration with the University of Padova, teaches an international graduate course “Psychological Protection on Abused and Neglect Children,” and is President of the graduate school (Specialization) in Life-Span psychology.  In addition to her teaching, Dr. Lis is a psychotherapist for children and adults.  She integrates attachment as fundamental part of assessment and treatment for psychodynamic oriented psychotherapy, including multimethod assessment using the AAP, AAI, and RAQ.