About this Fellow
Peter Fonagy, OBE, FMedSci, FBA, PhD, is Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis and Head of the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology at University College London; Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre, London; Consultant to the Child and Family Program at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine; and holds visiting professorships at Yale and Harvard Medical Schools. He has published over 450 scientific papers, 250 chapters and has authored or co-authored 18 books. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Academy of Medical Sciences and the American Association for Psychological Science, and was elected to Honorary Fellowship by the American College of Psychiatrists. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from several national and international professional associations in respect of his work on child development, personality disorder and mental health. His clinical and research interests centre on issues of early attachment relationships, social cognition, borderline personality disorder and violence. A major focus of Professor Fonagy's contribution has been an innovative research-based dynamic therapeutic approach, called Mentalisation-Based Treatment, which was developed in collaboration with a number of clinical sites in both the UK and the USA.
- Professor of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Developmental Science, University College London; Chief Executive, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
- Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis, University College London, 1992 - 2017
The development of information-processing and connectionist models of cognitive processes, particularly of executive functions, memory, knowledge, reading and writing and their application to understanding the cognitive consequences of brain damage
Children's cognitive development, particularly the development of language and literacy; cross-language studies of reading and dyslexia; reading development in deaf children and language-impaired children; educational neuroscience of reading and dyslexia
Relationships between cognition, action and consciousness; contributions of social practices and discourses to structure and function of the human mind
The effect of psychological (e.g., optimism, mastery) and social (e.g., social support) resources on biological functioning and health outcomes