Professor Peter Fonagy FBA


Elected 1997

Fellow type
UK Fellow
Year elected

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.

Current post

Professor of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Developmental Science, University College London; Chief Executive, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Past appointments

University College London Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis

1992 - 2017


Brief dynamic interpersonal therapy: A clinician’s guide 2011

Handbook of psychodynamic approaches to psychopathology 2015

Mentalising in clinical practice 2008

Mentalisation-based treatment for personality disorders: A practical guide 2016

What works for whom? A critical review of treatments for children and adolescents 2015, 2nd edn

Handbook of mentalising in mental health practice 2012

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