Beatrice Beebe, PhD
Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry)
Beatrice Beebe PhD is Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry), College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, New York State Psychiatric Institute; faculty at the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center, the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, and the N.Y.U. Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; co-author with Jaffe et al. of Rhythms of Dialogue in Infancy (Blackwell Publishing, 2001), author with Lachmann of Infant Research and Adult Treatment: Co-Constructing Interactions (Analytic Press, 2002), and author with Knoblauch, Rustin and Sorter of Forms of Intersubjectivity in Infant Research and Adult Treatment (Other Press, 2005), author (with colleagues) of The Origins of 12-month attachment: A microanalysis of 4-month mother-infant interaction (Attachment & Human Development 12-2010); author with Cohen., Sossin, and Markese, Mothers, Infants and Young Children of September 11, 2001.
She is in private practice in New York City, specializing in adult psychoanalysis and mother-infant treatment. Currently she directs a primary prevention program for mothers who were pregnant and widowed on 9-11.
We study the social transmission of maternal psychopathology and the origins of infant insecure attachment, examining nonverbal communication as the mode of transmission. This work defines precise individual and dyadic social patterns of behavior organizing early relatedness, with direct implications for early intervention. Our current research program involves the longitudinal followup of 3 cohorts assessed for mother-infant communication and infant attachment in the first year of life. Two cohorts from the community are currently being assessed for attachment and social communication as the offspring turn age 21.