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Prof Mary Target
Psychoanalysis Unit
1-19 Torrington Place
Tel: 0044 20 7679 5997
Fax: 0044 20 7916 8502
  • Professor of Psychoanalysis
  • Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Research Themes
Research Summary
My interdisciplinary approach to psychoanalytic research aims to link the findings of developmental psychology, particularly in the field of social cognition, to adult personality functioning, especially in the area of attachment and general relationship formation. There is a great need for a comprehensive theory of personality development, integrating emotional, social and cognitive strands into a model which offers a framework and comprehensible map for clinical technique with some of the hardest cases to treat. With collaborators I have proposed a developmental approach to personality disorder and its treatment.
Teaching Summary
Mary Target teaches and supervises UCL students on the undergraduate Psychology programme, three Masters programmes, and the DClinPsy and DPsych degree programmes. She has a full complement of PhD students, currently working in the areas of social and emotional development and maltreatment in childhood, disorganization of attachment in childhood, attachment and personality disorder in adulthood, models of clinical training and psychoanalytic conceptualization.
Academic Background
1993 PhD Doctor of Philosophy University of London
1979 MSc Master of Science University of Oxford
1977 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Oxford
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