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Prof Patrick Luyten
Room 541
1-19 Torrington Place
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  • Professor of Psychodynamic Psychology
  • Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

Dr Patrick Luyten PhD

Patrick Luyten is currently Director of the PhD in Psychoanalytic Studies Programme of the Psychoanalysis Unit at the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology at University College London. He is also an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at the University of Leuven, Belgium, and a Visiting Professor at the Yale Child Study Center at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

He is a member of the Research Advisory Board and the Conceptual and Empirical Research Committee of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) and serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals, including Psychotherapy, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, the Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Personality Assessment and Current Medical Research and Opinion. He is also the recipient of the 2009 Psychoanalytic Research Exceptional Contributions Award from the International Psychoanalytical Association.

He is currently PI or Co-PI on research grants worth in excess of £2 million. He has published over 150 scientific papers, 60 chapters and has authored or co-authored several books.

Research Summary

Patrick's main research interest focuses on the role of personality, stress and interpersonal processes in depression and chronic fatigue and pain-related disorders. In this context, he is also interested in the processes involved in the intergenerational transmission of these disorders, and in the role of early adversity in particular. He is currently also involved in studies on mentalization based treatment of patients with borderline personality disorder.

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