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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

2008 Visiting Professor - Linda Mayes, M.D.

Linda Mayes, M.D.
Western New England Psychoanalytic Institute

March 31-April 5, 2008

Dr. Linda Mayes is nationally- and internationally-recognized as a groundbreaking researcher, clinician and thinker in interdisciplinary studies of development, psychoanalysis and the neurosciences. Dr. Mayes is the Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology and Chair of the Directorial Team of the Anna Freud Centre Program at the Yale Child Study Center and a Faculty Member of the Yale University School of Medicine. She is an adult and child psychoanalyst on the faculty of the Western New England Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr. Mayes collaborates with well-known researchers such as Sidney Blatt, Peter Fonagy and Mary Target, as well as other researchers in the U.S., Canada, Finland, Israel and England. She is the author of numerous publications, has presented both nationally and internationally, and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, and Infants and Young Children.

Dr. Mayes has been the principal investigator on National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Institute on Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) funded longitudinal studies of neurocognitive development, especially affective regulatory mechanisms, in high-risk children. Additional topics of research interest include the developmental role of play, imagination, curiosity and exploratory behavior, therapeutic action, how children develop theory of mind, aspects of mother-infant interaction, possible neurobiological correlates of Winnicott’s concept of “primary maternal preoccupation,” women’s experience of motherhood, parental reflective functioning, the role of mirror neurons in the development of complex social functions, and the interface of neurosciences, developmental research and psychoanalysis.