Beatrice Beebe, PhD

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Academic Appointments

  • 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.

Research

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.

Grants

9-11 MOTHERS AND YOUNG CHILDREN PROJECT (Private)

Jun 1 2008 - Apr 30 2012

9-11 MOTHERS AND YOUNG CHILDREN PROJECT (Private)

Mar 2 2007 - Dec 31 2011

KEN-SWIFT PREGNANT AND WIDOWED ON 9/11: MATERNAL DISTRESS, M OTHER-INFANT INTERACTION AND INFANT/TODDLER ATTACHMENT (Private)

Oct 1 2009 - Jul 25 2011

Selected Publications

  • Beebe, B., Steele, M., Jaffe, J., Buck, K., Chen, H., Cohen, P., Kaitz, M., Markese, S., Andrews, H., Margolis, A., & Feldstein, S.: Maternal anxiety and 4-month mother-infant self- and interactive contingency.  Infant Mental Health Journal  2010, in press
  • Beebe, B., Jaffe, J., Markese, S., Buck, K., Chen, H., Cohen, P., Bahrick, L., Andrews, H., & Feldstein, S.: The origins of 12-month attachment: A microanalysis of 4-month mother-infant interaction.  Attachment and Human Development  2010;12: 1-135
  • Beebe, B., Jaffe, J., Chen, H., Buck, K., Cohen, P., Feldstein, S. & Andrews, H.: Six-week postpartum depressive symptoms and 4-month mother-infant self- and interactive contingency.  Infant Mental Health Journal  2008;29: 442-471
  • Beebe, B., Jaffe, J., Buck, K., Chen, H., Cohen, P., Blatt, S., Kaminer, T., Feldstein, S., & Andrews, H.: Six-week postpartum maternal self-criticism and dependency and 4-month mother-infant self- and interactive contingencies.  Developmental Psychology  2007;43: 1360-1376
  • Beebe, B.: Mother-infant research informs mother-infant treatment.  Psychoanalytic Study of the Child  2005;60: 7-46