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IASA Board of Directors

IASA Board Members are professionals representing a range of various educational backgrounds, activities, countries. The variety of contributions is intended to promote the application of the dynamic-maturational model of attachment and adaptation (DMM) to helping children, families, couples and individuals in many different contexts (for example health care, social policies, legal systems), to encourage research using DMM theories and assessments, and to help the diffusion, discussion and modification of DMM theory and data in academic, professional and community contexts.  

Honorary and Founding President of IASA 

Patricia M. Crittenden, Ph.D. (USA)

Patricia McKinsey Crittenden, Ph.D. is a developmental psychopathologist who developed the Dynamic-Maturational Model (DMM) of attachment and adaptation.  She earned a B.A. at American University (1966), a M.Ed. (Mental Retardation and Emotional Disturbance) at the University of Virginia (1969), and a Ph.D. (Psychology) at the University of Virginia (1983), studying under Mary D. S. Ainsworth. Her work with Mary Ainsworth culminated in the DMM. She completed a Senior Post-Doctoral Fellowship on sexual abuse at the University of New Hampshire (1992) with David Finkelhor. She has been on the faculties of the Universities of Virginia, Miami, Helsinki, and Bologna and Edith Cowan University in Australia. She held the Beverley Professorship at the Clark Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto in 1994 and was appointed Distinguished Professor at San Diego State University in California. In 2004, she was given a Career Achievement Award by the European Family Therapy Association.  She is currently Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. 
She pioneered video-feedback intervention for maltreating mothers in the early 1970’s, designed and implemented a family support center for  low income families, trained as both a behavioral and family systems therapist, became the Director of the Miami Child Protection Team, and has consulted to family courts in several countries.
Finally, she has developed a life-span series of seven assessments of attachment. Among these is the CARE-Index which was developed under Mary Ainsworth’s guidance and with consultation from John Bowlby. She has published more than 100 empirical papers and chapters, as well as several books: Crittenden (2008), Raising Parents: Attachment, Parenting, and Child Safety; Crittenden & Landini (in press), The Adult Attachment Interview: Looking Behind the Mind’s Curtain; Crittenden & Dallos, Attachment & Family Systems Therapy (McGraw-Hill); Crittenden & Claussen, (Eds., 2000), The Organization of Attachment Relationships: Maturation, Culture, and Context.


Lane Strathearn MBBS FRACP Ph.D. (USA / Australia)

Dr. Strathearn is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and a developmental paediatrician at Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA. His research and clinical work focuses on maternal neglect and the neurobiology of mother-infant attachment. He is also interested in the long-term effects of child maltreatment on cognitive and emotional development, and early childhood factors that may help to protect against abuse or neglect. This includes longitudinal studies of women and infants, examining mothers’ brain and hormonal responses to infant face cues using functional MRI and behavioral observation (see Pediatrics 2008;122(1):40-51). One recent study demonstrated that adult attachment strategies, as determined from the DMM Adult Attachment Interview, were associated with maternal brain and oxytocin responses (Neuropsychopharmacology 2009;34(13):2655-66). His most recent grant will support research into maternal brain responses of cocaine addicted mothers, and the potential role of intranasal oxytocin to enhance maternal caregiving. A native of Brisbane, Australia, he is also the father of 7 children.

Other Directors

Bente Nilsen (Norway)

Bente Nilsen is a clinical child psychologist who received her training at the University of Oslo and at the Institute for Active Psychotherapy. She is currently working at the Child and Adolescent Clinic (BUP Baerum) in Asker and Baerum Hospital. She specializes in working with families from pregnancy through the preschool years. DMM is central in this work. Bente was a presenter at the 2006 World Conference on Prevention in Oslo. Bente previously worked for 12 years at the Aline Center and Clinic in Oslo. During these years she collaborated in organizing the Aline Clinic as an outpatient unit serving both the Aline center and also high risk families in the municipality of Oslo. Bente also consults with the Child Protection offices and courts in forensic work involving families with preschool children.
She has been trained in AAI, PAA, CARE-Index and SAA by Dr. Patricia Crittenden over the past 15 years. She is a reliable coder of several of these assessments and is an authorized trainer of the CARE-Index and the PAA. The DMM is central to her clinical work, in teaching and supervising psychologists and other mental health professionals. She has contributed to several research projects using DMM.

Franco Baldoni, MD, PhD (Italy) 

Franco Baldoni  is a Psychotherapist, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, teacher of “Clinical Methodology” and “Psychosomatics”, and Head of the Attachment Assessment Lab in the University of Bologna. His scientific activities focus on Clinical Psychology and Psychosomatic areas and on the study of attachment and mentalization. He is one of the founder members of IASA, the International Editor of the DMM News and the Italian Editor of Italian DMM News. He is also a reliable codifier of Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) in DMM perspective and the author of many books on psychosomatics and on attachment.

Martha Hart, Ph.D. (Canada)

Dr Martha Hart completed both her undergraduate degrees at the University of Calgary specialising in Psychology and Sociology. Martha moved to England in 2005 and joined the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge where she completed her Masters and PhD programs in Social and Developmental Psychology. Upon successful completion, she remained at the University of Cambridge and worked for one year as a research assistant. She then returned to Canada and has worked at the University of Calgary since February 2012 as a research associate. Martha’s past research consisted of working on a longitudinal project investigating the early origins of children's problem behaviour/self-esteem within a diverse sample, and how parenting style predicts such characteristics, led by Dr Claire Hughes. Martha’s present research consists of working on a longitudinal project that is investigating in part mother/child attachment, and how mother/child interactions may predict babies’ attachment strategies, led by Dr Nicole Letourneau and Dr Gerry Giesbrecht. She has published (or in press) several peer-reviewed papers, and one book that was a national bestseller. She is Certified Reliable on the CARE-Index for Infants (Crittenden, 1981, 1988, 2003) and the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI). Martha Hart is also the founder of the Owen Hart Foundation, which she established in memory of her late husband Owen Hart shortly after his death in May 1999. As a result of the vast charitable contributions achieved through the good works of the Owen Hart Foundation, Martha was named Individual Philanthropist of the Year in 2004 by the AFP and in 2011 she was also awarded Calgary’s Champion of Learning.


Board Director Responsibilities 

Application to become a Board Member/Director

Conflict of Interest document


Board Meeting Minutes

September 15, 2012 3rd BGM
May 2, 2012 BM
April 17, 2012 BM
December 4-6, 2011 BM
July 1-3, 2011 BM
March 7, 2011 BM
February 15, 2011 BM
October- November, 2010- BM email meetings
October 12, 2010 BM
October 2, 2010 BM
September 18, 2010 BM
August 31, 2010 BM
August 30, 2010- 2nd BGM
August 28, 2010 BM
June, 2010 BM
April, 2010 BM
May, 2009 BM
February, 2009 BM
October 7, 2008 BM
October 6, 2008- BM
October 6, 2008- 1st  BGM (Biennial General Meeting)
May 2008 BM
October 3-4, 2008 BM
Nov 17, 2007 BM (Board Meeting)