Theme Lead, Mental Health
Head, Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London
Director, UCLPartners Integrated Mental Health Programme
Chief Executive, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
National Clinical Advisor on Children’s Mental Health, NHS England
EXPERTISE AND INTERESTS
Peter’s expertise covers issues of early attachment relationships, social cognition, borderline personality disorder, antisocial behaviour and violence. His longitudinal studies, which link the quality of parent-infant attachment to theory of mind development, have important implications for strategies for early prevention not accounted for by genetic influences. The link between human attachment and social cognition led Peter and his colleagues to develop a highly effective treatment approach for borderline personality disorders. Mentalization Based Treatment is now one of the two evidence-based psychological treatments used for severe personality disorders and is widely practiced in the UK, Europe and the USA.