Psychoanalysis Unit




Professor Peter Fonagy


Peter Fonagy
Professor of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Developmental Science and Head of the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology at UCL. He is Chief Executive at the Anna Freud Centre London.Issues of borderline psychopathology, violence and early attachment relationships. Integrating empirical research with psychoanalytic theory.



Professor David Tuckett

David Tuckett
Professorial Research Fellow at UCL. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst in the British Psychoanalytical Society, Chair of the European Psychoanalytic Federation Working Party on comparative clinical methods and formerly Editor in Chief (1988-2001) of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, as well as the Founding Editor of the New Library of Psychoanalysis.

The knowledge base of psychoanalysis and the clinical models psychoanalysts use in their work. A psychoanalytical understanding of behaviour in the financial markets. Currently involved in a study of fund managers.

More about the Centre for the Study of Decision-Making Uncertainty.

Dr. Patrick Luyten


Patrick Luyten
Reader at the Research Department of Clinical, Educational, and Health Psychology at University College London, London (UK) and Director of the. He is also Associate Professor and Director of the Psychoanalysis Unit at the Department of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Leuven (Belgium).

The role of personality, stress and interpersonal processes in depression and functional somatic disorders, the development and neural correlates of (parental) mentalisation.

Professor Patrick Luyten is accepting PhD students in the next academic year (2020-21) in the following areas:

(a) Research on the effectiveness of Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT), a brief integrative treatment for depression, and mechanisms of change in DIT, using data from randomized controlled trial comparing DIT to CBT and TAU.

(b) Research on the role of epistemic hypervigilance in borderline personality disorder (BPD). This topic is part of a larger series of studies concentrating on epistemic hypervigilance in BPD, and involves testing some key hypotheses concerning epistemic hypervigilance in relation to attachment and mentalizing in a series of experimental studies. 


Dr Aikaterini Fotopoulou

Katerina Fotopoulou
Reader at the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology at University College London.Current research projects focus on the psychological and neural mechanisms by which interoceptive body feelings, as well as multimodal representations of the body, are influenced by internalised social expectations, on-line interactions with other people and neuropeptides known to enhance social feelings. These studies point to unique neural mechanisms by which our bodies are interpersonally 'mentalised' to form the basis of our selves.

Professor Martin Debbané

Martin Debbane
Senior Lecturer at the Research Department of Clinical, Educational, and Health Psychology, University College London (UK). He is also Associate Professor and director of the Developmental Clinical Psychology Research Unit at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Geneva (Switzerland). He is a trained and licensed child and adolescent psychodynamic psychotherapist. He acts as associate and trainer in mentalization-based therapies at the Anna Freud Centre in London. He teaches and practices psychotherapy, from a contemporary psychodynamic perspective.

His research activities focus on developmental psychopathology, examining the developmental roots of severe disorders in the psychosis or personality spectrum disorders. The scientific projects involve a number of different methodologies, including but not restricted to clinical measures and cognitive paradigms, as well as structural and functional neuroimaging. He is involved in a number of longitudinal projects following youth cohorts with clinical risk (schizotypy, borderline or antisocial traits) or genetic risk (22q11.2 Deletion syndrome) for severe psychopathology.


Dr Nick Midgley

Nick Midgley
Professor in the Research Department of Clinical, Educational, and Health Psychology at UCL and Professor of Psychological Therapies with Children and Young People  at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

Child and adolescent psychotherapy; mentalization-based treatment with children and young people; foster care; adolescent depression; the use of qualitative methods in psychotherapy research.  

Dr Liz Allison

Liz Allison
Lecturer and Director of the Psychoanalysis Unit at UCL. Member of the British Psychoanalytical SocietyPsychoanalytic metapsychology, Freud, Bion, literature, especially Romantic literature, philosophy, philosophical and literary precursors of psychoanalysis.

Dr Lionel Bailly

Lionel Bailly
Honorary Senior Lecturerin Psychoanalysis at UCL and Consultant Psychiatrist (North Essex Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust).Psychological trauma in children, including the impact of human rights violations, war and cultural issues and health related quality of life in children suffering from mental disorders. Another special interest is in the systematic and critical review of the available evidences in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr Lesley Caldwell


Lesley Caldwell
Honorary Professor in the Psychoanalysis Unit and Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Italian department at UCL. She is a psychoanalyst of the BPA, a member of the BPF, and a guest member of the BPAS, in private practice in London. With Helen Taylor Robinson she is Joint General Editor of the Trust's DWW Collected Writings project (2015).Psychoanalysis and the Arts, Winnicott, Sexualities, The History of Psychoanalysis in Italy.

Professor Jim Hopkins

Jim Hopkins
Honorary Professor in the Psychoanalysis Unit at UCL and Reader Emeritus in Philosophy at King's College. He was Kohut Visiting Professor of Social Thought at the University of Chicago for 2008. Prof. Jim Hopkins' webpage.Psychoanalysis, consciousness, Wittgenstein, and interpretation.

Professor John Fletcher

John Fletcher - small
John Fletcher is Professor Emeritus in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of 'Warwick. John is a Honorary Senior Research Associate at UCL.Freud's metapsychology, questions of time, trauma, drive theory,  and fantasy in his work, his readings of literature, painting, tragedy and their role in his thought. Freud's materialism. Freud, Kristeva, Abraham and Torok on melancholia. The work of Jean Laplanche, the General Theory of Primal Seduction, the role of the other in psychic processes, his re-thinking of gender and the sexual. Psychoanalytic approaches to fantasy in cultural production (literature, painting, film).

Dr Renée Danziger

R Danzinger
Honorary Senior Lecturer in Psychoanalysis at UCL. Fellow of the British Psychoanalytic Society and a psychoanalyst in private practiceThe application of psychoanalytic theory and concepts to social and political issues, including cyber conflict and social media, austerity, the uses of shame in political life, and revenge.

Dr Chloe Campbell

Chloe Campbell

Deputy Director of the Psychoanalysis Unit, University College LondonMentalizing, epistemic trust, attachment theory, interdisciplinary implications of epistemic trust and mentalizing.

Dr Saul Hillman

Saul Hillman
Affliation: Senior Research Fellow ChAPTRe; Clinical Research Tutor, Postgraduate Studies, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

Psychology and the PsychD in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy where he both supervises and leads on specific projects. He also coordinates and runs the Story Stem Assessment Profile (SSAP) training courses including managing accreditation, coding and consultation. Saul works as a consultant for charities outside the Anna Freud Centre, where he manages their evaluation and research programme. He also has his own private clinical practice specialising in integrative counselling and hypnotherapy.

His research is mainly in the area of attachment in early childhood and adolescence, with a specific focus on narrative story stem approaches to measuring attachment and internal representations.

The Impact of Adoption: the transition into adulthood
A collaborative study (Coram and Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families) is currently planning a third phase, as part of a longitudinal study, to assess adoptees who are now in their late 20s to early 30s, and the adoptive parents, to understand how they have managed the challenges of transition to adulthood. The study is unique in that it wishes to examine this transition in order to understand the outcomes in adulthood, and to learn from their experiences and the experiences of their adoptive parents. A PhD study would offer the opportunity to access data from all phases of the study as well as being instrumentally involved in designing, collecting and analysing data for this third ‘adult’ phase.