Nancy E Suchman, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Research Interests

Mother-Child Relations; Neurobiology; Psychiatry; Parenting; Substance-Related Disorders

Research Organizations

Psychiatry: Addictions, Division of | Division of Substance Abuse | Psychology Section | Psychotherapy Development Center | Substance Abuse Research | West Haven Mental Health Center

Research Summary

Dr. Suchman’s research integrates perspectives from attachment theory, neuroscience of addiction and developmental psychopathology. She has published in the developmental, pediatric, family, adult psychiatry and addiction literature. Her work focuses on the development and evaluation of parenting interventions that aim to enhance representations of children, reflective functioning and caregiving sensitivity in mothers with substance use disorders. She has also evaluated treatment integrity and mechanisms of change in her intervention research. She has applied attachment, developmental and ecological perspectives to the study of substance using mothers’ parenting. She is also developing a program of research examining the role of infant and toddler distress cues in substance-using mothers’ affect dysregulation and relapse to drug use.

Specialized Terms: Mother-child relations; Human attachment; Substance abuse; Intervention development and evaluation; Neurobiology of parenting and addiction

Extensive Research Description

  • Development and evaluation of mentalization-based parenting interventions for mothers with substance use and psychiatric disorders


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Contact Info

Nancy E Suchman, PhD
Lab Location
The Mothers and Toddlers Program1 Long Wharf Drive, Ste Suite 310
New Haven, CT 06511
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Office Location
The Mothers and Toddlers Program1 Long Wharf Drive, Ste Suite 310
New Haven, CT 06511
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Mailing Address
The Mothers and Toddlers ProgramOne Long Wharf Drive
New Haven, CT 06511

Curriculum Vitae