16089-Chambers, Joanna

Joanna E. Chambers, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

GH 2800
Indianapolis, IN
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I am interested in the neurobiology of attachment theory.  Insecure attachment leads to many psychiatric and medical morbidities.   Furthermore, attachment patterns are intergenerational, meaning that parents with insecure attachment are more likely to have children with insecure attachment.  While Attachment Theory is a psychoanalytic concept, exciting and significant neuroscience research over the past 20 years has explored the importance of this concept from a neurobiological perspective.  I am interested in applying our neurobiological understanding of attachment to the clinical setting to improve maternal attachment to their infants and in turn, improving the mental and medical health of future generations.

Titles & Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Education
    2000 Residency Yale School of Medicine
    1996 MD Medical College of Georgia
    1992 BS University of Georgia
  • Research

    I am interested in studying the psychological and neurobiological underpinnings of attachment in the maternal-infant relationship.

  • Clinical Interests

    I direct the Integrated Perinatal Psychiatry clinic with OB and Pediatrics in the Eskenazi Health System, focusing on treating women who are pregnant and postpartum.  I am also a psychodynamic psychotherapist and have a psychotherapy clinic.

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