Susana Tereno

Social Development Team

Susana Tereno graduated in Clinical Systemic Psychology at Faculdade de Psicologia e Ciências da Educação da Universidade de Lisboa. At Instituto de Psicologia of the Universidade do Minho, she has performed her Master’s thesis in Health Psychology followed by her PhD thesis in Clinical Psychology titled “Intergenerational Transmission of Attachment: the role of marital relationship”. Currently she is Associated Professor at Institut de Psychologie de l’Université de Paris and a full member of the Laboratoire de Psychopathologie et Processus de Santé (EA 4057). She is also co-director of the Post-Graduation “L’Attachement: Concepts et applications thérapeutiques” at Faculté de Médicine de l’Université de Paris. She has published several articles in international scientific reviews and presented papers in relevant international conferences relating to Developmental and Clinical Psychology. She is co-editor of the two volume book “L’attachement: l’approche théorique, la clinique, l’évaluation et la thérapeutique”.

Her research interests relate to developmental psychopathology, where she as a considerable experience on the implementation of parent-infant intervention protocols based on the attachment theory. Namely, she coordinated the research project CAPEDP-Attachement, a randomized study evaluating the effects of an early home intervention on attachment security and disorganization in a multi-risk sample of Parisian families. More recently, she invested other research projects related to family intervention protocols that address multi-complex trauma in parental or military populations and integrate research inputs from neurophysiology and the biometric assessment of attachment.

Main 5 publications

Tereno, S.,  Savelon, S., & Guedeney, A. (2019). Preventive parent–young child interaction interventions to promote optimal attachment, Current Opinion Psychiatry, 32: 6, 542–548. doi: 10.1097/YCO.0000000000000552
Parra, F. ,Scherer, S., ,Benezeth, Y., Tsvetanova, P.,  & Tereno, S.  (early access Juin 2019). Development and cross-cultural evaluation of a scoring algorithm for the Biometric Attachment Test: Overcoming the challenges of multimodal fusion with “small data”, IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, vol. 01, 1-1, 5555.
Tereno, S., Madiagn, S., Lyons-Ruth, Plamondon, A., Atkinson, L., Guédeney, N., Greacen, T., Dugravier, R., Saias, T., & Guedeney, A. (2017). Assessing a Change Mechanism in a Randomized Home-Visiting Trial: Reducing Maternal Disrupted Communication Decreases Infant Disorganization. Development and Psychopathology, 29(02), 637-649. doi: 10.1017/S0954579417000232
Posada, G., Verissimo, M., Tereno, S., Dugravier, R. et al. (2013). Secure Base Behavior. The secure base phenomenon across cultures: Is it really here, there and everywhere? Child Development, 84(6): 1896-905. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12084
Tereno, S.; Guedeney, N.; Greacen, T.; Guedeney, A. & the CAPEDP Study Group (2017). CAPEDP-Attachment: an early home-based intervention targeting multi-risk families. In Howard Steele & Miriam Steele (Eds.). Handbook of Attachment-based therapies, 220-244New York: The Guilford Press.