At our Infant Mental Health conference, held in Southampton in December 2018, Clare Evans, second year training psychologist, University of Southampton, spoke to Professor Helen Minnis, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Glasgow, about attachment.
Professor Minnis discussed her early experiences of working in an orphanage in Guatemala and how it influenced her career, attachment disorders, and her current innovative research with the BeST? Study, which aims to find out what is the best service for young abused and neglected pre-school children coming into foster care.
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Helen Minnis is a Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Glasgow. Professor Minnis spent time working as an Orphanage Doctor in Guatemala in the early 1990s prior to training in Psychiatry, and this stimulated an interest in the effects of early maltreatment on children’s development. Her research focus has been on Attachment Disorder: clinical aspects, assessment tools and behavioural genetics. She is now conducting intervention research for maltreated children including a randomised controlled trial of an infant mental health service for young children in foster care.