Joanna Chambers, M.D.

Joanna E. Chambers, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry


Personal Statement  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.

Education  Undergraduate: University of Georgia

Medical School: Medical College of Georgia

Residency: Yale University School of Medicine

Board Certifications/Certifications:
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Current Academic Interests  Teaching: I enjoy teaching and mentoring medical students and residents on the concept of integrating neurobiological concepts with psychodynamics.

Clinical: I direct an integrated Perinatal Psychiatry clinic with OB and Pediatrics, focusing on treating women who are pregnant and postpartum.  I am also a psychodynamic psychotherapist and have a psychotherapy clinic.

Research:  Studies focusing on the neurobiology of attachment in a variety of settings.  We are looking at how attachment style and child abuse affect addiction treatment outcomes.  We are also implementing a study in the perinatal clinic focusing on attachment styles, history of abuse, and biomarkers as predictors of attachment outcomes in mothers.   Furthermore, we are interested in ways we can use various treatments, including psychotherapy and group therapy, to improve outcomes of maternal-infant attachment.
Recent Publications 

Chambers, JE. (2015) Discussion of Transference Focused Psychotherapy Training During Residency: An Aide to Learning Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 43(2): 223.

Ricke AK., Farrell CE, Chambers JE. (2009) The Pharmacotherapy of Perinatal Mood Disorders. Psychopharm Review.

Sprehn, G, Chambers JE., Konski A, Saykin AJ, Johnstone PAS. Decreased Cancer Survival in Individuals Separated at Time of Diagnosis: Critical Period for Cancer Pathophysiology? Cancer. In press.

Joanna Chambers, M.D.

Goodman Hall
355 W. 16th Street
Suite 2800
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 963-7307

Department of Psychiatry | 355 W. 16th St., Suite 4800 | Indianapolis, IN 46202 | Ph: (317) 963-7316 | Fax: (317) 963-7313