Joanna Chambers, M.D.
Joanna E. Chambers, M.D.
|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
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.
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.