The Morris Eagle Psychoanalytic Research Lectures

The Morris Eagle Psychoanalytic Research Lectures
New Center for Psychoanalysis Presents the Morris Eagle
Psychoanalytic Research Lectures:
Honoring the life and work of distinguished member Morris Eagle, PhD


This event honors Morris N. Eagle, PhD, a renowned psychologist and psychoanalyst who has significantly contributed to our understanding of human behavior and the therapeutic process. He is a professor emeritus of the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University and a former president of the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association. Eagle has published numerous books and articles on a wide range of psychoanalytic topics, and he is considered one of the leading authorities on ego psychology and attachment theory. Dr. Eagle's work has been highly influential, and he is widely respected by his colleagues. He is a recipient of the Sigourney Award for lifetime contribution to psychoanalysis and the New York Attachment Consortium Award for contribution to the interface between attachment theory and psychoanalysis.

The inaugural Honor Award Lecture will be presented by Beatrice Beebe, PhD. 

Recognition and Disturbances of Recognition in Infant Research and Adult Treatment: Contributions of Video Microanalysis
Beatrice Beebe, PhD

March 23, 2024
9 am - 1 pm Pacific Time
Online via Zoom

Pre-registration is required
2.75 CE/CME Credits
General registration $125 | Students, Fellows, Residents $65

Beatrice Beebe, PhD, will discuss her revolutionary contributions to psychoanalytic understanding and treatment. Her work explores the early recognition process from birth: infants perceive the similarity of expressions and gestures in the parent, and they can imitate. Her research uses video microanalysis of 4-month infant-mother face-to-face interaction to predict 12-month attachment, in which they identified 4-month disturbances of maternal recognition, particularly at moments of infant distress, in dyads where the infant was classified as disorganized (versus secure) attachment at one year. The video studies will illustrate sensitive maternal recognition of infant distress vs. disturbances in this key process. This work is used to describe nonverbal aspects of the recognition process in adult treatment, also through video microanalysis.  

Beatrice Beebe, PhD, is a Clinical Professor of Psychology (in Psychiatry), at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, and New York State Psychiatric Institute. She is an infant researcher and a psychoanalyst, known for video microanalysis of mother-infant interaction and its implications for infant and adult treatment. Her frame-by-frame video microanalyses provide a “social microscope” that reveals subtle details of interactions too rapid to grasp in real-time with the naked eye. Her research investigates early mother-infant face-to-face communication: the effects of maternal distress (depression, anxiety, trauma of being pregnant and widowed on 9/11), the prediction of infant attachment patterns, and the long-term continuity of communication from infancy to adulthood. More than 100 students have been trained in her research laboratory over the last three decades. Her most recent book is The Mother-Infant Interaction Picture Book: Origins of Attachment (Beebe, Cohen & Lachman, Norton, 2016). She is a Co-Principal Investigator (with Julie Herbstman) on R01ES027424-01A1, Prenatal endocrine-disrupting chemicals and social/cognitive risk in mothers and infants: Potential biologic pathways.  

Celeste Schneider, PhD, is a Supervising and Training Analyst at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and Faculty Member at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California where she teaches courses on infancy, the Independent Tradition, and case conferences. She is an adult psychoanalyst and child psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco, California. Dr. Schneider created the Child Psychotherapy Q-Set with Enrico Jones in 2000. Her research includes the close study of process in psychotherapy and educational settings with children, and she is involved in infant observations informed by the Tavistock Model. Relevant publications include Finding Sandra: Dr. Beebe’s Second as Analytic Third (Dialogues in Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 2020) and A “Motion Portrait” of a Psychodynamic Treatment of an 11-Year-Old Girl (Journal of Infant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, 2010).  

Barton J. Blinder MD, PhD, is an active member of the NPC Senior Faculty in Adult and Child Psychoanalysis and Chair of the NPC Research Committee. He is an active member of APsaA and IPA and a Distinguished Life Fellow of APA and AAPAC. He is a Clinical Professor and past Director of Eating Disorder Treatment Research at UC Irvine and additionally on the teaching faculty at the University of Washington and USC. At APA, in addition to leadership, Dr. Blinder participated in the establishment of Practice Guidelines, Commission and Caucus on Psychotherapy in Psychiatry, and editing a major text on Integrating Psychotherapy and Pharmacotherapy. His active research interests include Autobiographical memory, Neuropsychoanalysis, Spontaneous Thought, and Free Association in Psychoanalysis and relation to Neuroscience Contributions, and Treatment Resistant Depression and Early Life Trauma, Response to psychoanalytic/ psychodynamic treatment, psychodevelopmental and neurobiologic roots of somatization, embodiment and eating disorders. He is in private practice of Adult and Child Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis in Newport Beach. 

With introductory comments by: Jerome Wakefield, PhD, and Christopher Christian, PhD

Program Coordinator: Bart Blinder, MD, PhD