Evidence-Based Practice Project

Bob Marvin, PhD

Robert (Bob) Marvin, Ph.D was an undergraduate student and research associate with Mary D. Ainsworth at The Johns Hopkins University. He received his Ph.D. in developmental and clinical psychology from the University of Chicago in 1972. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota he began teaching and remained at the University of Virginia, where he is currently Professor Emeritus in the School of Medicine and Research Professor in the Department of Psychology. He is also the founder and director of the Mary Ainsworth Attachment Clinic, and of The Circle of Security Network, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Throughout his career Bob has been active in basic and clinical attachment research, and research with families who have children with chronic medical conditions and/or histories of problematic or disrupted early relationships. With a variety of colleagues, he has developed and tested numerous attachment-related procedures that are used in basic and clinical research, and in clinical practice. He has written and co-authored more than 75 articles, books and film documentaries on this work.

Over his career, this work has led Bob to focus increasingly on clinical practice issues, including assessment and intervention with families experiencing divorce, and with children in the Child Protective Services, foster care and adoption systems. He was Principle Investigator of an NIH-funded project to develop and test the Circle of Security® intervention protocol. Currently, he is especially active in using the Circle of Security framework in developing and training community-based partnerships among legal, mental health and child welfare professionals. The goal of this work is to make the rather specialized theories and procedures used in attachment research and developmental psychology available in a practical form to community-based evaluators, therapists, and other professionals working with these high-risk families.


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