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Robert N. Emde, M.D. Bio

Robert N. Emde, M.D.


Retired, Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; Adjunct Professor of Psychology, University of Denver

Board Member, ZERO TO THREE; American Psychiatric Association; American Psychoanalytic Association; Society for Research in Child Development; World Association for Infant Mental Health, Society for Research in Child Development, Appointed NIMH Research Scientist; Senior Scientific and International Advisor to the World Association for Infant Mental Health; Senior faculty member of the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis; Director of the College of Research Fellows of the International Psychoanalytical Association; Associate Editor, Psychiatry.

Contributions to the Field
Dr. Emde’s expertise includes early socio-emotional development, infant mental health and early preventive interventions

Current Research
Dr. Emde's research has focused on the study of social-emotional development in young children and the evaluation of early preventative evaluations. Other studies have included the onset of walking, the onset of expressive language, and the representation of emotion themes and family conflict in preschooler narratives.  Other research has included both theoretical and applied studies of Early Head Start sites that serve families and young children living in poverty environments and in varying cultural settings.

Recent Honors/Awards/Recognition/Books Published
Dr. Emde has published numerous books and written hundreds of articles on interpreting emotions in young children and on relationship disturbances in early childhood.

Awards and recognitions includes:  Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association; Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis Award for Research and endowment of the Robert Emde Psychoanalytic Fund for Research; Rene Spitz Award “in recognition of significant lifetime contributions to clinical and empirical research on topics related to Infant Mental Health,” World Association for Infant Mental Health; Weil Memorial Lecturer on the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sigmund Freud; Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; and Boston Psychoanalytic Alliance and the Boston University Department of Psychology; Voted Honorary President of the World Association of Infant Mental Health.



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