Christoph Heinicke, Ph.D.

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Dr. Christoph M. Heinicke, is an Adjunct Professor in the UCLA Division of Child Psychiatry. He coordinates the Clinical Practicum for the child psychiatry fellows, serves as their research mentor, co-directs the resident child psychotherapy clinic, and is the director of the UCLA Family Development Project. After completing his Ph.D. at Harvard University, he was given a four year Commonwealth Fund Fellowship to pursue the following: (1) child analytic training at the Anna Freud Clinic, and (2) working in John Bowlby’s Tavistock Research Unit to study systematically a two-year-old’s reaction to being separated from their mother. He applied for and was the first non-medical person to complete a full psychoanalytic adult clinical training as a research candidate. He subsequently studied the impact of frequency of session (dosage) on the process and outcome of psychotherapy with children learning below their potential. In 1987, Dr. Heinicke undertook a series of longitudinal studies to determine at what point and in what areas of functioning, a preventive relation-based therapeutic intervention is likely to impact the social-emotional development of the child and particularly the two-year-old mother-child capacity to develop what Alan Sroufe has defined as the domain of guided self-regulation. He is presently collaborating with faculty of the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center to expand the home intervention/psychiatric services of the UCLA Family Development Project so that more families can benefit from these services. Dr. Heinicke is the recipient of The Lester Hofheimer Prize for best research in psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Departmental Teaching Award, Bowlby/Ainsworth Attachment Award, and Dr. Parkes Volunteer Service Award by the Westside Family Health Clinic.

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UCLA Director, UCLA Family Development Project Adjunct Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1953
Ph.D., Harvard University Grad. School of Arts, Sciences, 1953
M.A., Northwestern University, 1950
Social Science Research Council Fellowship at the Hampstead Child Therapy Clinic, London, England: Anna Freud, Director, 1953-1954; Commonwealth Fund Fellowship to Complete Training, Hampstead Child Therapy Clinic, 1954-1957, Child Psychoanalysis
1954 - 1957 Anna Freud Centre
1953 - 1954 Anna Freud Centre

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Heinicke, C.M. & Borelli, J. (Submitted to the Infant Mental Health Journal)   Differences in Intervention Approaches and Conditions that Affect Their Outcome, , ; .
Heinicke, C.M., Dudley, K., Ponce, V.A., & Helleman, G. (Submitted to Attachment and Human Development)   The Adult Attachment Interview Anticipates Variations of the Mother's Involvement in a Mother-Infant Group, , ; .
Heinicke, C.M., Goorsky, M., Levine, M., Ponce, V., Ruth, G., Silverman, M., & Sotelo, C.   Pre and Postnatal Antecedents of a Home Visiting Intervention and Family Developmental Outcome, Infant Mental Health Journal, 2006; 27(1): 91-119.
Heinicke, C.M. & Levine, M. S.   The Adult Attachment Interview Anticipates the Involvement in the Outcome of a Relation-based Early Intervention, In H. Steele and M. Steele (Eds.) Clinical Uses of the Adult Attachment Interview, 2006; 99-125.
Heinicke, C. M.   Manual for Global Ratings of Infant and Caregiver-Infant Relationship from 6 to 24 Months, University of CA Los Angeles, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, 2004; .
Heinicke, C. M.   Transition to Parenting, In M.H. Bornstein (Ed.), Handbook of Parenting, 2nd Edition: Volume 3, 2002; 363-388.
Heinicke, C.M., Fineman, N.R., Ponce, V.A. & Guthrie, D.   Relationship Based Intervention with At-risk Mothers: Outcome in the Second Year of Life, Infant Mental Health Journal, 2001; 22(4): 431-462.
Heinicke, C.M., Goorsky, M., Moscov, S., Dudley, K., Gordon, J., Schneider, C., & Guthrie, D.   Relationship Based Intervention with At-risk Mothers: Factors Affecting Variations in Outcome, Infant Mental Health Journal, 2000; 21(3): 133-155.
Heinicke, C.M.   UCLA Family Development Project: Operational Manual for Preventive Intervention Plan (Revised Edition), University of CA Los Angeles, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, 2000; .
Heinicke, C. M.   Prebirth Parent Characteristics and Early Family Development, WAIMH Handbook of Infant Mental Health, Vol. 3: Parenting and Child Care, 1999; .
Heinicke, C.M. & Ponce, V.A.   Relation-Based Early Family Intervention, In D. Cichetti & S.L. Toth (Eds.) Rochester Symposium on Developmental Psychopathology Vol. 9: Developmental Approaches to Prevention and Intervention, 1999; 153-193.
Heinicke, C.M., Fineman, N.R., Ruth, G., Recchia, S., Guthrie, D., & Rodning, C.   Relationship Based Intervention with At-risk Mothers: Outcome in the First Year of Life, Infant Mental Health Journal, 1999; 20(4): 349-374.

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