• Affiliated With

    • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
    • Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital

Clinical Publications

Lyons-Ruth, K. Revisiting the Idealizing Transferences: “Needful Things” and the Faustian Bargain. Psychoanalysis, Self and Context, 2017, 12:1–14.

Tereno, S., Madigan, S., Lyons-Ruth, K., Plamondon, A., Atkinson, L., Guedeney, N., Greacen, T., Dugravier, R., Saias, T., Guedeney, A. Assessing a change mechanism in a randomized home-visiting trial: Reducing disrupted maternal communication decreases infant disorganization. Development and Psychopathology, 2017, 29, 637-649.

Brumariu, L., Bureau, J-F., Nemoda, Z., Sasvari-Szekely, M., Lyons-Ruth, K. Attachment and temperament revisited: Infant distress, attachment disorganisation and the serotonin transporter polymorphism. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 2016, (34)1, 77-89.

Byun, S., Brumariu, L., Lyons-Ruth, K. Disorganized attachment in young adulthood as partial mediator of relations between severity of childhood abuse and dissociation Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 2016, 17(4), 460-479.

Lyons-Ruth, K., Jacobvitz, D. Attachment disorganization from infancy to adulthood: Neurobiological correlates, parenting contexts, and pathways to disorder. In: Cassidy J, Shaver P, editors.  Handbook of Attachment: Theory, Research, and Clinical Applications. 3nd Edition. New York: Guilford; 2016; p. 667-695.

Lyons-Ruth, K. , Pechtel, P. , Yoon, S.A., Anderson C.M. , Teicher, M.H. Disorganized attachment in infancy predicts greater amygdala volume in adulthood. Behavioral Brain Research 2016; 308: 83-93.

Madigan, S., Brumariu, L., Villani, V., Atkinson, L., & Lyons-Ruth, K. Representational and questionnaire measures of attachment after early childhood: A meta-analysis of relations to child internalizing and externalizing problems. Psychological Bulletin, 2016. 142 (4): 367-399.

Marcoux, A-A., Bernier, A., Sequin, J., Armerding, J., Lyons-Ruth, K. How do mothers with borderline personality disorder mentalize when interacting with their infants?  Personality and Mental Health, 2016, published online.

Lyons-Ruth, K.  Should we move away from an attachment framework for understanding DSED? Commentary on Zeanah and Gleason, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2015, 56(3), 223-227.

Lyons-Ruth, K., Brumariu, L., Bureau, J-F., Hennighausen, K., & Holmes, B. Role confusion and disorientation in young adult-parent interaction among individuals with borderline symptomatology. Journal of Personality Disorders, 2015. 29 (5): 641-662.

Finger, B., Byun, S., Melnick, S., & Lyons-Ruth, K. Hostile-Helpless states of mind mediate relations between childhood abuse severity and personality disorder features. Translational Developmental Psychiatry, 2015. 3: 1-11.

Yoon, S., Kelso, G. A., Lock, A., & Lyons-Ruth, K. Mother-infant joint attention and sharing: relations to disorganized attachment and maternal disrupted communication. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 2014, 175(5-6), 494-510.

Boston Change Process Study Group*. Enactment and the emergence of new relational organization. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 2013; 61(4): 727-749. (*Study Group members in alphabetical order: Bruschweiler-Stern, N., Lyons-Ruth, K., Morgan, A., Nahum, J., Sander, L., Stern, D.).

Boston Change Process Study Group. Change in Psychotherapy: A New Paradigm. New York: Norton, 2010. (Study Group members in alphabetical order: Bruschweiler-Stern, N., Lyons-Ruth, K., Morgan, A., Nahum, J., Sander, L., Stern, D.).

Boston Change Process Study Group*. Forms of relational meaning:  Issues in the relations between the implicit and reflective-verbal domains. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 2008; 18: 125-148.  (*Study Group members in alphabetical order: Bruschweiler-Stern, N., Lyons-Ruth, K., Morgan, A., Nahum, J., Sander, L., Stern, D.).

Boston Change Process Study Group*. The foundational level of psychodynamic meaning: Implicit process in relation to conflict, defense, and the dynamic unconscious. Int J Psychoanal 2007; 88:1-16.  (*Study Group members in alphabetical order: Bruschweiler-Stern, N., Lyons-Ruth, K., Morgan, A., Nahum, J., Sander, L., Stern, D.).

Lyons-Ruth, K. The interface between attachment and intersubjectivity:  Perspective from the longitudinal study of disorganized attachment. Psychoanal Inq 2006; 26: 595-616.

Lyons-Ruth, K. Play, Precariousness, and the Negotiation of Shared Meaning: A Developmental Research Perspective on Child Psychotherapy. Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy, 2006; 5; 142-159.

Lyons-Ruth, K. The two-person unconscious: Intersubjective dialogue, enactive relational representation, and the emergence of new forms of relational organization. In L. Aron & A. Harris (Editors). Relational Psychoanalysis, Volume II. Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press; 2005; p. 311-349.

Lyons-Ruth, K. L'Interface entre attachment et intersubjectivite: Perspectives issues de l'etude longitudinale de l'attachment desorganise. Psychotherapies 2005; 25:223-234.

Boston Change Process Study Group. The 'something more' than interpretation revisited: Sloppiness and cocreativity in the psychoanalytic encounter. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association 2005; 53; 693-729. (Study Group members in alphabetical order: Bruschweiler-Stern, N., Harrison, A., Lyons-Ruth, K., Morgan, A., Nahum, J., Sander, L., Stern, D., Tronick, E.).

Lyons-Ruth, K., Spielman, E. Disorganized Infant Attachment Strategies and Helpless-Fearful Profiles of Parenting: Integrating Attachment Research with Clinical Intervention. Infant Mental health Journal 2004; 25: 318-335.

Lyons-Ruth, K. Dissociation and the Parent- Infant Dialogue: A Longitudinal Perspective from Attachment Research. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 2003; 51: 883-911.

Lyons-Ruth, K. El inconsciente bipersonal: el diálogo intersubjectivo, la representación relacional actuada y la emergencia de nuevas formas de organización relacional. Aperturas Psicoanaliticas, 4.

Lyons-Ruth, K. The Two-Person Construction of Defenses: Disorganized Attachment Strategies, Unintegrated Mental States, and Hostile-Helpless Relational Processes. Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy, 2002:2:105-11.

Boston Change Process Study Group. Explicating the Implicit: The Local Level and the Microprocess of Change in the Analytic Situation. International Journal of Psychoanalysis 2002; 83: 1051 - 1062. (Study Group members in alphabetical order: Bruschweiler-Stern, N., Harrison, A., Lyons-Ruth, K., Morgan, A., Nahum, J., Sander, L., Stern, D., Tronick, E.).

Lyons-Ruth, K., & the Boston Change Process Study Group. The emergence of new experiences: Relational improvisation, recognition process, and non-linear change in psychoanalytic therapy. Newsletter of the Division of Psychoanalytic Psychology of the American Psychological Association, Fall 2001, 21; 13-17.

Lyons-Ruth, K. The two-person construction of defenses: Disorganized attachment strategies, unintegrated mental states, and hostile/helpless relational processes. Psychologist-Psychoanalyst, Spring 2001; p. 40-45.

Lyons-Ruth, K. I sense that you sense that I sense...: Sander's recognition process and implicit relational moves in the psychotherapeutic setting. Infant Mental Health Journal 2000;21:85-98.

Lyons-Ruth, K. The two-person unconscious: Intersubjective dialogue, enactive relational representation, and the emergence of new forms of relational organization. Psychoanalytic Inquiry 1999; 19; 578-617.

Lyons-Ruth, K. Implicit relational knowing: Its role in development and psychoanalytic treatment. Infant Mental Health Journal, 1998; 19: 282-289.

Stern, D.N., Sander, L. W., Nahum, J. P., Harrison, A. M., Lyons-Ruth, K., Morgan, A.C., Bruschweiler-Stern, N., Tronick, E.Z. Non interpretive mechanisms in psychoanalytic therapy: The "something more" than interpretation. International Journal of Psychoanalysis 1998; 79:903-921.

Lyons-Ruth K, Kaufman P, Masters N, Wu J. Issues in the identification and long-term management of Munchausen by proxy syndrome within a clinical infant service, Infant Mental Health Journal 1991; 12:309-320.

Lyons-Ruth K. Rapprochement or approchement: Mahler's theory reconsidered from the vantage point of recent research on early attachment relationships, Psychoanalytic Psychology 1991; 8:1-23.