Martha Hart, PhD, is the co-creator and instructor of the ATTACH™ program and is a Cambridge trained researcher at the University of Calgary/Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, board member of IASA, and founder of The Owen Hart Foundation.
Martha Hart, PhD, is the co-creator and instructor of the ATTACH™ program and is a well-trained researcher at the University of Calgary/Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, board member of IASA, and founder of The Owen Hart Foundation.
Her present research includes co-creating and pilot testing the Attachment and Child Health (ATTACH™) Intervention, which explores links between parental reflective function (RF) and parent/child attachment led by Dr. Nicole Letourneau.
Hart completed two degrees at the University of Calgary before moving to England to join the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge where she completed her Masters and PhD programs in Social & Developmental Psychology under supervisor Dr. Claire Hughes. She has published various peer-reviewed papers, a national bestselling book, and has co-edited Development and Adaptation: Seminal Papers on the Dynamic-Maturational Model of Attachment and Adaptation, published by Waterside Press, with another book in publication.
Hart was trained to administer the PDI at Yale University and the AAI by Howard Steele and Miriam Steele at the New School University New York, as well as Erik Hesse and Mary Main at Berkeley University. Hart is also trained by Howard Steele in RF (PDI), and in Reflective Family Play by Dianne Philip - at The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre Toronto. In addition, Hart trained with Alan Sroufe, and Elizabeth Carlson at the University of Minnesota, and Marinus van IJzendoorn at Cambridge University in the ABCD model of attachment, William Whelan in the MAC attachment measure at University of Virginia, as well as Patricia Crittenden in the DMM; she is a certified reliable coder in various attachment measures, RF measures, as well as a number of other parent/child interaction measures. She is also trained and certified in Suicide Prevention.