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2013 Awardees


John Bowlby always hoped that attachment theory would leap off of the pages of his great trilogy, and out of the university laboratories, to benefit children and families who find themselves in all kinds of difficult circumstances. Although the translation from theory to practice has taken longer than expected, he would surely find today’s accumulated results significant and encouraging. Accordingly, each of the 2013 Bowlby- Ainsworth Awards recognize contributions by clinical psychologists who, as Bowlby had hoped, have combined first-rate scholarship with clinical practice.


This year’s first Award acknowledges a senior scholar whose research and mentorship have helped insure that attachment study would play a key role in developmental psychopathology research and infant, child, and family interventions and therapies.

Our second award recognizes senior clinician- scholars who worked together to develop the Circle of Security intervention and make it widely available for clinical research and interventions.


Finally, this year’s awards recognize a Japanese ethologist, developmental psychologist, and clinician whose teaching, support for the attachment research enterprise, and empirical research has helped establish and maintain a Bowlby-Ainsworth tradition in Japan.

As we celebrate the first decade of the Bowlby- Ainsworth award program, we again acknowledge the contributions of all the awardees, their students, and those who have helped with nominations and award decisions. 


Founder Awards


Alicia Lieberman







For Translational Research on Attachment,

Traumatic Stress, and Early Development.




Glen Cooper

Kent Hoffman,

Robert S. Marvin

Bert Powell






For Developing and Implementing The Circle

of Security Attachment Intervention.



Contributor Award


Kiyomi Kondo-Ikemura





For Helping Establish a

Bowlby- Ainsworth Tradition in Japan.



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