Sir Michael Rutter, MD, will discuss his 50-year research career at this year’s “Up Close and Personal” program, a question-and-answer session featuring a prominent figure in psychology. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask Rutter about his renowned work on children and resilience.
Often referred to as the father of child psychiatry, Rutter may be best known for his critique of psychiatrist John Bowlby’s maternal attachment theory. While Bowlby had suggested that children’s psychological development suffers irreversibly without a close, early bond with a mother or similar caregiver, Rutter proposed that maternal deprivation is but one of many risk factors, including malnutrition and poverty, that can lead to poor emotional and social development in children.
Rutter is also well-known for leading the English and Romanian Adoptees Study Team, which followed the development of children who spent their early life in harsh and impoverished Romanian orphanages. Rutter and his team found that many of these children, particularly those who were adopted from the orphanage before they were six months old, fared well psychologically and developmentally as teenagers.
Rutter was knighted in 1992 for contributions to child psychiatry, and is a professor of developmental psychopathology at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London and a consulting psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital in London.
Former APA President Richard M. Suinn, PhD, will moderate the session.