Dr. Allan N. Schore


Allan Schore

Dr. Allan Schore is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development. He is author of four seminal volumes, Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self, Affect Dysregulation and Disorders of the Self, Affect Regulation and the Repair of the Self, and The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy, as well as numerous articles and chapters. His Regulation Theory, grounded in developmental neuroscience and developmental psychoanalysis, focuses on the origin, psychopathogenesis, and psychotherapeutic treatment of the early forming subjective implicit self.

His contributions appear in multiple disciplines, including developmental neuroscience, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, developmental psychology, attachment theory, trauma studies, behavioral biology, clinical psychology, and clinical social work. His groundbreaking integration of neuroscience with attachment theory has led to his description as "the American Bowlby," with emotional development as "the world’s leading authority on how our right hemisphere regulates emotion and processes our sense of self," and with psychoanalysis as "the world's leading expert in neuropsychoanalysis."

The American Psychoanalytic Association has described Dr. Schore as "a monumental figure in psychoanalytic and neuropsychoanalytic studies."

Recent News

See Dr. Schore's keynote address “Moving forward: New Findings on the Right Brain and Their Implications for Psychoanalysis” to the American Psychological Association Division of Psychoanalysis 37th Annual Spring Meeting, New York, NY.
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Read "Playing on the Right Side of the Brain: An Interview with Allan N. Schore" as published in Volume 9, Issue 2, of The Strong’s American Journal of Play.

Recent Publications

“All our sons” The neurobiology and neuroendocrinology of boys at risk.” Infant Mental Health Journal, 2017, 38, 15–52.

Harricharan, S., Rabellino, D., Frewen, P. A., Densmore, M., Théberge, J., McKinnon, M. C., Schore, A. N. and Lanius, R. A. (2016), fMRI functional connectivity of the periaqueductal gray in PTSD and its dissociative subtype. Brain and Behavior, 6: 1–16. e00579, doi: 10.1002/brb3.579

Foreword to Carnivore Minds: Who These Fearsome Animals Really Are by G. A. Bradshaw. New Haven: Yale University's Press, in press.

“Modern Attachment Theory.” Chapter in APA Handbook of trauma psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, in press.

In the Media

The Increasing Significance of the Decline of Men

The New York Times

This Is Why Boys Need More Emotional Support Than Girls

The Huffington Post

Why Expanding Access to Childcare Isn't Enough

The Atlantic

Latest Book

Dr. Schore's latest book, The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy, is now available.
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"From beginning to end of this volume and in a profoundly satisfying and refreshingly accessible fashion, Schore manages to bring together the incisiveness and clarity of his analytical left brain with the creativity and synthetic ability of his intuitive right brain in the interest of capturing the beauty of something that few have dared to try and fewer still have been able to accomplish, namely, to offer a compelling explanation for how exactly a psychotherapy works and what exactly its scientific underpinnings are. With courage, passion, and conviction, Schore rises to the challenge of capturing (by way of words) the essence of the mystical process that operates (without words) beneath the surface of a successful psychotherapy."
-- Psychoanalytic Psychology

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Dr. Schore has received numerous honors for his work, including an Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice in Trauma Psychology from Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) and the Scientific Award from Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association, and an Honorary Membership by the American Psychoanalytic Association for “extraordinary contributions to the field of psychoanalysis.”