Allan Schore, Ph.D.

Allan Schore, Ph.D.

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 SelfAffect Dysregulation and Disorders of the SelfAffect 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 lead 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."

Blogs by Allan Schore, Ph.D.

Video Playlist: Dr. Allan Schore

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VIDEO: Dr. Allan Schore on Somatoform Dissociation

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Allan Schore. Dr. Allan Schore talks about the etiology of somatoform dissociation, its role in suicide, and the potential for therapy to alter this trajectory. Dr. Allan Schore: Well, the classical is the disruption of consciousness and ongoing states of consciousness.  And so therefore, when the infant, let’s… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Allan Schore on Therapeutic Alliance and Emotional Communication

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Allan Schore. Dr. Allan Schore describes the therapeutic alliance as a bond of emotional communication, right brain to right brain.  Dr. Allan Schore: The therapeutic alliance literature, which has been on the efficacy of psychotherapy is now showing that essentially the therapeutic alliance is a bond of emotional… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Allan Schore on Hypo-Arousal, Hyper-Arousal, Dissociation and the Inability to Take in Comfort

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Allan Schore. Dr. Allan Schore talks about hypo-arousal, hyper-arousal, dissociation and the inability to take in comfort. Dr. Allan Schore: It’s pretty clear that, you know, that the externalizing pathologies go more towards the males, the internalizing psycho-pathologies go more toward the females.  So that you have more… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Allan Schore on Resilience and the Balance of Rupture and Repair

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Allan Schore. Dr. Allan Schore describes the balance of rupture and repair as the foundation for resilience.  Dr. Allan Schore: In the normal developmental work, we now know that the mother is attuned maybe 30% of the time with infants, you know, the first 2, 3 or 4… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Allan Schore on the Role of Non-Verbal Communication in Treating Suicidal Patients

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Allan Schore. Dr. Allan Schore discusses the non-verbal communications critical to affecting outcomes in therapy with suicidal patients.  Dr. Allan Schore: Just for the record, we’re not talking here about anxiety and guilt.  Anxiety and guilt are kind of left (brain).  We’re talking about affects which are, have… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Allan Schore on Key Factors in Treating Suicidal Individuals

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Allan Schore. Dr. Allan Schore describes key factors in treating suicidal individuals, particularly the therapists’ capacity for affect tolerance.  Dr. Allan Schore: The principle of affective communication goes on throughout the lifespan.  So just as the centrality to be able to communicate one’s internal affective states to another… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Allan Schore on the Role of Shame in Suicide

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Allan Schore. Dr. Allan Schore talks about the role of shame in the roots of suicide.   Dr. Allan Schore: I do not feel that suicide is about guilt.  It’s about something much deeper, much more fundamental.  Shame of course is not verbal.  It’s visually being seen in the… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Allan Schore on Inter-Generational Transmission of Trauma and Suicide

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Allan Schore. Dr. Allan Schore describes working in the heart of the inter-generational transmission of trauma and suicide.  Dr. Allan Schore: There is now pretty good evidence that the attachment mechanism cuts across all species, all mammals.  So we’re looking at the same mechanism here.  But, essentially what… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Allan Schore Explains How an Infant’s Cognitive Structure is Effected by a Mother’s Depression

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Allan Schore. Dr. Allan Schore explains how an infant’s cognitive structure is effected by a mother’s depression, leading to the intergenerational transmission of severe depressive disorders.  Dr. Allan Schore; Essentially what we’ve been talking about here is the inter-generational transmission – the inter-generational transmission of psycho-pathogenesis.  So essentially,… Read more »

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