Dr Susan Hart, Denmark 

Susan Hart, PhD, is a Danish psychologist, specialist and supervisor in psychotherapy and child psychology. With a background in child psychiatry, family and adult therapy, Susan is in private practice. She is the originator of neuroaffective development psychology, an understanding based on modern brain research that she began to develop three decades ago by linking neuroscience with trauma research, attachment theory and developmental psychology.

Her overriding present goal is to develop assessment methods aimed at making it possible to adjust the intervention by mapping the client’s, parent’s or child’s, zone of proximal emotional development. She is currently developing ways to translate the neuroaffective concept into practice through her extensive lecture and workshop activity, publications, manuals and doctoral dissertation, based on research into recently developed assessment methods within the neuroaffective framework.

Susan is the author, co-author and editor of 14 books on trauma, dissociation and neuroaffective developmental psychology and psychotherapy. Four of her books have been translated and published in English. Together with colleagues she has also developed two developmental programmes, one for children’s groups and one for parent’s groups.


Publication s translated into English

Brain, Attachment, Personality: An Introduction to Neuroaffective Development, (2008), Hart, S.Karnac.

The Impact of Attachment, (2010) Hart, S., Norton.

Through Windows of Opportunity: A Neuroaffective Approach to Child Psychotherapy (2015), (Eds) Bentzen, M. & Hart, S., Karnac.

Inclusion, Play and Empathy: Neuroaffective Development in Children’s Groups, (2017) (Ed) Hart, S., Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London.