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Amy Banks, M.D.

Director of Advanced Training at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute


Amy is the creator of the C.A.R.E. Program (featured in the 2015 book, “Four Ways to Click: Rewire Your Brain for Stronger, More Rewarding Relationships written with Leigh Ann Hirshman and published by Penguin Books), an easy to use, practical guide that helps clinicians and laypeople assess the quality of their relationships and strengthen their neural pathways for connection. She is the Director of Advanced Training and a Senior Research Scientist at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI) and The Wellesley Centers for Women.  Prior to her position at JBMTI and WCW she was an instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is the first person to bring relational-cultural theory together with neuroscience and is the foremost expert in the combined field. Amy also has a private practice in Lexington, MA, that specializes in relational psychopharmacology and therapy for people who suffer from chronic disconnection.

After graduating magna cum laude from Tufts University, Amy earned her medical degree at Georgetown University and continued her psychiatric training at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, a Harvard residency program. Amy was the psychiatrist-in-charge of The Women’s Treatment Program, a residential and day treatment program at McLean Hospital based on relational-cultural theory; she was the team psychiatrist for the Victims of Violence Program at Cambridge Hospital; and she was Medical Director for Mental Health at the Fenway Community Health Center in Boston, MA. She has spoken throughout the country on “The Neurobiology of Relationship” and has an ongoing passion to spread the message that we are hardwired for connection. In 2011, she was the keynote speaker, alongside Daniel Siegal and Beth Hartman McGilley, on the topic “The Mind and the Relational Brain: The Next Integration” at the conference Feminist Relational Perspectives and Beyond. Most recently, Amy has joined the core group of Harville Hendrix’s Relationships First, a small group of prestigious scientists and cultural leaders who promote the idea that “healthy relationships are non-negotiable in a healthy society.”

Amy is co-editor of “A Complete Guide to Mental Health for Women” published in 2004 by Beacon Press and author or a popular manual, PTSD: Relationships and Brain Chemistry published in 2001.  She has authored numerous articles and book chapters on relational theory, the neurobiology of trauma and the neurobiology of relationship.



Books Amy would recommend:

  • The Neuroscience of Human Relationships by Louis Cozolino
  • The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge
  • Women’s Growth in Connection by Judith V. Jordan, Ph.D., et al.
  • The Healing Connection by Irene Stiver and Jean Baker Miller
  • How Connections Heal by Wendy Rosen and Maureen Walker
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