Ben Grey

Ben Grey


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Personal profile


Ben Grey is the Programme Director and Senior Lecturer for the Postgraduate programme in Attachment Theory, Research and Practice at the University of Roehampton, a pioneering programme focussing on the impact of trauma and danger in family relationships.  He is also co-director of Cambridge Centre for Attachment.  He is a social worker and psychologist with who has worked for many years in integrating attachment theory and assessment procedures in work with families in the family court system, and with looked after and adopted children and their carers.  He has developed and researched the Meaning of the Child Interview (MotC: a method of understanding parent-child relationships through the way parents speak and think about their child, and teaches on this internationally.  Ben has published on parent-child relationships, the assessment of attachment in family court settings, and is currently researching the caregiving of parents who have a child with an autism diagnosis. He is on the Advisory Editorial board of the journal ‘Human Systems: Therapy, Culture and Attachment’.

Professional affiliations

Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (CPsychol)

Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA)

International Association for the Study of Attachment (IASA) - Ad hoc board member


PhD (Psychology) University of Roehampton, 2014

MSc (Psychology) with Distinction, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2020

MA/DipSW with Distinction, Warwick University, 1997

BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Oxford University, 1992


Cambridge Centre for Attachment Ltd (

Meaning of the Child Website (

External positions

Co-Director, Cambridge Centre for Attachment Ltd.

Jun 2012 → …


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