Manuela Garcia


Doctoral Researcher

School of Psychology

Manuela Garcia

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Title of PhD: Attachment Styles in Alternative Care

Supervisors: Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis

Manuela Garcia is undertaking doctoral research on children living in alternative care (institutions or foster care), focusing on attachment with temporary carers. She has recently presented a systematic literature review at the European Regional Conference of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) in Dublin.


  • Psychologist. Masters Degree in Child psychopathology.
  • Certificate in Secure Attachment Promotion. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
  • Training certificate in the Brazelton Scale for Neonatal Behavioral Assessment. Certified by the Brazelton Institute, Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital, Boston, USA.


Manuela Garcia previously studied Psychology at degree level at the Catholic University of Valparaiso in Chile before undertaking a Masters in Child Psychopathology in the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. Her Masters dissertation was a research study in attachment styles in children with Attention Deficit Disorder. She has worked as a clinical psychologist for 15 years in a public hospital in Chile focusing on working with children, youth and families. She has experience of working with psychology students in the last year of their degrees, on topics related to Attachment theory. She has also worked with health teams in the promotion of mother-child bonding and child psychology issues.


Research interests

Attachment, Institutionalization, Foster Care, child, family and developmental psychology.

Other activities

Manuela Garcia has also worked as a supervisor for psychology students in their final year. She also has experience as a professor for psychology degree students in topics related to attachment.


Master's thesis "Representations of the Mother-Child Relationship in a Sample of Children Diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity." Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.
Work published in an article in the journal "Psychological Therapy" ("Terapia Psicologica") of the Chilean Society of Clinical Psychology (2008).

Degree thesis entitled "Pre-Marital Violence and Some Elements Associated With It: A Study of Young People From Three Traditional Universities of the Fifth Region." School of Psychology. Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. (Catholic University of Valparaiso)
Work published with articles in:

  • Chilean Journal of Clinical Psychology, March 1997. Society of Clinical Psychology
  • Last Decade Review 1997 No. 6. CIDPA. Viña del Mar

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