Attachment – Why It Matters

The TBRI® Podcast | Season 1, Episode 2

This episode is all about one of the topics we’re asked about most: Attachment. Sarah Mercado sat down with Dr. Jamie DeLuna, KPICD Research Scientist, to dive into this foundational piece of TBRI®.

“Relationships are dyadic – they involve two people. That’s part of why we think it’s so important that adults who learn TBRI take a look at their own attachment history, not just the attachment of the child.” Jamie DeLuna, PhD


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About our guest:

Dr. Jamie DeLuna is a Research Scientist at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KPICD) at TCU. Jamie’s area of focus is Attachment Theory, specifically with regard to using the Adult Attachment Interview as a personal insight tool. Jamie also serves as an adjunct professor for Child Development undergraduates.

Jamie earned her B.S. in psychology at TCU, where she served as a research assistant for Drs. Purvis and Cross and also as a camp buddy and group leader for early Hope Connection Camps. Jamie went on to earn her Ph.D. in Psychological Sciences from The University of Texas at Dallas. While at UTD, Jamie worked on the NICHD Study of Early Childcare and Youth Development and also served as lab manager for the Dallas Preschool Readiness Project.

Jamie joined the KP ICD in a professional capacity in 2011. She lives in the DFW area with her husband John and two daughters Sara Jane and Lucia.

About the host:

Sarah Mercado is a Training Specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KPICD). As training specialist, Sarah’s main focus is instructing professionals working with children who have experienced trauma, in Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®). TBRI®, a holistic, attachment-based, and trauma-informed intervention designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children, offers practical tools for caregivers to help those in their care reach their highest potential.

Sarah earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She began her career as a direct care staff working with adolescent boys living in a Residential Treatment Center (RTC). After serving in the RTC for several years, she shifted her focus to foster care, where she was Regional Director for a foster and adoption agency.

Sarah spent 20 years serving youth and families within residential and foster care settings as a direct-care worker and trainer before beginning her work with the Purvis Institute in May 2016. Sarah lives near Austin, TX with her husband, AJ, and their two children.


7 Responses to “Attachment – Why It Matters”

  1. Thomas J Pinkton

    This podcast gave me insight into how and why attachment is so important.

  2. Anna Sullivan

    Attachments and the way they are formed is crucial to the foster/adopted child

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