An Interview with Dr. Banks

​Click photo to hear a 2016 interview of Dr. Banks

The Jean Baker Miller Training Institute

faculty discuss the Founding of Relational-

Cultural Theory

  Amy Banks MD

  Judith Jordan PhD

  Maureen Walker PhD

  • Amy is a founding group member 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 of a popular manual, PTSD: Relationships and Brain Chemistry published in 2001.  She has authored numerous articles and book chapters on Relational-Cultural Theory, the neurobiology of trauma and the neurobiology of relationship.



  • Dr. Amy Banks 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. 


  • Amy is the first person to bring relational-cultural theory together with neuroscience and is the foremost expert in the combined field. 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.