The Society for Emotion and Attachment Studies (SEAS) is devoted to the dissemination and use of reliable and valid attachment measures for the betterment of research and clinical work aimed at understanding and promoting security in children, families, and society. The prevention of child abuse and respect for diversity in family forms are vital to the SEAS mission.

SEAS convenes biennial International Attachment Conferences (IACs). SEAS also sponsors Attachment Pre-Conferences at the meetings of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). SEAS members receive discounts when attending these events.

There have been eight successful International Attachment Conferences, most recently in Vancouver in July 2019. The next IAC is planned to take place in Salzburg (Austria) in 2021, 15-17th July.

SEAS has an official voice in print with the journal Attachment & Human Development, to which SEAS is linked and all paid up members of SEAS will receive a free personal subscription to the journal. Join SEAS early in the year to ensure receipt of regular print journals throughout the current year. Personal web access to the year’s journal contents is assured whenever you join in the year. Join SEAS now by clicking here


  • SEAS remembers that bids for hosting IACs are always welcome and will receive full consideration from the Executive Board.
  • SEAS is offering 20 gratis two year subscription for students (undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D.) of low and middle income countries (see the list of eligible countries). New free membership will be accepted in order of arrival and after the approval of SEAS ex Board. Priority will be deserved to Ph.D. students. Click here to register.

The Executive Board of the Society for Emotion and Attachment Studies (SEAS) calls for the immediate reunification of parents and children who have been forcibly separated at the Mexican-American border. SEAS is a learned society, based on 65 years of research in the field of parent-child attachment relationships. Separation and loss represent profound mental health threats to all, especially children under the age of 18. To the  extent that the federal government in the USA seeks to prevent mental health problems and violent or anti-social behavior, it is deeply paradoxical that policies including forced separations have been enacted which are known to be linked to these outcomes. This fate may be averted if there is prompt action to reunite these separated and distressed children with their gravely worried parents.

What 40 researchers say: attachment is a basic right and separation a clear wrong