Ümran Korkmazlar

Istanbul University (Retired)

After her undergraduate education, Ümran Korkmazlar completed her graduate programs at Boğaziçi University in the category of “Guidance and Psychological Counseling” and at the Istanbul University Institute of Child Health, in the field of “Developmental Neurology”. She completed her doctorate degree at Istanbul University Institute of Health Sciences. Her thesis is on “Special Learning Disorder and Diagnostic Methods in Primary School Children 6-11 years of age” and with this study, she won the Turkish Psychiatric Society Mualla Öztürk Research Award.

Korkmazlar, Associate Professor in Istanbul Faculty of Medicine (Çapa) Department of Child Mental Health and Diseases in 1998, became a professor in 2004, retired from this department, contributed to the establishment of the Psychology Department of Science University, Head of Department and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; she served as the Head of the Department of Psychology at Beykent University between September 2008 and September 2009, and has left these positions voluntarily.

Various studies have been published in the fields of Child-adolescent mental health, Developmental Neurology, Learning disability, Special education, Family therapy, Adolescent psychology, Post-disaster crisis intervention, Trauma therapy, EMDR therapy in Turkey and abroad. Since 2000, she is the representative of European Child & Adolescent EMDR Committee in Turkey. Dr. Korkmazlar is co-founder of Türkiye Association, the president of Child & Adolescent Committee and also one of the founders of Egeden Child Trauma Foundation.


The Effects Of Early Period Trauma Or Attachment Problems On Development
The first relationship / bond that a human child establishes with his mother or the caregiver helps him to survive and maintain. Having reciprocal and pleased bond/relationship is protective and healing. If the attachment with his mother is safe, the individual learns that he can withstand bad events, cope, overcome, pass over time, and get in the way of things. Safe attachment in the early period has a positive effect on learning skills, emotion regulation skills and relationships to be established. For these reasons, the quality of attachment affects many areas of an individual’s development.
Although we do not remember the first few years of our lives, we also collect memories of this period. Our early experiences are recorded as implicit memories in our brains.
Implicit memory experiences affect our subsequent behavior. As the individual grows, she must learn to make sense of her previous experiences. The more we can make sense of our past, the less we repeat the negative cycle. This skill means that even if the individual is an adult, her early wounds can be repaired.
In this presentation, how early attachment problems and implicit memory traumas affect development will be discussed and discussed through case studies.