During the COVID-19 crisis, we are continuing to provide both our evaluation and our intervention services, utilizing both in-person services and HIPAA-compliant telecommunications platforms that protect patient data and privacy.

We can be reached for referrals and questions via voice message at 434-984-2722, or by emailing Lisa Layne.



The internationally recognized Ainsworth Attachment Clinic provides evidence-based evaluations, professional trainings, intervention planning and consultation. We serve in situations of parental separation, trauma, adoption, foster care, chronic illness, and CPS concerns.



Dr. Marvin is featured in, The Dark Matter of Love, a fascinating documentary about the science of love. The film is related to the hopes and challenges involved in becoming a successful foster or adoptive family. Dr. Marvin is available to participate in film screenings. Explore...

The Circle of Security Intervention: Enhancing Attachment in Early Parent-Child RelationshipsBook Now Available: The Circle of Security Intervention: Enhancing Attachment in Early Parent-Child Relationships


Bowlby-Ainsworth AwardDr. Robert Marvin is co-recipient of the 2013 Bowlby-Ainswortth Award for developing the Circle of Security intervention and making it widely available for clinical research and interventions.


The Circle of Security® is an innovative intervention program designed to improve the developmental pathway of children and their parents. Robert Marvin, at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and Glen Cooper, Kent Hoffman, and Bert Powell from Marycliff Institute in Spokane, Washington were the originators of this unique, evidence-based, award-winning program.


The Circle of Security Network associated with the Ainsworth Attachment Clinic provides the evidenced-based Circle of Security Intervention Protocol in Virginia.
Circle of Security Network



  • Staunton | August through October 2016 | Free Circle of Security Parent Education Group met on ten Mondays! | Explore...
  • Frontier Health I August 26th I Circle of Security®-Informed Substance Abuse Case Coordination with Bob Marvin, Ph D  &  Archer Maness, M Ed
  • Norfolk | August 24th |Unlocking the Mystery - Children in Foster Care | Explore..
  • London, England | Sept. 17-20, 2015 | Dr. Marvin had a number of unique roles in the 25th anniversary celebration of the life and work of Attachment Theory founder John Bowlby. One of Dr. Marvin's presentations illustrated how the Circle of Security fulfills part of John Bowlby's dream. | Explore...