February, 23-28, 2014


We are pleased to announce the 2014 Annual Research Training Programme.   The Programme will be focused around the research of attending Fellows and discussed by an international Faculty of IPA Visiting Professors in Psychoanalytic Research. The programme will be held from Feburary 23-28, 2014 and will be based at the Sigmund-Freud-Institut, Frankfurt.

As in previous years, the aims of this highly successful and popular programme of lectures and seminars will be to provide an intensive training in empirical and conceptual approaches to psychoanalytic research in a number of areas including: psychotherapy research (John Clarkin, Head of Faculty (personality and psychopathology research), attachment research (Anna Buchheim); developmental research (Bob Emde, Antoine Guedeney); research on neurocognitive functioning (Martin Debbané, Mark Solms); psychoanalytic process an outcome research (Horst Kächele, Rolf Sandell, Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber) and clinical/conceptual research (Mark Solms and Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber).

A central part of the experience for trainees will be the opportunity to present and discuss their own research projects and research goals with members of the Faculty and other participants. The curriculum will include an introduction to current research methods, as well as particular applications as exemplified by the research programmes of members of the Faculty.   Interested applicants can read more details of the programme, its goals and a review of its first two years in the Guest Editorial of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis vol 78, no. 4, pp 643 651 (1997).  Descriptions and findings of IPA funded research projects can be found on

The programme will offer constructive and critical reviews of projects in a way that should facilitate grant writing and fundraising and thus provide additional opportunities for continuing psychoanalytic research, as the IPA is now offering pilot moneys to do such research.   We also anticipate that participants of the Research Training Programme will benefit from networking skills with consultants and collaborators for their future work. They will join an active network of over 350 IPA Research Fellows spanning the globe but in active contact by e-mail, list-serves and conferences.

Each fellow is invited to present a poster at the Joseph Sandler Research Conference, which will follow the RTP (from February 28 - March 2) (see attachment). The topic of the conference is: ‘The Unconscious: A bridge between psychoanalysis and  cognitive science. Researchers and clinicans in dialogue’. It would be most welcome if some of the fellows could present research projects focusing on this topic. The combination of the RTP with the Sandler Conference is new and will allow an intensive exchange between young researchers and clinicians.

The Sigmund-Freud-Institute is located in the center of Frankfurt a.M. (see and we hope to provide participants with access to relatively inexpensive accommodation with suggestions of alternative hotel accommodation nearby. We expect that participants will be able to spend time with each other and Faculty members, both as part of the teaching programme and outside scheduled events.

Those interested should write to:

Mark Solms
c/o Paula Barkay
Copy to:


The application (please keep to a maximum of 6 pages) should take the format of:
• a brief CV
• details of your research interests 
• details of your current research involvement

Deadline 31st January, 2014