APsaA Funds New Studies Examining the Effectiveness of Psychoanalytic-Based Therapies


American Psychoanalytic Association Funds 11 New Studies Examining the Effectiveness of Psychoanalytic-Based Therapies

New York – April 25, 2018 – In 2017 the American Psychoanalytic Association’s (APsaA) Fund for Psychoanalytic Research program funded nearly a dozen new studies investigating the effectiveness of psychoanalytically informed treatments. The more than $130,000 in grants is part of the Association’s ongoing commitment to support psychoanalytic research and encourage future investigators.

APsaA conceives of psychoanalytic research along the broadest lines, including scholarly and empirical investigative contributions. The scope of this research includes, but is not limited to:

  • Systematic research into psychoanalytic treatment processes and outcomes (including the development of reliable and valid measures of appropriate variables related to process and outcome);
  • Developmental studies including both experimental and naturalistic investigations of infant and child development or of adult development;
  • Psychophysiological and other experimental studies, other relevant social science studies, intellectual history, philosophical studies, and scholarly applications of psychoanalysis in fields such as history and literature.

Below is a list awards granted in 2017:

  • Madeleine Terry, M.Phil. Detecting Pervasively Unintegrated Mental Representation in Pregnancy: A Pilot Study
  • Yogev Kivity, (Penn State University) – Understanding the Mechanisms of Change in Transference Focused Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality: The Role of Therapist Inventions, Reflective Function, and Self-Regulation
  • Patrick Luyten, Ph.D.  (University of Leuven, Belgium) – Maternal Reflective Functioning as a Potential Protective Factor in the Development of Behavioral Problems in At-Risk Mothers and Children
  • Tiziano Colibazzi, M.D. (Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene) – Splitting in Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Jonah Teitelbaum (Long Island University) – Personality and Social Cognition
  • Emanuele Preti, Ph.D. (University of Milano-Bicocca) – Construction and Validation of the Revised Form of the Inventory of Personality Organization (IPO-R)
  • J. Christopher Perry, M.D. (Sir Mortimer B Davis Jewish General Hospital) – Improvement In Defense Mechanisms and its Relationship to the Course of Depressive Symptoms and Functioning Among Individuals with Recurrent Major Depression Over 3 Years of Follow-Along After Termination from 1.5 Years of Psychotherapy
  • Mag. Branka Milic (Clinic for Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy Medical University Vienna) – Exploring Experiences of Young Adults with 22q11 Deletion Syndrome:  A Pilot Study
  • Michelle Jackson, Ph.D (University of Cape Town) – Psychoanalytic Treatment of Neurological Patients: A Clinical Study
  • Laura Maria Bohleber (Psychological Institute School for Applied Psychology, ZHAW) – Affect Processing in Psychotherapy Patients with Panic Disorder: An fMRI Study
  • Katie Aafies-van Doorn (Adelphi University) – Affect Attunement as Potential Mechanism of Change in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Panic

Applications are accepted and grants awarded twice per calendar year. For more information about the Fund for Psychoanalytic Research visit: http://www.apsa.org/research-fund.

About The American Psychoanalytic Association:

The American Psychoanalytic Association is a professional organization of psychoanalysts with approximately 3,000 members. The Association is comprised of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, educators, researchers, and students who have an interest in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy. Visit apsa.org for more information.



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