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Research

The American Psychoanalytic Association is a proud sponsor of the following psychoanalytic research programs.

The Fund for Psychoanalytic Research

Since its inception in 1976, the Fund for Psychoanalytic Research is dedicated to the support and nurturing of psychoanalytic investigative scholars and to the facilitation of a spirit of investigative inquiry based on psychoanalytic theory and principles of mental functioning.

Read more on current research being conducted which was made possible through the Fund.

Empirical Studies of Psychoanalytic Treatments, Process, and Concepts

These studies aim primarily to measure the efficacy (i.e., under carefully controlled conditions) or effectiveness (i.e., under more generalizable conditions) of psychoanalytic treatments, including psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Scientific Paper Prize

This $1,000 prize is given for the most outstanding empirical research paper relevant to psychoanalysis published in the previous calendar year. Click here to view the list of recent winners.

Psychodynamic Psychoanalytic Research Society (PPRS)

The Psychodynamic Psychoanalytic Research Society (PPRS) is a newly formed organization with its own governance and membership.  The goal of the PPRS is to provide a forum for members and non-APsaA members who share an interest in scientific research and scholarship and want to help create a stronger linkage between psychoanalysis and its neighboring disciplines.  Recent research shows the physiological basis of emotions such as morality, belief and calculation.  People have long debated how brains actually do what they do and work things out, and now researchers are starting to see exactly how humans make decisions and judgments, all based on technological advancements.

With its official launch in January 2010, PPRS President Dr. Linda Mayes is fostering a spirit of collaboration and mentorship among a diverse and far- reaching group of psychoanalysts, research scientists and students.  The PPRS is ideally situated to capitalize on new scientific developments, and it will integrate the emerging science with APsaA’s existing educational and public information initiatives.  The Society conceives of psychoanalytic research along the broadest lines, including scholarly and empirical investigative contributions that can advance knowledge of psychoanalytic theory and practice, as well as developmental psychology, neuroscience and the humanities.

The Society provides psychoanalytic scholars with opportunities to share their work with others, consult with experienced investigators around an idea, methodological ideas, or existing datasets.  For more information visit www.pprsonline.org.