Univ.-Prof.in Dr.in habil. Patrizia Giampieri-Deutsch
Professor for Psychotherapy-Reserach, Head of the Division Psychodynamics. Appointed: March 1st, 2016
Karl Landsteiner Private University for Health Sciences, Division Psychodynamics, Department for Psychology and Psychodynamics
Inauguration Lecture from October 31st, 2018:
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Research: A Survey of Regional and International Perspectives
Convergent data from empirical-experimental research in neighbouring disciplines substantiate theoretical basic assumptions of psychodynamic psychotherapy, as current surveys were able to show. The multidisciplinary entanglement with neuroscience and cognitive science has been leading to an increasing intensification of a longstanding although little-noticed tradition of research within psychoanalysis.
Historically, pioneers such as Sigmund Freud, Helene Deutsch and Melanie Klein understood their clinical work as a junction of research and healing. Whatever scientific objects of psychotherapy research may be, e.g. intrapsychic states and their changes as well as the unfolding of developmental processes as interpersonal relatedness, there is no doubt that the main issue concerns the choice of the utilized methodologies for investigating into the psychodynamic process and outcome.
Psychoanalytic assessment instruments can be employed in both clinical and non-clinical samples, i.e. in psychotherapy research as well as in average population studies. As these measures arise from experience-near clinical work in psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy, they can bridge the gap between empirical research and clinical work by assessing constructs relevant to psychodynamic thinking and by monitoring change from a psychodynamic point of view.
The lecture will provide insights into the state of the art of psychotherapy research and outline future developments.