Psychoanalysis: Empirical Support; Evidenced Based
The Fund for Psychoanalytic Research, which was established in 1976, 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.The Fund receives its support from donations of APsaA members and through a regular allocation in the yearly budget of the Association. The Committee of the Fund is comprised of members of the American Psychoanalytic Association who are involved in psychoanalytic research as primary investigators or as consultants and informed scholars. The Fund also seeks regular consultation on both its mission and the review of applications from scholars who are not members of the American and who may or may not be psychoanalysts. The yearly budget of the fund permits the support of two to three grant applications and several smaller consultation grants. For an extensive collection of research demonstrating both empirical support and evidenced based approaches with regard to psychoanalysis, please visit the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Website where there is a growing body of professional journal abstracts with links by clicking here.
Additionally, The Psychoanalytic Research Consortium (PRC) is a not-for-profit organization of researchers promoting basic psychoanalytic research, primarily through the use of our library of audiotape recorded sessions of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic or psychodynamic therapy. They are primarily interested in exploring the relationships between the processes of psychoanalytic work and the benefit to the patient, particularly long-term benefit. They support a group of research-minded psychoanalysts who have developed ANALYTIC PROCESS SCALES for investigating recorded sessions. To access their website and research, click here.
Finally, Columbia University’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research also makes their research available. Click here to access that.