Monday 25th to Thursday 28th of September 2023
Vienna, Austria

We are pleased to announce the 2023 IPA Annual Research Training Program (RTP). The major aim of this well established programme is to support IPA candidates and young researchers in conceptualizing and conducting studies in the broad field of contemporary psychoanalytic research. Therefore, the program of the RTP will be focused around the research of attending fellows and will be discussed in consultation by an international faculty of IPA visiting professors in psychoanalytic research. The faculty includes John Clarkin, Mary Hepworth (previously Target), Siri Gullestad, Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber, Stephan Doering, Mark Solms, and Erik Stänicke.

The program involves four full days from Monday 25th to Thursday 28th of September, 2023, and will be based at the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society in Vienna, Austria. As in previous years, the aims of this successful training program will be to provide attendees with opportunities for constructive consultation for their research projects at whatever phase of development the project is currently in (conception, design, data collection, or data analysis and write-up phase). Training in empirical and conceptual approaches to psychoanalytic research in a number of areas is available, e.g., psychotherapy, personality and psychopathology, attachment and parenting, social neuroscience, developmental processes, neurocognitive functioning, psychoanalytic process and outcome and clinical/conceptual research.

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 exemplified from research programs of members of the faculty. Interested applicants may read more about the goals of the program, and a review of its beginnings in a 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 by clicking here, then scrolling down as well as across the research button. A rich overview of psychoanalytic process and outcome research can be found in Open door review, click here

The program 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. We also anticipate that participants of the Research Training Program will benefit from networking with consultants and collaborators for their future work. They will join a network of research fellows within the IPA and will have opportunities for active exchanges by e- mail, list servers and conferences.
Each fellow will also be welcome to attend at the Joseph Sandler Research Conference: Narcissism: Clinicians and Researchers in Dialogue, which will follow the RTP on the afternoon of Friday, September 29. to Sunday, October 1. The following speakers have been invited: Victor Blüml, Werner Bohleber, John Clarkin, Stephan Doering, Vittorio Gallese, Siri Gullestad, Otto Kernberg, Gerd Koenen, Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber, Helene Nissen-Lie, and Mark Solms.

Those interested in the RTP should e-mail Bettina Dolezal, [email protected]. All emails will be acknowledged.

The application (please keep to a maximum of 6 pages) should take the format of

A brief CV
Details of your current research interest and involvement
A summary of the proposed project you will bring for consultation including a statement of how this project is relevant to contemporary psychoanalysis. As in previous years we emphasize that this could be research as part of a collaborative team or your own, and it could be at a beginning phase or from an ongoing research project in which you are participating.


The Research Training Program (RTP) takes place at the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society (WPV), Salzgries 16, 1010 Wien



The participation in the Research Training Program (RTP) is free of costs, but be aware that you have to pay yourself for travel costs and accommodation. You are welcome to stay for the Sandler Conference (September 29 to October 1, 2023), as RTP fellows you would pay the reduced candidates´ (or students´) fee.

Hotel/ Accomodation in Vienna

We have reserved some rooms at

Hotel Wandl
Booking at: (Code: 189508 – available until September 8, 2023)

This hotel is in walking distance from to the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society. We will hold the rooms until the deadline for application. Booking, payment and cancellation at your own expense.