Psychoanalytic Research Exceptional Contribution Awards

The Research Committee of the IPA has an open biennial competition for the best psychoanalytic research papers/posters to be submitted for the IPA’s biennial Congress from the three IPA Regions. 

2023 Winner

In 2023, the IPA Research Committee is pleased to present the award to:

Daniel Schechter -main contact
Virginie Perizzolo Pointet Perizzoloa, Jennifer Glaus, Cheryl R. Stein, Erica Willheimc,
M. Vitala, E. Arnautovicd, K. Kalekae, S. Rusconi Serpaf, F. Ponsg, Dominik A. Moser 

Impact of mothers’ IPV-PTSD on their capacity to predict their child’s emotional behaviour

Prof. Dr. Daniel S. SCHECHTER is currently an Attending Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Medical Director of Perinatal and Early Childhood Research and Ambulatory Care on the Lausanne University Medical Center Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service.
He serves concurrently as Associate Professor of Psychiatry in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Lausanne Faculty of Biology and Medicine, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York University Grossman School of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate, medical and postgraduate studies at Columbia University.
His original research has focused on the psychobiological impact of maternal history of interpersonal violence exposure on the caregiving environment during early childhood development, on parent-child psychopathology, intergenerational transmission of trauma, and related intervention. He is the author of multiple research and clinical publications in several languages.
He has received numerous honors internationally including the Pierre Janet and Sandor Ferenczi Scientific Paper Prizes from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and the Hayman Prize as well as prior Exceptional Research Awards from the IPA. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and Group leader of the Early Life Stress Clinical Projects of the Swiss National Research Pole on the Synaptic Basis of Mental Disorders (SYNAPSY).

Daniel Schechter

American Psychoanalytic Association

Prof. Dr. Daniel S. SCHECHTER is currently an Attending Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Medical Director of Perinatal and Early Childhood Research and Ambulatory Care on the Lausanne University Medical Center Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service


Past Winners


Daniel Schechter, a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association

And Then There Was Intersubjectivity: Addressing Child Self and Mutual Dysregulation During Traumatic Play

Vineet Gairola, (a non-member from India), IIndian Institute of Technology

Bhagavad Gita and Psychotherapy: A Cure for the Soul?


Giuliana Rivera, Psychoanalytical Institute Angel Garma

El dilema de la feminidad en mujeres contemporáneas del este del África subsahariana: devenires y avatares

Rogerio Lerner, Institute of the Brazilian Psychoanalytic Society of Sao Paulo

Investigación con psicoanálisis en escala grupal: producción de evidencias y sus consecuencias políticas

Melanie Eckert, (a non-member from Germany)

Parent-Infant-Psychotherapy with high-risk mothers in shared living facilities in Germany

John Porcerelli, American Psychoanalytic Association

Defense Mechanisms From Pregnancy to 2-Years Post Pregnancy: Predictors of Stability and Change


Paulo Ferrajao (a non-member from Portugal) , Rui Aragao, Portuguese Psychoanalytical Society and Maria Bibas (a non-member from Portugal)

Poster - Vicarious Trauma and Inter Generational Trauma Among Children Of Domestic Violence Victims


Daniel Schechter, American Psychoanalytic Association

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Donna Bender, Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, Leslie C. Morey, (a non- member) Andrew E. Skodol (a non-member)

Toward a model for assessing level of personality functioning in DSM-5, part I: A review of theory and methods

Daniel Schechter, American Psychoanalytic Association, Sandra Rusconi Serpa (a non-member)

The relationship between early attachment disturbances and maternal traumatization: understanding disturbances of mutual affect regulation with an eye towards specific intervention

Stuart W Twemlow, American Psychoanalytic Association, Peter Fonagy, British Psychoanalytical Society (Incorporating the Institute of Psychoanalysis), Frank C. Sacco, (a non- member), Eric Vernberg, (a non-member) Jennifer M Malcom, (a non-member)

Reducing Violence & Prejudice in a Jamaican All Age School using Attachment & Mentalization Theory


Jennifer Bonovitz, American Psychoanalytic Association, Patrick Luyten (a non-member from Belgium) and Ruben Zukerfeld, Argentine Psychoanalytic Society



Eric Smadja, Paris Psychoanalytical Society, Adela Leibovich de Duarte, Argentine Psychoanalytic Society



Daniel Schechter,American Psychoanalytic Association
Tammy Coots, ( a non-member)
Charles H Zeanah Jr ( a non-member)
Susan W Coates ( a non-member)
Mark Davies ( a non-member)
Michael M Myers ( a non-member)
Kimberly A Trabka ( a non-member)
Michael R Liebowitz ( a non-member)
Silvia R Acosta, Argentinean Psychoanalytic Association
Clara M Moreno ( a non-member)
Dorothea Huber ( a non-member)
Guenther King ( a non-member)



Horst Kaechele, German Psychoanalytic Association (DPV)
Folkert Beenen, Dutch Psychoanalytical Society
David Lopez Garza, Mexcan Psychoanalytic Association
Per Vaglum, Norwegian Psychoanalytic Society