Psychodynamic & Psychoanalytic
Research Organisations

List of Societies

1. 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. We are primarily interested in exploring the relationships between the processes of psychoanalytic work and the benefit to the patient, particularly long-term benefit. We support a group of research-minded psychoanalysts who have developed ANALYTIC PROCESS SCALES for investigating recorded sessions.

2. The Psychoanalytic Research Society is Section VI of the American Psychological Association's Division of Psychoanalysis. The purpose of the Society is to promote psychoanalytic research of an empirical, theoretical and clinical nature. The Society is involved in a variety of research activities including the planning and conducting of psychoanalytic research, as well as the dissemination of research findings

3. The Columbia Psychoanalytic Center is committed to advancing knowledge in the field of psychoanalysis through empirical research and theoretical scholarship. Their faculty, candidates, and colleagues are currently conducting research in the areas of attachment, infant development and the parent-infant bond, trauma, psychoanalytic education and psychoanalytic career development, medication treatment combined with psychoanalysis and the neuroimaging of changes in brain structure and function associated with psychoanalytic treatment and subliminal processes. They are also conducting the first randomized trial of psychoanalysis compared to CBT and dynamic psychotherapy.

4. 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 who share an interest in scientific research and scholarship and want to help create a stronger linkage between psychoanalysis and its neighbouring 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 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