The Faculty of Psychotherapy Science has a number of cooperations and joint research projects with national and international partner organisations and institutions. Through these cooperations, knowledge transfer from the research partners to the Faculty of Psychotherapy Science and vice versa is enabled.

Cooperations by the psychotherapy science research institutes and joint research activities of the faculty

  • In the research focus “Training Research” (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jutta Fiegl, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Omar Gelo and Univ.-Ass. Mag. Elitsa Tilkidzhieva), the embedding in the international Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR) Collaborative Research Network (CRN) is the main reference point of the international cooperation with Prof. Dr. David Orlinsky, University of Chicago. Joint lectures and discussions between the participating institutions ensure quality exchange here.

  • The Institute for Transcultural and Historical Research in Psychotherapy (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johannes Reichmayr and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stephan Steiner) conducts ethnopsychoanalytic studies in cooperation with Dr. Ursula Hauser, Associación de Psicoanálisis y Psicología Social (ASPAS).

  • Institute for Ethnopsychoanalytic Disaster Research: The research project “The Avalanche Disaster of Blons in the Great Walser Valley 1954” was carried out as a psychoanalytic-ethnological joint project by Univ.-Prof. DDr. Bernd Rieken with the head of the Department of Cultural Anthropology at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Simon. Univ.-Prof. DDr. Rieken is an active researcher in the disaster network KatNet (c/o Katastrophenforschungsstelle – KFS, Freie Universität Berlin), which resulted, among other things, in the organisation of the conference “Fear in Disaster Research” at SFU.

  • The research institute for Futures Research in Human Sciences, headed by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Reinhold Popp, carries out a wide range of scientific joint research activities and publication projects with scientists from the following institutions: Futurium – House of Futures, Berlin, Austrian Institute for Economic Research (WIFO), Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI), Karlsruhe, Foundation for Future Studies, Hamburg, consortium of editors of the international scientific open access journal “European Journal of Futures Research” (SpringerOpen), World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF). In addition, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Popp is visiting scientist at the Institut Futur (Faculty for Education and Psychology) at the University of Excellence FU Berlin.

  • The Institute for Qualitative Psychotherapy Research (led by Assoz. Prof. Dr. Kathrin Mörtl) has maintained third-party funded research cooperation with the University of Ulm (University Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy in cooperation with Univ.-Prof. Dr. Harald Gündel; University Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in cooperation with Prof. Ute Ziegenhain) for several years. Currently, the multi-year joint research project with Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gündel on health in institutions (health management and health prevention in the workplace (BOSCH study) is being completed. The joint research projects with Univ. Prof. Dr. Gündel have so far investigated critical health factors in the large German companies MAN and BOSCH and were funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Karl Schlecht Foundation.

  • Newly established are also inter-faculty research projects, such as in the field of psychosomatics between the Faculty of Psychotherapy Science and the Faculty of Medicine with the research project “Tako-Tsubo Syndrome” (project management: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jutta Fiegl, Assoz. Prof. Dr. Kathrin Mörtl, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Kurt Huber and Univ.- Prof. Dr. Christiane Eichenberg) where the Faculty of Medicine carries out all physiological and quantitative measurements collected during the systematic follow-up and the qualitative analysis of semi-structured interviews to record subjective characteristics is carried out by the project team of the Faculty of Psychotherapy Science.
    The Institute for Psychosomatics (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jutta Fiegl, Assoz. Prof. Dr. Kathrin Mörtl, Univ.-Ass. Eva Wimmer, MA) also offers supervision of scientific qualification theses (Bachelor’s and Master’s theses) for students in the Bachelor of Human Medicine and Master of Human Medicine and Dentistry degree programmes.
    The Institute for Ageing Research (led by Univ.-Doz. Dr. Gerald Gatterer) also offers an interfaculty joint research opportunity for the Faculties of Psychotherapy Science, Psychology and Medicine within the framework of the Memory Outpatient Clinic at SFU.
    Particularly noteworthy is the project on the glossary of “cultural science terms for psycho-professions” (led by Prof. Dr. Johannes Reichmayr), which is based on the cooperation of research assistants from the Faculties of Psychotherapy Science and Psychology.

  • In collaboration with Prof. Dr. Omar Gelo, who was formerly employed at the Faculty of Psychotherapy Science and now works closely with the faculty, there are numerous international joint research activities with publications, including with the University of Ulm, the University of Salento, the University of Bicocca, Milan, George Mason University and the University of Bern. The focus is on the different methodological approaches to psychotherapy research.