Psychoanalytic Research Training Program

Anna Freud Centre Program at the Yale Child Study Center Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Society University College London

Program Dates: July 15-19

(Applications Due May 1, 2013)

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A Model for Research Training

Modeled on the IPA-sponsored University College London psychoanalytic research training program (RTP), the Anna Freud Centre Program at the Yale Child Study Center research training program (AFC-CSC RTP) provides a faculty of visiting professors in psychoanalytic research to meet with visiting fellows and scholars involved in, or considering undertaking, psychoanalytic research. Interested scholars include more junior academicians or graduate students wishing to extend their research interests into psychoanalysis and candidates in psychoanalytic training.

A central part of the experience is the opportunity for fellows to present and discuss their own research projects and goals with members of the faculty and other participants. Fellows have an opportunity to refine their research questions and to meet other fellows from around the U.S. and the world and set up collaborative, consultative bridges. Relationships among fellows and between fellows and faculty flourish and continue through ongoing consultations and collaborative studies. There is a remarkable and exciting synergy between very experienced clinicians drawing from their years of clinical experience and experienced investigators trying to ask more clinically relevant questions. Fellows consistently report that they leave the program feeling more grounded with the idea of establishing an identity as a psychoanalytic researcher. Most importantly, this research training program is not intended to push fellows to produce a polished design at the end of the seminar, but rather to begin the process of refining their questions and the research focus they find most engaging.

The catalytic effect towards productive research that this seminar induces stands as one measure of its success (e.g., the number of publications, completed or active research studies, research grants that have resulted from the London and New Haven experience).

The Program

Key Goals of the Model

  • To provide fellows with the mentoring they need to design psychoanalytically relevant research
  • To build bridges between psychoanalysis and the empirical perspective of social and developmental neuroscience
  • To foster a mentoring/collaborative relationship as well as a spirit of inquiry among like-minded psychoanalytic scholars
  • To demonstrate the compatibility of research perspectives for practicing analysts when presented in the spirit of collaboration
  • To demonstrate how insights from the consulting room inform research methods (and vice versa)

Key Elements of the Program

  • Presentations by fellows of their beginning research questions, research designs or intriguing early data
  • Presentations by faculty about their research and the challenges they encounter in their work
  • Clinical-research integration with practicing psychoanalysts as members of the training faculty
  • Individual consultations between fellows and faculty
  • Post-training program follow-up through ongoing faculty and fellow consultation, joining a network of "RTP Graduates", submitting posters to the Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Research Society ( and other annual meetings

Practical Details

What is required: A research idea, with at least a beginning research design about which fellows seek consultation from experienced psychoanalytic researchers

Who is eligible: We encourage applicants at the postdoctoral level or beyond interested in psychoanalysis and in psychoanalytically informed research questions. Fellows at the predoctoral level are also welcome with a letter of support from their primary dissertation advisor. Previous fellows have come from developmental and cognitive psychology, psychiatry, and social work with differing combinations of research/clinical experience.

How often is the Program offered: Annually in the spring

Location: Yale Child Study Center, New Haven CT

Tuition: There is no tuition. Fellows are responsible for their travel to New Haven and their lodging expenses.

Faculty for Prior Research Training Programs have included:

Peter Fonagy, Ph.D.
Patrick Luyten, Ph.D.
Mary Target, Ph.D.
Andrew Gerber, M.D., Ph.D.
Carl Lejuez, Ph.D.
Susan Bers, Ph.D.
John Clarkin, Ph.D.
David Reiss, M.D.
John Auerbach, Ph.D.
Robert Waldinger, M.D.
Helena Rutherford, Ph.D.
Linda Mayes, M.D.
Carl Lejuez, Ph.D.

How To Apply

The application should include:

  1. A brief CV
  2. A 200 work abstract of the applicant's research interests and goals
  3. A description of the applicant's current research involvement and the project the applicant plans to present at the meeting including details on the research plan and design (up to 4 pages)
  4. A set of questions for which the applicant is seeking research consultation (up to 1 page)
  5. For predoctoral applicants - a letter from the dissertation advisor stating support for the applicant's seeking consultati0on

Please Note

Applicants need to come with a research project/question and a beginning research design that they want consultation on. They also need to be prepared to present their ideas to the research group.

Applications MUST be submitted by May 1, 2013

For More Information

Those interested should write to:

Linda Mayes, M.D.
Yale Child Study Center
230 So. Frontage Road
New Haven, CT 06520

Tel: (203) 785-3502 or (203) 785-7211
Fax: (203) 785-7926