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Sigmund Freud University

Sigmund Freud University (SFU) is a unique institution that pioneered Psychotherapy Science as an academic programme. We seek to set new standards for research and teaching in psychotherapy by emphasizing research activities, practical training, and academic exchange among the different psychotherapy schools.

Over the past 20 years, worldwide efforts have focused on establishing psychotherapy as a research discipline and profession in its own right. In this endeavour, the developments in Austria have played an important role, considering the fact that the Austrian Parliament passed the first Psychotherapy Law in 1990. This law establishes psychotherapy as an independent profession in its own right and regulates standardised scientific-based psychotherapy training. What has been missing so far, however, is its incorporation into an academic setting, in terms of training as well as in terms of research.

Sigmund Freud University (SFU) is an accredited private university by the Austrian Accreditation Council in August 2005 located in Vienna, Austria. As a university in the field of Human Sciences, SFU specializes in Psychotherapy Science, Psychology, Medicine (since 2015), and Law (since 2016). SFU has as well assumed a leading role in establishing Security Research as an academic subject and has so far taken part in four security research projects co-funded within the 7th EU Framework Programme, including the flagship project FOCUS that supports scenario foresight-based planning of future security research, with an emphasis on societal an ethics aspects. Within the framework of SFU as a university for humanities, CEUSS in particular contributes to the strengthening of social and cultural aspects and security culture as an analytical approach. The Sigmund Freud University is dedicated to a rigorous research programme at the level of both its faculty and students.

Research opportunities are numerous and allow for both qualitative methodology, quantitative methodology and secondary, historical or meta-analyses. Faculty research interests are diverse and include such topics as Hoarding, Ethnopsychoanalytic studies in China and Africa, the Development of Psychotherapy Trainees, Historical and Biographical Research on Psychotherapy Development in Europe, the Hermeneutic Study of different Therapy Schools, Fine Arts, Spousal Adjustment Research and Helpful and Hindering Factors in the Psychotherapeutic Process. Collaborating with leading international universities is omnipotent for offering excellent education and research opportunities for our PhD candidates and faculty members. Therefore, Sigmund Freud University collaborates with numerous universities and research institutes around the world by providing joint research programmes and exchange of researchers, teachers and students.

Among its international partners Sigmund Freud University can welcome: • York University, Canada • Simon Fraser University, Canada • Thomas More University, Belgium • Ulm University, Germany • Teheran University, Iran • Salento University, Italy etc.

The following is the list of scholars from Sigmund Freud University who contributed and/or serves as editors for one or more OMICS International journals and conferences