International Psychotherapy Research

Dr. Kathrin Mörtl E-Mail (CV) & Univ.- Prof. Dr. Alfred Pritz E-Mail (CV)

In this research circle we (coordinators Dr. Kathrin Mörtl & Prof. Alfred Pritz, as well as independent BA, MA and PHD students) are interested to study psychotherapy worldwide from different perspectives: historical development, patients' experiences in specific therapy modalities and legal aspects of psychotherapy. So far we have works from Greece, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia/Hungary.

In collaboration with the European Association of Psychotherapy (EAP), SFU has established a research programme dedicated to the historical, legislative, and comparative aspects of Psychotherapy in Europe.

The common grounds of the involved research projects are qualitative methods: narrative or semi-structured interviews and qualitative content and conversation analysis strategies. For more information on the qualitative training at SFU, please visit the
Qualitative Research Lab pages.

Running projects in this study group:

Hannah Kirnoha (MA thesis, Belarus & Russia)
„Emotional dilemmas of women in leadership positions“
Narrative interviews with leading women (from Toronto, Germany and Russia), Qualitative Content Analysis Funded by the Breuninger Stiftung (Stuttgart/Germany) in collaboration with Dr. Alberta Pos (York University, Toronto) and Dr. Kathrin Mörtl (SFU Vienna)

Snezana Petrovic (PHD thesis, Serbia)
„Pioneers of psychotherapy in the former Yugoslavian Republics“ Qualitative (biographical) interviews, Qualitative Content Analysis

Anna Dourdouma (PHD thesis, Greece)
„Common Factors in systemic outpatient therapy in Greece“ Qualitative interviews with patients in systemic therapy treatment, Grounded Theory analysis

Branka Milic (MA thesis, Austria & Serbia)
„Traumatic events in the lives of war survivors. Ways of channeling aggression“ Theoretical research based on a qualitative BA study (semi-structured qualitative interviews and analysis)

Igor Okorn (PHD thesis, Slovenia)
„Changes of student's expectations and representations about psychotherapy in the SFU study process“ Questionnaires (with open qualitative answer modalities), inductive categorization, descriptive statistical analysis

Dr. Erzsébet Fanni Tóth, MA (PHD thesis, Hungary & Slovakia)
„Trauma or nice reminiscence? Memory of deportations and forced labour in the narratives of ethnic Hungarians in Southern Slovakia“ Narrative interviews, Qualitative Content Analysis combined with a Discourse Analysis strategy.

Ekin Alankus (BA thesis, Austria & Turkey)
„Experience of having a tattoo in Turkey: Social perception and individual meaning“ Narrative interviews, Qualitative Content Analysis