The Research Committee’s on-going focus has been on determining direction(s) for future programmatic research while also promoting and fostering individual research interests and initiatives of SFPRG members.
What the Committee is currently envisioning is the development of a program of research studies that will attract a variety of members of the Research Group in an enterprise akin to the original “Friday Group” that did the studies on the case of Mrs. C that was of course the basis of the first book, The Psychoanalytic Process by Joe Weiss and Harold Sampson.
The Committee has discussed focusing future research on patient populations with more severe pathology (e.g., narcissistic and borderline disorders), both to further develop the theory and of course make contributions to the treatment of these individuals.
The Committee will also be recruiting new members to help with the planning and implementation of its research agenda.
In addition, the Committee hopes to identify a cadre of SFPRG members who have interest in developing or running research studies–as well as members who may not feel that they are in a position to head a research project but would still like to contribute to SFPRG’s research enterprise.
Finally, the Committee has discussed how human subjects reviews should be conducted in the future. Due to the absence of an active Research Committee in the past, human subject reviews have been carried out by the Human Subjects Committee which has been, de facto, a free-standing committee (though it was supposed to be part of the Research Committee) ably managed by Patsy Wood. We intend to bring the HSC under the aegis of the Research Committee, review its mandate and legal requirements, and expand its membership to include additional members.