Horst-Kächele Visiting Professorship at the International Psychoanalytic University Berlin

With the help of DAAD funding, the Foundation to Promote University Psychoanalysis has created a position for a visiting professor in memory of Horst Kächele starting in the winter 2021/22 semester.


The professorship is named after Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Horst Kächele (1944-2020), who was a lecturer of international psychoanalytic psychotherapy research and a leading instructor at the IPU since its opening.

This position accompanies and supports the creation of a new master’s approbation course in clinical psychology and psychotherapy, and it strengthens IPU’s international interconnectedness and visibility. Three different internationally renowned researchers will fill the position, each of whom will teach and conduct research at the IPU for one semester.

Winter semester 2021/22: Prof. Dr. Mark Solms, Cape Town

Summer semester 2022:    Prof. Dr. Heidi Levitt, Boston

Winter semester 2022/23: Prof. Dr. Christopher Muran, New York

Summer semester 2023:    Prof. Dr. Mark Solms, Cape Town

The visiting professors will bring their respective topics into IPU’s academic curriculum, host information sessions for Berlin experts, and will also contribute to an international webinar series on current topics from psychotherapy research.

In the international Horst Kächele Webinar, visiting professors will discuss their focal topics with high-level international guests. Students from the IPU, from the visiting professor’s home university, as well as international experts will be invited to participate in the webinar. The topics are as follows:

January 2022     
Prof. Dr. Mark Solms & Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Fuchs, Heidelberg
The Hard Problem of Consciousness

July 2022
Prof . Dr. Heidi Levitt and Colleague
The Need for Qualitative Psychotherapy Research

January 2023
Prof. Dr. Chris Muran & N.N.
Alliance Rupture Repair as a Critical Change Process

July 2023
Prof. Dr. Mark Solms, Prof . Dr. Heidi Levitt & Prof. Dr. Chris Muran
Pluralism of Research Approaches in Psychoanalysis

Prof. Dr. Jan-Hendrik Olbertz    
IPU President  
Prof. Dr. Andreas Hamburger
DAAD Visiting Professorship Coordinator