Prof. Dr. Lars Kuchinke

Methodenlehre und Evaluation

IPU Berlin
Stromstr. 3b - Raum 1.13
10555 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 300 117-757
E-Mail: lars.kuchinke(at)

Centre for Early Childhood (under development)

The Centre for Early Childhood combines a variety of activities and programmes to promote the healthy development of children and their families. The aim of the centre is to support families in an interdisciplinary, early and holistic way by providing suitable assistance.

By linking innovative practice, research projects, education and training courses for interdisciplinary specialists and an international network of experts, the Centre provides data for and improves on an exciting field of expertise and research.


The Centre is associated with the International Psychoanalytic University of Berlin and its various clinical and pedagogical research projects. Current research projects are dealing with the effectiveness of parent-infant-psychotherapy in different settings, mentalization and affects, attachment oriented acclimatization in day care, anxiety disorders and treatment of children as well as child education.
(For detailed information on all the projects please see project links below)

Training, Seminar and Conference

The Centre hosts one of Germany`s first trainings for psychoanalytically oriented Parent-Infant-Psychotherapy (Prof. Dr. phil. Christiane Ludwig-Körner). Over the last 20 years approximately 250 participants have been trained and are now supporting parents and their children with attachment oriented counselling and psychotherapy across Germany. In a Parent-Infant-Psychotherapy working group of the IPA founded in 2014, psychoanalysts regularly exchange information about conditions, contents and methods of training in Parent-Infant-Psychotherapy, as well as debating research projects (present and future), method comparison and case studies. Furthermore, the Centre offers trainings, seminars and conferences for interdisciplinary health care professionals in the fields of prevention, intervention, day care and kindergarten. (For further information on upcoming trainings and conferences see links below)


With the „International Parent-Infant-Psychotherapy, Intervention, and Research Network“, the Centre has established a large network of international experts in the field. The aim of the network is to improve the international research activities and collaborations concerning parent-infant-psychotherapy and intervention programmes in the early childhood.

International Members

  • Prof. Jane Barlow: University Warwick, Division of Public Health in the early Years (Warwick, United Kingdom)
  • Prof. Paul Campbell: University of Melbourne, Department of Psychiatry, Infant Mental Health (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Prof. Peter Fonagy: University College of London, Division of Psychology and Language Science; Anna Freud Centre for Children & Families (London, United Kingdom)
  • Prof. Marinus von IJzendoorn: Erasmus University Rotterdam; Department of Psychology, Education, and Child Studies; Cambridge University; Department of Public Health and Primary Care, School of Clinical Medicine (Rotterdam; Netherlands; Cambridge, United Kingdom)
  • Prof. Miri Keren, Tel Aviv University Department of Psychiatry (Tel Aviv, Israel)
  • Prof. Kai von Klitzing: University of Leipzig, Division of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents (Leipzig, Germany), president of the World Association for Infant Mental Health
  • Prof. Maria Muzik: Medical University of Michigan, Perinatal Psychiatry (Michigan, United States of America)
  • Prof. Kaija Puura, M.D, University Tampere, Finland, Child Psychiatry Department
  • Prof. Joan Raphael-Leff: University College London, Anna Freud Centre Academic Faculty for Psychoanalytic Research; University of Essex, Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies (London; Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
  • Prof. Katherine Rosenblum: University of Michigan, Division of Psychiatry and Obstetrics & Gynaecology (Michigan, United States of America
  • Prof. Daniel Schechter: University of Geneva, Division of Psychiatry (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Prof. Mark Sossin: Pace University, Division of Psychology (New York City, United States of America)
  • Prof. Mailjs Winberg Salomonsson: Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Karolinska Institutet, Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital (Stockholm, Sweden)

Parent-Infant-Psychotherapy and Counseling-Training Network

  • Christine Anzieu-Premmereur, MD, PhD.: Columbia University; Centre for Psychoanalytic Training and Research; Parent-Infant-Psychotherapy Program (New York, United States of America)
  • Prof. Astrid Berg: University of Cape Town; Stellenbosch Universtiy, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Parent-Infant-Psychotherapy-Training (Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Talia Hatzor, PhD.: Columbia University; Centre for Psychoanalytic Training and Research; Parent-Infant-Psychotherapy Program (New York, United States of America)
  • Hisako Watanabe, MD, PhD.: Keio University; Vice President of the Watanabe Clinic; Director of the Life Development Center at Kawasaki Nanbu Medical Educational School of Medicine (Keyo, Japan)
  • Susan Yabsley, Training Director and Lead Director, Chief Psychologist with SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health (Toronto, Canada)

Members International Psychoanalytic University

  • Prof. Dr. Bernd Ahrbeck
  • MA Melanie Eckert
  • Prof. Dr. phil. Éva Hédervári-Heller
  • MA Jenny Kaiser
  • Prof. Dr. phil. Annette Klein
  • Dr. Gabriele Koch
  • Prof. Dr. Lars Kuchinke
  • Prof. Dr. phil. Christiane Ludwig-Körner
  • MA Janna Mattheß
  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Gunther Meinlschmidt

Research Projects

Effectiveness of Parent-Infant-Psychotherapy
Parent, Infant and Toddler Psychotherapies with Residents in Shared Living Arrangements & Facilities for Mothers/Fathers and Children as per Sec. 19 German Code of Social Law (SGB) VIII

Mentalization and Affect
Mikro-affektives Verhalten hoch- und niedrigreflexiver Mütter in Interaktion mit ihren Kindern (MAMIK-Studie)

Anxiety Disorders in Children
Angststudie für Kinder (ASK-Studie)

Attachment and Day Care
Eingewöhnung und Bindung (PEB) – Untersuchung des Eingewöhnungsprozesses von Kindern in der Krippe nach dem „Berliner Eingewöhnungsmodell

Education and Inclusion
Empirische Bildungsforschung: Schulische Inklusion