The International Federation for Psychotherapy (IFP) honors University Professor Thomas Probst for his achievements in research with the Young Research Award in 2021. Since 2017, the award winner has been conducting research at Danube University Krems in the field of psychotherapy and digital health, and has written more than 100 peer-reviewed publications.

It is the international umbrella organization's aim to promote psychotherapy research by awarding the IFP Young Research Award. Here, studies that deal with cultural aspects, the implementation of psychotherapy, clinical excellence and training are the main focus. This year, Prof Thomas Probst from the Department for Psychotherapy and Biopsychosocial Health was handed over the IFP Young Research Award.

"On an international level Austria is perceived as the birthplace of psychotherapy. Sigmund Freud or Viktor Frankl, for example, have made decisive contributions to the theory and practice of psychotherapy. In contrast, other countries such as the USA or the U.K. provided crucial empirical-scientific research carried out in psychotherapy over the past decades. To be awarded the Young Research Award 2021 by the global umbrella organization for psychotherapy is a great pleasure for me. The potential in Austria to be among the top international researchers in the field of psychotherapy research is demonstrated by this award," says Thomas Probst, an expert in psychotherapy science.

About the awardee

Thomas Probst has been conducting research at the University for Continuing Education Krems since 2017 as part of his professorship in psychotherapy science. As an author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, his main research topics are psychotherapy research and digitalization in psychotherapy. Thomas Probst studied psychology (Diplom) at the University of Regensburg and completed his PhD in psychology at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He completed his training as a psychological psychotherapist (behavior therapy) in Germany. He has served as a substitute professor at the University of Witten-Herdecke and at the Georg-August University of Göttingen, and as a visiting professor at the Alpen-Adria University of Klagenfurt.

About the International Federation of Psychotherapy

IFP is an organization of national, regional and school-based psychotherapy societies. Its aim is to facilitate and promote international communication between the different schools, professions and cultures of psychotherapy. Furthermore, IFP organizes international congresses and conferences on psychotherapy. In addition, the IFP Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics journal is one of the most internationally renowned journals in the field of psychotherapy and psychosomatics.

The IFP evolved from the International General Medical Society for Psychotherapy (IAÄGP), which was founded in 1934 by delegates from various national societies (Denmark, Germany, Holland, Sweden, and Switzerland) and whose first president was Carl Gustav Jung.


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Probst

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