Paul Verhaeghe

With his different monographs and papers Paul Verhaeghe aimed at integrating Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis. He also gave the impetus for introducing Freudian-Lacanian psychoanalysis in the field of empirical research, mainly by recruiting the right people, giving them the opportunities for advanced education and as much time as possible to do the actual research. The net result is reflected in the number of empirical research projects conducted at the Department of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Consulting over the last 13 years, and in the number of A1 publications resulting from these.

When he took over the Department in 2000, there were no A1 publications, by 2012 there were 85. Furthermore, he continuously engages in a critical study of contemporary clinical psychology and psychotherapy and elaborated a clinical diagnostic framework based on psychoanalysis that presents an alternative to DSM-diagnostics. In the last years, his main focus is on critical social theory, and he has gained a position of ethical authority in this field.