Vom 8.-9.11.2019 fand die 8. Konferenz der Internationalen Gesellschaft für Interpersonelle Psychotherapie (ISIPT) in Budapest, Ungarn, statt. Die nächste Konferenz ist für 2021 in Florida, USA geplant.

International Society for Interpersonal Psychotherapy / ISIPT

Please also see Aktuelles ISIPT for news concerning ISIPT

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ISIPT Commitee

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) was developed and initially tested in the 1970’s by Myrna Weissman, Ph.D. and Gerald Klerman, Ph.D. As scientific evidence accumulated showing that IPT is a treatment that works for several disorders, investigators became interested in coming together to share their ideas about IPT research and training. Therapists also sought the company of colleagues to better understand IPT, improve their therapy technique, and learn about the newest developments in IPT.

IPT professionals began gathering informally to further the study and practice of IPT. The earliest gatherings of IPT professionals were held in conjunction with meetings of the American Psychiatric Association in the late 1990’s, organized by John Markowitz, M.D. In 2002, the International Society for Interpersonal Psychotherapy (ISIPT) was formally incorporated in Australia under the leadership of Rebecca Reay, R.N. and Michael Robertson, M.D. The organization was moved to the United States in 2010 under the leadership of Scott Stuart, M.D. and incorporated in Iowa City, Iowa. ISIPT’s first formal elections were held in 2015. Holly Swartz, M.D. is ISIPT’s first elected President, serving for a two-year term, in accordance with newly ratified bylaws. In 2015, ISIPT was reincorporated in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Since 2002, the activities of ISIPT have been directed toward furthering IPT research and training, and supporting the professional development of IPT professionals. ISIPT activities are primarily educational, as exemplified by our bi-annual conference. The first scientific meeting was held in Pittsburgh in 2004 with the goal of enabling professionals to learn more about IPT. Prior ISIPT conferences are listed below.





1st IsIPT Conference in Pittsburgh

Ellen Frank, Holly Swartz


2nd IsIPT Conference in Toronto

Paula Ravitz


3rd IsIPT Conference in New York City

Lena Verdeli, Laura Mufson


4th IsIPT Conference in Amsterdam

Mark Blom


5th IsIPT Conference in Iowa City

Scott Stuart


6th IsIPT Conference in London

Roslyn Law


7th IsIPT Conference in Toronto

Paula Ravitz, Marta Novak

Since 2013, ISIPT has hosted a listserv to facilitate communication amongst its members and encourage open dialogue on topics related to IPT. In 2015, there are over 200 members from 25 countries represented on the listserv. Membership in the listserv is open to ISIPT members.

To join, visit the listserv webpage and request permission to join. Potential listserv members will be asked to provide 2-3 sentences describing prior IPT training/experience to justify inclusion in ISIPT.



Oguz Omay, M.D.
Perinatal Psychiatrist, Les Toises Center of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Lausanne, Switzerland; Üsküdar University, Istanbul, Turkey

Vice-President/President Elect
John C. Markowitz, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, USA

Shannon Lenze, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Heather Flynn, Ph.D.
Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Florida State University, USA

Immediate Past President
Paula Ravitz, M.D.
Associate Professor & Morgan Firestone Psychotherapy Chair, University of Toronto, Canada



Nuno Carrilho, M.D.
Psychiatrist, Psychiatric Department of University Hospital of Aalborg, Denmark

Ellen Frank, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Roslyn Law, Ph.D.
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Chair IPTUK, London, UK

Elizabeth Robinson, Ph.D.
Psychotherapist, IPT IAPT Trainer/Supervisor, Durham, UK

Elisabeth Schramm, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Head, Freiburg University Medical Center, Germany

Adrienne Stauder, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Institute of Behavioral Sciences, Semmelweis University, Hungary



Holly A. Swartz, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Myrna Weissman, Ph.D.
Diane Goldman Kemper Family Professor of Epidemiology and Psychiatry
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, USA