The Society for Psychotherapy Research is an international, multidisciplinary scientific association devoted to research on psychotherapy. SPR encourages the development of research on psychotherapy as well as  aims to support and enhance both the empirical basis and applied value of research on psychotherapy.

Psychotherapy research is stimulated, for instance, by providing small research grants for pilot studies which, in turn, enable researchers to later obtain larger grant funding. The Society for Psychotherapy Research also plays an important role in providing opportunities to psychotherapy researchers for interaction and dialogue.

A final and additionally important goal of SPR is knowledge transfer. SPR plays a central role in communicating our community’s research efforts and products, and ensures the dissemination of research findings through various channels. SPR communicates to practicing psychotherapists in clinical practice through annual research meetings held worldwide, through the Society’s professional journal Psychotherapy Research, through online seminars (webinars), as well as through online forum discussion boards. The ultimate goal held by SPR is, through the research endeavors of her members, to enhance the empirical basis of the effective practice of psychotherapy worldwide.