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Centre for Research in Psychopathology and Clinical Psychology


Axe(s) of research

The CRPPC laboratory council is organized in 5 thematic axes, emphasis on research within networks, ANR projects, contracts and axes. Each teacher-researcher at the CRPPC may work with either axis, according to ongoing projects.

Clinic of the body and act” approach
Coordinators : Pr N. Dumet, M. Ravit (Lecturers/Thesis supervisors)

“Clinic of the intersubjective bonds” approach

Coordinators : Pr. A. Ciccone, Ch. Jouvert (Lecturers/Thesis supervisors)

“Clinic of the social-contemporary” approach

Coordinators: Professors P. Mercarder, J.P. Durif (Lecturers/Thesis supervisors)

“Clinical evaluation of the settings” approach

Coordinators: Pr. Anne Brun, Eric Jacquet (Lecturers/Thesis supervisors)

“Therapeutic mediations and psychoanalytic approach of creation”

Coordinators: Pr. P. Attigui, V. di Rocco (Lecturers)

Scientific approach

The epistemology of the CRPPC is based on the psychoanalytic theory and also on a psychodynamic approach of psychic functioning.

A unitary signifier of research: The symbolization process

The unitary signifier of the fundamental research of the CRPPC, is SYMBOLIZATION, its clinical and PSYCHOPATHOLOGIES. This fundamental research has been constant since 1990, but appears in forms constantly renewed concerning the modeling of processes of symbolization. The thematic of symbolization unites our research by creating a real synergy between the different themes addressed by researchers. Furthermore, the research center works on the thematic of symbolization with many colleagues during international discussions, and this is one of the landmarks that give the CRPPC its international reputation: symbolization has also become a key signifier for research conducted by what is now commonly called "école lyonnaise".

  • The common point of research is to provide, based on the concept of symbolization and related models developed by the CRPPC, remodeling paradigms of contemporary psychopathology, which fall particularly within severe personality disorders and "borderline and extreme situations" of subjectivity. The theories of contemporary forms of psychopathology from this research, are in close articulation with fundamental research on modeling (and / or evaluation) of the various care settings, which concern both existing care systems and the creation of new settings adapted to these extreme phenomenologies. The overall problematic of the CRPPC, is thus to explore the fundamental forms of psychopathology in support of the modeling of the various care settings and offer a reshaping of models, to be able to consider these difficult clinicals and adjust their caring environment.
  • Publications on fundamental research notably concern the development of the theory of symbolization, particularly of its early forms, and the conceptualization of a general theory on care settings. An important attention is given to the interfaces of psychology with other fields such as developmental psychology, biology, especially neuroscience and social sciences. One of the major focuses of the current work, is to avoid that the clinicals and its theorization are limited to the lone field of metapsychology, but to open an epistemological dialogue with other disciplines.
  • The principal key factor of our research is to consider the consequences of the evolution of contemporary clinical forms, on models of psychopathology. The CRPPC thus offers new modeling paradigms of psychopathology from three perspectives:
    • The different forms and characteristics of symbolization for all ages of life

    • the articulation of approaches taken from social sciences with clinical psychology,

    • and finally, the construction of a multifocal model of disorders in the form of somatic expression, with a consideration for body language and act in the process of symbolization (a number of research focus on somatic disorders and symptomatic of acts mainly violent and criminal).

  • The challenges of this research, in other words the remodeling paradigms of contemporary psychopathology, thus has three main directions:
    • The modelling of symbolization processes, 

    • exploring the work of the negative and of forms of desymbolization (such as negative therapeutic reaction, destructiveness and extreme emotions that characterize serious pathologies of narcissism, the clinic of the handicap of shame of incest, or the clinic of borderline...),

    • and finally, the contributions of the clinic of crises and mutative periods , baby , adolescent, old age, in the modeling of different forms of adult pathology and care settings .


  1. 19 Teachers-Reseachers - Titular
  2. 6 Professor Emeritus
  3. 91 PhD students
  4. 1 engineering staff, specialist and administrative

Statutory members
ANAUT Marie - ATTIGUI Patricia - BRUN Anne - CICCONE Albert - DERIVOIS Daniel - DI ROCCO Vincent - DUMET Nathalie - DURIF-VAREMBONT Jean-Pierre - GAILLARD Georges - GUINARD Maïa - JACQUET Eric - JOUBERT CHristiane - MERCADER Patricia - MINJARD Raphaël - MORHAIN Yves - RAOULT Patrick-Ange - RAVIT Magali - SMANIOTTO Barbara - TALPIN Jean-Marc

Professors Emeritus
CHOUVIER Bernard - DUEZ Bernard - FERRANT Alain - KAES René - ROUSSILLON René - VACHERET Claudine

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