The research activities of the Sigmund-Freud-Institut can be differentiated into five research items (see below). In all the ongoing projects the SFI tries to take up the specific tradition of this famous institution and to integrate it with challenges of a contemporary psychoanalytic research institute.

Research Item I:
Social psychological analysis of the mental effects of cultural change (e.g. digitalization)

Research Item II:
Mental and psycho-social effects of flight and migration

Research Item III:
Basic research and enhancement of clinical and theoretical psychanalysis and general conceptual research in psychoanalysis

Research Item IV:
Research on psychotherapy, prevention, counselling, supply and evaluation

Research Item V:
Generations research, especially research on transgenerational traditioning processes of traumata, the effects of National Socialism, violence and extremism