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Ruthellen Josselson
Ruthellen Josselson, PhD
Doctoral Faculty - School of Psychology
Baltimore, MD

PhD, Clinical Psychology
University of Michigan (APA Approved), 1972

Areas of Instruction:

  • Life Span Development
  • Theories of Relationship
  • Group Dynamics and Group Therapy
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Narrative and Life History Research
  • Psychology of Women
  • Psychology of Adolescence
  • Personality Theory

Scholarly & Professional Interests:

Research Interests:
  • Human Relationships
  • Women's Development
  • Narratives of Life History
  • Group Dynamics
Practice Interests:
  • Individual and Group Psychotherapy Practice and Supervision
  • Group Process Consultation
  • Psychological Assessment

Professional Memberships:

  • American Psychological Association (F35)
  • A. K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems (Fellow)
  • American Group Psychotherapy Association
  • Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Association
  • Society for Personology

Honors and Awards:

  • 2004: Diplomate in Group Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology
  • 2001-2002: Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 2000: Fellow, A. K. Rice Institute
  • 1999: Fellow, American Psychological Association, Division 35
  • 1997: Delta Kappa Gamma International Educator's Award
  • 1994: Henry A. Murray Award, American Psychological Association
  • 1989-1990: Fulbright Research Scholarship
  • 1985: Towson University Merit Award
  • 1968: Danforth Fellowship in College Teaching
  • 1967-1968: Woodrow Wilson Fellowship
  • 1967: Phi Beta Kappa


  • Josselson, R. and Harway, M., (Eds.) (2012) Navigating Multiple Identites: Race, Gender, Culture and Roles. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Josselson, R. (2012) The we of me: Barack Obama’s search for identity. In Josselson, R. and Harway, M., (Eds.) (2012) Navigating Multiple Identites: Race, Gender, Culture and Roles. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Wertz. F. J., Charmaz, K., McMullen, L. , Josselson, R., Anderson, R. & McSpadden. E. (2011). Five Ways of Doing Qualitative Analysis: Phenomenological Psychology, Grounded Theory, Discourse Analysis,Narrative Research, and Intuitive Inquiry. New York: Guilford. 
  • Josselson, R. (2010) Narrative Research. In N. Salkind, ed. Encyclopedia of Research Design. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 
  • Yalom, I.D. & Josselson, R. (2010) Existential Psychotherapy. In R. Corsini, R. & D. Wedding (Eds.). Current Psychotherapies, 9th ed.,(pp. 310-342). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.
  • Josselson. R. (2009) Afterword: reflections of a narrative researcher. In J. A. Belzen & Antoon Geels(Eds.) Autobiography and the psychological study of religious lives (pp. 369-375). Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi. 
  • Josselson, R. (2009) The present of the past: Dialogues with memory over time. J. Personality, 77, 3, 647-668.
  • Josselson, R. (2008) On Psychotherapy and the Human Condition: A Working Biography. The Work of Irvin D. Yalom. New York: Jorge Pinto Books.
  • Josselson, R., Lieblich, A. & McAdams, D. P. (2007). The meaning of others: Narrative studies of relationships. Washington, DC: APA Books.
  • Josselson, R. (2007). Playing Pygmalion: How people create one another. New York: Jason Aronson.
  • Josselson, R. (2007). Love and the narrative context: The biographies of Henry Murray and Christiana Morgan. In R. Josselson, A. Lieblich, and D. P. McAdams, (Eds.), The meaning of others. Washington, DC: APA Books. 
  • Josselson, R. (2007). The ethical attitude in narrative research: Principles and practicalities. In J. Clandinnin (Ed.), The handbook of narrative inquiry (pp. 537-567). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 
  • McAdams, D. P., Josselson, R. & Lieblich, A. (Eds.). (2006). Identity and story: Creating self in narrative. Washington, DC: APA Books. 
  • Josselson, R. (2006). Narrative research and the challenge of accumulating knowledge. Narrative Inquiry, 16, 1, 3-10. 
  • Josselson, R. & Lieblich, A. (2005). [Review of Carolyn Ellis'The Ethnographic I: A methodological novel about autoethnography]. Life Writing, 2, 2, 187-195. 
  • Josselson, R., & Kangisser-Cohen, S. (2004). [Review of the book. Light from the ashes: Social science careers of young Holocaust refugees and survivors]. Contemporary Psychology, 49(1), 26-27. 
  • Josselson, R. (2004). On becoming the narrator of one's own life. In A. Lieblich, D. P. McAdams, & R. Josselson (Eds.), Healing plots: The narrative basis of psychotherapy (pp. 111-129). Washington, DC: APA Books. 
  • Josselson, R. (2004). The hermeneutics of faith and the hermeneutics of suspicion. Narrative Inquiry, 14(1), 1-29. 
  • Lieblich, A., McAdams, D. P., & Josselson, R. (2004). Healing plots: The narrative basis of psychotherapy. Washington, DC: APA Books. 
  • Josselson, R., Lieblich, A., & McAdams, D. P. (2003). Up close and personal: The teaching and learning of narrative research. Washington, DC: APA Books. 
  • Josselson, R., & Lieblich, A. (2003). A framework for narrative research proposals in psychology. In R. Josselson, A. Lieblich, & D. P. McAdams (Eds.), Up close and personal: The teaching and learning of narrative research (pp. 259-274) Washington, DC: APA Books. 
  • Josselson, R. (2003). The space between in group psychotherapy: Application of an eight dimensional model. Group, 27(4), 203-221. 
  • Josselson, R. (2003). Revisions: Processes of development in midlife women. In J. Demick & C. Andreoletti (Eds.), Handbook of adult development. New York: Kluwer Academic. 
  • Josselson, R. (2002). Frieda and her rose garden. [Review of the book To redeem one person is to redeem the world: The life of Frieda Fromm-Reichmann]. Contemporary Psychology, 47(4), 423-425. 
  • Josselson, R., & Lieblich, A. (2001). Narrative research and humanism. In K. J. Schneider, J. F. T. Bugenthal, & J. F. Pierson (Eds.), The handbook of humanistic psychology (pp. 275-289). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 
  • Kerem, E., Fishman, N., & Josselson, R. (2001). The experience of empathy in everyday relationships: Cognitive and affective elements. Journal of Social & Personal Relationships, 18(5), 709-729.
  • McAdams, D. P., Josselson, R., & Lieblich, A. (Eds.). (2001). Turns in the road: Narrative studies of lives in transition. Washington, DC: APA Books. 
  • Josselson, R. (2000). Knowing begets knowing. [Review of the book Knowledge, difference and power: Essays inspired by women's ways of knowing]. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 14(2), 193-194. 
  • Josselson, R. (2000). Relationship as a path to integrity, wisdom and meaning. In P. Young-Eisendrath & M. E. Miller (Eds.), The psychology of mature spirituality: Integrity, wisdom, transcendence (pp. 87-102). London: Routledge. 
  • Josselson, R. (2000). Relationship and connection in women's identity from college to midlife. In M. E. Miller & A. N. West (Eds.), Spirituality, ethics and relationship in adulthood: Clinical and theoretical explorations. Madison, CN: Psychosocial Press. 
  • Josselson, R. (2000). Stability and change in early memories over 22 years: Themes, variations and cadenzas. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, 64(4), 462-481


  • “How People Create One Another in Groups” - half-day workshop for Philadelphia Area Group Psychotherapy Society (PAGPS), May, 2011.
  • “Principles of Group Psychotherapy,” St. Luke’s Hospital, Washington, D.C., April, 2011.
  • Interviewing for Narrative Research,” Department of Psychology, Bar Ilan University, Israel, March, 2011.
  • “Interviewing for Narrative Research,” Institute for Contemporary Jewry, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, March, 2011. 
  • “Group psychotherapy,” – two-day workshops, Institute for Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Athens, Greece, March 2011, November 2010, September 2009, and May, 2009.
  • “Group Psychotherapy” - China Institute for Clinical Psychology- Beijing, China, October - October, 2010, October 2009, and November 2008(3 days lecture, 5 day process group).
  • “Bet you think this song is about you’: Whose Narrative is it in Narrative Research?” – Keynote address for Narrative Matters conference, Fredericton, NB, May, 2010. 
  • “Current Issues in Narrative Research.” Lecture to New York University Department of Counseling Psychology, February, 2010. 
  • “Studying Lives” – Panel presentation at “Qualitative Methods for Social Critique” conference sponsored by The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, May, 2009.
  • “Existential Psychotherapy” – Grand rounds, Cooper Hospital, Camden, NJ, May, 2009.
  • “Current Dilemmas in Qualitative Research” – workshop sponsored by the American University in Paris, Paris, France, March, 2009.
  • “Beyond the Divide: Quantitative and qualitative methods,” paper presented at American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, 2009.
  • “Intersubjectivity in Groups,” Alonso Center for Psychodynamic Studies, one-day workshop, Boston, October, 2008.
  • "Multiculturalism and Intersubjectivity: How People Create One Another” – group workshop at Cape Cod Institute, August, 2008 (with Dr. Yossi Triest).
  • “How People Create One Another in Groups” – Special Institute, American Group Psychotherapy Association, Washington, D.C., February, 2008.
  • “Narrative and the meaning of others,” paper presented at American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Boston, 2008.
  • “Narrative Research in comparison to other qualitative approaches,” paper presented at American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Boston, 2008.
  • “Passion, power and politics within and between groups,” (with Danielle Kennedy, Ph.D.) One day workshop for American Group Psychotherapy Association, Washington, D.C., February, 2008.
  • “How People Create One Another,” - Keynote address for International Association for Relationship Research, Providence, 2008. 
  • “Hermeneutics and Narrative Research” – King’s College, London, November, 2007.
  • "Who learns what in group relations conferences” – paper presented at OPUS, London, November, 2007.
  • “Continuity and Change in Women’s Identity from College to Age 55”- Center for Family Research, Cambridge University, UK, October, 2007.

Professional Experience:

  • Doctoral Faculty, School of Psychology, Fielding Graduate University.

Other Professional Activities:

  • 2008-present: Co-Director, The Yalom Institute for Psychotherapy
  • 2005-present: Commissioner, National Commission on Infant Mortality.
  • 2002-present: Executive Board, Society for Personology
  • 1993-present: Editorial Board, Journal of Adult Development
  • 1974-present: Private Practice (part time), Baltimore, MD.
  • 2008-2010: Executive Committee, American Academy of Group Psychotherapy
  • 1993-2007: Co-Editor: The Narrative Study of Lives.
  • 2006: Director, The Challenge of Otherness, 5-day residential group relations conference, Towson, MD.
  • 2005: Director, Working with Difference in a Culture of Fear, 5-day residential conference, Baltimore, MD.
  • 2004: Director, Living and Working in a Culture of Fear. The Bryn Mawr Residential Conference, August, 2004.
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