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Ruthellen Josselson, PhD
Doctoral Faculty - School of Psychology
PhD, Clinical Psychology
University of Michigan (APA Approved), 1972
Areas of Instruction
Scholarly & Professional Interests
Honors and Awards
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Full Curriculum Vitae
Areas of Instruction:
Life Span Development
Theories of Relationship
Group Dynamics and Group Therapy
Narrative and Life History Research
Psychology of Women
Psychology of Adolescence
Scholarly & Professional Interests:
Narratives of Life History
Individual and Group Psychotherapy Practice and Supervision
Group Process Consultation
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.
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
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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