Qualitative Inquiry at Fielding: Past, Present, and Futures Sponsored by the Ruthellen Josselon Chair in Qualitative Inquiry

Qualitative Inquiry at Fielding: Past, Present, and Futures Conference is scheduled for June 1, 2024. This symposium is sponsored by the Ruthellen Josselson Chair in Qualitative Inquiry. The symposium’s program will feature a robust roster of speakers Dr. Ruthellen Josselson and Dr. Susan Goldberg will be delivering separate keynotes. Following their presentations, there will be a panel of students who received dissertation funding, as well as a panel discussing the experiences of Black students in academia. Stay tuned for more speakers to be announced! The symposium will take place on June 1st, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT | 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. This event is open to the public.

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Ruthellen Josselson, Ph.D.

Ruthellen Josselson, Ph.D.

Guest Speaker: Ruthellen Josselson, Ph.D.   

Dr. Josselson is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University and a psychotherapist in practice. Her research focuses on women’s identity and human relationships. She has received the Henry A. Murray Award, Theodore R. Sarbin Award, and Distinguished Contributions to Qualitative Inquiry Award from the American Psychological Association (APA).

As the author of several books and numerous scholarly articles, she also lectures and conducts workshops both nationally and internationally. Dr. Josselson is the co-director of the Irvin D. Yalom Institute of Psychotherapy, co-founder of the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology (SQIP), and founding editor of the APA journal “Qualitative Psychology.”

Guest Speaker: Susan Goldberg, Ph.D. 

Dr. Goldberg is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Fielding Graduate University and has a background in psychology and law. She holds degrees from Georgetown University Law Center and Bryn Mawr College. Besides being a faculty member, she is a versatile therapist with a focus on empathetic listening and understanding. She specializes in working with individuals who have experienced feelings of “otherness” and suffering. Dr. Goldberg’s approach integrates elements of psychodynamic, humanistic, and existential therapy, and she also conducts psychological assessments on personality questions.    

Amy Taylor, Ph.D.

Amy Taylor, Ph.D.

Event Host: Amy Taylor, Ph.D., Inaugural Ruthellen Josselson Chair in Qualitative Inquiry 

Amy Taylor, Ph.D., is the Director of the Alonso Center for Psychodynamic Studies, a Clinical Psychology faculty member, and the Inaugural Ruthellen Josselson Chair in Qualitative Inquiry. She received her Ph.D. in existential-phenomenological psychology from Duquesne University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship and psychoanalytic training at the Austen Riggs Center in western Massachusetts. She has additional training in applying psychoanalytic ideas to groups, families, and couples. Her clinical and research interests are broad, but she is especially interested in links between psychoanalysis and embodied experience, gender and sexuality, and technology. Recent focuses include how pregnancy and parenthood shift clinician identity and how the analyst/therapist’s office serves as a holding extension of the therapist’s body. Established in 2020, the Ruthellen Josselson Chair in Qualitative Inquiry fund supports Fielding faculty research while honoring the legacy of Dr. Josselson and affirming the importance of qualitative research in psychology as acknowledged by the American Psychological Association Division 5, Quantitative and Qualitative Methods.

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