Accumulating and sharing knowledge in Qualitative Research
Fielding Graduate University's School of Psychology faculty member Ruthellen Josselson, PhD, takes a leading role in the advancement of qualitative psychology across the country.
Qualitative Psychology is a new bi-annual publication of The Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology (a Section of APA Division 5) starting in 2014 with Josselson selected as editor. This journal aims to represent a wide variety of methodological approaches including narrative, discourse analysis, life history, phenomenology, ethnography, action research, and case study. The mission of this journal is to provide a forum for innovative methodological, theoretical, and empirical work that advances qualitative inquiry in psychology. Studies published in this journal will often focus on substantive topics, while also highlighting issues of epistemology, the philosophy of science, methodological criteria, or other matters bearing upon the formulation, execution, and interpretation of qualitative research.
Along with her role as editor, Josselson recently published a new book titled, Interviewing for Qualitative Inquiry: A Relational Approach.
Engagingly written, this book builds the reader's skills for conducting in-depth interviews designed to address a particular research question. With an emphasis on the dynamics of the research relationship, Josselson artfully demonstrates the steps of a successful interview. Each step is illustrated with excerpts from interviews on diverse topics. The book describes how to structure interviews effectively, develop questions that elicit meaningful narratives, cultivate skills for empathic listening and responding, avoid common pitfalls, and deal with problems that develop in an interview.
Keeping her calendar full, Josselson was the keynote speaker at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry in Champaign-Urbana, IL on May 15, 2013. The conference was a major opening conference at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (QI). Now at it’s ninth edition, the QI Congress provides opportunities for lively and exciting debates on qualitative inquiry as a shared, innovative, and global endeavor that engages social justice and disparities in social, educational, and health sciences.
Ruthellen Josselson, PhD, is professor of clinical psychology at Fielding Graduate University and a psychotherapist in practice. She was formerly a professor at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Harvard University and a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University. Her research focuses on women’s identity and on human relationships. She received both the Henry A. Murray Award and the Theodore R. Sarbin Award from the American Psychological Association as well as a Fulbright Fellowship. She has been active in group relations work for many years, consults to organizations, and lectures and conducts workshops both nationally and internationally. She is co-director of the Irvin D. Yalom Institute of Psychotherapy. On her approach to therapy: “I work from a psychodynamic and an existential psychotherapy perspective. I think of psychotherapy as a project that two people undertake together to try to better understand the problems of living in order to make changes that serve growth and personal fulfillment. I work primarily with conflicts concerning relationships, work and identity, and these often underlie symptoms of anxiety and depression.”