She was formerly a Professor at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Towson University, a Visiting Professor at 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. Dr. Josselson has been a founder of the Society of Qualitative Inquiry.
She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1972 from the University of Michigan.
Ruthellen Josselson is the author of numerous books, among them: Playing Pygmalion: How People Create One Another; Revising Herself: The Story of Women's Identity from College to Midlife (which received the Delta Kappa Gamma Educators Award); Irvin D. Yalom: On Psychotherapy and the Human Condition and The Space Between Us: Exploring the Dimensions of Human Relationships. She was, for many years, Co-editor of the Annual, The Narrative Study of Lives.