Late last summer we announced this group, leading 25 colleagues to sign up, with another 11 expressing interest in it. As stated on, psychobiography is the best method of uncovering the conscious and unconscious lives of people. Our vision includes enriching humanity by providing the in-depth study of those who contribute or contributed to various fields of knowledge and human endeavor. We commemorate the greatest contributors to the growth of civilization as well as seek to understand the psychobiography of those who are associated with genocidal and retrogressive behavior.

Our mission includes fostering and promoting psychobiographical research and publication of the psychobiographical study of lives while promoting the emphasis on the childhood and life passage of the whole person, going beyond personal characteristics and traits. Furthermore, it works to develop new theories of individual and group identity development, helping transmit the knowledge of an older generation of psychobiographers, political psychologists, and psychohistorians to those just entering the field. In the era of COVID, it has been an international movement as we connect with interested colleagues around the world, bringing together insights from different cultures, mindsets, perspectives, and theories.

To fulfill our mission, we have organized research meetings online, and hopefully before long, they will be in-person/hybrid, following the model of the Psychohistory Forum Work-in-Progress seminars in which colleagues bring a draft paper of their psychobiographical research projects to be read and nurtured by the participants. We will focus on the coping mechanisms utilized in dealing with the crises and traumas of life and write book reviews on

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psychobiographical monographs. Eventually, we will publish the edited The Autobiographies and Psychobiographies of Psychobiographers.   

Last January, we had an organizational meeting, and then we had three meetings with five presenters detailed in the Bulletin Board. Note that the variety of articles dealing with the intergenerational transmission of trauma, resilience, and values were quite psychobiographical. We look forward to a very productive second psychobiography in the coming issue.

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Claude-Hélène Mayer

Claude-Hélène Mayer, PhD, is a Professor in Industrial and Organisational Psychology at the University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa. Her main research areas are psychobiography, women in leadership, shame, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. She can be contacted at

Inna Rozentsvit

Inna Rozentsvit, MD, PhD, MBA, MSciEd, is a neurologist and neurorehabilitation specialist trained in psychoanalysis. She is a founder and neuropsychoeducator at the non-profit organization NeurorecoverySolutions, Inc., a programs director at the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and editor-in-chief of the ORI Academic Press, MindMend Publishing Co., and MindConsiliums, the interdisciplinary journal.
She may be contacted at or 

Paul H Elovitz

Dr. Paul H. Elovitz, PhD, began organizing scholarly meetings when he started as a faculty member at Ramapo College and then as convener of the Institute for Psychohistory Saturday Workshops (1975-1982). In 1982 he founded the Psychohistory Forum to nurture psychohistorical research and continues to lead its Executive Council. In 1994 he created Clio’s Psyche ( to publish its scholarship, of which he is Editor-in-Chief. Prof. Elovitz is a historian, psychoanalytic researcher, and author of about 400 publications, covering presidential psychobiography, teaching, documenting the field of psychohistory, and much more. After taking his doctoral degree in history, he trained and practiced as a psychoanalyst, and in 2019 was made the first Research Psychoanalyst by the New Jersey Institute for Psychoanalysis. Elovitz is the author of The Making of Psychohistory, editor of The Many Roads of the Builders of Psychohistory, and edited or wrote eight other books. He is a founding member and past president of the International Psychohistorical Association (1978-) who serves on its leadership council and presents at all meetings. Prof. Elovitz is a founding faculty member at Ramapo College who previously taught at Temple, Rutgers, and Fairleigh Dickinson universities. He may be contacted at

How to Cite This:

Elovitz, P. H., Mayer, C.-H., & Rozentsvit, I. (2022). First year report of the Psychobiography Research and Publication Group. Clio’s Psyche, 29(1), 115-116.

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