Short Biography of Hubert J.M. Hermans

  • Click here for the three different phases in Hubert’s 40 year-professional career. 
  • Affiliation: Emeritus-professor of psychology at the Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Born: Maastricht, the Netherlands, as the oldest son of a local baker who made excellent pies
  • Marriages: In 1961 he married Els Hermans-Jansen with whom he cooperated in the development of the Self-Confrontation Method. From 2008-2013 he was married to Agnieszka Hermans-Konopka with whom he continues to cooperate on the further development of Dialogical Self Theory. Hubert has two children and two grand-children from his first marriage.
  • Education:
    –  Gymnasium alpha (high school) in Maastricht
    –  Psychology at the University of Nijmegen
    –  Doctoral degree at the University of Nijmegen
  • Professional Career: 
    –  Staff member at the Psychological Laboratory at the University of Nijmegen (1965)
    –  Associate Professor at the University of Nijmegen (1972)
    –  Full Professor at the University of Nijmegen (1980-2002)

Career Related Activities:
–  Guest Professor at the University of Louvain (1975)
–  Guest Professor at Duquesne University at Pittsburgh (1979)
–  Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Han Fortmann Centre in Nijmegen (1980-2002)
–  Chairman of the Valuation Theory and Self-Confrontation Foundation (1992-2009)
–  Teacher in the Self-Confrontation Method training program (2009- )
–  Chairman of the First (Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 2000), Second (Ghent, Belgium, 2002), Third (Warsaw, Poland, 2004), Fourth (Braga, Portugal, 2006), Fifth (Cambridge, UK, 2008)Sixth, (Athens, Greece, 2010), Seventh (Georgia, USA), Eighth (The Hague, 2014), and Ninth International Conference on the Dialogical Self (Lublin, Poland, 2016). The 10th International Conference on the Dialogical self is scheduled 13-16 June, in Braga, Portugal.
–  President of the International Society for Dialogical Science (ISDS) (2002-)
–  Chief Editor of the International Journal for Dialogical Science (IJDS) (2005-)

– Together with colleagues, he established the Dialogical Self Academy (2015) which offers training programs about methods and practices based on Dialogical Self Theory.

Honors and Awards:

– Fellow Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (1976-)

– First International Associate of the Society for Personology (USA) (1992-2010)

– Address to the Queen of the Netherlands and Representatives of science, art and politics (1993)

– Quality of research rated as “excellent” by two subsequent international committees for the evaluation of research programs of Dutch universities (1994 and 1999)

Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion (Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw): decoration received in the name of the Queen of the Netherlands for exceptional scientific achievements in the service of society (2002)

– Honorary member of the Dutch Assocation of SCM Practitioners (2007)

– His book Dialoog en Misverstand (2006) was used by Herman Wijffels during the preparation of the Dutch government (Balkenende 4, 2007)

– Honorary Associate of the Taos Institute (2012)

– One of the 10 living Dutch psychologists nominated for the nobel prize of psychology (if it would exist), an experiment by the Netherlands Institute of Psychologists. Published in De Psycholoog, no. 10, 2015, pp. 45-49.

  • Member of Editorial Board:
    –  Culture & Psychology
    –  European Journal of School Psychology
    –  Theory & Psychology
    –  The Narrative Study of Lives
    –  Journal of Constructivist Psychology
    –  Polish Psychological Bulletin
    –  Revista de Psicopatologia Y Clinica
    –  Human Systems: Journal of Therapy,
    –  Consultation and Training Significant (electronic journal)