Robert Jay Lifton

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Robert Jay Lifton was in 2002 "a visiting professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Hospital and a former distinguished professor of psychiatry and psychology at the Graduate School University Center and director of The Center on Violence and Human Survival at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at The City University of New York. He had previously held the Foundations' Fund Research Professorship of Psychiatry at Yale University for more than two decades. He has been particularly interested in the relationship between individual psychology and historical change, and in problems surrounding the extreme historical situations of our era. He has taken an active part in the formation of the new field of psychohistory.

"Dr. Lifton was born in New York City in 1926, attended Cornell University, and received his medical degree from New York Medical College in 1948. Her interned at the Jewish Hospital of Brooklyn in 1948-49, and had his psychiatric residence training at the Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York in 1949-51. He was an Air Force psychiatrist serving in the United States, Japan, and Korea from 1951-53. He was research associate in psychiatry at Harvard from 1956-61, where he was affiliated with the Center for East Asian Studies; and prior to that was a member of the faculty of the Washington School of Psychiatry..." [1]


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  1. Robert Jay Lifton, Conference Profile, accessed July 20, 2007.
  2. Advisory Council, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, accessed February 20, 2008.
  3. People, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, accessed July 8, 2007.
  4. United Nations Items-in-Secretary-General's Statements, organizational web page, accessed May 4, 2012.
  5. Associate Network, TFF, accessed July 7, 2007.
  6. Leadership Group, U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project, accessed January 2, 2009.