An Internet Journal devoted to the Psychology of Personal Constructs

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"Personal Construct Theory & Practice"!


Personal Construct Psychology was developed by George A. Kelly and presented in his ground-breaking work "The Psychology of Personal Constructs" in 1955. In this book he developed a theory of personality centred around the distinctive ways in which individuals construct and reconstruct the meanings of their lives, which he subsequently elaborated in a series of papers. While Kelly’s original focus was on applications to psychotherapy and counselling, personal construct concepts and methods have been used to understand such topics as diverse as stuttering, the development and breakdown of close relationships, vocational decision making, education, bereavement and organisational behaviour.


  • This journal publishes papers on personal construct theory as well as its applications in a variety of disciplines, such as psychotherapy and counselling, education, and organisational behaviour. It also serves as a forum for practitioners in the various professions involved. Contributions from related disciplines are also welcome.
  • The journal is published in agreement with the George Kelly Society.

  • Contributions to this journal are peer-reviewed. Manuscripts should be submitted to the Managing Editor. Instructions for authors can be found at the side bar.
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Chiara Lui
Managing Editor

Chiara Lui is a constructivist psychologist and psychotherapist, teacher in Constructivist Psychotherapy at the Institute of Constructivist Psychology in Padua, Executive Director of the Rivista Italiana di Costruttivismo, Programme Manager of ICP International Lab, and member of the council of Societā Italiana di Costruttivismo. She works with people and their relationships, constantly trying to translate constructivist premises into experiences and opportunities for change. Her interests include constructivist psychology and psychotherapy, epistemology, developmental age psychology, constructivist education and training. 

Viv Burr

Viv Burr, PhD, is Professor of Critical Psychology at the University of Huddersfield, UK. Her research interests include constructivist psychology and social constructionism, gender, and the arts and popular culture. She is author of 'Social Constructionism' (third edition 2015) and co-author (with Trevor Butt) of Invitation to Personal Construct Psychology (second edition 2004), and also has a number of publications in PCP and psychlology in relation to the creative arts and television.

Massimo Giliberto

Massimo Giliberto is Director,Teacher and Supervisor of the School of Constructivist Psychotherapy of the Institute of Constructivist Psychology (ICP) in Padua (Italy). He is a psychotherapist and acts as consultant and coach for private companies and organizations. He is also a co-founder of the European Constructivist Training Network, member of the editorial board of the Journal of Constructivist Psychology and editor of the Rivista Italiana di Costruttivismo

Jörn Scheer
Founding Editor

Jörn Scheer, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of Medical Psychology at the University of Giessen, Germany. He has published extensively in the fields of psychosomatic medicine, psychotherapy, medical and health psychology before getting involved with personal construct psychology. He co-edited the first introduction to the repertory grid technique in German and is co-editor of the Internet Encyclopaedia of Personal Construct Psychology. His latest books dealt with cross-cultural aspects of PCP and with PCP and the arts. He founded "Personal Construct Theory & Practice" together with Trevor Butt in 2004.


Trevor Butt (Huddersfield, UK)


Founding Editor
Co-Editor 2004-2015

Trevor Butt, PhD, was Emeritus Reader in Psychology at the University of Huddersfield, UK. He trained as a clinical psychologist before working at the University of Huddersfield. He has published in the areas of personal construct theory, phenomenology, and psychotherapy, and is the joint author (with Viv Burr) of Invitation to Personal Construct Psychology. He also wrote Understanding People (2004) and George Kelly - The Psychology of Personal Constructs (2008).

ISSN 1613-5091
Last update 11 November 2020