Under the leadership of Norman N. Holland, the PsyArt Foundation began in January 1993. It supports psychological and psychoanalytic approaches to the study of the arts, including literature, film, and the fine arts. The Foundation’s mission is to provide a forum for three main activities.

First, it maintains an email list and Google group for the exchange of ideas and information about psychology and psychoanalysis. The list currently has about 900 subscribers from more than fifty countries.

Second, it hosts a peer-reviewed online journal–the PsyArt Journal–devoted to the psychological and psychoanalytic studies of the arts.

Finally, PsyArt organizes an annual international conference (now entering its 38th year).

Submission Guidelines

Authors should first submit an abstract of the intended submission, with keywords attached, to the Editor-in-Chief, Samir Dayal, by email: sdayal@bentley.edu. The Editor-in-Chief will review the abstract. If it is deemed to be of a quality appropriate for the journal, and likely to be of interest to the journal’s readership, the author will be invited to submit the finished article, along with the abstract and keywords, in a single Word document. The submitted article is then sent out for blind peer review. The reviewers return readers’ reports, and the reports are reviewed in turn by the Editor-in-Chief who will then contact the author with a decision or recommendations.

The Board


  • President: Samir Dayal,
    Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA)
  • Vice President: Paavo Manninen,
    Helsinki, Finland (Europe)
  • Treasurer: Marcie Newton,
    Albany, New York (USA)
  • Secretary: Antal Bokay,
    Pécs, Hungary (Europe)