Original scientific paper
Jelena Šimunec-Muhek Turdiu – the first croatian clinical psychologist
University Hospital Centre Sisters of Mercy, Zagreb
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Zagreb
Fulltext (croatian, pages 83-95).pdf
Prof. dr. Josip Glaser, who specialised psychiatry with Eugen Bleuler and neurology
with Constantin von Monakow while he headed the Neuropsychiatry Clinic at the
Sisters of Mercy hospital in Zagreb, apart from doctors and other medical staff, also
employed Jela Muhek Šimunec (Jelena Šimunec-Turdiu), the first clinical psychologist
in health care in the Republic of Croatia and wider, among the first in Europe.
Dr.sc. Jelena Šimunec-Muhek Turdiu was employed in the Clinical psychology
service of today’s Sisters of Mercy clinical hospital since 1949, where she worked
until 1963, after which she worked as a clinical neuropsychologist at the Clinic for
neurology and psychiatry at the Clinical hospital Rebro until her retirement in 1981.
Archives of the Department of Psychiatry at the Sisters of Mercy clinical hospital
still contain some tests and lists of psychodiagnostic instruments which she used in her
work. The article lists lexical data on these tests.
The first Chair of social and clinical psychology was established within the Department
of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb in 1956. Lectures were held
by prof. dr. Rudi Supek, transforming into the Chair of social psychology in 1960.
Practice was obviously ahead of tertiary education as the independent Chair of clinical
psychology was established within the same department in 1972.
history of clinical psychology in the Republic of Croatia, Jelena Šimunec-Muhek Turdiu, Josip Glaser, history of neuropsychology in the Republic of Croatia