Jović Nikola

Corresponding members IV. Department of Medical Sciences

Date of birth:

  • 1935

Place of birth:

  • Makarska



Jović Nikola

Corresponding members IV. Department of Medical Sciences

Academic titles:

  • professor Doctor of Science

Membership in the Academy:

  • corresponding member – Department of Medical Sciences (5/12/1994 – …)

Curriculum Vitae

Nikola Ivan Jović, a psychiatrist, was born on June 7, 1935, in Makarska. He graduated in 1963 from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Zagreb, specialized in psychiatry and psychotherapy in Great Britain in 1965, and in 1969 specialized in neurology and psychiatry in Zagreb. He worked at the Neurological and Psychiatric Clinic in Zagreb and at the Mental Health Center of the Clinical Hospital Center in the Polyclinic Psychotherapy Department. From 1972 to 1978, he received psychoanalytic training at the Sigmund Freud Institute  in Zurich, and during his training he worked at the Cantonal Hospital in Herisa. Since the beginning of her postgraduate studies in psychotherapy at the Faculty of Medicine in Zagreb, she has participated in teaching coming from Switzerland, where she resides permanently. In 1980 he was elected assistant professor and in 1989 he was an associate professor for the subject of medical psychology.

The field of his scientific and professional activities are psychoanalytic therapy and psychogeriatrics. With scientific papers in psychoanalytic therapy, he enriched the fundamental issues of psychoanalysis with new insights. Especially significant is his scientific contribution to psychodynamics and psychotherapy of psychological disorders of older age.

Nikola Jović was the head of the medical service for psychogeriatrics at the University Psychiatric Clinic in Zurich and the head of the institute for psychotherapy and care for the elderly.

He is the founder and president of the Commission for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of Aging of the Swiss Society for Social Psychiatry and a member of the Management Board, Vice-President of the Swiss Medical Society for The Psychiatry of Aging. Linking his rich knowledge and experience gained through scientific research in the field of psychogeriatry, he is one of the pioneers of the organization of psychogeriatric activity in Switzerland.

Together with prof. Ivo Padovan, F.C.A. (President of the CASA 1998-2003), he initiated the arrangement of the Memorial Room of Croatian Nobel laureates Lavoslav Ružička and Vladimir Prelog. In 2002, he donated personal items to the Croatian Academy by Nobel laureate Lavoslav Ružička, among which the Award of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1939 stands out.

During the Homeland War, he expressed his patriotism in many occasions. He is an organizer and member of professional, cultural and humanitarian Croatian associations in Switzerland. Through his scientific, professional, educational and organizational work, he has established himself in Swiss medicine and the world-famous Swiss School of Psychiatry.

Since 1994 he has been a corresponding member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.