Dr. Dori Laub was born in Cernauti, Romania on June 8, 1937. He is currently a practicing psychoanalyst in New Haven, Connecticut who works primarily with victims of massive psychic trauma and with their children. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine and Co-Founder of the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies. He obtained his M.D. at the Hadassah Medical School at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel and his M.A. in Clinical Psychology at the Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. He was Acting Director of Genocide Study Program (GSP) at Yale for the years of 2000 and 2003. Since 2001, he is also serving as Deputy Director for Trauma Studies for the GSP.
Dr. Laub has published on the topic of psychic trauma, its knowing and representation in a variety of psychoanalytic journals and has co-authored a book entitled “Testimony - Crises of Witnessing in Literature, Psychoanalysis, and History” with Professor Shoshana Felman.
In May 2013 he gave a lecture (Reestablishing the Internal "Thou" in "Testimony of Trauma") and a seminar (Knowing and Not Knowing - Forms of Traumatic Memory) at the Portland Center for Public Humanities.