Irene S. Levine, PhD is a clinical psychologist, and award-winning freelance journalist and author who spent the major part of her
career in senior management and policy roles at the National Institute of Mental
serve as the first Deputy Director of the federal Center for Mental Health
Services during the Clinton Administration.
Dr. Levine holds a
faculty appointment as a Professor of Psychiatry at the New York University
School of Medicine. She has worked in variety of clinical settings with both children and adults, and also directed communications for the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research.
A well-respected journalist, she has written hundreds of freelance articles—focused on health, mental health, lifestyles, travel and
relationships— that have appeared in scores
of newspapers (including the Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, New York
Times, Newsday, and USA Today) and national magazines (such as AARP,
Better Homes and Gardens, Bottom Line Health, Health, Ladies Home Journal,
Prevention, Reader’s Digest and Self).
Blogger and Social Media Expert
The Friendship Blog is the only destination in the blogosphere where women can obtain free, individualized advice and authoritative information to master the often-tricky etiquette of female friendships. In response to reader questions and relationship dilemmas, Irene offers her blend of insight, experience, and wisdom as The Friendship Doctor—in simple straightforward language—and distills new research findings, tracks trends, and gleans insights from popular culture.
A prolific blogger with a wide Twitter following, Irene contributes regularly to other widely-read online publications, such as the Living, Travel and Relationship pages of the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and Life Goes Strong, providing information and guidance to readers. She also writes a bimonthly mental health column called Mind Matters
for AAAS Science Magazine‘s online publication, ScienceCareers.
Friendship Expert and Spokesperson
The Friendship Doctor is the go-to person when print and electronic media are seeking comment from a friendship expert. See some of her media interviews in the Press section of this blog.
A member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), the Authors Guild, the Association of Healthcare Journalists, the National Association of Science Writers and several scientific organizations, Irene serves on the professional advisory boards of the National
Meningitis Association and the
for Women and Families and is an advisor to the Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders.
Irene lives in Chappaqua, New York (Westchester County) with her husband who is a psychiatrist. They co-authored Schizophrenia for Dummies (Wiley, November 2008), an accessible resource for families trying to understand this complex disorder and its treatment.
Her rich clinical, academic and analytic background—along
with her warm and engaging manner—make her uniquely
qualified to understand the complex and compelling nature of female friendships,
and to write and talk about these important bonds in a knowledgeable but practical way.
Irene has given talks to groups around the country on the dynamics of
friendships-and has participated in national radio and blog tours, as
well as TV appearances (including The Today Show).