Irene S. Levine Ph.D.
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About Irene S. Levine Ph.D.
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 Health in Rockville, Maryland. Dr. Levine holds a faculty appointment as a Professor of Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine.
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).
Irene blogs regularly at www.The Friendship Blog.com, 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.
Irene also contributes regularly to other widely-read online publications, such as the Living, Travel and Relationship verticals of The Huffington Post and to Psychology Today, 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.
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 National Research Center for Women and Families and is an advisor to the Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders.
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