Joy Browne

Joy Browne

Joy Browne (born 24 October 1944) also named Dr. Joy, is an American radio psychologist.


Early life

Browne was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and educated at Rice University in Houston, TX.


A graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, with a M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology, she is a licensed clinical psychologist who was first on the air in Boston at station WITS, where she did a program called Up Close and Personal in the late 1970s.[1]

Today, her syndicated show is one of the longest-running call-in therapy show in the United States. It originates from radio station WOR (New York City). Browne has a reputation for being straightforward but gentle, and not adversarial toward her callers.[citation needed] Browne does, however, take a no-nonsense approach to callers, trying to home in on a problem without getting caught up in a caller's long stories or digressions. Browne is also known for her "one-year rule", which states that people who have lost a spouse or partner due to break-up, death or divorce should wait at a minimum one year before resuming romantic relationships. Dr. Joy is known for her phrase "stupid and cheerful" for dealing with difficult people. Browne also half-humorously suggests that people wait until they are 40 or 45 years of age before engaging in sexual relationships, due to the 'emotional nakedness' of the activity.

Dr. Browne hosted a TV show on the Discovery Health cable channel in 2005 which was a live one-hour simulcast of her weekday show on WOR. She previously hosted a King World-Eyemark weekday syndicated TV advice talk show in 1999 for one year.

She has written numerous books on life and dating, including It’s A Jungle Out There Jane, Dating for Dummies, The Nine Fantasies That Will Ruin Your Life, Capitalizing on Incompetence, Getting Unstuck, and Dating Disasters.

On September 30, 2010, Dr. Browne joined the cast of the off-Broadway play My Big Gay Italian Wedding for three performances.[2]


  1. ^ Barbara Graustark. "On Air Psychologists: Healers or Exploiters?" New York Times, 9 August 1981, p. D23
  2. ^ "Dr. Joy Browne to Guest Star in My Big Gay Italian Wedding: Theater News on - 09/07/2010". Retrieved 09-12-2010. 

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