Irene S. Levine

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Irene S. Levine, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning journalist, and blogger who covers health, mental health, travel and lifestyles. She has written for Readers Digest, Health, Prevention, Self, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.

A former senior program official at the National Institute of Mental Health, Irene holds a faculty appointment as a professor of psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. Author of Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend, she is widely considered the "go-to" expert on female friendship. When she appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, correspondent Rita Braver called Irene the “Dear Abby of Friendship.

From her own experience and those of her readers, Irene recognizes how vital social ties are to health and happiness; especially in midlife and beyond.

Irene and her husband live in Westchester County, New York and travel extensively. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association.

Follow Irene on Twitter @irenelevine, or on one of her blogs @ TheFriendshipBlog or