Dr. Phil McGraw, perhaps the most well-known mental health professional in the world, is the host of the #1 daytime talk show, DR. PHIL. Entering its fifteenth season in Sept. 2016, this trailblazing and award-winning show continues to provide the most comprehensive forum on mental health issues in the history of television. Dr. McGraw has a unique ability to take complicated and technical information and make it accessible and understandable to the general public. Using the power of television, Dr. McGraw presents compelling stories about real people with a variety of emotional and behavioral problems, stripping away the shame and embarrassment that too often keep people from seeking help. Many viewers, for the first time in their lives, develop an understanding of problems experienced by friends, family members or themselves, and, in the comfort of their homes, experience the hope and possibility of change. Dr. McGraw continues to value his academic training and professional qualifications and insists that the information provided on his show are based on evidence-based treatment options and state-of-the-art research in the fields of psychology, psychiatry and medicine.
In addition to DR. PHIL, Dr. McGraw is the author of nine #1 New York Times bestsellers, published in 39 languages with over 33 million copies in print. Because of his broad training, education and experience in the field of psychology, and his unique ability to communicate in common sense language, Dr. McGraw is frequently called upon for his expert opinion on current events by major national and international news outlets. Dr. McGraw’s constant desire to provide unique opportunities to improve the lives of the general public led him to create several innovative and game-changing businesses, including a revolutionary system to deliver medical and psychiatric care, developed with his son, Jay McGraw.
Dr. McGraw and his wife, Robin, are well known for their tireless advocacy for children and families. In 2003, Dr. McGraw established the Dr. Phil Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization funding many worthy projects benefitting disadvantaged children and families. In addition to direct gifts provided to those in need, the McGraws have supported many charitable organizations, including the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). The McGraws devoted countless hours to CASA’s recruitment project, generating an increase of $100 million of volunteer services in just one year.
Dr. McGraw was honored with a presidential citation by the American Psychological Association in 2006 for his significant contributions. The DR. PHIL show has received 28 Emmy Award nominations and won five PRISM awards for the accurate depiction of drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse and addiction, as well as a MADD Media Award. In 2015, Dr. McGraw was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed on the pioneers, visionaries and stars of the electronic arts.
Dr. McGraw earned a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of North Texas, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in forensic psychology from the Wilmington Institute. Dr. McGraw was a licensed psychologist in the state of Texas where he practiced clinical psychology and developed one of the country’s first multi-modal protocols for the treatment of chronic pain. With training and expertise in both clinical and forensic psychology, Dr. McGraw founded CSI (Courtroom Sciences, Inc.), an innovative consulting firm specializing in all aspects of litigation support, providing multi-disciplinary expertise in all areas of litigation and forensic arenas, including some of the country’s most high-profile cases. Dr. McGraw also serves as executive producer and writer of the new CBS drama series BULL, which is inspired by his earlier career working in the trial consulting arena.
An avid tennis player, golfer and scuba diver, Dr. McGraw lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Robin. The couple, married 40 years in August 2016, are totally devoted to their family, including sons Jay and Jordan, and Jay’s wife, Erica. They are the ridiculously proud grandparents of Avery Elizabeth (age 6) and London Phillip (age 5).