Irene S. Levine, PhD is an award-winning freelance journalist and author who writes about travel and relationships. Trained as a clinical psychologist, she is a professor of psychiatry at the New York University Langone School of Medicine. She spent the major portion of her career in senior policymaking roles at the National Institute of Mental Health and the Center for Mental Health Services in Rockville, Maryland.
Her articles have appeared in major newspapers, such as The Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, New York Times, Newsday, and USA Today, and national publications, such as Better Homes and Gardens, Bottom Line Health, Health, Ladies Home Journal, Prevention, and Reader's Digest.
Irene co-authored, Schizophrenia for Dummies (Wiley, November 2008) with her psychiatrist/husband Jerome Levine, MD. The book distills what the two have learned from families, clinicians and researchers during their many years in public mental health. The book is intended to dispel the many myths and misunderstandings commonly associated with schizophrenia, and to help individuals and their families better cope with the disorder. Schizophrenia is an illness of the brain that is now considered highly treatable, and that offers hope for recovery, with appropriate care and supports.
Her solely-authored book about female friendships was based on a online survey she conducted with over 1300 women. Best Friends Forever: Getting Over A Break-Up With Your Best Friend was published by Overlook Press in September, 2009. Irene blogs about female friendships at www.TheFriendshipBlog.com.
Irene is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, North American Travel Journalists Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the Authors Guild.