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Dr. Belisa Vranich
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Belisa Vranich, PsyD, is a renowned clinical psychologist, author and public speaker. She is a regular guest on Good Morning America, Today Show, CNN, Fox News, Inside Edition and VH1. She is the author of five books, the most recent being Breathe: 14 days to oxygenating, recharging, and fueling your body & brain.

Dr. Vranich is on the Shape Magazine advisory board. She was previously the health and sex editor at Men's Fitness magazine. Dr. Vranich has been widely published in outlets such as Jane, Latina, and America Online. She has also been interviewed as an expert in hundreds of publications, including The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Spin, AARP, Seventeen, Good Housekeeping, and Parenting.

Dr. Vranich is an author and public speaker in the area of health and mental health. She has a decade of experience in developing educational campaigns, presenting, and lecturing nationwide, including at The National Mental Health Association, Planned Parenthood, and The NYC Board of Education, and teaching at New York University. She has served as an advisor for the Fitness Institute for Gold's Gym. She is currently the Wellness Coach at boutique gym Willspace in the West Village in Manhattan, NYC.

Fifteen years experience in private practice helped Dr. Vranich become a leading expert in topics from health and fitness, stress reduction, nutrition, sex and relationships, trauma and addiction. She also specializes in psychodiagnostic testing and has experience giving IQ tests, neuropsychological tests, and personality assessments. Previously, Dr. Vranich was the Director of Public Education at the Mental Health Association of NYC and a consultant at the National Mental Health Association in Washington, DC. She has worked as the director of an outpatient clinic at Jacobi Hospital Center, as a school psychologist in the South Bronx, and with parolees and their families as part of the Brooklyn Aids Task Force.

Dr. Vranich completed her doctorate degree in Psychology from New York University and completed a residency at Bellevue Hospital with specialization in neuropsychology, psychiatric consultation and liaison and bilingual treatment.

She is an outspoken advocate for women's health issues, volunteerism and mentorship. She also works with several animal rescue organizations in New York.

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Be More Mindful of and Put a Stop to the Stigma of Mental Illness

(1) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 1:08 PM

Friday, Oct. 10 marks World Mental Health Day -- and calls attention to an important topic that deserves more attention. As a psychologist, I'm thrilled to witness the change in society's perceptions of mental illness. Whether you consciously realize it or not, the conversation about emotional well-being has never been...

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Mind Games: The TV Ratings Rat Race

(15) Comments | Posted October 11, 2010 | 10:47 AM

What do TV preseason forecasts, penis enhancement pills, and abstinence-only education have in common? Answer: They don't work. Regardless of your political or religious views on the effectiveness of virginity pledges, of your conviction that you can "add four inches" to your package with a pill or cream, or of...

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Why We Love Vampires: The Psychology Behind the Obsession

(5) Comments | Posted July 22, 2010 | 1:05 PM

Charming, elegant, and downright sexy, vampires have been the monster-of-choice for... well, ever. In looking at the psychology of vampires, these are the top ten reasons they are so fascinating:

1. Vampires are loners, but not lonely. Often people feel alienated, feel special, different, misunderstood at some point in their...

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10 Sex Products You Can't Live Without

(12) Comments | Posted April 29, 2010 | 2:36 PM

How have you been having sex without these? How? Catch up with the times mister! These sexual must-haves are the only thing between you and mind-blowing sex. What are you waiting for?*

  1. Quickstrip Condom. When seconds are of the essence! The two tabs on either side of...
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Breaking News: Penis Size in the USA

(25) Comments | Posted February 22, 2010 | 5:49 PM

Just last week, America's first condom store, Condomania, opened its database of penis sizes and released these unique rankings of the 50 states and the 20 most populated U.S. cities by average penis size. Previously, the largest formal survey of penis sizes was conducted in 1948 by the famous Kinsey...

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Crushed By Her Boyfriend's Fetish: Dear Doc

(2) Comments | Posted December 3, 2009 | 1:32 PM

Dear Doctor,

I found a link to a site called on my boyfriend's computer. It's a site showing feet mashing food (like donuts, cake, fruit), breaking electronics, and putting out cigarette butts....I'm a little freaked out, what does this mean about him? Should I confront him?
Freaked out...

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Dorothy Was a Feminist

(2) Comments | Posted November 3, 2009 | 5:52 PM

I knew it. Any chick capable of dealing with a tornado, juggling three men with lots of emotional baggage, a dog-lover and brave enough to confront witches and blustering men hiding behind loudspeakers had to have a cool story we didn't know about. She's got her canine companion, some sassy...

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HLN's Jane Velez Publishes New Book

(9) Comments | Posted October 7, 2009 | 11:39 AM

How could you not love a book that starts "singing" David Bowie's "Changes" ("This is the story of my ", which took me from insanity to clarity")? In her book iWant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life
(Health Communications, Inc., 2009), the television journalist and...

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Hooters for Neuters -- NYC Marquee Night Club Oct. 1

(12) Comments | Posted September 25, 2009 | 5:05 PM

By Belisa Vranich and Reedu Taha

Call it stubborn pride or male anxiety, but mention neutering Fido in front of a man and he'll cross his legs ... "uh, do we have to?" Since the ancient Spartans fought with swords and had six-pack abs the male libido has been associated...

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Faking It Outside the Bedroom: I Don't Like My Life, So I'll Take Yours

(8) Comments | Posted September 18, 2009 | 5:25 PM


By: Dr. Belisa Vranich
Michael Cordera, Esq.
Police officer Jared Rodriguez was doing pretty well hot-tubbing and feeling up his twin brother's girlfriend until she realized she was being duped. Add to this already-in-daytime-TV-production that his wily scheme...

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Money and Fear

(20) Comments | Posted November 10, 2008 | 10:46 AM

Apart from the understandable anxiety over lifestyle change (from limiting yourself to window shopping to foreclosing your home), I keep getting asked why we're seeing extreme reactions and herding mentality* regarding the financial crises. Real losses and risks aside, how much does psychology have to do with it?

The Seven...

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Female Infidels Catch Up... And Invade Your Home?

(21) Comments | Posted November 3, 2008 | 9:47 AM

Don't look now, but there is someone, someone nearby, waiting to steal (or at least borrow) your spouse from right under your nose.

What is the good news? Or even just the new news? Turns out infidelity is an equal opportunity employer; women are turning to men who don't...

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Get in Line, Miley: Study Finds 1 in 4 Women Would Date a Man 15 Years Her Senior

(15) Comments | Posted October 12, 2008 | 6:56 PM

Disney's Golden Child Miley Cyrus is dating an older man? Heavens, first naked pictures and now this? I know what comes to mind -- those creepy polygamous cult pictures of thin, nondescript, middle-aged men holding bonneted Laura Ingles-like tweens at their sides. Or the "granddaddy" of them all, 63 years...

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Psychologically Incongruent: The Compassionate Abuser

(18) Comments | Posted September 19, 2008 | 3:20 PM

Are you a morning person or a night person? Sweet or salty? Cardio or weights? Cats or dogs? Whether you consider yourself an "animal person" or not, the real story behind former Mets minor leaguer Joseph Petchka's killing of his girlfriend's tabby is that you can't profess to be a...

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Am I a Slut or do I have a Sex Addiction?

(14) Comments | Posted September 5, 2008 | 7:21 PM

All week long I've had emails with a variation of the following:

"Am I a slut or do I have a sex addiction?"

Rather that give you just my opinion, I gathered some friends and colleagues -- experts in the field of sex in one way or another -- to...

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Eat Me: Reasons why you Might Want to Wash your Mouth out with Soap

(3) Comments | Posted September 4, 2008 | 6:26 PM

As of late, I feel as if we've gone from liking clean smells--think Murphy's Oil Soap, Lemon Pledge, and even the faint smell of bleach--to craving products with aromas of tangy fruity blends that sound more like Jamba Juice than detergents.

Perhaps beauty and shower products are the most...

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Cal Chamberlain, R.I.P.

(10) Comments | Posted August 3, 2008 | 7:48 PM

Cal quit his job as a blog commentator at CNN in Washington, DC when he became so disillusioned by the hypocrisy of media that he couldn't stand being part of it anymore. He came back to New York and back to making large sculptures for the Madagascar Institute for Burning...

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Men And Women: Oh So Different!

(55) Comments | Posted July 27, 2008 | 7:36 AM

Think you know women? Think your man is all that simple? Think again. Sure, some of these are generalizations you may not fit into, but shedding any light on the topic of gender differences can make figuring out your sister in law, boss or stepson a tiny bit easier.

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Why "Pretty" And "Ugly" Mean Nothing

(118) Comments | Posted July 20, 2008 | 7:19 AM

Although I can answer most "Dear Doc" questions I receive to some extent or another, some stump even me. This week I got this one - any suggestions?

I just joined a gym in the neighborhood and noticed a really skinny girl working out. By the time I get there,...

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My Ugly Dog

(32) Comments | Posted July 6, 2008 | 7:30 AM

"That dog is ugly," a girl from the high school across the street spat at me as she walked by with her friends. I've heard it before - sometimes it still hurts my feelings, especially when I think about how much better Brenda is than when we* first found her....

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