Psychology Today
Cover of the magazine's January 2023 issue
Editor-in-chiefKaja Perina
PublisherJohn Thomas[1]
Total circulation275,000 (as of 2023)[2]
Founded1967; 57 years ago (1967)
CompanySussex Publishers
CountryUnited States
Based in16 West 22nd Street, Suite 200, New York City, U.S.

Psychology Today is an American media organization with a focus on psychology and human behavior. It began as a bimonthly magazine, which first appeared in 1967. The Psychology Today website features therapy and health professionals directories[2] and hundreds of blogs written by a wide variety of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, medical doctors, marriage and family therapists, anthropologists, sociologists, and science journalists.

Psychology Today is among the oldest media outlets with a focus on behavioral science. Its mission is to cover all aspects of human behavior so as to help people better manage their own health and wellness, adjust their mindset, and manage a range of mental health and relationship concerns.[attribution needed]

Psychology Today content and its therapist directory are found in 20 countries worldwide.[3] Psychology Today's therapist directory is the most widely used[4] and allows users to sort therapists by location, insurance, types of therapy, price, and other characteristics. It also has a Spanish-language website.[5]

The print magazine's reported circulation is 275,000 as of 2023.[2]


20th century

Psychology Today was founded in 1967[6] by Nicolas Charney. The goal of the publication is to make the psychology literature accessible to the general public.

Psychology Today features reportage and information that looks inward at the workings of the brain aand bonds between people. It draws on research reports and interviews with experts on topics, including human motivation, personality development, intelligence, child development, parenting practices, schizophrenia, sexuality, leadership, addiction, anxiety, politics, and human and animal behavior.

Contributors have included Irving Janis, Martin Seligman, Peter Drucker, Abraham Maslow, and others.[7]

In 1976, Psychology Today sold 1,026,872 copies.[6] In 1981, its circulation increased to 1,171,362 copies in 1981. In 1986, it decreased, to 862,193.[6]

From 1983 to 1987, Psychology Today was owned and managed by the American Psychological Association.[8]

In 1992, following changes in ownership and a two-year publishing hiatus, Psychology Today resumed publication as a general magazine, adding distinguished science journalism to cover a rapidly expanding field of human knowledge, including articles on bullying, bias, and behavioral economics, psychopathy, perfectionism, and other topics.[citation needed] The magazine has won several awards from the Society of Publication Designers.[9]

21st century

From June 2010 to June 2011, Psychology Today ranked among the top 10 selling consumer magazines at newsstands.[10]

The Psychology Today website, which includes archived articles since 1992, features a continuous stream of blogs by laboratory researchers, clinical practitioners, and writers with a broad range of expertise. Daily reports of the findings of new research on human behavior accompany accounts of common concerns and explorations of the impact of current events on mental health.

The website includes a directory of psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals in the U.S. and globally. In June 2021, The New York Times recommended the website as a source for finding therapists.[11]


Psychology Today is currently owned by Sussex Publishers.[12]

Content and standards

The magazine is not peer-reviewed,[13] but all expert author content is reviewed, edited, and fact-checked for accuracy and objectivity by the publication's editorial staff.[14] Psychology Today features contributors with various academic expertise in psychology-related fields.[15]

Editors in chief


  1. ^ "About Psychology Today". Psychology Today. John Thomas. Retrieved 2022-05-23.
  2. ^ a b c "Advertising Media Kit" (PDF). Psychology Today. Retrieved 2021-02-03.
  3. ^ "Find a Therapist, Psychologist, Counselor - Psychology Today". Retrieved 2021-02-09.
  4. ^ "How to find a therapist who is right for you". Los Angeles Times. 2020-12-23. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
  5. ^ "Psychology Today en español - España: salud, ayuda, felicidad + encuentra un psicólogo". (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2021-03-04.
  6. ^ a b c Bruce V. Lewenstein (1987). "Was There Really a Popular Science" Boom"?". Science, Technology, & Human Values. 12 (2): 29–41. doi:10.1177/016224398701200204. hdl:1813/13731. S2CID 141385150. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  7. ^ "25 Big Ideas That Began Here". Psychology Today. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  8. ^ Dougherty, Phillip H. (February 23, 1983). "Advertising: Psychology Today Sale To Group Completed". The New York Times.
  9. ^ "SPD Gold & Silver Medal Winners". Society of Publication Designers. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
  10. ^ Ives, Nat (9 August 2011). "Top 10 Consumer Magazines by Single Copy Sales (chart)". AdAge.
  11. ^ "The Online Therapy Services We'd Use". The New York Times. 17 June 2021. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
  12. ^ "About Psychology Today". Psychology Today. Retrieved 2022-05-23.
  13. ^ Kelly, Jacalyn; Sadeghieh, Tara; Adeli, Khosrow (October 2014). "Peer Review in Scientific Publications: Benefits, Critiques, & A Survival Guide". EJIFCC. 25 (3): 227–243. ISSN 1650-3414. PMC 4975196. PMID 27683470.
  14. ^ "Editorial Process | Psychology Today". Retrieved 2022-03-15.
  15. ^ "Meet Our Contributors | Psychology Today". Retrieved 2021-03-02.
  16. ^ "Contact".

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