About the author


I am an author, journalist and editor. I have been observing and writing about human behavior for most of my professional life, for the past 17 years as Editor in Chief and Editor-at-Large of Psychology Today. I have written for many other publications as well, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Smithsonian, New York magazine, and the Ladies Home Journal, and my articles have been reprinted widely. I write a regular advice column for Psychology Today called Unconventional Wisdom. I am the author of two previous books, the most recent on the social development of children, "Why Doesn't Anybody Like Me?": A Guide to Raising Socially Confident Kids (HarperCollins, 1998).

In 2001 I created Psychology Today's Blues Buster, a print newsletter that was the first publication to identify and document the mental health crisis on America's college campuses. As a result of my reporting I was invited to join the groundbreaking Bringing Theory to Practice Project. Funded by the Engelhard Foundation, it seeks to advance student engagement in learning and civic service as natural means of countering the epidemic of depression and other disorders of disconnection so widespread on American college campuses today. I am also a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Haifa in Israel.

I am based in New York and welcome opportunities to speak to community groups, parent groups, schools and colleges everywhere. Please write me at hmarano@anationofwimps.com with a bit of information about your organization and suggested dates.

Press and other inquiries can also be directed to me at hmarano@anationofwimps.com.