Dr. Phil McGraw, one of the most well-known and trusted mental health professionals in the world, is the host of TV’s #1 daytime talk show, DR. PHIL. Now in its 18th season, 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 medium 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 keeps people from seeking help. Dr. McGraw continues to value his academic training and professional qualifications, and insists that the information provided on his show is based on evidence-based treatment options and state-of-the-art research in the fields of psychology, psychiatry and medicine. Since its inception, the show has provided over $35 million in aftercare services for its guests. Dr. McGraw recently signed a multiyear deal with CBS Television Distribution to continue his eponymous show through 2023.
DR. PHIL has been the top-rated daytime talk show for the last seven years. It has received 29 Emmy® nominations and won five PRISM Awards for the accurate depiction of drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse and addiction, as well as a MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) Media Award. In 2015, he was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed on the pioneers, visionaries and stars of the electronic arts.
Before blazing his television career, Dr. McGraw founded Courtroom Sciences, Inc., (CSI), a groundbreaking trial science firm specializing in all aspects of litigation support, providing multi-disciplinary expertise in all areas of litigation and forensic arenas. Dr. McGraw worked side by side with top lawyers from around the world in the most high profile cases. His work at CSI inspired the hit CBS series, BULL, staring Michael Weatherly, where Dr. McGraw serves as co-creator, executive producer and writer on the show that is based on his life. BULL, now in season four, is one of the top-rated dramas at CBS. In addition, Dr. McGraw won an Emmy Award as executive producer of the hit talk show, THE DOCTORS, which is currently in its 12th season. In 2018, Dr. McGraw scored another Emmy as executive producer, when the daily syndicated newsmagazine, DAILYMAILTV, (currently in season three) won Outstanding Entertainment News Program. His podcast, PHIL IN THE BLANKS – with all-new, original interviews – debuted in January 2019 and quickly rose to the #1 podcast on Apple iTunes. In spring 2019, McGraw launched a second podcast – a true crime series – MYSTERY AND MURDER: ANALYSIS BY DR. PHIL, which debuted at #1.
Dr. McGraw is the author of nine #1 New York Times bestsellers, published in 39 languages with more than 33 million copies in print. He is extremely entrepreneurial, working closely with his oldest son Jay, they have created a revolutionary telemedicine system to deliver medical and psychiatric care via smart phone or computer. “Doctor on Demand” (DOD) has taken the telemedicine industry by storm and was voted the most innovative and disruptive new technology at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show.
Dr. McGraw has devoted his platform to the delivery of sound, evidence-based mental health advice for the last 17 years, and has continually strived to make psychology accessible and understandable to the public using the medium of television. In 2006, Dr. McGraw was honored with a Presidential Citation by the American Psychological Association for his significant contributions to the field of psychology. The citation read in part, “your work has touched more Americans than any other living psychologist.”
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. He and his wife have also supported many charitable organizations including the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) by devoting countless hours to CASA’s recruitment project, and generating an increase of $100 million of volunteer services in just one year. Today, the organization is now known as When Georgia Smiled: The Robin McGraw Revelation and Dr. Phil Foundation.
Dr. McGraw is frequently invited to testify as a content expert on Capitol Hill before Congress on high-profile topics, including the overmedication of children in the foster care system, the growing epidemic of type 2 diabetes, cyberbullying, opioid addiction, and domestic violence. Dr. McGraw is also regularly called upon for his expert opinion on current events by major national and international news outlets as well.
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.
An avid tennis player, golfer and scuba diver, Dr. McGraw lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Robin. The couple, married 43 years in August 2019, 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 and London Phillip.