Psychology Today

Psychology Today is a magazine published every two months in the United States since 1967.

Psychology Today
Cover of Psychology Today 2013.jpg
Editor in ChiefKaja Perina
PublisherJohn Thomas[1]
Total circulation
Year founded1967; 54 years ago (1967)
CompanySussex Publishers
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York City

History and missionEdit

Founded in 1967[3] by Nicolas Charney, Ph.D, its intent is to make psychology literature more accessible to the general public. The magazine focuses on behavior and covers a range of topics including psychology, neuroscience, relationships, sexuality, parenting, health (including from the perspectives of alternative medicine), work,[4] and the psychological aspects of current affairs.[2]

The magazine's website features therapy and health professionals directories[2] and hundreds of blogs written by a wide variety of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, medical doctors, anthropologists, sociologists, and science journalists. Its current editor-in-chief is Kaja Perina.[5]


In 1976 Psychology Today sold 1,026,872 copies.[3] The circulation of the magazine was 1,171,362 copies in 1981 and 862,193 copies in 1986.[3]

It has a circulation of 300,000 copies per issue as of 2017 and claims 15.02 people read each copy for a total audience of 3,755,000.[2] From June 2010 to June 2011, it was one of the top ten consumer magazines by newsstand sales.[6] In 2013 Adweek noted a 36 percent increase in the number of readers of Psychology Today, while many magazines suffered readership declines.[7]


Owned and managed by the American Psychological Association from 1983 to 1987,[8] the publication is currently endorsed by the National Board for Certified Counselors, which promotes subscriptions and offers professional credit for a small fee and assigned assessment for each article read.[9]


  • Anastasia Toufexis, 1998–1999
  • Robert Epstein, 1999–2003
  • Kaja Perina, 2003–present[10]


  1. ^ "About Psychology Today". Psychology Today. John Thomas. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Advertising Media Kit" (PDF). Psychology Today. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Bruce V. Lewenstein (1987). "Was There Really a Popular Science" Boom"?". Science, Technology, & Human Values. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Psychology Today". Encyclopædia Britannica. 2013.
  5. ^ Perina, Kaja. "Psychology Today: Experts". Psychology Today. Sussex Publishers, LLC. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  6. ^ Ives, Nat (9 August 2011). "Top 10 Consumer Magazines by Single Copy Sales (chart)". AdAge.
  7. ^ Bazilian, Emma (29 May 2013). "Magazine Readership Growing, Survey Shows Digital readership up more than 80% in past year". Adweek.
  8. ^ Dougherty, Phillip H. (February 23, 1983). "Advertising: Psychology Today Sale To Group Completed". The New York Times.
  9. ^ "Certification Benefits". NCC Service Center. National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates, Inc. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  10. ^ Contact

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