Advisory Board


A Message from Dr. Phil:

When I decided to start the Dr. Phil show more than 10 years ago, I knew I had an opportunity and responsibility to provide up-to-date information about many of the most important mental health issues of our time. Whether it affects individuals, families or society in general, I want to bring the best available, research-based information to my viewers. To reach that end, I have assembled some of the most accomplished and respected professionals in the world to serve on the Dr. Phil Advisory Board. I am grateful for their expertise and their commitment, and I am proud to stand with them to bring you the stories and information that can make a difference in your life.


Meet the Dr. Phil Advisory Board:


Frank Lawlis, Ph.D., ABPP
Dr. Phil Show
PNP Center
571 W. Main St., Suite 210
Lewisville, TX 75057
Phone: (972) 434-5454

Dr. Frank Lawlis focused upon clinical and research methods of the mind-body when he received his Ph.D. in psychology with an emphasis in medical disease interventions and rehabilitation. He was board certified (A.B.P.P.) in both counseling and clinical psychology, and also received the status of Fellow from the American Psychological Association for his scientific contributions to the field of clinical psychology and behavioral medicine. He has blazed new studies and approaches in the care of children and adults with chronic and acute pain, cancer and neurological problems, and most recently, brain plasticity for concentration and emotional disorders. Dr. Lawlis has served in teaching and training posts in five prestigious medical schools, as well as five A.P.A. graduate schools in psychology. He is the principle content and oversight adviser of the Dr. Phil show and director of psychological testing, American Mensa. Dr. Lawlis has authored and co-authored more than 100 scholarly chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals.




Barry S. Anton, Ph.D., ABPP
Rainier Behavioral Health
5909 Orchard West
Tacoma, WA 98467
Phone: (253) 475-6021
Fax: (253)-474-1871

Barry Anton is a graduate of the University of Vermont and received his doctorate at Colorado State University. Following a clinical internship at the Harvard Medical School program at Massachusetts Mental Health Center, he completed his post-doctoral training in child and adolescent clinical psychology at the Judge Baker Children’s Center and Boston’s Children Hospital. Dr. Anton is board certified in child and adolescent clinical psychology and serves as an ABPP examiner in both fields, as well as serving on their board. Dr. Anton was a distinguished professor at the University of Puget Sound, where he taught for more than three decades. He retired from teaching in 2007 to pursue full-time private practice in an interprofessional mental health practice that he started with a psychiatrist in 1985. Rainier Behavioral Health now employs 17 clinicians and nine staff, and provides more than 18,000 patient visits a year. Long active in mental health advocacy and public policy, Dr. Anton was on the executive committee of the Washington State Psychological Association (WSPA) for 12 years. A recipient of numerous awards from WSPA, he became active in national advocacy efforts through the American Psychological Association. Widely published with more than 60 articles, his latest book, Introduction to Clinical Psychology, with Janet Matthews, was published by Oxford University Press in 2008. Dr. Anton has presented at national and international conferences on issues including mental health advocacy, professional training and interprofessional practice.




Patricia Berliner, Ph.D.
8927 Lefferts Blvd.
Richmond Hill, NY 11418
Phone: (717) 849-4029

Dr. Berliner is in private practice, specializing in adult psychotherapy. She teaches holistic and psychospiritual workshops and programs. She is a member of the sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, New York. She is the author of Touching Your Lifethread and Revaluing the Feminine: A Process of Psychospiritual Change.




Stanley Charnofsky, Ed.D.
Professor/Head of Marriage and Family Therapy Program at California State University, Northridge
Northridge, CA 91330-8265
Phone: (818) 677-2548

Dr. Charnofsky is a professor at California State University, Northridge and head of the training for marriage and family therapists. He is the past president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology and continues to serve on the national board. He is a former professional baseball player and played with the Yankees organization. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award from California State University, Northridge and is the author of When Women Leave Men: How Men Feel, How Men Heal, the novel, Enemies, two textbooks and other works.




John T. Chirban, Ph.D., Th.D.
Harvard Medical School,
Hellenic College
479 West St.
Carlisle, MA 01741
Phone: (978) 287-5557
Fax: (978) 223-2366

Dr. Chirban is director of the Institute of Medicine, Psychology and Religion in Cambridge, MA. He maintains special interest in integrative studies in medicine, psychology and religion. He serves as a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School at The Cambridge Health Alliance. In 2003, he was named Senior Fellow at the Center for Study of World Religions at Harvard University. Dr. Chirban’s recent books include: How to Talk with Your Kids about Sex: Help Your Children Develop a Positive, Healthy Attitude Toward Sex and Relationships; Holistic Healing in Byzantium; What’s Love Got to Do with It: Talking with Your Kids about Sex; True Coming of Age: A Dynamic Process that Leads to Emotional Well-Being, Spiritual Growth, and Meaningful Relationships; Raised in Glory: Orthodox Understandings of Death, Resurrection and Immortality; Sickness or Sin? Spiritual Discernment and Differential Diagnosis.




Barbara Dossey, Ph.D., RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
Independent Nurse Educator and Consultant

Barbara Dossey, Ph.D., RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the holistic nursing movement. She is co-director, International Nurse Coach Association (INCA) and co-director, Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Program (INCCP), Huntington, New York; International co-director, Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH); and director, Holistic Nursing Consultants (HNC), Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has received many awards and has authored or co-authored 24 books, including Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice (6th ed., 2013); Florence Nightingale: Mystic, Visionary, Healer (2010, Commemorative Edition); Florence Nightingale Today: Healing, Leadership, Global Action (2005); and Compassionate Care of the Dying: Manual and Standards for Practice (2007). A major focus of her work currently includes integrative nurse coaching, and integral and holistic nursing and global nursing. She is also exploring the impact of Florence Nightingale’s life and work on contemporary nursing and humankind. For more information, visit:, and




Steve Edwards, Ph.D.
Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma State University/Willard Hall Room 325E
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: (405) 744-7476
Fax: (405) 744-6399

Dr. Edwards is a professor and associate dean in the College of Education at Oklahoma State University. He completed graduate studies at Purdue University and has been teaching and conducting research in sports psychology for 30 years. He has numerous national and international publications and presentations and is nationally recognized for his work in the psychology of physical activity and exercise. He is assistant chief and the training officer with the Ingalls Fire District in Payne County, Oklahoma. He is trained as an EMT-B and consults nationwide in the fire service.




William Glasser, M.D.
President/Founder The William Glasser Institute,
The William Glasser Foundation for Research of Choice Therapy in Public Mental Health at Loyola Marymount University
939 Bluegrass Ln.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Phone: (310) 472-7422
Fax: (310) 472-7422

Dr. Glasser is an internationally recognized psychiatrist, best known as the author of Reality Therapy, a method of psychotherapy he created in 1965, now taught in certificate programs worldwide. His path has been one of a continuing progression from private practice, to lecturing and writing and ultimately culminating in the publication of more than 20 books. Very early, he came to the conclusion that genetically, we are social creatures who need each other and that the cause of almost all psychological symptoms is our inability to get along with the important people in our lives.




Sally Singer Horwatt, Ph.D.,
MS Clinical Psychopharmacology
1800 Town Center Drive, Suite 216
Reston, Virginia 20190-3238
Phone: (703) 435-4741
Fax: (703) 435-5881

As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Horwatt was in private practice and did long-term group and individual psychotherapy with adults through the very old. She also worked with people to enable them to conquer fear of injections, to stop smoking and to develop alternative, better habits. Dr. Horwatt has been president of the Virginia Psychological Association and the Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists. She is currently a Virginia Representative to the APA’s Council of Representatives (the governing body of the APA). She was member-at-large on APA’s Division 42 (Psychologists in Independent Practice) and is currently Treasurer of Division 31 (Division of State and Provincial Psychological Association Affairs). In her practice, she was very concerned to use interventions that are evidence-based but flexible — while in session, her vision was directed to the person or persons sitting in front of her. Dr. Horwatt’s post-doctoral master’s degree in clinical psychopharmacology with studies in pathophysiology help her evaluate the well-being of the whole person. She believes integrated healthcare of this nature is in the best interest of the patient and is the future of medicine.




T.D. (Thomas Dexter) Jakes
Bishop, Doctor of Ministry in Religious Studies
The Potter’s House
6777 West Kiest Boulevard
Dallas, Texas 75236
Phone: (214) 331-0954

Bishop T. D. Jakes is a charismatic leader, visionary, provocative thinker and entrepreneur who serves as senior pastor of The Potter’s House, a global humanitarian organization and 30,000-member church located in Dallas. Named “America’s Best Preacher” by TIME Magazine, Jakes’ voice reverberates from the world’s most prominent stages. Through his nexus of charitable works, T.D. Jakes is known for extending a hand of help to the needy, heart of compassion to the hurting and message of inspiration to the oppressed. Beyond the pulpit, Jakes ranks among the 25 Most Influential African Americans, Britain’s 100 Most Influential Black People and EBONY’s Power100. His worldwide impact is felt through an empire that spans film, television, radio, best-selling books and conference series.



Art Markman, Ph.D.
University of Texas/Dept. of Psychology
1 University Station
Austin, TX 78712
Phone: (512) 232-4645

Dr. Markman is the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin and director of the program in the Human Dimensions of Organization. He has written more than 125 papers on research in thinking, including reasoning, decision making and motivation. He helps companies improve the thinking processes of their employees through his company Maximizing Mind, LLC. He blogs regularly for Psychology Today, Huffington Post, and Harvard Business Review. His latest book is called Smart Thinking.




Daniel H. Siegel, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry,
UCLA School of Medicine
11980 San Vicente Blvd. Suite 809
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Phone: (310) 447-0848

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., is currently clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Siegel is the executive director of the Mindsight Institute. He has published extensively, including Mindsight, which offers readers an in-depth exploration of the power of the mind to integrate the brain and promote well-being. His latest books are The Whole Brain Child and Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology. He has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.




Faith Tanney, Ph.D.
4545 42nd St. NW, Suite 304 Washington, D.C. 20016
Phone: (202) 966-0592

Dr. Faith Tanney has practiced for more than 30 years in the District of Columbia, delivering psychological services to individuals and couples. Her professional specialties include the treatment of mood disorders and adult Attention Deficit Disorder. Dr. Tanney has published two books and more than a dozen articles dealing with women in psychotherapy and increasing the public’s access to mental health services. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, boarded in clinical psychology through the prestigious American Board of Professional Psychology and a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice. Dr. Tanney received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.




Brian Tracy, MBA
Brian Tracy International
462 Steven Ave., Suite 305
Solano Beach, CA 92075
Phone: (858) 436-7313
Fax: (858) 436-7383

Brian Tracy is chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy Interntational, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals and organizations. He is among the top speakers, trainers and seminar leaders in the world today. He has consulted for more than 1,000 companies and addressed more than 5,000,000 people in talks and seminars throughout the U.S., Canada and 54 other countries. Brian is the top-selling author of 50 books that have been translated into 38 languages. He has written and produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs. Prior to founding the company, Brian had successful careers in eight industries. He has traveled and worked in more than 90 countries on six continents, and speaks four languages. He is active in community and national affairs, and is the president of three companies headquartered in Solano Beach, CA.




Philip G. Zimbardo, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Stanford University
President, Heroic Imagination Project
220 Halleck St. Suite G100A
San Francisco, CA 94129
Phone: (415) 800-7745

Philip Zimbardo is one of the world’s most distinguished living psychologists, having served as president of the American Psychological Association, designed and narrated the award wining PBS-TV series, Discovering Psychology, and published more than 50 books and 400 professional and popular articles and chapters. A professor emeritus at Stanford University, Dr. Zimbardo has spent 50 years teaching and studying psychology. He received his Ph.D. in social psychology from Yale University. During his career, his research interests have varied from shyness to time perspective, persuasion, cults, madness, violence, vandalism, political psychology and evil.




Lonnie Sherrod, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Distinguished Lecturer, Applied Developmental Psychology, Fordham University
2950 S. State St. Suite 401
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: (734) 926-0611
Fax: (734) 926-0601

Lonnie R. Sherrod received his Ph.D. in psychology from Yale University in 1978, an M.A. from University of Rochester (1976) and a B.A. from Duke University (1972). He is currently executive director of the Society for Research in Child Development. He was formerly professor of psychology in Fordham University’s Applied Developmental Psychology Program (ADP) and remains Distinguished Lecturer. His area of research is youth political development, and he has co-edited special issues of the Journal of Research on Social Issues (1998) and Applied Developmental Science (2002) on the topic and a recent (2010) Handbook of Research on Youth Civic Engagement.





Dr. Charles J. Sophy, FACN
205 S. Beverly Drive, Suite 203
Beverly Hills, California 90212

Dr. Sophy is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry, among other organizations. He currently serves as the medical director, county of Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services and Interim Chief Deputy Director (Acting) (April–October 2004) Los Angeles, California. He also maintains a private practice specializing in child/adolescent and adult psychiatry and is a clinical instructor at the University of California Los Angeles, Neuropsychiatric Institute.




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