Irene S. Levine, PhD is an award-winning freelance journalist and author. Trained as a psychologist, she has had a wealth of academic, professional, and personal experiences that have contributed to her keen understanding of people. She regularly writes about travel, lifestyles, hotels, restaurants, and food -- for both print and online markets -- including NBC Life Goes Strong, The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today.

Her portfolio covers a wide range of topics including: ice hockey, real estate closings, flirting, Corvettes, and white truffles. Her articles have been published in some of America's major newspapers (such as the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Newsday, USA Today and the Washington Post), and consumer magazines (such as AARP Bulletin, Better Homes and Gardens, Health, Ladies' Home Journal, Prevention, Reader's Digest, Segunda Juventud, and Self). She also writes about health and medicine for trade publications, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and corporate clients.

An expert in friendship and relationships, Irene is the creator and producer of www.TheFriendshipBlog.com/. She's also co-authored Schizophrenia for Dummies (Wiley, 2008) with her husband-psychiatrist. Her first single-authored non-fiction book, Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend, was published by Overlook Press in September 2009. Since 1994, Irene has held a faculty appointment as a professor at the New York University School of Medicine.

Irene is now a full-time freelancer and a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), the North American Travel Journalist Association, the National Association for Health Care Journalists, the Authors Guild, the National Association of Science Writers, and the American Psychological Association.