Psychology Today

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

Psychology Today
Editor in ChiefKaja Perina
PublisherJohn Thomas[1]
Total circulation
Year founded1967 (1967)
CompanySussex Publishers
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York City

History and mission

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 250,000 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 the one of the top ten consumer magazines by newsstand sales.[6] In recent years, while many magazines have suffered in readership declines, Adweek, in 2013, noted Psychology Today's 36 percent increase in number of readers.[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. "Advertising Media Kit" (PDF). Psychology Today. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  3. 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.
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