John M. Grohol, Psy.D. is an expert in online psychology and behavior, researcher, author, and CEO & founder of the leading mental health and psychology network, Psych Central.com. Since receiving his doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in 1995, Dr. Grohol has worked tirelessly as an online patient advocate and publisher of independent, objective mental health information designed to reduce the stigma associated with these concerns.
He founded Psych Central in 1995 as one of the first mental health and psychology sites that offered information about the symptoms and treatments of mental disorders, including interactive screening quizzes and self-help tools. It now is the home to over 170 support groups, over 200,000 members, and was recognized by TIME.com as one of the 50 Best Websites of 2008.
Dr. Grohol has also worked for a number of e-Health firms, including drkoop.com; the Internet's first online clinic, HelpHorizons.com; and Steve Case's Revolution Health, helping them with their own mental health centers and understanding the power of online self-help support groups.
As one of the pioneering leaders in psychology online, Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board for the journal CyberPsychology, Social Networking & Behavior and is a founding member of the Society for Participatory Medicine. He is also the author of The Insider's Guide to Mental Health Resources Online (Guilford) and blogs regularly at e-Patients.net as well as on PsychCentral.com.