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Having added a psychology movies page to the website, it seemed logical to also examine psychology within fictional books and literature.

This page highlights the work of authors who are recognized for writing about psychology in a measured and responsible manner. It also showcases the very best works of fiction written by psychologists and takes a look at some of the most popular fictional psychologists and psychological thrillers out there.

Jonathan Kellerman

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In 1998 Jonathan Kellerman received a presidential citation at the American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention in San Francisco for his contribution to science through literature. Kellerman has written a series of best selling novels based on the crime solving exploits of fictional clinical psychologist Alex Delaware.

In an APA article entitled "Boosting Psychology Through Fiction", Kellerman notes:

"I wrote from the perspective of what I was, a psychologist...I wrote what I knew. I've been exposed to very troubling material as a psychologist, but here was a way to write my own story and play God by having the cases turn out the way I wanted them to".

The article points out that Alex Delaware's work ethic is one of quiet, professional observation beacause for Kellerman an empathetic psychologist is an ideal model for a detective.

Jonathan Kellerman Talks About His Latest Novel Obsession

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Click Here to visit Jonathan Kellerman's official website.

Click Here to visit Faye Kellerman's official website. The wife of Jonathan Kellerman, Faye Kellerman is a fellow best selling author and recipient of The APA presidential citation for contribution to science through literature.

Roberta Isleib

Clinical psychologist Roberta Isleib has penned two series of psychology fiction books. Her "Golf Lover's Mysteries" series concerning the adventures of a neurotic professional golfer and a sports psychologist was nominated for both Agatha and Anthony awards.

Her latest advice column mystery series fatures a Connecticut psychologist and advice columnist and as stated on her official website, Roberta Isleib is passionate about portraying this psychologist character as a competent professional.

This last point was recently reinforced during an interview Roberta Isleib gave for the psychology podcast show Shrink Rap Radio. If you would like to listen to this engaging broadcast in full, you can download and listen to the interview in MP3 format by Clicking Here.

Book Trailer For Roberta Isleib's Latest Novel "Asking For Murder"

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Fictional Books Written By Psychologists

The Stethoscope Cure by Sam Osherson, PhD, Professor of Psychology at Fielding Graduate University.

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From The Author:

After years of writing nonfiction books about the complexities of adult life, I have turned to fiction in order to dig deeper into how we renew our creativity and hopefulness while remaining loyal to the roles and responsibilities that we hold dear. The Stethoscope Cure centers on a young psychiatrist just holding on by a thread as he tries to deal with the flood of vets coming into a VA hospital during the Vietnam War. This is a time when I, too, came of age professionally, doing my internship in the Boston VA hospital in the late Sixties. 

The story is not a thinly-disguised rendering of my own experience, though it does draw on what I observed at the time. I am fascinated by the inner life of therapists, particularly the wonderful irony that we are often able to help other people when we are so dearly in need of help ourselves. The struggle of Dr. Paul Gilverstein - the novel's main character - to be true to himself and his experiences without abandoning his responsibilities to others (his patients and his marriage , in particular) is a central question for us all today. The Stethoscope Cure offers an exploration of what it means to really listen to someone else, to truly hear and respond to those we are involved with.

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Fictional Psychologists


Crime writer Val McDermid has written five psychology fiction books featuring clinical psychologist Dr. Tony Hill and in 2002 a T.V series "Wire in The Blood" featuring the fictional psychologist was launched. This very popular series ran until 2009.

Wire In The Blood Series 4 TV Trailer


Created by The Author James Patterson, Alex Cross has a PH.D. in psychology with Special concentration in the field of abnormal psychology and forensic psychology. Cross is a senior FBI agent and profiler.

To date James Patterson has written thirteen psychology fiction Alex cross novels; two of which (Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider) were adapted for the big screen, starring the wonderful Morgan Freeman as Alex Cross.

Kiss The Girls Trailer


The latest fictional psychologist on the block created by comedy writer and bestselling author Charlotte Hughes. In the first psychology fiction book of a new series "What Looks Like Crazy," we are introduced to Dr. Kate Holly, a clinical psychologist, and her wild and crazy patients, friends, and family.

In describing "What Looks Like Crazy," Hughes says that "It's irreverent and politically incorrect, but it's done in great fun!" Charlotte Hughes is currently working on the second book of the CRAZY series, entitled Nutcase. So watch this space.

For more information or to get hold of "What Looks Like Crazy," just click on the following link.

What Looks Like Crazy

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(Many thanks to David John Berndt for letting me know about this particular fictional psychologist).

Psychological Thrillers

The Woman Who Couldn't Remember But Didn't Forget

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When results for her innovative wind power project show unprecedented productivity, windmill energy expert Sylvie Deroque hits the big time in the Los Angeles energy firm where she works. The next day her oilman colleague steals her client from her. Armed with facts, figures, and charm, Sylvie crashes a meeting between the two men to woo her client back. Inexplicably, just as she's on the verge of succeeding, she goes into a "strange state," grabs a security guard's gun, and shoots her rival and a member of her erstwhile client's firm.

To reclaim her life, Sylvie must not only beat the attempted murder charge, she must recover her memory of the long-forgotten events from her childhood in Occupied Paris that propelled her to violence. She begins this critical journey with daring and determination, then a threat to her identity estranges her from those she loves. What will it take to set her to rights? Does she have the courage she needs to realize her dreams?

See following link for full details:

The Woman Who Couldn't Remember But Didn't Forget

About The Author

Social psychologist Walli F. Leff taught in universities and did research on social influence and attitudes. She is the author, with Marilyn G. Haft, of Time Without Work, and writes articles on psychology, science, cultural and political affairs, and travel.

Psychology Fiction Resources

Very useful website hosted by Jeannie Campbell who provides expert advice to authors on characterization, plot feasibility, and personality consistency.

Click Here to visit The Character Therapist Homepage.

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