|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (June 2008)|
Early life 
A graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, with an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology, she is a licensed clinical psychologist who was first on the air in Boston at station WITS, where she did a program called Up Close and Personal in the late 1970s.
Today, her syndicated show is one of the longest-running call-in therapy shows in the United States. Until recently, it originated from radio station WOR (New York City). Browne takes a no-nonsense approach to callers, trying to hone in on a problem without getting caught up in a caller's long stories or digressions. Browne is also known for her "one-year rule", which states that people who have lost a spouse or partner due to break-up, death or divorce should wait at a minimum one year before resuming romantic relationships. Dr. Joy is known for her phrase "stupid and cheerful" for dealing with difficult people. Browne has also half-jokingly suggested that people wait until they are 40 or 45 years old before having sex, due to the emotional nakedness involved, in addition to the physical.
Dr. Browne hosted a TV show on the Discovery Health cable channel in 2005 which was a live one-hour simulcast of her weekday show on WOR. She previously hosted a King World-Eyemark weekday syndicated TV advice talk show in 1999 for one year.
She has written numerous books on life and dating, including It’s A Jungle Out There Jane, Dating for Dummies, The Nine Fantasies That Will Ruin Your Life, Capitalizing on Incompetence, Getting Unstuck, and Dating Disasters.
- Barbara Graustark. "On Air Psychologists: Healers or Exploiters?" New York Times, 9 August 1981, p. D23
- Browne, Joy (2006). Dating for dummies. Wiley. ISBN 0-471-76870-7.
- "Dr. Joy Browne to Guest Star in My Big Gay Italian Wedding: Theater News on TheaterMania.com - 09/07/2010". Retrieved 09-12-2010.
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