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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 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. Browne takes a no-nonsense approach to callers, trying to home 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.
Browne's call-in therapy show originated at WOR in New York. She was released by WOR on December 20, 2012 after Clear Channel Communications bought the station and brought in its own network hosts.
Beginning in January 2013, Dr. Joy was heard on Radio America from Noon-3:00pm ET weekdays. As of September 8, 2014 she is in the same time slot on the Genesis Communications Network (GCN).
- Barbara Graustark. "On Air Psychologists: Healers or Exploiters?" New York Times, August 9, 1981, p. D23
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