Dr. Phil McGraw is a mental health professional born on Sept. 1, 1950, in Vinita, Oklahoma. Phil earned a football scholarship to the University of Texas but completed his undergraduate studies in psychology from the Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. After earning a doctorate in clinical psychology, Phil joined his father’s private clinical practice and later started a forensic psychology firm, named Courtroom Sciences. He started his daytime talk show "Dr. Phil" in 2002.
Philip Calvin McGraw was born to Joe and Jerry McGraw and raised in rural Oklahoma and Texas along with his three sisters. Phil’s father, Joe McGraw, was an oil rig supplier who quit his job and became a psychologist. With an early interest in football, Phil served as a linebacker in his high school team. Following a heavy defeat in a football match, Phil became deeply interested in human behavior and psychology. He completed his doctorate from the University of North Texas and took a year of post-doctoral training in forensic psychology at The Wilmington Institute.
In 1996, Phil helped Oprah Winfrey settle a defamation case against her through his business. He regularly featured in Oprah’s talk show speaking about life strategies and mental health issues. Phil McGraw has also authored several New York Times bestseller self-help books.