Dr. Joseph R. Novello


Joseph R. Novello was born in Ashtabula, Ohio but grew up in Lorain and graduated from Lorain High School in 1959. Novello graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame where he received the F.A. Miller Award for journalism and the O'Donnell Medal as top graduating senior in Communication Arts. Novello earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan and completed a medicine-surgery internship at Cleveland Metropolitan Hospital. He practiced as a general family physician before entering the U.S. Navy as a flight Surgeon.

Upon completion of military service, Novello chose a career in adult and child psychiatry and completed his training at the University of Michigan. He has served as Director of Child and Adolescent Services at The Psychiatric Institute of Washington and was founder of the Gateway, a residential treatment program for teenage drug abusers.

Novello is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and maintains a private practice in Washington, D.C. and suburban Virginia. He is board-certified in both Adult and Child Psychiatry.

Novello is well known to the general public through his media activities. In Washington he has hosted his own daily radio call-in program on WMAL and his regular feature, The Family Doctor, has appeared on WJIA-TV News.

Novello has also been active in the media on the national level. His syndicated radio program "Healthtime" has been heard daily in over 300 cities and he has often appeared on the network programs of ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN. He has also frequently been the guest on talk shows and public affairs programs such as Nightline, Good Morning America and the Today Show.

As a national spokesperson, Novello has teamed up with Alice Faye; legendary screen star of the'30's and '40's on a coast to coast speaking tour. The tour, "Help Yourself to Good Health," provided health tips to senior citizens and received numerous awards from mayors and governors across the country. Novello has authored two textbooks in psychiatry and contributed several scientific papers to the medical literature. In addition, he has written three popular books for parents: Bringing Up Kids American Style, How To Survive Your Kids, and What To Do Until the Grownup Arrives. 

His featured column, "You and Your Child" appeared each week in Woman's World Magazine for many years. His most recent book, The Myth of More, explores the interface between psychiatry and spirituality.

Novello has received numerous honors, including: Washington's Top Doctors, Best Doctors in America, Special Commendation of the American Psychiatric Association, Elected Membership in the American College of Psychiatrists, U.S. Surgeon General's Medal, and the Georgetown University Vicennial Medal. In addition to his clinical practice, teaching and writing, Novello has been a consultant to the U.S. Navy Medical Center, and the Inter-American Development Bank and served as Health Issues Advisor to U.S. Senator John Warner of Virginia. Commentator, consultant, author and teacher, Novello is first and foremost a practicing physician who believes that public education is a vital and necessary step towards good health. His motto is: Good Science and Good Sense.


  • A Practical Handbook of Psychiatry. (Editor, 1974)
  • A Short Course in Adolescent Psychiatry. (Editor, 1979, rev. 1993, 1994).
  • Bringing Up Kids American Style. (1981)
  • How To Survive Your Kids. (1988)
  • What To Do Until the Grownup Arrives. (1991)
  • The Myth of More: And Other Lifetraps That Sabotage the Happiness You Deserve. (2001)

Dr. Novello also wrote an advice column, "You and Your Child", that appeared weekly in Woman's World Magazine for many years.