Known as “Dr. Judy” from her radio call-in advice shows, Dr. Judy Kuriansky is a clinical psychologist, author, professor, and humanitarian. As a clinical psychologist, she has treated thousands of men and women, couples and children. As a humanitarian, representative of several international NGO organizations at the United Nations, and board member of U.S. Doctors for Africa, she has developed many projects helping people around the world, including a camp for girls’ empowerment; helping survivors after 9/11, the tsunami in Sri Lanka and earthquakes in Haiti, China and Japan; and leading workshops on global health, human rights and disarmament. She has moderated the Africa-US Business Executives Conference and Broadway talkbacks; been a panelist at the Friars Club and the UN Commission on the Status of Women, developed “Theme Park Therapy” for Universal Studios; judged Revlon’s “Most Unforgettable Woman” contest; hosted singles events for Time Out Magazine, MTV, Calvin Klein Menswear and Bloomingdales; consulted for marketing and advertising companies; hosted JC Penney’s drug awareness campaign; and even done stand-up at hospital fundraisers. Uniquely talented at bridging worlds, Dr. Judy was recently appointed as an Ambassador for the Friends of the United Nations.
An award-winning journalist, she has been a feature news reporter for WABC-TV and CBS-TV, hosted CNBC’s “Money and Emotions.” A sought-after guest, she has appeared on “Oprah,” “Larry King Live” “Showbiz Tonight” “Issues with Jane Velez Mitchell” and innumerable local and international shows, including for CCTV in China and NHK in Japan. As a talented writer, her books range from solving teen troubles in “Generation Sex” and relationship problems in several “Complete Idiots Guides” (to Dating, A Healthy Relationship and Tantric Sex) to solving global conflicts in “Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Grassroots Peace Building Between Israelis and Palestinians,” and her advice columns appear in Bottom Line Women’s Health, and have appeared on many internet sites and in publications like Family Circle, the Daily News, the Singapore Straits Times, South China Morning Post, Japan’s Hanako magazine and the New York Times.
Her many awards include a commendation from the police department for saving lives, awards for humanitarianism from groups in the U.S., China, Africa and elsewhere, and a recent “Lifetime Achievement Award for Peace and Humanitarianism” from Friends of the United Nations.
Dr. Judy is a pioneer in the field of sex therapy, certified by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists and awarded a Medal of Sexology for Lifetime Achievement. She developed unique workshops for relationship enhancement and AIDS prevention, helped create a pioneer hotline in Shanghai, and consulted for the Singapore Government about dating.
A native New Yorker and “army brat,” Judy Kuriansky was born in Brooklyn to a dentist dad and teacher mom. She was raised partly in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where she learned, as she says, “To know about everything going on in the world and to do as much as possible for as many people.”
At college, Judy earned an A+ in advanced trigonometry and French literature, so her father wanted her to go into computers and her mother wanted her to be a French teacher, but Judy found her career path in psychology, being fascinated with unraveling the puzzle of the mind, since she was solving puzzles from the time she was two years-old.
While working on studies of depression and schizophrenia at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia Medical School, her team was approached to evaluate the first patients going through sex therapy by the renowned Masters and Johnson, and so her career in sexuality was launched.
Judy was a reporter for “Channel 7 Eyewitness News at 11” producing features about psychological issues, and then asked to helm a 5-nights a week 3-hours a night radio call-in advice show on WABC radio. “The field of call-in advice and of sex was just beginning,” Dr. Judy recalls. “It was exciting to forge ‘a road not taken.’ Even though I talked about all psychological issues, people really wanted to talk about sex. It wasn’t even a field then, but now kids come to me and ask how they can be ‘Dr. Judy!’”
When Dr. Judy moved to New York’s famous Z-100 Radio, her popular nighttime radio show “LovePhones” became a huge hit, topping even Howard Stern’s ratings, with call-ins and advice from celebrities like current “Dancing with the Stars” judge Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and former Poison front man now reality TV star Brett Michaels. At the same time, she was reporting on hard news and celebrity news, helmed her own show on CNBC called “Money and Emotions,” pioneered an AOL online show, and was featured in many stories from the New York Times to Rolling Stone magazine.
When people wonder how her career in seemingly unrelated fields of diplomacy at the UN and sex go together, Dr. Judy answers, “It’s all about communication and energy, and helping people to appreciate themselves and others.”
Counseling others to go for their dream, Dr. Judy is taking her own advice. “What matters to me is helping people, giving back and making a difference in the world,” she says. An engaging, educational and entertaining advice-giver and humanitarian, Dr. Judy is doing just that – helping, giving back and making a difference.