Jonathan Kellerman

American novelist and psychologist

1949   -  

country of citizenship: United States of America
languages spoken, written or signed: English
educated at: University of California, Los Angeles, University of Southern California
occupation: psychologist, writer, novelist
award received: Edgar Awards, APA Award for Lifetime Contributions to Psychology, Anthony Award

Jonathan Seth Kellerman (born August 9, 1949) is an American novelist, psychologist, and Edgar- and Anthony Award–winning author best known for his popular mystery novels featuring the character Alex Delaware, a child psychologist who consults for the Los Angeles Police Department.Born on the Lower East Side of New York City, his family relocated to Los Angeles when Jonathan was nine years old.Kellerman graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with a doctor of philosophy degree in psychology in 1974, and began working as a staff psychologist at the USC School of Medicine, where he eventually became a full clinical professor of pediatrics. He opened a private practice in the early 1980s while writing novels in his garage at night.His first published novel, When the Bough Breaks, appeared in 1985, many years after writing and having works rejected. He then wrote five best-selling novels while still a practicing psychologist. In 1990, he quit his private practice to write full-time. He has written more than 40 crime novels, as well as nonfiction works and children’s books.
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