Phil Mcgraw (Dr. Phil) Height – Quotes, Age, & Wife – Biography

Phil Mcgraw (Dr. Phil) Height – Quotes, Age, & Wife – Biography

Phil Mcgraw (Dr. Phil) Height – Quotes, Age, & Wife – Biography – Phillip Calvin McGraw, also known as Dr. Phil, is an American television personality, author, and former psychologist who is the host of the television show Dr. Phil.

Phil McGraw (Dr. Phil) Height

Phil Mcgraw (Dr. Phil) Height – Quotes, Age, & Wife – Biography

Born name: Phillip Calvin McGraw
Date of Birth: September 1, 1950
Place of Birth: Vinita, Oklahoma, United States
Alma mater: Midwestern State University (BA)
University of North Texas (MA, PhD)
Occupation: Television host, author, psychologist
Spouse(s): Debbie Higgins McCall(m. 1970; annulled 1973), Robin Jameson (m. 1976)
Children: Jordan McGraw, Jay McGraw
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Early life

McGraw was born in Vinita, Oklahoma, on September 1, 1950, the son of Joseph J. McGraw Jr. and his wife, Anne Geraldine “Jerry” (née Stevens). He grew up with two older sisters, Deana and Donna, and younger sister Brenda in the oilfields of North Texas where his father was an equipment supplier. During McGraw’s childhood, his family moved so his father could pursue a lifelong goal of becoming a psychologist.


Education and early career

McGraw graduated in 1975 from Midwestern State University with a B.A. in psychology. He went on to earn an M.A. in experimental psychology in 1976, and a Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology in 1979 at the University of North Texas, where his dissertation was titled “Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Psychological Intervention”. McGraw was guided through the doctoral program by Dr. Frank Lawlis, who later became the primary contributing psychologist for the Dr. Phil television show.



Courtroom Sciences, Inc

In 1990, McGraw co-founded Courtroom Sciences, Inc. (CSI) with lawyer Gary Dobbs. CSI is a trial consulting firm which provides services in US litigation psychology, jury selection, trial consulting, witness training, and depositions. CSI has advised top trial lawyers, every major airline in the world, and dozens of Fortune 500 companies. McGraw is no longer an officer or director of the company.


Television career
Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Phil show

In 1995, Oprah Winfrey hired McGraw’s legal consulting firm CSI to prepare her for the Amarillo Texas beef trial. Winfrey was so impressed with McGraw that she thanked him for her victory in that case, which ended in 1998. Soon after, she invited him to appear on her show. His appearance proved so successful that he began appearing weekly as a relationship and life strategy expert on Tuesdays starting in April 1998.


Controversies and lawsuits
Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (1988)

On October 21, 1988, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists determined that McGraw had hired a former patient for “part-time temporary employment”. Specifically, the board cited “a possible failure to provide proper separation between the termination of therapy and the initiation of employment”, issued a letter of reprimand and imposed administrative penalties. The board also investigated claims made by the patient of inappropriate contact initiated by McGraw, but the “Findings of Fact” document McGraw fulfilled all terms of the board’s requirements, and the board closed its complaint file in June 1990.


Licensing (1989)

McGraw no longer holds a license to practice psychology of any kind in Texas or any other state in the United States. McGraw has been involved in several controversies that put his license to practice at risk. He was brought up on ethics charges for having an inappropriate non-physical relationship with a patient in Texas in January 1989 and had a formal criminal complaint filed against him in California in 2008 for practicing psychology without a professional license or certification and violating doctor-patient confidentiality in connection with an incident with Britney Spears in 2008.



Weight loss products (2003)

In 2003, McGraw entered the weight-loss business, selling shakes, energy bars, and supplements. These products were promoted on his show with his sisters Deana and Brenda and nephew Tony among the featured testimonials on the show. These products’ labels, which carried the brand name “Shape It Up, Woo, Woo!”, stated: “These products contain scientifically researched levels of ingredients that can help you change your behavior to take control of your weight.” This met with swift criticism from various sources, accusing McGraw (a clinical psychologist, and not a physician) of lacking the expertise to recommend weight loss products. Facing a Federal Trade Commission investigation into Shape Up’s claims, McGraw pulled his supplements off the market in March 2004, and the FTC dropped its probe. In October 2005, several people who used McGraw’s products declared an intent to file a class action lawsuit against him, claiming that although the supplements cost $120 per month they did not stimulate weight loss. McGraw settled the suit in September 2006 for $10.5 million. Some of the settlement ($6 million) may be paid to the plaintiffs in the form of Amway (Quixtar) brand Nutrilite vitamins.


Slippery Rock comment (2019)

In an interview with People in April 2019 regarding the ongoing college admission scandal, McGraw said the parents’ activities were about wanting a status symbol for their families, saying the parents wanted children who go to Harvard, Yale, or USC “and not be the parent who says my kid goes to, uh, Slippery Rock.” Many SRU alumni voiced their outrage on social media, while the university released a statement saying McGraw’s educational background shows the importance of regional public universities. SRU invited McGraw to speak during the upcoming fall semester. McGraw posted an apology on Twitter, stating that he picked Slippery Rock as a random name and was unaware it is an actual university.


COVID-19 lockdown comment (2020)

In 2020 McGraw was criticized for saying on Fox News that quarantines can have damaging psychological effects. In reciting a lost of numbers, he misquoted the number of swimming pool deaths as 360,000, when the correct number is about 36,000.


Approach to psychology

McGraw’s advice and methods have drawn criticism from some fellow psychotherapists as well as from some laypeople. McGraw’s critics regard advice given by him to be at best simplistic and at worst ineffective. The National Alliance on Mental Illness called McGraw’s conduct in one episode of his television show “unethical” and “incredibly irresponsible”. McGraw said in a 2001 South Florida newspaper interview that he never liked traditional one-on-one counseling, and that “I’m not the Hush-Puppies, pipe and ‘Let’s talk about your mother’ kind of psychologist.”


Charitable foundation

McGraw announced the formation of the Dr. Phil Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood obesity, on October 22, 2003. The foundation also supports charitable organizations that help address the emotional, spiritual, and monetary needs of children and families.


Personal life

McGraw married his first wife, an ex-cheerleader and homecoming queen named Debbie Higgins McCall, in 1970, when he was 20 years old. According to her, McGraw was domineering and would not allow her to participate in the family business. She claimed that she was confined to domestic duties and instructed to begin lifting weights to improve her bustline. From 1)Wikipedia


Phil McGraw (Dr. Phil) Quotes


  • My dad used to say, ‘You wouldn’t worry so much about what people thought about you if you knew how seldom they did.
  • It’s better to be healthy alone than sick with someone else.
  • You’re only lonely if you’re not there for you.
  • Sometimes you make the right decision, sometimes you make the decision right.
  • Awareness without action is worthless.
  • The most you get is what you ask for.
  • I’m embarrassed every time I look a teacher in the eye, because we ask them to do so much for so little.
  • A year from now, you’re gonna weigh more or less than what you do right now.
  • Sometimes you just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you.


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