Phillip Calvin McGraw (born September 1, 1950), known as Dr. Phil, is an American television personality, author, psychologist, and the host of the television show Dr. Phil. McGraw first gained celebrity status with appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show in the late 1990s.
Raised in the Midwestern United States, McGraw played college football for the University of Tulsa and Midwestern State University, where he earned a B.A. in psychology. He then earned his M.A. in experimental psychology and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of North Texas. He began working in private practice for several years while also holding large seminars for patients.
McGraw's notoriety began in 1998, when he began making weekly appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Oprah Winfrey then helped McGraw launch his own program, Dr. Phil, in September 2002. The show is formatted as an advice show. In October 2003, he launched the Dr. Phil Foundation which is dedicated toward fighting childhood obesity.
McGraw has also been the source of some controversy. He has not held a medical license to practice psychology since 2006. His advice has been criticized for being simplistic and ineffective. He has been the defendant of several lawsuits, including regarding poor business practices, the mistreatment of employees and defamation...
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