About us – Irene S. Levine and Jerome Levine
Irene S. Levine, PhD is an award-winning journalist, author, and blogger who has written more than a thousand articles—on health, mental health, travel and lifestyles—for some of the nation’s leading magazines, newspapers and websites (See some of her Credits).
After a distinguished career as a psychologist and a decade of moonlighting as a freelance writer, feeling torn between two passions, she transitioned into her “second act” as a full-time travel writer.
Now, she is a frequent contributor to the travel sections of the Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, and other major newspapers and print publications, and blogs regularly for PBS Next Avenue, Grandparents.com, The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. For three years, until the site went dark, she was the travel columnist for NBC Universal Life Goes Strong,
She is one of some 700 active members of the Society of American Travel Writers, the preeminent travel and tourism media association, as well as a member of the North American Travel Journalist Association (NATJA), the International Travel Writers Alliance, the American Society of Journalists & Authors (ASJA), the Authors Guild, TBEX and the Professional Travel Bloggers Association. She is also an active member of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association and a contributing editor to the organization’s magazine, Food Wine Travel.
She was awarded the NATJA Gold Award for the best destination article in a newspaper with a circulation over 250,000 in 2011. She was awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards for articles published in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, as well as other honorable mentions. In 2014, her travel writing was recognized with the SATW Eastern Chapter First-Place Award for Best Online Consumer Article and more recently, she was named a SATW Foundation 2015 Lowell Thomas Award winner.
Irene has also had a long career as a mental health professional. She wrote her first solo book, Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend (Overlook Press) and then collaborated with her husband to write Schizophrenia for Dummies (Wiley).
In 2007, she created The Friendship Blog, a highly-trafficked site that is the only destination in the blogosphere where women can obtain free, individualized advice and authoritative information to master the often-tricky etiquette of female friendships. The blog was named the Best Friendship Blog by About.com; it has an extremely high level of engagement with more than 27,000 comments.
Jerome Levine, MD, is Irene’s husband, travel companion and photographer. Jerry retired after a long career in research and public sector psychiatry. Accompanying Irene’s stories, his photography has been published in national publications and online. He is a member of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA).
Their son, Andrew, is fully launched, working as a software engineer for a leading technology firm. Subsequently, Irene and Jerry, like many other over-50s, have more time to pursue their lifetime interests in travel.