Jonathan Kellerman is an American psychologist and top-selling author psychological thrillers and murder mysteries
He was born on August 9, 1949 in New York City. He was raised in Los Angeles, California.
Kellerman attended UCLA and received a BA in psychology in 1971. He held many odd jobs while in school including guitar teaching, illustration, and journalism.
He received a PHD in clinical psychology at the University of Southern California, in 1974. Kellerman worked on his doctorate in the field of childhood psychopathology (mental illness in children) and published his first paper at the age of 22.
Doctor Kellerman became the director of the Psychosocial Program, Division of Hematology-Oncology at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. The result of his work at the hospital was the publication of his first book, “Psychological Aspects of Childhood Cancer” in 1980.
Doctor Kellerman published his second book, “Helping the Fearful Child” in 1981.
In 1985, Kellerman published his first novel of the Alex Delaware series, “When the Bough Breaks”, which became a best-seller and was made into a TV movie.
The Doctor has also worked as a consultant with the legal system and has drawn heavily from this experience in his “Alex Delaware” series.
He is considered one of the most extensive writers on the American scene, today. His novels include: 27 on the “Alex Delaware” series, 5 on the “Petra Connor” series, 5 other novels, and 5 non-fiction works.
Kellerman continues to live in Los Angeles with his wife, Faye Kellerman, a successful author in her own right. They have 4 children, 2 of which (Jesse and Aliza) are successfully published authors.
Mr. Kellerman is a cancer survivor. He is also an outspoken critic of releasing severely mentally disturbed patients back into the community without proper out-patient care.