Dr. Phillip Calvin McGraw was born September 1, 1950 best know as D.Phil. is an American television personality author, psychologist, and the host of the television show Dr. Phil, which debuted in 2002. In the late 1990’s he was on the Oprah Winfrey show that’s how he got famous. He was born in Vinita, Oklahoma the son jerry and Joe McGraw he grew up with two older sisters, Deana and Donna, and younger sister Brenda in the oilfields of north Texas where his father could pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a psychologist. Dr. Phil attended Shawn mission north Texas high school in overland park Kansas. In 1968 he was awarded a football scholarship to the university of Tulsa, where he played middle linebacker under coach Glen Dobbs. On November 23 of the year Dr. phil. Team lost to U of H 100-6 which is one of the most lopsided games in college football history the coach had retired after that and D.Phil. transferred to Midwestern State University in Wichita falls Texas. D.Phil. graduated in 1975 from Midwestern State University with a B.A. degree in psychology. He went on to earn a M.A. degree 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". After run-ins with several faculty members D.Phil. was guided through the doctoral program by Frank Lewis, who later became the primary contributing psychologist for the Dr. Phil television show. After obtaining his doctorate, Dr. Phil joined his father, Dr. Joe McGraw, in Wichita Falls, Texas, where the elder D.Phil. had established his private psychology practice. In 1983, Dr. Phil and his father joined Thelma Box, a successful Texas businesswoman, in presenting "Pathways" seminars, "an experience-based training which allows individuals to achieve and create their own results. Critics claim that many of the "phrases and the terminology and the...
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