Meg Jay, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist and narrative non-fiction writer. In her books, Jay weaves the latest research on human development with what she hears everyday: the behind-closed-doors stories of real people. In her writings, Jay reveals the complex realities that lie behind stereotypes and misconceptions about modern life, changing the conversation about topics such as whether young adulthood matters and how resilience really works and feels.
In “The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now”, Jay elevated what it means to be a twentysomething as she argued that, rather than a developmental downtime, the twenties are a developmental sweetspot. The Defining Decade has sold more than 200,000 copies, and inspired one of the most-watched TED talks to date–“Why 30 Is Not the New 20”—with nearly six million views in the first year alone.
Her upcoming “Supernormal: The Secret World of the Heroic Child” is a revolutionary and illuminating examination of those who have overcome childhood adversity to become high-functioning adults. Supernormal will transform the way the world thinks about resilience as it shows that “falling up” is both more common and more complex than we acknowledge.
Jay earned a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and in Gender Studies, from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. with High Distinction in Psychology from the University of Virginia. Her work has appeared in numerous media outlets including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Psychology Today, and on NPR.
Jay is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Virginia, and maintains a private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia.