Meg Jay, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist and narrative nonfiction 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 our twentysomething years matter and how resilience works and feels.
In her upcoming Supernormal: Childhood Adversity and the Amazing Untold Story of Resilience,” Jay tells the tale of those who soar to unexpected heights after childhood adversity. Contrary to the notion that resilient youth bounce back from hard times, what they actually do is something much more complicated and courageous. They are nothing if not protagonists in their own lives, often waging fierce and unrelenting battles others cannot see. As we are about to learn, theirs is a heroic, painful, wondrous and often perilous journey. A phenomenon—one that, after decades of interest and research, still amazes and confounds.
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 250,000 copies in all formats, 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.
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 the BBC and NPR.
Jay is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Virginia, and maintains a private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia.