Editor at Large
Hara Estroff Marano is an award-winning author, journalist, and editor who writes about all aspects of human behavior through a broad cultural lens. She is Editor at Large of Psychology Today magazine, a title she first assumed after stepping down as Editor in Chief in order to devote attention to writing her second book (on bullying).
At Psych Today, Marano has expanded the magazine’s traditional editorial focus beyond individual psychology, going both deeper into the human brain and outward to the bonds between people, as well as exploring the culture at large. Her articles on domestic violence, bullying, and the culture of hyperparenting have garnered numerous awards.
She has written for many publications besides Psych Today—The New York Times, New York magazine, Smithsoniaan, The Wilson Quarterly, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The New York Daily News, Ladies Home Journal, Glamour, the American Journal of Play, to name a few. She has also been an executive editor at Family Circle, American Health, and Medical World News.
At Psychology Today, Marano also pens a widely respected advice column (called Unconventional Wisdom). She is the author of three books. The most recent, A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting (Random House), examines the contemporary culture of parenting and documents how the rampant overmanagement of children is bad for them, for parents, and for the future of the country.
Over the years, Marano has been called on as consultant to some of America’s best-known publications. She has also provided direction and content for the development of several websites. Marano is the architect of the Mayo Clinic’s Complete Book of Pregnancy. At American Health, she not only created a worldwide newsgathering operation for the magazine, she developed a distinctive news and writing style that has been widely imitated. Marano co-led the magazine to selection as Magazine of the Year for 1985.
Marano frequently speaks to parent, policy, and educational groups on how we are creating the next generation of society.
Under the auspices of The Mentor Project, she leads a weekly class in the fine arts of writing and editing. A recent essay is featured in the just-published collection Fast Funny Women (Woodhull Books).
Marano lives in Brooklyn, New York.