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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Is Dr. Phil McGraw a Dr. emeritus ?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (11774points) March 20th, 2017

I heard it somewhere . Is it true?

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JeSuisRickSpringfield's avatar

No. He has a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of North Texas. However, he has not been licensed to practice psychology since 2006.

Strauss's avatar

He has his PhD, and he also plays a psychologist on TV.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@JeSuisRickSpringfield Isn’t retired the same as emeritus?

zenvelo's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 No, “Emeritus” is conferred upon a retired tenured professor or former officeholder.

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Jeruba's avatar

They’re two different things. If you have a doctoral degree (earned or honorary), you keep it. It doesn’t go away when you retire.

“Professor emeritus,” though, is a title of honor. You don’t confer it on yourself, any more than you get to call yourself a wise woman or a holy man. When you retire from your professorship, emeritus status may be conferred on you by your institution in recognition of a distinguished career. You may still be called “professor” even though you are no longer practicing your profession. When my grandfather received the title “professor emeritus,” it was part of an academic ceremony and treated as a career-crowning event.

LostInParadise's avatar

From the above discussion, I would conclude that Dr emeritus is meaningless, since you can be called Dr by virtue of having gotten a PhD. We can also conclude that Dr Phil is not an emeritus anything, never got an MD, and is not a currently licensed to practice psychology.

Strauss's avatar

He’s a talk show host and TV producer with a strong but opinionated background in psychology.

jca's avatar

Yet Dr. Phil, despite his idiocy is had a net worth in 2016 of 400 million. Mind you I’m not defending him because I don’t like him and don’t watch his show, but with all that’s against him, he still has this huge following and net worth.

cazzie's avatar

He isn’t THAT kind of doctor nor was he a professor. He isn’t emeritus of anything unless they give them out for talk shows and reality TV.

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