Jay Dixit is a writer and writing teacher whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Slate, Wired, and Psychology Today.
Jay studied psychology at Yale University, where he graduated cum laude with distinction in the major. His senior thesis in psychology was published in The Journal of Social Issues, and the magazine articles he wrote as an undergrad are still taught in Yale’s journalism classes.
Jay got his start as a journalist covering college life for Rolling Stone, then went on to cover comedy for The New York Times before pursuing a reporting specialty in psychology. As a psychology writer, Jay writes for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wired, and Slate, and his work appears in the anthology The Best of Technology Writing.
Most recently, Jay served as Senior Editor at Psychology Today, where he covered personality, happiness, behavioral economics, love and relationships, attraction and sex, celebrity, choice, and decision making, writing and editing many of the magazine’s highest-selling cover stories.
As an interviewer, Jay has spoken to Tim Roth, Tony Robbins, Willem Dafoe, Valerie Plame, Deborah Tannen, Mary Higgins Clark, Spike Lee, and many others. Jay also conducted George Carlin’s last interview—which Carlin called the “most complete interview” he’d ever done.
Jay has taught creative writing at Columbia University and leads regular classes through the New York Writers’ Intensive. He’s also the winner of The Moth, a live stage storytelling competition based in New York City, and his story “My Father’s Love” appears on The Moth Radio Hour and NPR.