Jonathan Kellerman was born in New York City in 1949 and
grew up in Los Angeles. He helped work his way through
UCLA as an editorial cartoonist, columnist, editor and
freelance musician. As a senior, at the age of 22, he won
a Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award for fiction.
Like his fictional protagonist, Alex Delaware, Jonathan
received at Ph.D. in psychology at the age of 24, with a
specialty in the treatment of children. He served
internships in clinical psychology and pediatric psychology
at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles and was a post-
doctoral HEW Fellow in Psychology and Human Development at
IN 1975, Jonathan was asked by the hospital to conduct
research into the psychological effects of extreme
isolation (plastic bubble units) on children with cancer,
and to coordinate care for these kids and their families.
The success of that venture led to the establishment, in
1977 of the Psychosocial Program, Division of Oncology, the
first comprehensive approach to the emotional aspects of
pediatric cancer anywhere in the world. Jonathan was
asked to be founding director and, along with his team,
published extensively in the area of behavioral medicine.
Decades later, the program, under the tutelage of one of
Jonathan's former students, continues to break ground.
Jonathan's first published book was a medical text,
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF CHILDHOOD CANCER, 1980. One year
later, came a book for parents, HELPING THE FEARFUL CHILD.
In 1985, Jonathan's first novel, WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, was
published to enormous critical and commercial success and
became a New York Times bestseller. BOUGH was also
produced as a t.v. movie and won the Edgar Allan Poe and
Anthony Boucher Awards for Best First Novel. Since then,
Jonathan has published a best-selling crime novel every
year, and occasionally, two a year. In addition, he has
written and illustrated two books for children and a
nonfiction volume on childhood violence, SAVAGE SPAWN
(1999.) Though no longer active as a psychotherapist,
he is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology at
University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.
Jonathan is married to bestselling novelist Faye Kellerman
and they have four children.