Knoxnews features psychology column by Phil Kronk

Philip Kronk, a semi-retired psychologist, has been writing a weekly online-only column for the News Sentinel for the past couple of months. I’ve found it really interesting.

Dr. Phillip Kronk

Dr. Philip Kronk

Kronk has dealt with a variety of psychological issues including hoarding, “perfect” parents, super heroes and marijuana. Most recently, he has been looking at how different types of American families address the issues of security and self-esteem. He already has profiled the “achieving family.” Coming soon: the “conventional family,” the “unconventional family,” and the “quiet” family.

Kronk has a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Tennessee and a post-doctoral degree in clinical psychopharmacology from Fairleigh Dickenson University. He has taught at UT and at Pellissippi State and has published on a variety of professional topics.

In talking with him, I also discovered he is one of the few people I’ve met in Knoxville who have lived in Cochise County, Arizona, where the Indian Wars in America ended with the capture of Geronimo and where I started my newspaper career in the remote border town of Douglas lo these many years ago.

Kronk’s column is easy to find by entering his name in the search box. He is open to suggestions on topics of future columns and can be contacted at