Dena Croog is a writer and editor experienced in covering health care, mental health, psychiatry, and book publishing.

Dena excels at copy editing, proofreading, substantive editing, and reporting. As a freelance medical editor, Dena provided editorial services for AgencyRx, CDM-NY, CDMi-Connect, Harrison & Star, Biolumina, Haymarket Media, Rienzi & Rienzi Communications, and Ridgewood Medical Media. Dena has 5.5 years of full-time editorial experience at Primary Psychiatry, a peer-reviewed psychiatry journal geared toward primary care physicians and psychiatrists. She also worked at Publishers Weekly for 5 years and has written book reviews for the publication throughout her career.

As Senior Editor of Primary Psychiatry, Dena edited articles, columns, interviews, and news pieces for grammar and style. She coordinated columnist submissions and corresponded daily with authors on revisions. She also updated the journal’s Website as well as trained and supervised editorial and Web interns.

At Publishers Weekly, Dena was the main liaison in the book review department between book publicists, PW editors, and PW reviewers. Authors she has covered in book reviews, articles or Q&As include Peter Kramer, MD, Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, and Simon Baron-Cohen, PhD, among other medical experts. Dena has also covered works by Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Tobias Wolff, Ethan Hawke, Chuck Palahniuk, Naomi Ragen, and Joyce Maynard, among other authors.

A talented wordsmith, Dena’s love for the written word has spanned three decades, resulting in a large collection of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.