Dennis Relojo-Howell

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Makato, Aklan
Alma mater
  • University of Edinburgh
  • New Era University
  • Polytechnic University of the Philippines
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Mental health blogger
  • Columnist
  • Rodolfo Relojo (father)
  • Lorna Relojo (mother)

Dennis Relojo-Howell is a Filipino[1] (person of colour) mental health blogger and columnist for Free Malaysia Today[2][3]. Relojo-Howell is the founder of the psychology publication Psychreg[4][5][6][7] and is an advocate of the psychological value of blogging. He is a PhD researcher at the University of Edinburgh.[8] He previously presented Psych Chat at Men's Radio Station.[9]

Yahoo News, International Business Times, Vuelio, and other online publications named him as the 'world's first blog psychologist'.[10][11]

Early life

Relojo-Howell was born in Makato, Aklan, and grew up in a slum in Malabon in the Philippines[12][13][14] In an article published by the BBC News, he shared that 'My family did not even have reliable electricity, running water or a cooker.'[15] His father, Rodolfo Relojo, was a security guard.[16] and his mother, Lorna Relojo, worked at a garment factory. Before moving to the UK, he lived in five countries: Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Germany. [17][18] Relojo-Howell was a suicidal adolescent while he was living in the slums in the Philippines.[19]


Relojo-Howell went to Higher Ground Baptist Academy in Malabon, Philippines for his elementary and secondary education.[20] In 1999, he attended New Era University for his bachelor's degree and then did a master's degree at Polytechnic University of the Philippines.[21][22] He later on did a second master's degree at the University of Hertfordshire, under the supervision of Nicholas Troop.[23] He is currently doing his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Edinburgh.[24]


Relojo-Howell taught at Manila Central University and Centro Escolar University, both in the Philippines. He launched Psychreg in 2014 while he was a postgraduate student at the University of Hertfordshire.[25][26] In 2015, he worked for the University of Warwick as a social media correspondent.[27] From 2016 to 2017, he taught at South Essex College. By November 2018, he joined Men's Radio Station in London to present Psych Chat.[28] He also writes a weekly column for Free Malaysia Today. He sits on the editorial board of a number of academic journals such as Psychological Thought which is published by PsychOpen.

His blog articles have been published by the American Psychological Association.[29] He is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society, and is the postgraduate representative of the Male Psychology Section.[30][31]

His blog, Psychreg[32], is recognised as one of the top psychology blogs and was voted as a Highly Commended Blog at the UK Blog Awards in 2017 and 2018. In 2020, Relojo-Howell was named as 'Blogger of the Year' at the UK Blog Awards. He is also the founder of the International Society on Psychology, Counselling and Education[33] and the editor-in-chief of Psychreg Journal of Psychology.[34] Relojo-Howell is a mental health advocate[35] and a psychology YouTuber[36] who hosts the channel The DRH Show[37].

DRH Show

Relojo-Howell is the host of DRH Show on YouTube where he has interviewed Gad Saad, Deborah H. Gruenfeld, George K. Simon.


  • Let's Talk About Behaviour: Essays on Psychology, Mental Health, and Well-being (London: PublishNation, 2020)[38]
  • Incorporating classroom blogs in teaching. In J.E. Pelet (Ed.), Handbook of research on user experience in web 2.0 technologies and its impact on universities and businesses, pp. 220–230). (Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2020)[39]


  1. "Psychreg Ltd - Overview (free company information from Companies House)". Companies House. Retrieved 2020-11-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. "Dennis Relojo-Howell". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  3. "Dennis Relojo-Howell". The University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  4. Jones, Annabel (2020-07-04). "Can I still tip my hairdresser? The new rules of paying cash in hair salons". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  5. "Why Do Men Give Each Other Stupid Nicknames?". Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  6. "This is the psychology behind 'lockdown fatigue' - and how to combat it". Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  7. "Psychreg Ltd - Overview (free company information from Companies House)". Companies House. Retrieved 2020-11-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "Dennis Relojo-Howell". The University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  9. "Psych Chat". Men's Radio Station. 2020-02-12. Retrieved 2020-11-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. Desk, I. B. T. (2020-12-03). "Can Blogging Make Our World a Little Less Mad? PhD Researcher Advocates the Psychological Value of Blogging". Retrieved 2020-12-03.
  11. "Psychreg Wins Award for 'Best Practice in the Workplace'". Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  12. "Dennis Relojo-Howell from Psychreg". Gateway 97.8. 2019-04-04. Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  13. "Chrissy B Show From poverty to prosperity, fitness, nutrition & more..." YouTube. 2019-08-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. "From the Slums of Manila, to a Digital Entrepreneur in London – Dennis Relojo-Howell Looks Back at His Childhood". Disrupt Magazine. 2020-12-08. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  15. "What does your fridge reveal about you?". BBC News. 2015-01-28. Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  16. Relojo-Howell, Dennis (2019-08-14). "Who is my hidden hero?". YouTube. Retrieved 2020-11-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. "Profile – Mental Health Zone". Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  18. "Listen to the If a Hostel Could Talk Episode - Is travel good for your mental health? on iHeartRadio". iHeartRadio. Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  19. "I Was a Suicidal Teen in a Slum in the Philippines – Now I'm Doing a PhD to Address Suicidal Behaviour". Psychreg. 2020-08-17. Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  20. "Profile – Mental Health Zone". Retrieved 2020-11-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. "New Era U to host IPCPCE meet". Manila Standard. Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  22. Relojo-Howell, Dennis (2018-12-11). "Dennis Relojo-Howell at 'Taumbahay' on NET25". YouTube. Retrieved 2020-11-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  23. "Dennis Relojo-Howell". University of Hertfordshire. Retrieved 2020-11-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  24. "Dennis Relojo-Howell". PsyPAG. Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  25. "Reaction of International Students to the WorldStory Oral History Project". Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  26. Highfield, Anna (2020-12-28). "The Londoners ditching their old careers to create their dream jobs in lockdown". MyLondon. Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  27. "Blogging for a leading United Kingdom University - The Malta Independent". Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  28. admin (2020-02-12). "Psych Chat". Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  29. Relojo-Howell, Dennis; MSc; MBPsS (2019-10-21). "10 Tips for Creating Rapport in the Classroom". Psych Learning Curve. Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  30. "Dennis Relojo-Howell" (PDF). British Psychological Society. n.d. Retrieved 2020-11-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  31. "Dennis Relojo-Howell". PsyPAG. Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  32. "UK Businesses are Saving Around £1000 Due to Cancelled Christmas Parties". HR News. 2020-12-16. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  33. "About ISPCE". ISPCE. Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  34. "Editorial Board". Psychreg Journal of Psychology. Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  35. "How Andy's Man Club has helped save the lives of more than 800 men across country in less than four years". Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  36. "How to look after mental health and well-being". Copywriter Collective. 2020-01-24. Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  37. "4 situations when hiring temporary staff is good for business". Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  38. Let's talk about behaviour: Essays on psychology, mental health, and well-being. ASIN 0244257264.
  39. Relojo-Howell, Dennis (2021). "Incorporating Classroom Blogs in Teaching". Handbook of Research on User Experience in Web 2.0 Technologies and Its Impact on Universities and Businesses. Retrieved 2020-11-29.

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