A popular cartoonist with a PhD in psychology has been asked to pay her family $2.6 million for the privilege of writing her cartoonist’s annual salary.
Jennifer Hern, who works as a psychologist at Florida State University, is the creator of the popular Dr. Jacksonville, a parody of the famous forensic psychologists Dr. Joseph Jackson and Dr. Charles Darwin.
The cartoonist earned the money from a $1.3 million prize, which was announced in April.
It was awarded to the artist who drew the most cartoons for Dr. Darwin and Drs.
Jacksons annual salary of $100,000 and $200,000 respectively.
Hern drew more than 150 cartoons for Jackson’s annual pay of $1 million, according to the Daily Mail.
The award comes at a time when mental health professionals are under fire for the way they deal with cases.
Dr. Daniel Rabinowitz, a psychiatrist who helped create the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, was recently found to have used his position to promote his own research in an effort to increase the number of suicides among psychiatric patients.
He resigned from the National Institute of Mental Health last year amid controversy.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.