Meet Allison DuBois

Walk the streets of Tempe and Phoenix, stomping grounds of the famed psychic

Allison DuBois
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Walk the streets of Tempe and Phoenix, Arizona, for a taste of the towns that produced Arizona medium and profiler Allison DuBois. She skyrocketed to fame as the subject of the popular CBS television show Medium (2005–2011), which gave viewers a peek into the extraordinary Arizona native's daily life.

No matter what you believe about people who say they can see beyond the physical world, the show is believable and engrossing. On TV's Medium, the characters are normal, attractive, humorous, and somehow tackle the additional pressures of having a medium in the family—not far, apparently, from DuBois' true life story.

The series Medium is based on DuBois' book Don't Kiss Them Good-Bye. Patricia Arquette, who plays the role of DuBois, won an Emmy for her portrayal. Glen Gordon Caron, the creator of Moonlighting and many other hits, was the head writer on the series. It was produced by Paramount Pictures and Grammnet, owned by Kelsey Grammer.

Although the show ended in 2011 and is no longer on CBS, the network that originally aired it, reruns of Medium can still be viewed on CBS All Access, Amazon Video, iTunes, and Vudu.

About Allison DuBois

  • Allison DuBois is an Arizona native. She was born on January 24, 1972, in Phoenix.
  • DuBois graduated in 1990 from Corona del Sol High School in Tempe.
  • While studying for her degree, DuBois was also an intern at the Phoenix District Attorney's office.
  • DuBois received a B.A. in political science with a minor in history from Arizona State University.
  • She spent four years participating in various tests at the University of Arizona to assist them in their studies of mediums and psychic phenomena.
  • Just as depicted on the TV show Medium, Allison DuBois' husband is named Joe. He is a recently retired aerospace engineer. 
  • Allison and Joe DuBois have three daughters in real life, just as depicted in the Medium TV show.
  • Allison became aware of her special talent when she was 6 years old. She believes that her three daughters have inherited her gift.
  • Allison DuBois refers to herself as a medium and profiler. She doesn't use the term "psychic" because of the negative connotations associated with it.
  • One way her real-life varied from the TV show: DuBois says that although some of her visions come to her in dreams, most of them come to her when she's awake. In the show, they came mostly to her in her dreams.

    After 'The Medium'

    Television viewers saw a different side of Allison DuBois on an episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, where she was a tipsy dinner guest. 

    Ms. DuBois presents seminars in which she discusses what happens when our loved ones die and how she is able to communicate with people (and pets) who have passed on. During those sessions, she does short readings for audience volunteers and makes appointments for full private readings. In the Phoenix area, she usually conducts a program around Mother's Day.