About Dr. John C. Norcross



John C. Norcross, Ph.D., ABPP, is Distinguished Professor & Chair of Psychology at the University of Scranton, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University, and a board-certified clinical psychologist. He is an internationally recognized authority on behavior change and psychotherapy. 

Author of more than 400 scholarly publications, Dr. Norcross has co-written or edited 22 books. These include Personalizing Psychotherapy, Psychotherapy Relationships That Work, History of Psychotherapy, APA Handbook of Clinical Psychology, Leaving It at the Office: Psychotherapist Self-Care, 15 editions of the Insider’s Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical & Counseling Psychology, and Systems of Psychotherapy: A Transtheoretical Analysis, now in its 9th edition. He has also authored the acclaimed self-help book, Changeology.

Dr. Norcross has served as president of APA’s Society of Clinical Psychology, the APA Society of Psychotherapy, the International Society of Clinical Psychology, and the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI). He has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Register of Health Psychologists and on the APA Council of Representatives. Dr. Norcross edited the Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session for 10 years and has been on the editorial boards of a dozen journals.

He maintained a part-time practice in clinical psychology for 35 years but now restricts himself to training, supervision, and consultation.

Dr. Norcross has served as a clinical and research consultant to a number of organizations, including the National Institute of Mental Health. He has received numerous professional awards, such as APA’s Distinguished Career Contributions to Education & Training Award, Pennsylvania Professor of the Year from the Carnegie Foundation, the Rosalee Weiss Award from the American Psychological Foundation, and election to the National Academies of Practice. 

His work has been featured in hundreds of media interviews, and he has appeared on many national shows, such as the Today Show, CBS News Sunday Morning, CNN, and PBS. His research on self-help, New Year's resolutions, and psychotherapy in particular have garnered international media interest.

An engaging teacher and clinician, John has conducted workshops and lectures in 35 countries. He lives in northeast Pennsylvania near his two grown children and two grandchildren.

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