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John C. Norcross (born 1957) is a university professor, clinical psychologist, and board-certified specialist[1] in psychotherapy, behavior change, and self-help.[2][3]

He is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Scranton and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University.[1] He also maintains a part-time practice of clinical psychology in Scranton, Pennsylvania.[citation needed]

Norcross is author of over 400 publications and more than 20 books. His two self-help books are Changeology[4] and Changing for Good (the latter with James O. Prochaska and Carlo C. DiClemente). His approach to therapy has been called pragmatic, inspired in part by his interest in pragmatist philosophy, an interest that dates back at least to his undergraduate years, when he wrote an undergraduate honors thesis on pragmatist philosophers such as William James, John Dewey, and Charles Sanders Peirce.[5]:130

Among his professional books are Psychotherapy Relationships that Work, History of Psychotherapy, APA Handbook of Clinical Psychology, Leaving It at the Office: Psychotherapist Self-Care, Handbook of Psychotherapy Integration, and Self-Help that Works. He has also coauthored 12 editions of the Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical & Counseling Psychology and nine editions of Systems of Psychotherapy: A Transtheoretical Analysis (with Prochaska).

Norcross was born in 1957 at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey, the son of George E. Norcross, Jr. and Carol Norcross. He and his three brothers (George Norcross III, congressman Donald Norcross, and Philip A. Norcross) were raised in Pennsauken and Merchantville, New Jersey. He graduated from Rutgers University-Camden[6] with a B.A. in psychology, the University of Rhode Island with a M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology, and then completed his internship at Brown University School of Medicine.[7]

Norcross has served as president of the American Psychological Association Division of Psychotherapy, the Society of Clinical Psychology, and the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI). He received the Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Education & Training Award from the American Psychological Association[3] and the Pennsylvania Professor of the Year from the Carnegie Foundation.[8] He has been elected to the National Academies of Practice.[8]

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  1. ^ a b "Norcross - Faculty - The University of Scranton". Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  2. ^ "John C. Norcross, PhD, Receives National Register Lifetime Achievement Award". National Register of Health Service Psychologists. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b "John C. Norcross: Award for Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training". American Psychologist. 60 (8): 837–840. November 2005. doi:10.1037/0003-066X.60.8.837.
  4. ^ "Changeology website". Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  5. ^ Wolf, Abraham W. (June 2003). "Pragmatism, pluralism, and psychotherapy relationships: an interview with John C. Norcross, Ph.D." Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy. 33 (2): 129–143. doi:10.1023/A:1022887205178.
  6. ^ "Rutgers–Camden Finest: John C. Norcross, CCAS'80". Rutgers University–Camden. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  7. ^ Weiner, Irving B.; Craighead, W. Edward, eds. (2010). "Norcross, John C. [brief biographical entry]". The Corsini encyclopedia of psychology. 3 (4th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/9780470479216. ISBN 9780470170274. OCLC 429227903.
  8. ^ a b Koocher, Gerald P.; Norcross, John C.; Greene, Beverly, eds. (2013). "Contributors". Psychologists' desk reference (3rd ed.). Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/med:psych/9780199845491.001.0001. ISBN 9780199845491. OCLC 828265237.