About John C. Norcross
John C. Norcross, PhD, (born 1957) is a professor, psychologist, and specialist in psychotherapy, behavior change, and self-help.
He is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Scranton and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He also maintains a part-time practice of clinical psychology in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Norcross is author of over 400 publications and more than 20 books. His two self-help books are Changeology 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 his undergraduate honors thesis on pragmatist philosophers such as William James, John Dewey, and Charles Sanders Pierce.:130
Among his professional books are Psychotherapy Relationships that Work, History of Psychotherapy, Leaving It at the Office: Psychotherapist Self-Care, and Self-Help that Works. He has also coauthored ten editions of the Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical & Counseling Psychology and eight 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 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.
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 Contributions to Education & Training Award from the American Psychological Association and the Pennsylvania Professor of the Year from the Carnegie Foundation. He has been elected to the National Academies of Practice.