John C. Norcross, PhD

Bio

Author of CHANGEOLOGY, John C. Norcross, Ph.D., ABPP, is Professor of Psychology and Distinguished University Fellow at the University of Scranton, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University, a board-certified clinical psychologist, and an internationally recognized authority on behavior change and psychotherapy. His 300 publications and 20 books converge on self-change, psychotherapy, and professional training. Dr. Norcross has served as president of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division of Clinical Psychology, the APA Division of Psychotherapy, and the International Society of Clinical Psychology. He is also editor of Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session and has been on the editorial boards of a dozen journals.

He has received multiple professional awards, such as APA’s Distinguished Career Contributions to Education

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Affiliation:

  • University of Scranton, SUNY Upstate Medical University

Location:

  • John C. Norcross, PhD
  • Scranton, PA

Activity

  • John C. Norcross, PhD - Scranton, PA - Psychology
    Set SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Specific, and phrase them in a positive, growth-oriented way.

    Avoid goals that are too generic or indefinable. Setting specific goals, or subgoals, that could be accomplished in 60 or 90-day increments is important.

    Measurable means what’s...Read More
  • John C. Norcross, PhD - Scranton, PA - Psychology
    John Maynard Keynes, the esteemed economist, once wrote that “the difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.” The myth of change only requiring willpower is one we sorely need to escape from.

    This pre-scientific misconception contains a grain of truth within...Read More
  • John C. Norcross, PhD - Scranton, PA - Psychology
    It’s difficult to reach the destination when you don’t know where it is. Vague goals beget vague efforts.

    Being specific doesn’t mean, however, that you need to restrict yourself to inconsequential goals. Dream big and bold. We can break down any ambitious goal into subgoals. As president Harry Truman...Read More
  • John C. Norcross, PhD - Scranton, PA - Psychology
    At some point you’ll undoubtedly confront the urge to regress into old ways. Dieters plead for “just a bite” and those favored comfort foods. But you can resist temptations.

    Research and experience have converged on 10 methods.
    1. Take a breather. Take a few deep breaths, slowly inhaling and
    ...Read More
  • John C. Norcross, PhD - Scranton, PA - Psychology
    In the moment of intense temptation, you’ll protest, “You don’t understand, Dr. Norcross, it’s just too strong! I can’t stand it!” And in that moment, it does indeed feel like “I’m gonna die if I don’t give in to this crushing urge.”

    A number of methods work well for mild temptations, but they don’t...Read More
  • John C. Norcross, PhD - Scranton, PA - Psychology
    This is a prevalent brain-based misconception about change, and it’s an unfortunate side effect of advances in neuroscience. But a few quick moments of critical thinking show that it’s simply a variation on the old theme -- “it’s all willpower,” “it’s all about money,” and now, “it’s all in my...Read More
  • John C. Norcross, PhD - Scranton, PA - Psychology
    When it comes to motivation, I think of Dr. Doolittle’s two-headed, push-pull llama. On the one “head,” you are pushed away from the problem because you can’t stand it any longer. On the other “head,” you are pulled toward change and a new behavior. Two energy sources -- pushed and pulled...Read More
  • John C. Norcross, PhD - Scranton, PA - Psychology

    A Slip Card is a convenient cheat sheet of reminders, to carry in your purse or wallet, when you slip. The card immediately reminds you what to do in order to avoid letting that one-time slip turn into a permanent fall, to prevent a lapse from becoming a relapse.

    Once you’ve slipped, you’ll

    ...Read More
  • John C. Norcross, PhD - Scranton, PA - Psychology
    Here’s a surprising fact: The term psychotherapist is not legally protected or regulated in the United States. That means you can legally call yourself a psychotherapist or therapist, put it on a business card, and hang out a shingle. The lesson should be obvious: avoid anyone identifying...Read More
  • John C. Norcross, PhD - Scranton, PA - Psychology
    Of all mental health professionals, psychologists receive the most training in psychotherapy. They possess doctoral degrees in psychology (Ph.D., Psy.D.), and spend one or two additional years as clinical interns. They alone provide psychological assessment and testing. In a few states, p...Read More
  • John C. Norcross, PhD - Scranton, PA - Psychology
    Psychiatrists possess doctoral degrees in medicine (M.D., D.O.) and most have completed a formal residency in psychiatry. They prescribe medication and, compared with the other mental health professions, specialize in biological treatments. Tips: Look for a psychiatrist who is board certified...Read More
  • John C. Norcross, PhD - Scranton, PA - Psychology
    Clinical social workers possess a master’s degree in social work or social sciences (M.S.W., M.A.) followed by supervised experience leading to state licensure and eligibility in the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW). Clinical social workers offer psychotherapy and, compared with...Read More
  • John C. Norcross, PhD - Scranton, PA - Psychology
    Counselors possess a master’s degree in counseling or an associated field (M.A., M.S.) and are licensed after several years of experience and completion of a national examination. Counselors offer services in many treatment settings. Tip: Look for one trained in individual, mental health,...Read More
  • John C. Norcross, PhD - Scranton, PA - Psychology
    Psychiatric nurses are registered nurses (R.N., B.S.N.) who earned a master’s of science degree in nursing (M.S.N.). Some go on to earn the Nurse Practitioner (NP) designation and then can, in collaboration with a physician, prescribe medication. Some psychiatric nurses also offer psychot...Read More