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Awards and Credentials

  1. The Distinguished Career Contributions to Education & Training Award from the American Psychological Association (APA)
  2. Pennsylvania Professor of the Year from the Carnegie Foundation
  3. The Rosalee Weiss Award from the American Psychological Foundation
  4. President of the Society of Clinical Psychology, 2009

John Norcross, Ph.D.


Dr. Norcross is a Professor of Psychology and a Distinguished University Fellow. He conducts research on self-help resources and psychotherapy. The central goal of his work is to understand how people change their behavior with and without professional treatment. That research also entails understanding which self-help and psychotherapy methods do not work – that is, ineffective or discredited practices.

Dr. Norcross trained at Rutgers University, University of Rhode Island, and Brown University School of Medicine. He has published more than 300 articles and 17 books, including the Authoritative Guide to Self-Help Resources in Mental Health and a self-help book, Changing for Good (with Drs. Prochaska and DiClemente). Dr. Norcross is editor of the Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session and a clinical psychologist in part-time independent practice.

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