Rutgers–Camden Finest

Rutgers–Camden Finest is an assembly of graduates whose lives and careers have made an indelible mark upon society and the advancement of knowledge.


John C. Norcross
CCAS’80

Dr. John C. Norcross is an internationally recognized authority on behavior change and psychotherapy.  He is a distinguished professor of psychology at the University of Scranton, an adjunct professor of psychiatry at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, clinical professor at The Commonwealth Medical College, and a board-certified clinical psychologist.

Norcross is the author of more than 400 scholarly publications and has co-written or edited 22 books, most of them in multiple editions.  These include the five-volume APA Handbook of Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy Relationships that Work, Psychologists’ Desk Reference, Clinician’s Guide to Evidence-Based Practice in Behavioral Health, Self-Help that Works, Leaving It at the Office: Psychotherapist Self-Care, the Insider’s Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, and Systems of Psychotherapy: A Transtheoretical Analysis, now in its eighth edition.  

He also published the acclaimed self-help book, Changeology (Simon and Schuster, 2012).  The Wall Street Journal has called it:  “One of six books to build a dream on—pick for the year’s best guides.”  In Changeology, Norcross shares a five-step formula for transformative, permanent change.  

Norcross has served as president of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division of
Clinical Psychology, the APA Division of Psychotherapy, the International Society of Clinical Psychology, and the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI).  He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists as well as on APA’s governing Council of Representatives.

He edited the Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session for a decade and has been on the editorial boards of a dozen journals.  Norcross also has served as a clinical and research consultant to a number of organizations, including the National Institutes of Health and pharmaceutical companies.  He has received multiple professional awards, such as APA’s Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training Award, the Pennsylvania Professor of the Year from the Carnegie Foundation, the Rosalee G. Weiss Award from the American Psychological Foundation, and election to the National Academies of Practice.  

Norcross' work has been featured in hundreds of media interviews, and he has appeared dozens of times on such national television shows as the Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, and Good Morning America.  An engaging teacher and clinician, Norcross has conducted workshops and lectures around the world.