Professor’s Book Picked Among The Year’s Best by The Wall Street Journal


            A new book by University of Scranton Psychology Professor John C. Norcross, Ph.D., was selected by The Wall Street Journal as one of the year’s best books. “Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing your Goals and Resolutions” was among the just six “best guides to later life” highlighted in the Dec. 7 online issue (in print on Dec. 10).

            In the book, Dr. Norcross, an internationally recognized expert on behavior change, shares his science-based program for reshaping behavior and ensuring permanent change. He explains why the process of self change is the same no matter what behavior is being altered and provides the steps and a structured timeline for lasting results.

            “Whether you’re hoping to quit smoking or gambling, commit to exercising more hours a week, eliminate fast food and bike to work, or learn a new skill that will earn you a promotion, following the program outlined in this book can dramatically increase your chance of success,” said Dr. Norcross. “This practical program shows you exactly how to execute the steps necessary to change on your own.

            “Changeology”explains: how to maintain motivation by the push-pull method; how to assemble a support team to help you reach your goal; how to maintain new behaviors; how to control your environment; and how to manage slips and resist the urge to relapse. The book is accompanied by a free, interactive web page (

            Dr. Mehmet Oz has endorsed the book, saying “Dr. Norcross has revolutionized the psychology of change and now offers a remarkable five step program for more than 50 common complaints that plague many of us. You can learn to change your life today.

            Dr. Norcross, a Distinguished University Fellow at Scranton, also serves as an adjunct professor of psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical College, and is a board-certified clinical psychologist in part-time practice. He has written more than 300 publications and edited or co-written 22 professional books. Dr. Norcross’s research on behavior change and New Year’s resolutions has been featured in hundreds of media outlets including USA Today, The New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, the Dr. Oz Radio Show, the BBC, and network morning shows.

            “Changeology,” published by Simon & Schuster, becomes available on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

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