Psychologist & Author
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Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist and author. View "Dr. Joe's" books on and read his articles and blogs on the Huffington Post, TheFix, and Psychology Today web sites. He has held positions as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, and Associate Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Connecticut. After retiring from the University of Connecticut Dr. Nowinski accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies, where he teaches Advanced Twelve Step Facilitation. He is currently in independent practice in Tolland Connecticut.Telephone consultation with Dr. Nowinski is available. Contact for details.



Available October 2017, published by Hazelden Publications.

IF YOU WORK IT, IT WORKS: The Science Behind 12 Step Recovery.
Published by Hazelden Publications, 2015.
Nowinski has done a great service by interpreting many of the landmark studies that demonstrate that AA and twelve step treatments are among the most effective interventions currently available--
John F. Kelly, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

HARD TO LOVE: Understanding and Overcoming Male Borderline Personality Disorder.
Published by Central Recovery Press, 2014.
I can't wait to give Hard to Love to both male and female clients involved in difficult relationships! His sensitivity to gender issues in an under-recognized clientele is a huge contribution to the field of mental health.
Barbara Okun, Ph.D. Professor, Northeastern University.

ALMOST ALCOHOLIC: Is My (Or My Loved One's) Drinking a Problem?
Co-published by Harvard Health Publications and Hazelden Publications in April 2012.

SAYING GOODBYE: A Guide to Coping with a Loved One's Terminal Illness

Co-authored with Dr. Barbara Okun, Published by Penguin Books, 2011. Published in paperback, 2012.
This important book calls attention to the changing face of grief.
Irvin D. Yalom, M.D.

Saying Goodbye

THE DIVORCED CHILD: Strengthening Your Family through the First Three Years of Separation.

Based on new research showing that children do not have to be psychologically or emotionally damaged as a result of divorce, this book is a guide for parents on how to steer their children (including teens) through the first three critical years of separation and divorce and emerge stronger and more resilient. Published by Palgrave/Macmillan in January 2010.

"Parents facing divorce who are struggling to do what's right by their kids will definitely want Dr. Nowinski in their corner." -- Andrea Bonior, Ph.D., The Washington Post Expressroa"

"A plain speaking, insightful book that gives parents who are contemplating divorce a road map ahead."-- Victoria McEvoy, M.D., Chief of Pediatrics, Massachusetts General West Medical Group.

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STOP DATING JERKS! The Smart Woman's Guide to Breaking the Pattern and Finding the Love of Your Life.

In this book Dr. Joe encourages women to put less effort into "marketing" themselves as though they were a product and instead be more selective in deciding if a man is a "diamond in the rough" worth putting a lot of time and effort into. The book offers guidance on how to see if a man passes "four critical tests fvor relationships" as well as how well a man's personality might fit into one of six types of "problem men." Finally, it offers guidelines to women for how to avoid inadvertently making a man's norma flaws and faults worse.

"Joseph Nowinski has written a smart, insightful, and straightforward guide to help women stop looking for love in all the wrong ways."--Carol Cassell, Ph.D., author of Put Passion First.

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SIX QUESTIONS THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE: Dramatically, Completely, Forever (Rodale)
"Dr. Nowinski has created a wonderfully insightful and eye-opening guide to help you discover your true self, make lasting changes, and create a solid vision for your future.”—Barry Neil Kaufman, Director, The Options Institute.

THE TENDER HEART: Conquering Your Insecurity
 “The Tender Heart is an enlightened and practical book of wisdom for sensitive people everywhere.”—Marcy Calhoun, author of Are You Really Too Sensitive?

THE IDENTITY TRAP: Saving Our Teens from Themselves
Winner, Silver Nautilus Book Award, Parenting Category.