Books

“Therapy Quest: An Interactive Adventure Through Acceptance And Commitment Therapy” is set to release on February 1, 2018 in the U.K., Little, Brown Publisher and should release in the U.S. shortly after. This is an interactive  fantasy self-help book, in which you (the reader) are the hero on an interactive quest to stop an evil sorceress from destroying the world. You might learn psychological coping skills along the way to help you better manage your anxiety, depression, and other difficult experiences.

You will gain friends and enemies along the way and your choices might either earn you points or cause you to lose points. You will need at least 50 points in order to be able to fight the sorceress. 
Take the quest and find out why you are the Chosen One. 

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“Harry Potter Therapy: An Unauthorized Self-Help Book from the Restriction Section” is currently available in print and as a free ebook.

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I am incredibly over the moon ecstatic to be able to announce that my book, “Superhero Therapy,” will become a reality. Part self-help book, part comic book, Illustrated by the incredible Wellinton Alves, will be published by the amazing Little, Brown Book Group in December, 1 2016 in the UK and August 1, 2017 in the US.  This book is currently the #1 new release in its category on Amazon.

 

Book Reviews:

“Psychologist Scarlet, a childhood survivor of the Chernobyl nuclear explosion, draws on the techniques of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) in this innovative approach to helping readers with emotional and psychological difficulties.” —Publishers Weekly  Full review HERE.

“Wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated, this engaging book presents acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) methods using comic book characters from geek culture. It’s more than a style—it’s a powerful new method of training evidence-based ways of dealing with mental health problems. Defusion methods are even more obviously useful when they are ‘charms’ it is even clearer what needs to be done when the sword of willingness cuts anxiety monsters down to size. Welcome, new recruit, to the Superhero Training Academy. I hope you enjoy the super powers you will acquire!”
Steven C. Hayes, PhD, codeveloper of ACT“Janina Scarlet’s approach to healing and empowerment is absolutely genius. With her signature blend of compassion, emotional intelligence, honesty, and fun, Scarlet’s long-awaited Superhero Therapy gives us fascinating insight about the deepest significance of pop culture icons—and an essential guide to creating your own superhero within.”
Chase Masterson, actress (Star Trek; The Flash)“Janina Scarlet is a real-life superhero with an origin story to rival any Marvel character. After surviving a childhood radiation spill, she moved halfway around the earth, overcame post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain, and reinvented herself as one of the world’s most creative and innovative clinical psychologists. Her superhero therapy method is incredibly effective, easy to learn, grounded in solid scientific research—and most of all, fun. This book proves that getting stronger and happier can be a creative, intriguing, and thrilling journey. I am a huge fan of this book! It has worked for so many people—and I am confident it can work for you.”
Jane McGonigal, PhD, author of SuperBetter and Reality is Broken“Equal parts approachable and educational, Superhero Therapy is a great guide to managing your mental health that will make you feel like an IRL hero in the process.”
Sam Maggs, best-selling author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy and Wonder Women“Her origin story is strong and her lesson is stronger. In Superhero Therapy, Janina Scarlet shows that a fear or weakness does not make a hero any less heroic, and that we all can be heroes both for ourselves and for others. Pain can be power. This fascinating resource can help therapists find ways to open dialogue with clients who are not ready to talk about their own lives, but might discuss the same issues through fictional examples. It is also a self-help book offering guidance for those who have trouble finding a path through life’s troubles. Superhero Therapy is a must-read with a valuable message, and there is no one better to share that message than Scarlet.”
Travis Langley, PhD, author of Batman and Psychology, and editor of Star Wars Psychology“Scarlet, a psychologist and educator, teams up with Marvel and DC Comics artist Alves to take six (original) superheroes through simple techniques for coping with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other struggles associated with (though not limited to) adolescence. Scarlet was inspired by the immune system disorder she developed as a child after the Chernobyl disaster; in the U.S., she was bullied for being ‘radioactive.’ Here she outlines a program of exercises in ‘acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)’ and ‘self-compassion’ for a circle of crime fighters dealing with shame, anxiety, and behaviors like panic attacks and cutting. Though readers may find Scarlet’s personal story the most absorbing part, the color illustrations on almost every other page do feature a cast of horned, leering ‘monsters’ and (led by the author herself as discussion leader) human figures of diverse age and race in dashing spandex garb. The conceit, along with some eye-catching art and a focus on setting simple, achievable daily goals, makes this a promising alternative to more conventional self-help programs.”
Booklist

School Library Journal

08/01/2017
Gr 7 Up—Chernobyl fallout survivor Scarlet uses her own difficult experiences growing up to create a compact self-help guide for superhero fans. The book uses superheroes with a variety of problems to present ideas taken from acceptance and commitment therapy, research-supported interventions, and mindfulness techniques to help readers deal with anxiety, depression, and trauma. The heroes address the issues of cutting, eating disorders, PTSD, social anxiety, agoraphobia, shame, and anger. Readers are encouraged to enter “Superhero Training” and learn from and along with Scarlet’s characters. Each chapter concludes with a “Superhero Steps” box of suggestions to practice being grateful, find things they like about themselves, identify their values, open up to hard thoughts and feelings, and engage in self-compassion. The pages of text are liberally mixed with separate pages of comic book—style illustrations. The art itself is illustrative of the text and does a good job depicting the character’s emotions. However, it lacks the appeal, composition and detail most comic book connoisseurs have come to expect. Scarlet’s writing is clear and compassionate, but, despite the text’s sound advice, the superhero trope will likely wear thin on those who are not fans. VERDICT Recommended self-help wherever superhero themes are popular.—Cindy Wall, Southington Library & Museum, CT

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Authored several chapters in the Supernatural Psychology book. This book is available on Amazon under Travis Langley (Editor), Sterling Publishing.

Release date: October 3, 2017

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Star Trek

Authored several chapters in the Star Trek Psychology book. This book is available on Amazon under Travis Langley (Editor), Sterling Publishing.

Release date: May 2, 2017

Book Reviews:

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Authored several chapters in the Wonder Woman Psychology book. This book is available on Amazon under Travis Langley (Editor), Sterling Publishing.

Release date: April 4, 2017

Book Reviews:

“No question whatsoever – this book is hands down the best Wonder Woman book I’ve ever read!! Enormous thanks to Travis Langley and his very impressive (and very extensive!) contributors.”
– Christie Marston (Wonder Woman Network; Wonder Woman Family Museum)

“Absolutely fantastic!”
– Retroist

“A phenomenal job…. Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth is thought-provoking and educational, but delivered in a format that acknowledges the character’s enduring entertainment value and celebrates her well-deserved return to prominence in a traditionally male-dominated field. A must read for fans of Wonder Woman, both old and new.”
– The Quillery

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I’m extremely honored to have contributed several chapters to Doctor Who Psychology: Madman with a Box. This books is expected to be released on November 29, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Reviews:

“A cracking read. They know their Who inside out and the science is impeccable. Much of it concerns subjects close to my heart and they hit the bullseye every time…. This is an exceptional example of what must now be regarded as a legitimate genre.” – The Psychologist (Dr. George Sik, British Psychological Society).

“This was a really fascinating book. It discusses the changes the Doctor goes through with each regeneration, how the regenerations affect his brain and DNA, as well as how the Doctor’s past influences his future. This book is brimming with new ideas and theories about what makes the Doctor the alien that we all know and love. There were many things in this book that really made me think and reading this book made me see the Doctor in a brand new light. This book is a must-read for every Whovian!” – Night Owl Reviews (Top Pick)

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GoT

Authored several chapters in the Game of Thrones Psychology book. This book is available on Amazon under Travis Langley (Editor), Sterling Publishing.

Release date: June 21, 2016

Book Reviews:

“Check out Game of Thrones Psychology from Travis Langley. It’s super interesting and inspired me….” – Vanessa Hill, PBS BrainCraft.

“Look, there’s going to be at least one person in your life who doesn’t connect to great literature or nonfiction that doesn’t have a fantasy/​sci-fi element to it. Give that person a copy of this book. It gathers essays about George R.R. Martin’s texts and the HBO series that are actually literate, well written and informative. Dwarves and dragons have never been more relevant.” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Civil War

Authored a chapter in the Captain America vs. Iron Man Psychology book. This book is available on Amazon under Travis Langley (Editor), Sterling Publishing.

Release date: April 26, 2016

Book Reviews:

“An intelligent and thoroughly entertaining compilation of essays that should be of equal interest to comic book fans and psychology buffs alike.” – Pop Mythology

“A thought-provoking collection…” – Comics Grinder

“This book is wonderfully fascinating and helps shine a whole new light on comics, and the critical implications of these stories. You are even treated to a forward written by Stan Lee and his view on the deeper meanings of comic book characters. If you’re looking to delve deeper into the mythos, crack this open immediately.” – Geek Chic Elite

“Of course more than a few of the essays examine the psychological make up needed to become a hero, whether that be from childhood traumas to the ability to listen to one’s inner voice, to perhaps more importantly put the needs of others before the self as well as the legacies we build with symbolism and how it affects the real world. …varied and educated looks at not just Steve Rogers and Tony Stark but ourselves.” – Retroist

“Travis Langley has pulled together an entertaining collection of essays in Captain America vs. Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology to discuss these great responsibilities. It is the perfect companion for the philosophical fan who wants to gain a better understanding of what it means to be a hero or for the casual fan who just left the theater wanting to slip into their hero’s shoes.” – Amazing Stories

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I authored several chapters in the Star Wars Psychology book. This book is available on Amazon under Travis Langley (Editor), Sterling Publishing.

Release date: October 27, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Reviews:

“What’s great about the books in the Psych Geeks series, however, is that they are amenable for both casual reading and deeper study alike… A fan of Star Wars, you are? Then check out Star Wars Psychology, you should. And if you’re a psychology buff, especially, this is most certainly the Star Wars book you’re looking for.” – Pop Mythology

“…an absorbing read, examining the ideas and core values of why we love Star Wars, encouraging us think about the movies and characters in new and unpredictable ways. There’s something for everyone in this fun and fascinating volume, a good addition to any Star Wars fan’s bookshelf.” – The BiblioSanctum

“That’s the beauty of this book and Star Wars, it makes you think. I highly recommend this to any Star Wars fan that wants to dig a little deeper into why the characters we’ve come to know and love act as they do.” – The Cantina Cast

“…a collection of thought-provoking essays and psychological analyses of the films, including themes of villainy and heroism, gender and family. (Spoiler: the Skywalker family has some serious issues.)” – Kirkus Reviews

Favorite reads of the year: “A vast majority of these essays will make you scratch your head thoughtfully, enough to make you realize the book is awesome.” – Ryan Britt, B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Buzz

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I authored a chapter in this book on Posttraumatic Stress Disorders as seen in the series. This book is available on Amazon under Travis Langley (Editor), Sterling Publishing.

Release date: August 4, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Reviews:

The Walking Dead Psychology is the perfect blend of insightful scholarship, pop-culture savvy and bloody good fun. Highly recommended!” – Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Patient Zero and Rot & Ruin.
“Those interested in #TWD and/or psychology, check it out.” – actor Andrew J. West (Gareth on The Walking Dead).

“Anyone who’s a fan of the show or comic and who’s at least slightly interested in psychology would find much to take away from this book. Not only will it enrich your appreciation of The Walking Dead, but the way it uses entertainment to explain the importance of psychological concepts, …is quite simply good for your braaaains!” – The Pop Mythologist.

“If you watch The Walking Dead and are even only a little bit interested in delving deeper into the show, you owe it to yourself to pick up this collection of essays examining the psychology behind the show.” – MOARGeek.
“It gave me a completely new understanding for the series and made me really appreciate the work the writers put into truly developing these characters… Don’t stress out thinking that you need to know a good bit about psychology before picking up this book… Thankfully, each contributor is great at breaking down their topic in understandable terms… this book should be next in your to To-Read list. It’s an enjoyable and informative read. And once your finished reading the book, you can go back to your zombie survival plans.” – All Geek to Me.

“One of the most fascinating books I read this year…. Required reading for zombies with brains.” – Brian Keene, bestselling author of The Rising, Ghoul, and The Last Zombie.

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MST family

I’m also very honored to have written a comic book for the family members of service members and Veterans with PTSD, particularly those who had experienced sexual trauma. Click the link below to download a free PDF file.

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MST

I’m extremely honored to have written a comic book for SAGA’s project to help service members and Veterans with PTSD. This comic book was written for people who had experienced sexual trauma. Click the link below to download a free PDF file.

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Comp guide to PTSD I co-authored a chapter in this book on using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for PTSD. This book is available on Amazon under Colin Martin (Editor), Victor Preedy (Editor), Vinood B. Patel (Editor), Springer Publications.

Release date: June 2, 2016

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ACT book

Contributed material toward this book. This book is available on Amazon under Jill Stoddard and Niloofar Afari (main authors and editors), New Harbinger Publications

Release date: April 1, 2014

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Encyclopedia

This is the first book I’d been a part of. I had the honor of authoring a chapter in the encyclopedia on SYSTAT, a statistical software program.

This book is available on Amazon under Neil Salkind (editor), SAGE Publications, Inc.  Release date: June 22, 2010

7 comments on “Books

  1. Karina Montgomery on

    Hello! I found you thanks to The Mary Sue posting your articles on depression and anxiety as expressed in the Harry Potter universe. That was some great illustration! Glad I was able to find your site that way, too.

    Sincerely,
    Karina

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  2. Emily Torres on

    Greetings, Dr. Jamina!

    I stumbled across your site and I wanted to ask you a couple of questions.

    I am seeing if there is enough interest for me to start a Google+ community called Geek Media Theraou” I just started following you on Twitter so I still looking at some of my work, I hope you get back with me about this.

    The other question that I have is while I’m not a psychologist, what would you recommend the best way to query others in your field offering research about geek media therapy?

    I majored in criminal justice technology, and using superheroes, exedra, is something that I fell in love with!

    I look forward to hearing your advice.

    Emily

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    • Janina Scarlet on

      HI Emily,
      so sorry that it took me so long to reply, I’ve been traveling a lot and haven’t had a lot of opportunities to check my messages. So glad you reached out. Have you started the Google + community yet? If so, add me, I’d love to be a part of it.
      Regarding queries, I think the best way is just to email people directly or to message them on Twitter.
      That’s really cool! Are you currently working in criminal justice?

      Janina

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