“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.
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.
“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.
—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.”
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
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
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
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
“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)
“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
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.
“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)
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
“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
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
“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
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
“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
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
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
I co-authored a chapter in this book on using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for PTSD. This book is available on Amazon under
Release date: June 2, 2016
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
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