Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker is licensed in Massachusetts as both a psychologist and marriage and family therapist and has been in practice for over 35 years. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1968 and began her career as a junior high school English teacher. At that time, there were no accommodations for children who found school challenging and so became challenging themselves. She found herself increasingly interested in those students and their families and went back to school at the University of Massachusetts for a masters degree and then a doctorate in psychological education. Still not satisfied that she knew what she needed to know to help families, she went on to the Alfred Adler Institute in Chicago for another masters degree, this time in counseling.
On completing her education, Dr. Marie started a successful group private practice, specializing in family and couple therapy. She also founded a local drop-in center for parents of children under the age of five in order to give new parents a place to meet and support one another and to get expert advice. Over the course of her career, she has been an administrator of a community mental health clinic, the supervisor for a large clinical staff, and the director of a clinical team serving people with intellectual disabilities. Currently, she is a psychologist with the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (formerly the Dept of Mental Retardation) and teaches classes on intellectual disability and mental health at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, both on campus and online. During the summer, she also teaches Family Therapy at Westfield State University. She has received awards from the Girl Scouts, Zonta International, and her town’s Chamber of Commerce, among others, for her service to her community. She is a regular contributor to PsychCentral.com.
Dr. Marie has authored newspaper and web articles and advice columns for the general public, articles and books on classroom discipline for teachers, and various programs for schools and industry. Web articles currently appear on HelpHorizons.com, Psychcentral.com, and MarieHartwell-Walker.com, among others. Over the course of her career, she has made hundreds of presentations at professional conferences, school in-service programs, and parent group meetings.
Dr. Marie and her husband of 43 years have raised four children who are now young adults. They live and work in western Massachusetts.
Dr. Marie's e-book series, Tending the Family Heart, can be found at Amazon.com and BandN.com.
Visit her online at www.MarieHartwell-Walker.com