About Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker


  • Massachusetts Psychologist #2337 (since 1979).
  • Massachusetts Marriage and Family Therapist #70 (since 1991).

Graduate degrees:

  • Masters in Counseling Psychology from the Alfred Adler Institute in Chicago.
  • Masters and a Doctorate in Humanistic Applications of the Social and Behavioral Sciences from the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Additional In-Service Training:

  • Extensive training in Family Therapy since 1980 by leaders in the field and externship with Lynn Hoffman at the Ackerman Institute, NYC, 1983 – 84. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynn_Hoffman_(family_therapist)]
  • Training and Externship in Hypnosis with Dr. Daniel Brown 1991-1993 (http://danbrownandassociates.com/).
  • Many years of training in therapy for people with Intellectual Disabilities and their families through the National Assn for the Dually Diagnosed (http://thenadd.org/).
  • Numerous workshops and intensive study in Positive Psychology.


  • Over 30 years in full and part time private practice.
  • Supervisory and administrative positions at ServiceNet (the local community mental health center) from 1994 – 2003.
  • Psychologist for Area Office of the Department of Developmental Services for 12 years (2003 – 2015).

Teaching Experience:

  • Undergraduate psychology and education courses at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
  • Graduate level family therapy courses at Westfield State University.
  • Graduate classes in education for College of St. Rose (NY) & Marywood College (PA).
  • Workshops about a wide variety of topics for professional associations, agencies, parent organizations, school systems and marriage retreats.


  • Advice columnist and feature writer for newspapers and periodicals since 1978.
  • Online feature writer for PsychCentral.com, SafeBee.com and HuffingtonPost.com.
  • Click on the “Books” tab for information about published books.