Stella Marrie
Stella Marrie

Faculty Chair
In psychology and psychotherapy, we continually use the material of our own experience to understand and make meaning in the world. This is a very personal holistic form of learning. I am happy to work with students to integrate personal experience and academic interests in the course of their study. In particular, I am very interested in facilitating studies that deal with adult development, women's issues, psychological aspects of religion and spirituality, eco-psychology, transpersonal psychology, and most any aspect of psychotherapy theory or practice. I look forward to talking with you about your interests and hopes for the semester ahead!

In the course of her learning and development, Dr. Marrie has been continually moved by the power of dialogue to positively influence and shape lives. As a practicing psychologist, she is privileged to engage in dialogue that has transformative potential, and in her teaching practice, she sees dialogue as a way of furthering mutual learning. Through writing, artistic expression, and vigorous discussion we learn to grapple with new ideas, express our own truth, and therefore know ourselves better. She is very pleased to be engaged with UI&U students around subjects that have intrinsic meaning and value to them.

Dr. Marrie's academic background is primarily in the area of clinical psychology. However, her interests have always pointed toward spiritual development in the broadest sense. She is fascinated by the ways that people create meaning in their lives and how personal and collective suffering can be a catalyst for the creation of meaning and transcendence. These interests have led her to an exploration of depth psychology and transpersonal approaches. In addition, she is a meditation practitioner and has a strong interest in the interface between Buddhism and Western psychology.

Her first influences in psychology were the humanistic and existential schools of thought. She was introduced to these ideas during my undergraduate studies. The importance of empathic attunement and acceptance of subjective experience as basis for generating meaning resonated deeply with her own implicit philosophy and understanding of human development. This propelled her to pursue graduate training to become a psychotherapist. Later during Marrie's doctoral work, she became interested in Jungian and contemporary psychoanalytic approaches to psychotherapy. Her doctoral research was on eating disorders using an intensive case study methodology. She is very interested in case study, life history, and other qualitative research methods.

For the past 11 years, Dr. Marrie has worked as a psychotherapist in a variety of settings. Much of her work as a therapist has focused on women's issues. As a result, she has also become interested in understanding the political and social justice issues implicit in many of the problems that individuals bring to therapy. She has worked in community mental health settings dealing with issues of homelessness, drug addiction and eating disorders. She has also taught in counseling programs in Vermont and Montreal, offering courses such as group therapy, personality theory, human development, the psychology of trauma, and counseling skills to students preparing to become therapists.

Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, 1997
M.A. Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, 1989
B.A. Behavioral Science, University of Chicago, 1985