Marjorie Kettell, Ph.D., Cert. Psya., Core Faculty, BGSP

Contact information
(617) 522-2507
kettellmj@aol.com

Personal Statement
Three areas of professional interest, psychoanalysis, research, and developmental theory/ gerontology have been part of my life since my doctoral work at Boston University in Clinical Psychology. My doctoral thesis was a study of 65 elderly women in five categories including normal, depressed, pre-seniles, and dementia with and without psychosis, using the Rorschach to compare their level of ego integrity. I came to BGSP in 1984 from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (of which I am a Founder) to teach research and supervise final projects. Now that BGSP has two doctoral programs, I enjoy the opportunity to help with dissertation research in studies of violent behavior and applying psychoanalysis to aging patients. In the Extension Division, I have developed 6 semester courses and a number of workshops in Gerontology that can be taken for a Professional Certificate or as electives in the Master’s or Doctoral programs. I really enjoy teaching and seeing patients. My other interests are in creativity in art and literature; also, mind-body interactions. For fun, I like to travel, paint, and be with friends and family.

Research
Lifecycle changes, correlates of violence and abuse, projective testing, and other areas that pose interesting questions!
Publications
(2001) Kettell, M.: Reminiscence and the late life search for ego integrity: Ingmar Bergman’s 'Wild Strawberries. J. Geriatric Psychiatry, 34:1, 9-41
(1998) Hersen, M. & Van Hasselt, V.: Handbook of Clinical Geropsychology, Plenum Press, N.Y. - Kettell, M. Book Review J. Geriatric Psychiatry
(1972) Kettell, M.: Old age and personality changes - Modern Nursing Home
(1971) Kettell, M.: Regression in normal and pathological old age. J. Geriatric Psychiatry
Kettell, M. Rorschach indicators of senility in geriatric patients Ibid. 639-643
(1963) Olshansky, S. & Kettell, M.: Attitudes of some interns and first-year residents toward the institutionalization of mentally retarded children Training School Bulletin, 59,:116-120.

Presentations
(200) Myths and realities of Aging. Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Hospital Conference, Boston.
(1963) The biopsychosocial model of care of the elderly. Huntington Hospital, Southbridge, MA
(1963) Narratives of illness: what our patients tell us that hurts
Massachusetts Psychological Association Conference Surfing the Mind-Brain-Body Internet: Intervention Strategies. Holiday Inn, Newton, MA
(1963)Kettell, M . Training teachers of emotionally disturbed children Two-day seminar, University of Puerto Rico, Department of Education.