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

Contact information
(617) 522-2507

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.

Lifecycle changes, correlates of violence and abuse, projective testing, and other areas that pose interesting questions!
(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.

(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.