About Jessica Marvin, PhD
I was born in Bronxville, NY. My favorite pastime as a child was playing outside in the forest that belonged to the property of our house in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. If you would have asked me when I was younger what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have answered, “a sheepherder.”
As an undergraduate, I double-majored in Art and Journalism with the idea of working in advertising in NYC. Instead, I ended up in Vermont working as a potter. After a streak of art-related pursuits, I completed my master's degree and a doctorate in clinical psychology. My doctoral research and dissertation were on Tourette syndrome.
I provide a number of interventions ranging from clinical mental health counseling, therapeutic art, and behavioral consultation to neurosensory stimulation and trauma therapy. I am a Licensed Tomatis® Practitioner, a member of the Tomatis Développement SA association, and certified to practice the Tomatis Method (Audio-Psycho-Phonology: APP).
I still draw and paint and am always trying to find time to grab some clay and get to the potter’s wheel. But, my research endeavors take up a great deal of my time these days, and that is very fulfilling. Currently, I am working on a writing project dealing with music, morals, the brain, and behavior. Naturally, I like to read, and I hope to someday learn to play the cello.
My philosophy of humans and human behavior originates with St. Albertus Magnus and St. Thomas Aquinas. You can also read more about that here with a couple of excerpts from Introduction to the Science of Mental Health.
Educating individuals through various methods of brain training, helping them to create adaptive brain responses that influence behavioral outcomes throughout their lifetime, is the focus of my work.
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