Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

Living Edition
| Editors: Jay Lebow, Anthony Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Watson, Marlene F.

  • Argie J. Allen-WilsonEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_1100-1


Marlene F. Watson, Ph.D., LMFT


Marlene F. Watson, PhD is the former Chair of the Couple and Family Therapy Department at Drexel University. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the author of the book, Facing the Black Shadow, and a licensed couple and family therapist with a private practice. In 2004, Dr. Watson was chosen as the first couple and family therapist ever to receive the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship. A former columnist for Heart & Soul Magazine, which is dedicated to the health and wellness of African American women, she was raised in the Philadelphia area where she still lives. Dr. Watson is a collector of African and African American art and delights in mentoring African American and multi-racial young adults. She prides herself on living by the words of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “If I can help somebody as...

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Key Citations

  1. Davey, M., & Watson, M. F. (2008). Engaging African Americans in therapy: Integrating a public policy and family therapy perspective. Contemporary Family Therapy, 30, 31–47.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Watson, M. F. (1993). Supervising the person of the therapist: Issues, challenges, and dilemmas. Contemporary Family Therapy, 15(1), 21–31.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Watson, M. F. (1998). African American siblings. In M. McGoldrick (Ed.), Revisioning family therapy: Race, culture and gender in clinical practice (pp. 282–294). New York: Guilford Press.Google Scholar
  4. Watson, M. F. (2004). Integrative family therapy: Emphasis on a middle-class African American family. In R. A. Dorfman, P. Meyer, & M. A. Morgan (Eds.), Paradigms of clinical social work: Emphasis on diversity (Vol. 3). New York: Brunner-Routledge.Google Scholar
  5. Watson, M. F. (2013). Facing the black shadow. Philadelphia: Author.Google Scholar
  6. Watson, M. F. (2016). Supervision in black and white: Navigating cross-racial interactions in the supervisory process. In K. V. Hardy & T. Bobes (Eds.), Culturally sensitive supervision and training: Diverse perspectives and practical applications (pp. 43–49). New York: Routledge.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Watson, M. F. (2017). African Americans in couple and family therapy. In J. Lebow et al. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of couple and family therapy. New York: Springer International Publishing.  https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_428-1.Google Scholar
  8. Watson, M. F., & Protinsky, H. O. (1988). Black adolescent identity development: Effects of perceived family structure. Family Relations, 37, 288–292.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Counseling and Family TherapyDrexel University, College of Nursing and Health ProfessionsPhiladelphiaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kelley Quirk
    • 1
  • Adam Fisher
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Human Development and Family StudiesColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  3. 3.Brigham Young UniversityProvoUSA