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Marilyn Charles, PhD, ABPP

Team Leader/Staff Psychologist

Marilyn Charles, PhD, ABPP

Team Leader/Staff Psychologist


  • BA from University of New Mexico
  • MA and PhD in clinical psychology at Michigan State University
  • Predoctoral internship at the Michigan State University Counseling Center
Marilyn Charles, PhD, ABPP, is a staff psychologist, team leader, supervisor, and member of the therapy staff at the Austen Riggs Center.
During her predoctoral internship, she was part of the Multi-Ethnic Counseling Center Alliance (MECCA) and has continued to promote dialogues across difference in her roles as (former) president of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association, (current) co-chair of APCS and international coordinator of the Psychoanalytic Track at UDEM. Her writing, teaching, supervision, and consultations have focused on encouraging the development of future generations of clinicians and on promoting higher standards of practice in the field.
A poet and artist herself, Dr. Charles has worked extensively with artists, writers, and musicians. She has a special interest in the creative process and is continues to investigate factors that facilitate and inhibit creativity. She also has a particular interest in the intergenerational transmission of trauma and its relationship to psychosis. She is actively engaged in mentoring, creating professional opportunities, creating opportunities for dialogue, and promoting community involvement for those in the helping professions, including her consultation work with Gunawirra in Sydney, Australia, and with counseling centers and residential treatment centers in this country.

Professional Affiliations/Organizational Memberships

  • International Coordinator, Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM)
  • Scholar, British Psychoanalytic Council
  • Member, Association for Psychosocial Studies (APS)
  • Contributing Editor, Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society


  • Teaching Associate in Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School
  • Training Analyst with the Michigan Psychoanalytic Council and the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis
  • Contributing Editor of Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society and is a member of the editorial boards of numerous psychoanalytic journals
  • Co-Chair of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS)


  • Winner of the American Board & Academy of Psychoanalysis (ABAPsa) Book Prize for 2020 in the Applied Category for her book co-edited with Jill Bellinson, PhD, entitled The Importance of Play in Early Childhood Education: Psychoanalytic, Attachment, and Developmental Perspectives (Routledge)

Research/Clinical Interests

  • Creativity, psychosis, resilience, and the intergenerational transmission of trauma