Michele M. Marsh

Michele M. Marsh, PhD, CST

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Certified Sex Therapist and Sex Therapy Supervisor

Programs I Teach

Education

  • PhD, School and Counseling Psychology (1982)
    University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • MS, Ed Human Learning and Development (1976)
    University of Pennsylvania (PA)

About Me

My studies in educational, school, and counseling psychology led me to clinical work with people of all ages struggling with issues related to sexuality. It is such a powerful force in our lives as it liberates us to become more fully who we are as human beings. And when thwarted or traumatized, our sexual selves can inhibit or trouble the rest of our lives. 

In my teaching I attempt to combine a rigorous academic approach with the effort to catalyze the personal and professional growth of my students. As clinicians and/or educators, both professor and students must take into account the wholeness of persons and honor who they are, at the same time challenging them to grow. Hopefully the teaching I provide parallels these important aspects of education and clinical work with clients. 

In particular, I specialize in the treatment of individual, couple, and family traumas, including an awareness that multiple traumas often co-exist in the multiple levels of people's lives. Teaching in these areas is both a privilege and a welcome challenge.

Research Interests

I am interested in the application of the intersystem approach (Weeks, G.) to sexuality education and professional training. In particular, I am researching the use of the focused sexuality genogram as part of clinical assessment for individuals, couples, and families working on issues related to sexuality. Additionally I am interested in issues regarding sexual interest/desire and arousal for both men and women and the development of adolescent sexuality for both males and females.

Publications

  • Marsh, M., Ensinger, C. (2014, April). Integration of sex therapy training within an MFT masters program: The intersystem model as theory and tool. Poster Presentation at PAMFT Conference.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Psychological Association (APA); American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)