Marie Adams, Ph.D.
As the Assessment Coordinator at the University Counseling Service, I am primarily responsible for providing training in psychological assessments to our predoctoral interns who are completing their training to become psychologists. I also help coordinate with senior staff who may wish to use assessments in their clinical work. As the Psychology Practicum Coordinator at UCS, I am responsible for providing introductory agency training and ongoing group supervision to our psychology and social work practicum students. I also work alongside the Training Director at UCS to help support our staff who serve in a training role for practicum students and to coordinate with graduate programs who are interested in having students complete counseling training at UCS. My overarching goal in both of my roles is to support the training environment at UCS by helping implement evidence-based and culturally informed practices that foster growth and learning for our staff and for the next generation of clinicians.
2021 – University of Iowa, Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
My clinical practice primarily incorporates brief psychodynamic and interpersonal techniques with multicultural and feminist frameworks. This means that I place great emphasis on clients’ relationships with themselves and others, on their various identities, and on creating a collaborative therapy space that empowers clients to be able to make choices that help them continue to grow even after therapy ends. My clinical interests include adjustment concerns, anxiety, depression, working with survivors of violence and gender-based trauma, interpersonal/relational stress, family dynamics, and multicultural identity exploration.
I work from a multicultural framework that includes a strong emphasis on cultural humility and engaging in self-reflection on the impact and power of my privileges. I pay close attention to the intersection between my own identities and those of my clients, as well as to the impact of systemic barriers and oppression on mental health and wellbeing. I strive to be a culture-centered psychologist, meaning that I view part of my role to be an agent for positive social change and social justice, empowerment, and advocacy. I have experience and interest in working with first generation college students, women’s health concerns, LGBTQ+ populations, and with rural mental health concerns.
I enjoy doing outreach programming on a variety of different topics including stress management, academic success, adjustment and transition concerns, preventing burnout, self-care, violence prevention, and chronic health issues awareness. I also currently serve as a UCS representative for the Anti-Violence Coalition within the Division of Student Life at the University of Iowa.
I am a member of the American Psychological Association with memberships in Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) and Division 49 (Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy).