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Before working twenty years as a licensed psychologist and therapist in private practice in Fort Worth, Texas, Marilyn was on the staff of the Fort Worth Child Study Center, and was the Associate Director of the Center for Behavioral Studies at the University of North Texas. She holds degrees from Purdue, Texas Christian University and her Doctorate from the University of North Texas.
During her work as a psychologist, she also served as a consultant to schools, businesses, and corporations. She had ten articles published in various professional journals. While maintaining her private practice office, she wrote a self-help book "Getting Yourself Together." The CD-ROM edition was introduced at the Chicago Book Expo by Waltsan Publishing.
A second book, also published by Waltsan, "Morals and Manners for the Millennium," was presented at the Austin Book Fair. She is a prize-winning poet and short story writer. Her poetry and short stories have been published in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Her children's book, "Paisano Pete: Snake-killer Bird," published by Eakin Press of Austin, garnered the Oklahoma Writers' Federation, Inc. (OWFI) "Best Juvenile Book of 2003." Marilyn has participated in numerous readings and book signings in Texas. The book, "Deborah Sampson, The Girl Who Went to War," has been well received by a readers' review panel that passed the book with high marks.
She is a member of Fort Worth Writers, the Fort Worth Poetry Society, the Poetry Society of Texas, the Fort Worth Songwriters Association, Tuesday Study Group Trinity Episcopal Church,National Women's History Museum, Who's Who of American Women, and Who's Who in America.