Member Spotlight: Marvella A. Bowman, PhD

Name:  Marvella A. Bowman, PhD

License #: 5023

Bio: Marvella A. Bowman, PhD is a doctoral level clinical psychologist, licensed to practice in the states of New York and North Carolina. She works in the state prison system, providing supervision to mental health professionals engaged in therapeutic intervention with, and assessment of, incarcerated individuals. Her role affords her the opportunity to organize internship and practicum opportunities for those pursuing higher education and careers in correctional mental healthcare, as well as orchestrate the creation and provision of training materials designed to educate staff working in correctional institutions. Outside of the prison setting, she provides consultation and assessment to those seeking assistance in the community, as well as workshops and presentations on a variety of topics related to behavioral health and well-being.

1)      What attracted you to the field of psychology? “I have an older sister who earned a degree in psychology, so there were psychology books around.  When I went to college, I thought I wanted to be a lawyer, but decided to pick psychology as my major, after getting the advice that I should take classes that I would enjoy. I found the psychology classes interesting and decided to pursue that instead.”

2)      What do you enjoy most about your work? “Currently, I have more of an administrative role in which I get to create opportunities for students to pursue internships in the prison system. I have a lot of latitude to do so, I can be pretty creative when it comes to making training opportunities. I like working with interns and creating curriculum for them, i.e., seminars, supervision, etc. I'm also really excited to create opportunities for undergraduates and possibly even high school students to learn about mental health careers in the prison system.”

3)      What advice would you give someone who is considering getting a degree in the psychology? “Look into where they want to be and what’s required to practice there. Know your options and match what you want to do with how much education you need.”

4)      When you are not working, what do you enjoy doing? “Dancing – I need to do more of that. I enjoy attending church and participate in women’s groups from church too.”

5)      What is something about you (a fun fact) that not many people know? “I self-published a book of devotionals. Content, Consistent, & Conformed: A Book of Devotionals for the Believer with a Heart after God.”

6)      If were not a psychologist, what would you do? “I might have been a defense attorney or a novelist.”

7)      What is the next place on your travel bucket list? “South Africa… maybe not next, but definitely on my bucket list!”

8)      What are you currently reading or listening to? Can We Talk About Israel, by Daniel Sokatch.”

9)      What is your favorite word and why? “I don’t have one.”

10)   What is your least favorite word and why? “ ‘Can’t.’ I don't like people saying that they can't do something.”