Marilyn Powell

Vice Provost
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
Ph.D. Psychology

Marilyn joined Walden University in 2008 and was named Vice Provost for the education and business colleges in 2018 after serving as dean of the school of psychology and program director for the Ph.D. in psychology, counseling psychology specialization. Additionally, she supports the Center for Faculty Excellence and the Office of Student Affairs.
Marilyn leads collaboratively with university, college, and school leaders to innovate and implement online and blended learning options for working adults, and ensuring academic quality, financial viability, student success, and faculty satisfaction. As part of the senior leadership team at Walden, she helps craft, refine, implement and evaluate short and longer-range plans for the university, focused on broad access to higher education.
Prior to her academic career, Marilyn worked in nonprofit behavioral health settings, developing, leading and funding successful social programs serving marginalized populations. A licensed psychologist for 23 years specializing in couples’ therapy, post-traumatic and other anxiety conditions, and co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders, Marilyn holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Kansas. She also earned a post-doctoral certificate in management from Walden University and a certificate in business administration from the University of Roehampton, London. Most recently, Marilyn was admitted to the 2019-2020 class of the Baldrige Executive Fellows program, a prestigious leadership development experience.


PhD, University of Kansas

BA, Austin College


Powell, M. J., Logan, C. R., Capuzzi, D., Gross, D. (2019). Identifying and preventing mood disorders in children and adolescents.


Lacivita, L. K., Powell, M. J. (2017). Diamonds in the rough: Facilitating change to lead multicultural, virtual teams in the global workforce. European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology

Nabors, N. A., Powell, M. J., Lynch, K. M. (2012). Psychology Graduate Students in Distance Education Programs: Impacts on Underserved Communities. Sloan Consortium

Powell, M. J. (2006). Multi-culturally-competent Interventions for Women with Co-Occurring Mental Illness and Methamphetamine Addiction. Texas Psychological Association

Powell, M. J. (2001). Race in the Room. Texas Psychological Association

Powell, M. J. (1998). Patterns of Personality Disorders in Homeless Women. American Psychological Association

Powell, M. J. (1997). Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Urban Populations of Homeless Women and Seriously Mentally Ill Adults. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Powell, M. J. (1997). Developmental Period and PTSD in Homeless Women. American Psychological Association