College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School of Psychology
Degree ProgramPh.D. Psychology
Dr Marcus is a Full Time Research professor in Psychology at Walden University.
Dr M moved to Sarasota FL from Northern in 2003. She was a full-time faculty at Argosy University for eight years, and taught doctoral courses in quantitative and qualitative research methods, social psychology, human development, and personality theory. she has been a full-time faculty at Walden since 2011.
She earned a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Texas Christian University, Fort Worth TX, with emphasis in Multivariate Statistics and Social Psychology.
Despite hanging out with “rat runners” and experimentalists, Dr M's passion and research interests have always been applied– inquiries into the human condition, with the intention of facilitating change and improving quality of life.
Dr M's work initially focused on program evaluation of alcohol and chemical dependency programs, studying the impact of social support and other “extra-treatment” factors on various outcomes. Her academic publications focused on the methodological challenges of conducting applied research.
Dr M's current research interests includes resilience and transformational pedagogy (what methods and tools facilitate changes in consciousness), and the use of altered states as interventions. She completed a study examining the effectiveness of yoga to reduce joint pain in women with breast cancer who are taking aromatase inhibitors.
Dr M has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods.
From 1992 to 2003, Dr M co-directed a marketing research consultancy for business and non-profit organizations with her partner and husband, the late, great Dr. Barry Tuchfeld (he was a sociologist). Their projects included national, local, and regional surveys, program evaluation projects, key informant interviews, focus groups and strategic planning.
Dr M is also a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, and has been practicing since 1986. She has studied the “mind/body” relationship from many points of view.
Dr M also acknowledges her greatest “teacher” – son Elliot, who turned 22 this July. "Raising a child in this complex world is the greatest joy and biggest challenge. It is our children who call us to be the “possibility” we would have only imagined ourselves to be."
She looks forward to working with you all.