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Marvin Rosen (1933–) Biography

Personal, Career, Member, Honors Awards, Writings, Work in Progress, Sidelights

Born 1933, in New York, NY; Education: University of Massachusetts, B.A., 1956; University of Pennsylvania, M.A., 1958; University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D., 1961. Religion: Jewish. Hobbies and other interests: Writing, gardening, hiking.


Psychologist. Albert Einstein Hospital, psychologist, 1961–62; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, instructor in psychology, 1962–63; Elwyn Institute, Elwyn, PA, clinical psychologist, 1963–2002; Interboro School District, administrator and vice president, 2003–. Military service: U.S. Army Reserve, 1957–63.


American Psychological Association.

Honors Awards

Research award, American Association of Mental Retardation.


(Editor with Gerald R. Clark and Marvin S. Kivitz) The History of Mental Retardation: Collected Papers, University Park Press (Baltimore, MD), 1976.

(With Gerald R. Clark and Marvin S. Kivitz) Habilitation of the Handicapped: New Dimensions in Programs for the Developmentally Disabled, University Park Press (Baltimore, MD), 1977.

Notes and Blots from a Psychologist's Dest, Nelson-Hall (Chicago, IL), 1978.

(With Edwin D. Arsht) Psychological Approaches To Family Practice: A Primary-Care Manual, University Park Press (Baltimore, MD), 1979.

(Editor with Marie Skodak Crissey) Institutions for the Mentally Retarded: A Changing Role in Changing Times, PRO-ED (Austin, TX), 1986.

Treating Children in Out-of-Home Placements, Haworth Press (New York, NY), 1998.

(With Walter Rosen and Beth Allen) Welcome to Junior's: Remembering Brooklyn with Recipes and Memories from Its Favorite Restaurant, Morrow (New York, NY), 1999.

(Consulting editor) Michele Alpern, The Effects of Job Loss on the Family, Chelsea House (Philadelphia, PA), 2002.

(Consulting editor) Heather Lehr Wagner, Dealing with Terminal Illness in the Family, Chelsea House (Phildelphia, PA), 2002.

(Consulting editor) Heather Lehr Wagner, The Blending of Foster and Adopted Children into the Family, Chelsea House (Philadelphia, PA), 2002.

(Consulting editor) Michele Alpern, Teen Pregnancy, Chelsea House (Philadelphia, PA), 2002.

Dealing with the Effects of Rape and Incest, Chelsea House (Philadelphia, PA), 2002.

Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Chelsea House (Philadelphia, PA), 2003.

The Effects of Stress and Anxiety on the Family, Chelsea House (Philadelphia, PA), 2003.

(Consulting editor) Sara L. Latta, Dealing with the Loss of a Loved One, Chelsea House (Philadelphia, PA), 2003.

(Consulting editor) Michele Alpern, Overcoming Feelings of Hatred, Chelsea House (Philadelphia, PA), 2003.

(Consulting editor) Michele Alpern, Let's Talk: Sharing Our Thoughts and Feelings during Times of Crisis, Chelsea House (Philadelphia, PA), 2003.

The ABC's of Love, 1st Books (Bloomington, IN), 2004.

Demystifying Dreams, i-Universe (Lincoln, NB), 2004.

Meditation and Hypnosis, Chelsea House (Philadelphia, PA), 2005.

Sleep and Dreaming, Chelsea House (Philadelphia, PA), 2005.

Contributor to periodicals, including Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Work in Progress

Sleep and Dreaming and Hypnosis and Meditation, both for Chelsea House Publishers.


Marvin Rosen is a licensed clinical psychologist who has authored several works that focus on the psychological effects of a changing society. Educated at Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania, Rosen interned at the V.A. Hospital at Perry Point, Maryland. He worked as a child psychologist at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Philadelphia and then began a thirty-eight-year career at Elwyn, Inc. in Elwyn, Pennsylvania. In addition to maintaining a private practice in psychology, Rosen was principal investigator during a lengthy follow-up study of persons who left the institution for independent living, started a preschool language program for at-risk three and four year olds, directed a head trauma program, and helped develop a program for emotionally disturbed youngsters in out-of-home placements. While at Elwyn, Rosen authored or edited several textbooks.

Retiring in January of 2002, Rosen quickly decided that the retiree lifestyle was not for him. He returned to work part-time as a school psychologist at Interboro School District in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. In addition to serving as consulting editor for several books by other authors, he has also penned books such as Dealing with the Effects of Rape and Incest and Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, both of which are geared toward a young-adult readership.

Rosen lives with his wife Joyce in Media, Pennsylvania, fifteen miles south of Philadelphia, where he is the proud father of four married children and several grandchildren.

Biographical and Critical Sources


School Library Journal, October, 2002, Libby K. White, review of Dealing with the Effects of Rape and Incest, p. 193.

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