About the Author

Dr. Marlene F. Watson is the former Chair and Associate Professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Department at Drexel University in Philadelphia. A licensed couple and family therapist with a private practice, she was the first couple and family therapist ever to receive the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship. A former columnist for Heart & Soul Magazine, she was raised in the Philadelphia area, where she still lives. Marlene is a collector of African and African American art and she delights in mentoring African American and multi-racial young adults. She tries to live by the words of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr: “If I can help somebody as I pass along… then my living will not be in vain.”