Dr. Frances Mervyn
Health over the lifespan, Menopause, School consultation, System interventions, Crisis interventions, Critical incident stress debriefing.
Dr. Mervyn is a psychologist who is especially interested in the roles of the psychologist in the community. She teaches and consults about school and community consultation and education, crisis and disaster intervention ,and leadership. She has been on the MSPP faculty since 1978 and teaches Systems Theory and Practice I and II and Foundations of Psychology II. Dr. Mervyn's work has focused on the need for psychologists to extend themselves from the solely clinical role of treating already defined emotional disorders. Coming to psychology with a public health background, Dr. Mervyn directed Human Relations Service in Wellesley, the first community mental health center in the country, where she grounded and developed her preventive orientation. Additionally, Dr. Mervyn is concerned with health psychology issues over the life span, especially pregnancy, parent development, menopause, aging, grief, mourning, and loss. She is the Continuing Education Director of the Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents, a primary prevention organization focused on education and on enhancing the information flow between infant researchers and clinicians. She lectures frequently on menopause and co-authored a recent book (with P. Rich) The Healing Journey through Menopause. She is a licensed psychologist with a consultation and clinical practice in Newton.