Vitae of Laura Marshak

CONTACT INFORMATION 

E-mail: marshak@iup.edu

Address: IndianaUniversityof PA, Department of Counseling, 206 Stouffer Hall, Indiana, PA 15705

 

EDUCATION

Licensed Psychologist, #PS-005840-L

Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Professor, Department of Counseling, 2003-present

Professor, Special Education and Clinical Services, 1997-2003

Associate Professor, Special Education and Clinical Services, 1991-1997

Assistant Professor, Special Education and Clinical Services, 1986-1991

Psychologist in Private Practice, 1990-present

BOOKS AUTHORED

Prezant, F. and Marshak, L. (2010). Dr. Vermeij’s Conch Quest. Bloomington, IN: Authorhouse.

Marshak, L., Dandeneau, C., Prezant, F., and L’Amoreaux, N. (2009). The school counselor’s guide to helping students with disabilities. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Marshak, L. and Prezant, F. (2007). Married with special-needs children.  A couple’s guide to keeping connected.  Woodbine House.

Marshak, L., Seligman, M.and Prezant, F. (1999) Disability and the family lifecycle. BasicBooks.

Nowell, R. and Marshak, L. (Eds.). (1994). Understanding deafness and the rehabilitation process. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Nowell, R. and Marshak, L. (1994).  An orientation for professionals working with deaf clients.  In Nowell and Marshak (Eds.), Understanding deafness and the rehabilitation process (pp. 1-11). Boston:  Allyn and Bacon.

Marshak, L. and Seligman, M. (1993).  Counseling persons with physical disabilities: Theoretical and clinical perspectives.  Austin, TX:  Pro-Ed.

Seligman, M. and Marshak, L. (Eds.). (1990). Group psychotherapy: Interventions with special populations. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Marshak, L., Van Wieren, T., Raeke Ferrell, D., Swiss, L., and Dugan, C. (2010). Exploring barriers to college student use of disability services and accommodations. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability.22(3), 151-165.

Marshak, L. (2009). Balance and the tipping point in a marriage. The Autism File. 31, 142-145.

Marshak, L., and Prezant, F. (2008). Protecting your marriage. The Autism File. 28, 22-24.

Belch, H., and Marshak, L. (2006). Critical Incidents Involving Students with Psychiatric Disabilities: The Gap Between State of the Art and Campus Practice. National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, 43(3), 464-483.

Prezant, F. P. and Marshak, L. (2006) Helpful actions seen through the eyes of parents of children with disabilities. Disability & Society, 21, 31-45.

Marshak, L. and Hanlon, S. (accepted for publication 2006).  Jewish spirituality in counseling. In D. Sandhu (Ed). Spirituality the Fifth Force in Counseling.

Seligman, M. and Marshak, L. (2004) Group psychotherapy for persons with physical disabilities. In  DeLucia-Waack, D. Gerrity, C. Kalodner and M. Riva (Eds.), Handbook of group counseling and psychotherapy. Sage Publications.

Marshak, L. (1992). Coping skills training: Individual and group approaches. In L. Katz (Ed.), Psychiatric rehabilitation: A handbook for practitioners (pp.145-197). St. Louis, MO: Warren Green Publishers.

Geckle, M., Katz-Garris, L., and Marshak, L. (1992). Vocational assessment: Formal and informal evaluation and preliminary planning. In L. Katz (Ed.), Psychiatric rehabilitation: A handbook for practitioners (pp. 198-244). St. Louis, MO: Warren Green Publishers.

Marshak, L. Bostick, D., and Turton, L. (1990). Closure outcomes for clients with psychiatric disabilities served by the Vocational Rehabilitation System. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 33(3).

Marshak, L. (1990). Outpatient group psychotherapy for persons with chronic mental illnesses. In Seligman, M. and Marshak, L. (Eds.).Group psychotherapy: Interventions with special populations. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Marshak, L. and Beidel, D. (1982). Protection or penalty: The implications of a guardianship petition. Journal of the Association of the Severely Handicapped, 6(4).

Marshak, L. (1982). Group therapy with adolescents. In M. Seligman (Ed.). Group psychotherapy and counseling with special populations. Baltimore, MD: University Park Press.

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKING

Marshak, L. (2010,July 6). Keynote address. Williams Syndrome Association, Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Marshak, L. (2010, May 1-2).  Keynote address. 2010 Parent Partnership Project’s Region V 16th Annual Parent Retreat. Cragun’s Resort Brainerd, MN.

Marshak, L (2009, February). Keynote address. Heart and Hope State Conference, Family Network on Disabilities, Orlando Florida.

Marshak, L. (2008, October). Keynote address. Investing in Disabilities Week. University of Michigan.

 

INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL PRESENTATIONS

Marshak, L. (2010, July 21).  Fortifying your marriage while raising children with Phelan-McDermid    Syndrome.  International Family Support Conference; Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation.   Greenville,South Carolina.

Marshak, L. (2010, July 21).  More than a Mom.  International Family Support Conference; Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation. Greenville,South Carolina.

Marshak,L. and Prezant,P. (2010, July 11).Working with families that have children with special needs.  Smart Marriages Conference. Orlando Fla.

Marshak, L. (2010, April). Strengthening (& protecting) marriages while raising exceptional children. 2010Parent Partnership Project’s Region V 16th Annual Parent Retreat, Brainierd, MN.

Marshak, L., Dandeneau, C., Prezant, F. and Wolfe, D. (2010, April). Facilitating the vocational self-concept of young children with disabilities. Council for Exceptional Children National Convention. Nashville, TN.

Marshak, L. (2010, March). Autism and families: Facilitating adaptation. XVII World Family Therapy Congress. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Marshak, L. (2009, November 13). Protecting and Improving Marriages When Raising Children with Autism. National Autism Association National Conference, Weston, FL.

Prezant, F. & Marshak, L. (2009, April). Poster session: Facilitating positive outcomesfor students: impacts of children’s disabilities on marriage/family structure. Council for Exceptional Children National Convention. Oregon.

Marshak, L. & Bie,M. (2009, March). Working with couples whose children have disabilities or serious illnesses. XVII World Family Therapy Congress. Portoroz, Slovenia.

Marshak, L (2008, November). Strengthening couples’ relationship: parents of children with Autism. National Autism Association National Conference. Orlando, Florida.

Marshak, L. (2008, October). Disability in a family context. Ann Arbor Independent Living Center. Michigan.

Marshak, L. (2008, April). Married With Children On The Spectrum. Stages of Autism: Adolescence and Beyond. 2nd Biennial Conference. Hamilton, Ontario.

Marshak,L. (2008 April). Strengthening Couple’s Relationships for Children With Disabilities.  Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Guth,L.J .,Marshak,L., McConnell,A., Poffenberger,J., and Sherman,C. (2008 March).  The impact of disabilities on counselor attitudes: A review of research findings and innovative training strategies. Poster presentation accepted at the American Counseling Association Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Marshak, L. and Prezant, F. (2007, November)Marital/Family Issues. National Autism Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Marshak, L. (2007, October)Couples with Children at Risk – Strengthening Your Marriage. AAIA (Allergy/Asthma Information Association) Family Conference, Ottawa, CA.

Guth,L.J., Marshak, L., Sherman,C., and Poffenberger, J. (2007 March). Counseling students’ attitudes toward clients who have disabilities: Implications for counselor education. Poster presentation at the American Counseling Association Convention, Detroit, Michigan.

Marshak, L. and Prezant, F. (2006, October) Strengthening Marriages: Parents of Children with Disabilities. International Family Therapy Association, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Marshak, L. and Hulings-Shirley, H(2006, April).Facilitating Vocational Self-Concepts in Children with Disabilities: Books and Beyond.  Presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ferrell,D., Marshak,L., and Van Wieren,T. (2005, April). College Students with Disabilities Utilizing Accommodations: Internal and External Obstacles. National presentation at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, Baltimore, MD.

Marshak, L and Ferrell, D. (2004, April). Successful transitions to college: What high school students with disabilities need to know.  National presentation at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, New Orleans, LA.

Ferrell, D and Marshak,L. (2004, July). University Students with Disabilities, Transition, Planning and Career Choices. International Conference on Higher Education and Disability, Innsbruck, Austria.

Ferrell, D., Marshak, L. and Dugan, C. (2003, April). How did I get here?: An analysis of the career choices of college students with disabilities. National presentation at the Annual Convention for Council for Exceptional Children, Seattle, WA.

Marshak, L. and Prezant, F. (2001, April). Unspoken Messages: Influences of Book and Film Images on Children’s Vocational self-concepts. National presentation at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, Kansas City, MO.

Marshak, L. (2001, April). A Professional and Insider’s Look at Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in the Classroom. National presentation at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, Kansas City, MO.

Marshak, L. and Prezant, F. (2001, February) “Books that facilitate positive vocational self-concepts in children with learning disabilities”, poster session presented at the National Learning Disabilities of America Conference.

Marshak, L. and Prezant, F. (2000, April). Needles in a haystack: Books that develop children’s vocational self-concepts. Poster session presented at the National Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, Vancouver, B.C.

Prezant, F., Marshak, L., Filitske, L., Angelo, J., and Angelo, J. (2000, April). Personal and professional perspectives on transition/career development. Panel presentation at the National Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, Vancouver, B.C.

Marshak, L. and Prezant, F. (1999, April). The power of educators to effect parental expectations of children. Poster session presented at the National Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, Salt Lake City, UT.

Marshak, L. and Prezant F. (1999, April). Faciliating futures: Specific actions viewed by families as helpful or obstructive. Presented at the National Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, Salt Lake City, UT.

Reber, C., Marshak, L. and Glor-Scheib, S.  (1995, April). Attitudes of preservice teachers toward students with disabilities:  Do practicum experiences make a difference? Poster session presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

Marshak, L. (1990, May). The use of career planning groups with incarcerated youths. Second National Transition for Independent Living Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Marshak, L. (1987, February). Psychiatric rehabilitation‑career counseling with the psychiatrically disabled. National Rehabilitation Counseling Association Professional Symposium, Reno, Nevada.

 

MULTI-DAY PRESENTATIONS

Marshak, L. and Prezant, F. (2010, March 5-6). Married with special needs children [Keeping connected]. Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma Couples Conference, Oklahoma City, OK

 

REGIONAL PRESENTATIONS

Marshak, L. (2008, April). Sustaining your marriage. Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh. PA.

Marshak, L. (2008, April). Sustaining Your Marriage While Raising Children On The Spectrum.  Talk for Autism Awareness Month for: ABOARD Support Group, Barnes and Noble. Pittsburgh, PA.

Marshak, L. (2008, April). Staying Connected While Raising Children With Disabilities. Easter Seals of Western PA, Pittsburgh, PA.

Marshak, L. and Prezant, F. (2008, March). Marriage and disability. Mid Island Y Parent Group. Plainview, New York.

Marshak, L. (2008). Stress management for parents of children with disabilities. Parent Networking Group. Wexford, PA.

Marshak, L. (2007, November) Sustaining Your Marriage While Parenting Children with Prader-Willi. Prader-Willi Association of Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh, PA.

Marshak, L. (2007, September)Married with Special-Needs Children: A Couples’ Guide to Keeping Connected. Keystone Oaks School District, Dormont, PA.

Marshak, L. (2007, June)Protecting Your Marriage While Raising Children on the Autism SpectrumABOARD Support Group, Dubois, PA.

Marshak, L. and Prezant, F. (2007, March)Married with Special-Needs Children: A Couples’ Guide to Keeping Connected. ABOARD Support Group, Pittsburgh, PA.

Marshak, L.  Presented on Benefits of Transitional Employment Program from the University’s Perspective, Conference – “Mental Illness and Employment:  Making it Work.”  Sponsored by University of Pittsburgh Program in Severe Disabilities, Indiana County Workshop and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, December 15, 1992.

Marshak, L. and Turton, L.  Career Planning Groups for Youth with Disabilities:  A Structured Approach for Use in the School Setting. Mid‑East Regional Conference of the Career Development Council (of the Council of Exceptional Children), November 4, 1988.

Turton, L. and Marshak L.  Service Problems for Vocational Rehabilitation Clients:  Outcomes for Individuals in Transition. Mid‑East Regional Conference of the Career Development Council (of the Council of Exceptional Children), November 4, 1988.

Marshak, L.  “Career Counseling with the Psychiatrically Disabled”, as part of a training grant, “A Regional Coordinated Training Project on Inter‑Agency Collaboration in the Rehabilitation of Persons with Psychiatric Disorders.”  Presented in 5 state region, 1985.

Marshak, L.  “Initial Interviews,” as part of training grant, “A Regional Coordinated Training Project for Inter‑Agency Collaboration in the Rehabilitation of Persons with Psychiatric Disorders.” Presented in 5 state region, 1985.

Marshak, L. & Beidel, D.  “Protection or Penalty:  The implications of a Guardianship Petition”, Region IX Conference, American Association on Mental Deficiency, State College, Pennsylvania, June 1981.

 

INTERVIEWS

Marshak, L. (2009, March). Marriage, relationships and parenting a child with bipolar. Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (www.bpkids.org). March Expert Chat.

Marshak, L. (2009, July). Exceptional people, exceptional lifestylesExpert guest. www.blogtalkradio.com/norma-stanley.

Marshak, L. (2008 April 21).  Family Focus- The Quiet Struggle.  Working Mother. From http://www.workingmother.com/web?service=direct/1/ViewArticlePage/dlinkFullArticle&sp=S1162&sp=120

Marshak, L. (2007 October). Married with Special-Needs Children: A Couples’ Guide to Keeping Connected. IUP Libraries. From http://www.lib.iup.edu/depts/libedu/b&b/index.html.

Marshak, L (2007 February 23). [Podcast] Parenting Children with Special Needs. Psychjourney Podcast. From http://www.psychologypodcasts.net.

Marshak, L (2007 January 17). [Podcast] A Couples’ Guide to Keeping Connected. Mom Talk Radio. From http://www.momtalkradio.com

 

GRANTS

Marshak, L. (2010). University Senate Research Committee award ($1500) for travel to the XVIII World Family Therapy Congress. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Marshak, L. (2010). University Senate Research Committee award ($1500) for travel to the XVII World Family Therapy Congress. Portoroz, Slovenia.

Guth, L. and Marshak, L. (2006). Counseling students’ attitudes toward clients who have visible disabilities. IUP Senate Research Committee award ($7000) for research.

Marshak, L. (2004). University Senate Research Committee award ($1000) for travel to the 5th International Conference on Higher Education and Disability.

Marshak, L. (2000).  IUP Senate Fellowship Grant award ($3500) for the completion of a book which facilitates vocational self-concept in elementary aged children with disabilities.

Hoffman, C and Marshak, L (1999).  Professional Development in Multiculturalism as a Foundation for Effective Teaching of Rehabilitation practitioners. Funded for $4,549 by the State System Faculty Professional development Council.

Marshak, L., Bostick, L. & Turton, L. (1987). Research Grant, IUP, A Study of Psychiatrically Disabled Clients in the State VR System, Funded by Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1987 for $2,261.

 

ORGANIZATIONS

American Counseling Association: 2005, 2010

Council for Exceptional Children: 2003-Present

 

AWARDS

May 2010, White Hill-Shore Award from the United Jewish Federation

2007, iparenting Media award for Married with Special-Needs Children: A Couples’ Guide to Keeping Connected.

2007, Married with Special-Needs Children: A Couples’ Guide to Keeping Connecteddesignated as one of 2007’s best books for parents by Exceptional Parent Magazine.

 

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

Advisor, Friendship Circle (inclusion group for children with disabilities), Pittsburgh, PA. 2007-present

Established Dorothy and Ira Marshak Resource room, served on board and developed parent lending library for parents of children with disabilities, Hillel Academy. 2000-present