Geller to retire in June after 35 years at Princeton

Princeton NJ -- Marvin Geller, director of the Counseling Center in University Health Services since 1968, has announced his intention to retire at the end of the academic year in June.

"I feel quite fortunate to have had the opportunity to be at Princeton," Geller said. "Working with students has been a great experience because they're in the time of their lives when you can have an impact on their future development."

 
  Marvin Geller
 
The Counseling Center is the focal point for psychological services at the University. Its staff offers students many kinds of assistance for psychological and emotional problems, including individual and group therapy.

"Marvin has provided dedicated service to the University and its health services for the greater part of his adult life and set an example of devotion to clinical care of the highest quality that is nothing short of remarkable," said Daniel Silverman, chief medical officer of the University and executive director of University Health Services.

The Counseling Center has changed a great deal during Geller's 35 years. When he came to the University, the staff saw 250 to 300 stu-dents a year. Now a pro-fessional staff of psychologists, social workers, interns and consulting psychiatrists sees 1,200 students a year.

"Marvin has served many Princeton students with attentiveness, respect and a concern for their confidentiality," said Janet Dickerson, vice president for campus life. "While most people here are concerned about students' cognitive development, he has always taken the lead in helping us think about students' personal development. He also has been very supportive in providing consultations to deans and faculty members on student issues as well as on organizational concerns."

A clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, Geller holds a bachelor's degree from the City University of New York and a Ph.D. degree from the University of California-Berkeley. He also is a graduate of the Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey.

A member of the Organization of Counseling Center Directors and the American Psychological Association, Geller is a past president of the A.K. Rice Institute, a national educational institution that advances the study of social systems and group relations. He also has been active in the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations.

Geller has written and conducted research on college student mental health as well as on group and organizational dynamics. Since 1991, he has served as a faculty member in the Organizational Program of the William Alanson White Institute in New York City. He also has been on the faculty in the Group Relations Program of the Washington (D.C.) School of Psychiatry.

After retiring from the University, Geller plans to develop and pursue private practice in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis and to continue his work as an organizational consultant. He also will continue teaching at the White Institute.

 
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