Diane Dempsey Marr, PhD

Licensed Mental Health Counselor


Anacortes, WA 98221



Diane Dempsey Marr, Ph.D., is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor specializing in individual, group, and family therapy for adults. In addition, she offers parent support and coaching for a variety of childhood behavior and learning challenges. Dr. Marr maintains a private practice in Anacortes, Washington serving communities in the Northern Puget Sound.

Education  A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Marr earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from San Jose State University in 1976. She enrolled in graduate school in 1979 at the University of Idaho. It is at this institution that she earned all three of her advanced degrees; a Master's of Education in guidance and counseling (1982), an Educational Specialist degree in school psychology (1984), and a Ph.D. in counseling (1991). As a part of her graduate education, she received training in applied behavioral analysis and educational psychology, including learning theory, enabling her to develop effective behavior change programs for children, teens, and adults alike.

Clinical Experience  For over 25 years Dr. Marr has worked with people of all ages in private practice, community agencies, and public and private schools. She holds Washington state licensure as a mental health counselor and was a nationally certified school psychologist for 20 years (1989-2009).

Professorships  Dr. Marr has stayed current in her profession as a result of her role in higher education. Before settling in Anacortes in 2007, she spent 17 years educating and training school psychologists, school counselors, and community agency counselors. She was awarded Professor Emeritus status by Whitworth University after 10 years of service as a professor and coordinator of the Graduate Counseling Programs. Dr. Marr has also taught at Southeast Missouri State University and the University of Idaho.

Professional Activities and Memberships  Dr. Marr's research and publications focus on practical application of research-supported practices. Her popular press workbook, The Reluctant Traveler: A Pilgrimage Through Loss and Recovery, was published in 2002 by NavPress. Her current book project focuses on the experience of family caregivers whose loved ones suffer from chronic and/or progressive illness. Dr. Marr is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association. Please refer to her curriculum vitae for a more thorough review of her professional qualifications.