Marnie Elam Ph.D.

SCHOOL OF Arts and Sciences

Marnie Elam, Ph.D

Professor of Psychology and Curriculum Academic Committee Chair



Marnie Elam Ph.D.



As a full-time faculty member at the San Diego and Palm Desert campuses of University of Massachusetts Global, Dr. Elam teaches in and oversees the undergraduate and graduate programs in psychology. She began her career as an adjunct in 1994 and accepted a full-time faculty position in 2000. During that time Dr. Elam has created and taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate psychology courses on-ground, online, and in the blended format. Dr. Elam received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, CA in 1993. She became a licensed psychologist in 1995. In addition to teaching, she has provided psychological services in a variety of settings, including a school, the San Diego Job Corps, several Adult Day Health Care Centers, a short-term residential treatment center, community clinics, and in private practice. Dr. Elam has several interests in the field of psychology including cognitive-behavioral therapy, crisis and trauma treatment, psychopathology and diagnostics, and positive psychology.  She is also certified in several areas in clinical practice.  Her certifications include:  Certified Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias Treatment Specialist, Certified Disaster Mental Health Treatment Specialist, and Certified Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Specialist.



  • Psychology


Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

CA School of Professional Psychology, San Diego, CA

Dissertation, with honors: “Men's Reactions to Women Competitor's Success: The Effect on Women's Subsequent Performance Defended”

M.A. in Clinical Psychology

CA School of Professional Psychology, San Diego, CA

B.A. in Psychology

Point Loma College, San Diego, CA

Professional Experiences

Private Clinical Practice/Consulting

Provide therapy and consulting services to private clients and local health agencies.

Adjunct Instructor

San Diego City College

Taught several courses at the Community College level.

Supervising and Consulting Psychologist

Step Forward CalWORKs Program

Provided consulting services to staff and supervised several interns.

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