Merrill Scholar: Dr. Shirley F. Marks

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Dr. Shirley F. Marks, Vienna '67-'68

Shirley very much enjoyed her time studying abroad in Vienna and returned home to complete her degree at Spelman College.  She was the second African American woman in 23 years to graduate from Harvard Medical School, and then went on to complete a psychiatry residency at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA.  She has been nationally recognized for her efforts to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and for advocacy parity in mental health treatment and access. She has taught at Baylor College of Medicine and at Texas Tech Health Science Center.  She has served as the director of Outpatient Drug Treatment at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston.  She is semi retired and enjoys traveling internationally.