Author Talk with Mary E. Plouffe, Ph.D.
Mary E. Plouffe, Ph.D. joined us for a special Zoom meeting to discuss her memoir I Know It in My Heart: Walking Through Grief with a Child. Her book explores the impact of early parental loss, the evolution of grief from toddler to teenager, and the devastation of adult sibling loss.
Mary E. Plouffe Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who has been treating children and adults for 30 years. Her private practice is in Falmouth, Maine. Her publication history is detailed here, and includes essays for NPR, On the Issues Magazine, Mothers Always Write, Brain, Child Magazine, and The Survivor Review as well as op-ed pieces in The Portland Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News. She was also the editor and contributing author of the Guidelines for the Practice of Forensic Psychology (1989), published by the Maine Society of Forensic Psychologists.
Dr. Plouffe taught in the Maine Medical Center Psychiatry Residency program in both child and adult divisions for 14 years (1990- 2004), where she served as a clinical supervisor for psychotherapy training. She held an appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Vermont Medical School (1992-2006). She taught courses in Adult Psychotherapy, Theories of Clinical Supervision, and Object Relations Theory and Practice. She was on the faculty of the Maternal and Child Development Evaluation Clinic of Maine Medical Center from 1986-1988.
She is a 20 year founding member, Fellow and Past President (1998-2000) of the Maine Society of Forensic Psychologists. She has testified in court on issues of child custody, parental capacity, and psychological assessment, and been a speaker in numerous conferences regarding these issues in both psychological and legal continuing education programs over a 25 year period.
From 1981 to 1995 she served as a school psychological consultant to the Freeport Maine School system on a weekly basis, and as an outside consultant to multiple public and private schools throughout southern Maine, conducting psychological and learning assessments (K-12) and consulting to educational faculty and staff. She continues to be a frequent lecturer on issues of child development, psychological impacts of current culture on children and adolescence, and related child and parenting issues. She has served two terms on the Maine Board of Examiners of Psychologists (1985-1988, 1996-1999), where she managed statewide ethics complaints filed against psychologists and participated in the licensing assessment process. Prior to this appointment she was a member of the executive council of the Maine Psychological Association and President of the Maine society of Clinical Hypnosis. From 1999-2005, she served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Collaborative School in New Gloucester Maine, an independent program for the K-12 education and mental health treatment of children with behavioral and emotional special needs.
She received her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in Clinical Psychology and also holds a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology (Rehabilitation) from Boston University.
Dr. Plouffe has three grown children and lives with her husband in Cumberland, Maine.