Associate Professor of Psychology Emeritus

“Marc has been the moral and ethical axis of the Department of Psychology. Every student, faculty member, staff member and administrator has reaped some benefit from his gentle presence and counsel. He never told us what to do or even how to do it but he taught us to question why we are doing something and how our behavior would affect those around us.” — Sondra Elice Solomon, Ph.D., Department of Psychology

  • Assistant Professor, 1969-77
  • Associate Professor, 1977-2006
  • Assistant Director, 1974-76, and Director, 1976-80, Psychology Service, Medical Center Hospital of Vermont
  • Director, Clinical Psychology Training Program, 1977-81
  • Acting Director, 1986-87 and Director, 2001-06, Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center.

Research and/or Creative Works

Hypnosis and the mind-body problem. The processes of psychotherapy.


Publication Highlights:

  • M. Kessler and C. Gomberg, “Observations of barroom drinking: Methodology and preliminary results,” Quarterly Journal of Studies on Alcohol, l974.
  • M. Kessler and G. Albee, “Primary Prevention,” Annual Review of Psychology, l975.
  • A.G. Billings, S. Weiner, M. Kessler, and C.A. Gomberg, “Drinking behavior in laboratory and barroom settings,” Journal of Studies on Alcohol, l976.
  • W. Freeman and M. Kessler, “Random number generation, absorption and hypnotizability,” Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 1990.
  • A. Badalamenti, R. Langs, and M. Kessler, “Stochastic Progression of New States in Psychotherapy,” Statistics in Medicine, 1992.
  • M. Kessler and S.E. Goldston, A Decade of Progress in Primary Prevention, 1986.
  • M. Kessler, S.E. Goldston and J.M. Joffe, The Present and Future of Prevention: In Honor of George W. Albee, 1992.

Associations and Affiliations

  • Served the profession as a member of the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association, as the President of the Vermont Psychological Association, and as the Treasurer and member of the Board of the Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems.
  • Served the State of Vermont as a member of the Vermont State Board of Psychological Examiners and as a member of the Independent Panel of Mental Health Providers of the Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration. Board Member, Vermont Association for the Blind.


  • B.B.A., 1963, City College of New York
  • Ph.D., 1969, University of Nebraska