Marilyn Bowman retraces her ancestry back nine generations from the 1709 arrival of Swiss Anabaptist refugees in Pennsylvania, then on to Canada. Born in the Peace River country at McLennan, Alberta on July 30, 1940, Marilyn Bowman was educated at the University of Alberta and at McGill where she earned a Ph.D for studies of the cognitive effects of chronic marijuana use. While teaching at Queens University Bowman was recruited to Simon Fraser University to create a doctoral program in clinical psychology, arriving in B.C. in 1976. She retired as Prof. Emeritus from SFU in 2005.
Bowman spent more than a decade writing the biography "James Legge and the Chinese Classics: A Brilliant Scot in the Turmoil of Colonial Hong Kong" (FriesenPress 2016). She became interested in James Legge (1815-1897), a missionary and Latin Scholar, while researching Chinese history for the earliest mental abilities testing. James Legge was the first to translate all the Chinese Classics into a European language. He did this at a time of struggles between Britain and China, including two wars.
Individual Differences in Post-Traumatic Response: Problems with the Adversity-Distress Connection. (Mahweh NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1997)
James Legge and the Chinese Classics: A Brilliant Scot in the Turmoil of Colonial Hong Kong (FriesenPress 2016) 9781460288832