Margaret Ives, 97, a retired director of psychological services at St. Elizabeths Hospital who became the executive officer of the American Board of Professional Psychologists, died July 15 at Hospice of Northern Virginia. She had dementia. She lived in Alexandria.

Dr. Ives was born in Detroit. She was a graduate of Vassar College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received a doctorate in psychology from the University of Michigan.

She made her early career in Detroit in the Wayne County juvenile court system and at Henry Ford Hospital.

In 1943, she moved to the Washington area and joined the St. Elizabeths staff. She retired in 1972. She administered the American Board of Professional Psychologists from 1977 to 1981.

Dr. Ives was a lecturer and adjunct professor of psychology at George Washington University from 1945 to 1970. She also was an adviser to the D.C. Mental Health Association.

Her honors included the Superior Service Award of the old Department of Health, Education and Welfare, the Harold Hildreth Memorial Award of the Division of Psychologists in Public Service of the American Psychological Association and the Distinguished Psychologist Award of the American Board of Forensic Psychology.

Dr. Ives was a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the International Council of Psychologists. She was a member of the D.C. and Virginia Psychological associations, the American Association of University Women, Common Cause and Mount Vernon Unitarian Church in Alexandria.

She leaves no immediate survivors.