Bunce Hall
Mary Louise E. Kerwin

Mary Louise E. Kerwin

Chair / Professor


BA -  University of Notre Dame

MA - University of Notre Dame

PhD-  University of Notre Dame

Areas of Research: The use of behavioral principles to treat a variety of issues and problems including pediatric feeding disorders, autism, and parenting issues among adults with drug and alcohol addiction.

Contact Information
Email: kerwin@rowan.edu
Phone: 856-256-4821
Homepage: http://www.rowan.edu/abacenter

Office: Robinson Hall, First Floor, Psychology Suite
Office Hours: By appointment (please contact me via e-mail)


Kerwin, M. L. E., Kirby, K. C., Speziali, D., Duggan, M., Mellitz, C., Versek, B., & McNamara, A. (in press). What can parents do? A review of state laws regarding decision making for adolescent drug abuse and mental health treatment. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse.

Kirby, K. C., Versek, B., Kerwin, M. L. E., Meyers, K. Bresani, E., Washio, Y. & Meyers, R. J. (in press). Developing Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) for parents of treatment-resistant adolescents. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse.

Kerwin, M. L. E., Giorgio, J., Steinman, R., & Rosenwasser, B. (2014). In their own voice: Mothers in drug treatment and their views on parent training. Journal of Social Work Practice in Addictions, 14, 1-21.

Eicher, P. S., Kerwin, M. L. E., Fox, C., & Brackett, K. (2012). More than a mouthful: A multidisciplinary approach to understanding and treating feeding problems in children. In K. VanDahm (Ed.), Manual for Pediatric Feeding Disorders. Framingham, MA: Therapro, Inc.

Kerwin, M. L. E., Woodside, M. D., & Hantula, D. A. (2012). Consumer choices of women in residential drug treatment: An analysis of risk and impulsivity. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 42, 834-849.

Williams, K., Riegel, K., & Kerwin, M. L. E. (2009). Feeding Disorder of Infancy or Early Childhood: How often is it seen in feeding programs? Children's Health Care, 38, 123-136.

Kirby, K, C., Kerwin, M. L. E., Carpenedo, C., M., Rosenwasser, B. J., & Gardner, R. S. (2008). Dependent group contingency management for cocaine abstinence with methadone maintenance clients. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 41, 479-595.

Stahler, G. J., Kirby, K. C., & Kerwin, M. L. E. (2007). A faith-based intervention for cocaine-dependent African-American women in residential substance abuse treatment. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 39, 183-190.

Kirby, K. C., Benishek, L. A., Dugosh, K. L., & Kerwin, M. L. E. (2006). Substance Abuse Treatment Providers' Beliefs and Objections Regarding Contingency Management: Implications for Dissemination. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 85, 19-27.

Kerwin, M. L. E., Walker-Smith, K., & Kirby, K. C. (2006). Comparative analysis of state requirements for training of substance abuse & mental health counselors. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 30, 173-181.

Kerwin, M. L. E. (2006). Evaluation of a computer-based instructional package about eating disorders. Computers in Human Behavior, 22, 1059-1066.

Stahler, G. J., Shipley, T. E., Kirby, K. C., Godbolte, C., Kerwin, M. L. E., Shandler, I., & Simons, L. (2005). Development and initial demonstration of a community-based intervention for homeless cocaine using African-American women. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 28, 171-179.

Manno, C. J., Fox, C., Eicher, P. S., & Kerwin, M. L. E. (2005). Early oral-motor interventions for pediatric feeding problems: What, when and how. Journal of Early and Intensive Behavioral Intervention, 3, 145-159. Source: http://www.jeibi.com/

Kerwin, M. L. E. (2005). The intersection of substance abuse and child maltreatment: What works? Journal of Pediatric Psychology. Special Issue Commemorating the Work of Dr. Lizette Peterson, 30, 581-597.

Garro, A., Thurman, S.K., Kerwin, M.L. E., & Ducette, J.P. (2005). Parent/caregiver stress during pediatric hospitalization for chronic feeding problems. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 20, 268-275.

Kerwin, M. L. E., Eicher, P. E. & Gelsinger, J. (2005). Parental report of eating problems and gastrointestinal symptoms in children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Children's Health Care, 34, 217-234.

Kerwin, M.L.E. & Eicher, P. S. (2004). Behavioral intervention and prevention of feeding difficulties in infants and toddlers. Journal of Early and Intensive Behavioral Interventions, 1, 129-140. Source: http://www.jeibi.com/

Kerwin, M.L.E. (2003). Pediatric feeding disorders: A behavior analytic approach to assessment and treatment. The Behavior Analyst Today, 4, 160-174. Source:http://www.behavior-analyst-online.org/NEWBAT/Frameless%20BAT/BATissues.html

Ahearn, W., Kerwin, M. L., Eicher, P. S., Taylor, C., & Nichols, K. (2001). An ABAC comparison of two intensive interventions for food refusal. Behavior Modification, 25, 385-405.

Friman, P. C., Allen, K. D., Kerwin, M. L. E., & Larzelere, R. (2000). Questionable validity, not vitality (Response). American Psychologist, 55, 274-275.

Kerwin, M. L. (1999). Empirically validated treatments for feeding problems and failure to thrive. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. Special Issue: Treatments that Work, 24, 193-214.

Kerwin, M.L., Ahearn, W. H., Eicher, P.S., & Swearingin, W. (1998). The relationship between food refusal and self-injurious behavior: A case study. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 29, 67-77.

Kerwin, M. L., & Hale-Sills, N. (1998). Feeding Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood. In B. A. Thyer & J. S. Wodarski (Eds.), Handbook of Empirical Social Work Practice (Volume 1). New York: Wiley. Ahearn, W. H., Kerwin, M. L., Eicher, P. S., Shantz, J., & Swearingin, W. (1996). An alternating treatments comparison of two intensive interventions for food refusal. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 29, 321-332.

Kerwin, M.L. & Berkowitz, R. (1996). Feeding and Eating Disorders: Ingestive problems in infancy through adolescence. School Psychology Review: Implications of DSM-IV for the practice of school psychology, 25, 316-328.

Eicher, P.S., & Kerwin, M. L. (1996). Feeding and Nutrition. In L. Kurtz, P. Dowrick, S. Levy, & M. Batshaw (Eds.), Children's Seashore House Handbook on Developmental Disabilities: An interdisciplinary sourcebook for professionals. New York: Aspen.

Kerwin, M.L., Ahearn, W. H., Eicher, P.E., & Burd, D. (1995). The cost of eating: A behavioral economic analysis of food refusal. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 28, 245-260.

Kerwin, M.L., Osborne, M.L., & Eicher, P.S. (1994). Effect of position and support on oral-motor skills of a child with bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Clinical Pediatrics, 33, 8-13.

Friman, P.C., Allen, K.D., Kerwin, M.L.E., & Larzelere, R. (1993). Changes in modern psychology: A citation analysis of Kuhnian displacement thesis. American Psychologist, 48, 658-664.

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