Bunce Hall

Dr. Mary Louise E. Kerwin

Department Head/ Professor



B.A. -  University of Notre Dame

M.A. - University of Notre Dame

Ph.D.-  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


Kerwin, M. L. E., Kirby, K. C., Speziali, D., Duggan, M., Mellitz, C., Versek, B., & McNamara, A. (2015). 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, 24, 166-176.

Kirby, K. C., Versek, B., Kerwin, M. L. E., Meyers, K. Bresani, E., Washio, Y. & Meyers, R. J. (2015). Developing Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) for parents of treatment-resistant adolescents. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 24, 155-165

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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