MICHAEL E. KERR, MD

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Michael E. Kerr, MD succeeded Murray Bowen as Director of the Georgetown Family Center in 1990, following a close twenty-year association.

Dr. Kerr is the co-author with Murray Bowen of Family Evaluation: An Approach Based on Bowen Theory which was published by W.W. Norton & Company in 1988. He has also written many articles and book chapters related to Bowen theory and its applications. He was the founding editor of Family Systems: A Journal of Natural Systems Thinking in Psychiatry and the Sciences and served from 1994 to 2014.

Dr. Kerr’s primary research interests have been the relationship of Bowen theory to evolutionary theory, the relationship of physical, emotional, and social symptoms to family emotional process, and the process of differentiation in clinical work. At an Annual Family Symposium, he proposed a new concept in Bowen theory called, “the unidisease.” He is developing an article on the unidisease concept for publication.

He speaks frequently around the country at medical schools, universities, meetings of national organizations, and regional conferences on these and other topics related to Bowen theory.

He produced a video series with Dr. Bowen entitled, The Bowen-Kerr Interview Series, in which Dr. Kerr interviews Dr. Bowen on a wide variety of topics. He has produced a video lecture series on the concepts of the Bowen theory, a lecture tape entitled, “Why Do Siblings Turn Out So Differently?” and a lecture tape called, “Towards A Systems Concept of Supernatural Phenomena: A Status Report.”