Dr. Michael Kerr

Dr. Michael E. Kerr

Michael E. Kerr, M.D. is a family psychiatrist. He trained under and worked with Murray Bowen for more than twenty years, and then succeeded Dr. Bowen as Director of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family (originally the Georgetown University Family Center) upon his death in 1990. He has been Emeritus Director of the Bowen Center since January 2011 and is now living in Maine. He continues a clinical practice, presents at conferences around the country, and writes about Bowen theory and its applications.

He is co-author with Murray Bowen of, Family Evaluation, which was published in 1988 (excerpted in The Atlantic Monthly in September 1988), and is writing a second book, Bowen Theory’s Secrets. His research interests include cancer and family emotional process, the development of a unidisease concept, the relationship between human emotional process and emotional process in other species, and the process of differentiation of self.