Mary Tabit, Psy.D.

Mary Tabit
Mary Tabit

Title: Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Training

Office: 14 Nazareth Hall

Phone: 484-323-3464 Ext:

Psy.D. in Clinical and School Psychology, James Madison University
M.S. in Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (Addiction and Offenders Track)
B.S. Psychology, Saint Joseph’s University


Dr. Tabit earned her doctorate in Clinical and School Psychology from James Madison University, and she is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania. Dr. Tabit completed her pre-doctoral internship at Princeton House Behavioral Health, working as part of an interdisciplinary team to provide individual, group, and family therapy with individuals across the lifespan. Dr. Tabit completed her postdoctoral residency in the Assessment & Evaluation Center at Warren E. Smith Health System, a community mental health center in Philadelphia, PA, where she was primarily responsible for conducting comprehensive biopsychosocial evaluations with children, adolescents, and adults.

Prior to joining the faculty at Immaculata, Dr. Tabit worked in diverse clinical and research settings. Most recently, she worked in a nonprofit public health institute doing research and evaluation work aimed at improving outcomes among individuals with substance use disorders. Dr. Tabit also worked as a clinical research specialist in Dr. Aaron T. Beck’s Psychopathology Research Unit at the University of Pennsylvania. As a clinician, Dr. Tabit is trained as a generalist and has worked with individuals across the lifespan in diverse treatment settings. She identifies as a cognitive behavioral therapist and holds a special interest in motivational interviewing and mindfulness.


PSYC 689 Counseling Skills and Techniques
PSYC 702 Professional Issues and Ethics
PSYC 708 Advanced Psychopathology
PSYC 710 Cognitive and Behavioral Theories and Therapies

Research Interests:

Evidence-based interventions for the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders


Dwyer, M.J., Tabit, M., Bresani, E., Fife, D., & Kirby, K.C. (2018). Social Validity of Contingency Management Interventions: Comparison of Acceptability as a Function of Treatment Provider and Disease. Association for Behavioral Analysis International 44th Annual Convention, San Diego, CA.

Donlan, J.R., Howard, S., Anis, M., Bresani, E., Tabit, M., Torres, N.A., Weiss, J., Springer, S.F., Kirby, K.C. (2016). Home-based contingency management to prevent opiate relapse of young adults leaving residential treatment. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis, Baltimore, MD.

Curtis, B.L., Meyers, K., Tabit, M., Kirby, K.C., and Gastfriend, D.R. (2016). Research and Emerging Strategies for Parents of Substance Involved Adolescents and Youth: Results from NIDA’s Parents’ Translational Research Center. Workshop presentation at The College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Palm Springs, CA.

Zentgraf, K., Zaslav, D., Bresani, E., Meyers, K., Tabit, M., and Kirby, K.C. (2016). Developing Home-Based Continuing Care: Exploring Feasibility and Acceptance with Parents and Young Adults. Poster presented at The College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Palm Springs, CA.

Devers, K.A., & Tabit, M.B. (2015). Exploring the Relationship between Traumatic Childhood Experiences and Co-Morbid Health Conditions Among an Adult Population in a Community Mental Health Setting. Poster presented at the Geisinger Primary Care Behavioral Health Conference. Danville, PA.

Anmuth, L.M., Brearly, T., Studivant, K., Smith Cannady, M., Cozen, J., Tabit, M.B., Shealy, C., Staton, R., & Sternberger, L. (2013). Making Mental Health Beliefs and Values Explicit for Clients, Clinicians, Scholars, and Trainers. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention. Honolulu, HI.

Savina, E., Tabit, M., Ashe, M., & Vater, E. (2012, October). Promoting Self-Regulation Skills in Children with ADHD Using Vygotskian Perspective. Symposium speaker at the Virginia Psychological Association Fall Convention. Wintergreen, VA.

Tabit, M.B., Hart, V., Brearly, T., Shealy, C., Staton, R., & Sternberger, L.G. (2012, August). Creating Prejudice through Anti-Prejudice Pedagogy? Empirical Evidence from the Forum BEVI Project. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention. Orlando, FL.

Kleinman, K. E., & Tabit, M.B. (2012, February). School Psychologists as Mental Health Workers: Keys to Clinical Conceptualization. Mini-skills workshop co-facilitator at the National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention. Philadelphia, PA.

Tabit, M.B., Cozen, J., Dyjak-Leblanc, K., Pendleton, C., Shealy, C., Sternberger, L., & Staton, R. (2011, August). The Sociocultural Impact of Denial: Empirical Evidence from the Forum BEVI Project. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention. Washington, D.C.

Tabit, M.B., & Cozen, J. (2010). Influence Matrix. Symposium speaker at the Eastern Psychological Association Annual Conference. Boston, MA.

Tabit, M.B. (2008, 2009). Cognitive Therapy for Schizophrenia. Invited guest lecturer at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Philadelphia, PA.

Gosch, E., Dichiara, C., & Tabit, M.B. (2006). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Children. Workshop facilitator at the Delaware Substance Abuse Conference. Newark, DE.


Kirby, K. C., Dwyer, M. J., Burrows. C., Fife. D. A., Bresani. E., Tabit, M., & Raiff, B. R. (2021). Beliefs related to healthcare incentives: Comparison of substance abuse treatment providers, medical treatment providers, and a public sample. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 129(108383).

Kirby, K., Benishek, L., & Tabit, M. (2016). Contingency management works, clients like it, and it’s cost effective. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 42(3), 250-253.

Tabit, M., Legault, L., Ma, W., & Wan, P. (2016). In Search of Best Practices for Multicultural Education: Empirical Evidence from the FORUM BEVI Project. In C. N. Shealy (Ed.), Making Sense of Beliefs and Values. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

Cozen, J., Hanson, W., Poston, J., Jones, S., & Tabit, M. (2016). The Beliefs, Events, and Values Inventory (BEVI): Implications and Applications for Therapeutic Assessment and Intervention. In C. N. Shealy (Ed.), Making Sense of Beliefs and Values. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

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