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Robert Keisner

Robert H. Keisner

Professor of Psychology

B.A., Long Island University, M.A., Broooklyn College, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Certificate in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Demer Institute, Adelphi University


Dr. Keisner is Professor of Psychology, Long Island University. His interests include professional standards and ethics and the relationship between climate change and psychology.  Dr. Keisner is a founding member of the Long Island Center for Ethics, a frequent consultant and lecturer on ethical issues and teaches the ethics course in the program. He is past chairperson and member of the New York State Board for Psychology, a member of Psychologists for Social Responsibility, a fellow of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, and the recipient of the American Psychological Association Presidential Citation for his contribution to the training of psychologists in the public interest. Dr. Keisner has a certificate in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis and supervises doctoral students in time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy. Dr. Keisner also teaches a course on Psychology in the Public Interest, a unique course that focuses on social justice and psychology from a critical psychology perspective. He has been a consultant to the Bureau of Health Professions, Department of Health & Human Services. As a licensed, practicing psychologist in New York State, Dr. Keisner conducts psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in 1965. He received his Certificate in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy from the Derner Institute, Adelphi University, in 1981. Dr. Keisner conducts political asylum interviews for Healthright International, a Human Rights organization. Dr. Keisner is the faculty advisor to the program’s Safe Zone program and a clinical supervisor for beginning therapists being trained at the program’s Psychological Services Center.


Professional licensing, ethics, issues and standards, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, climate change and psychology. 


  • Knafo, D., Keisner, R. and Fiammenghi, S., (Eds.). (2015) Becoming a Clinical Psychologist: Personal Stories of Doctoral Training. Lanham, MD. Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Hunter, N., Keisner, R. and Knafo, D. (2012, August) The impact of traumatic hospital experiences and how addressing justice concerns may prevent further inequities. Poster session presented at the Psychologists for Social Responsibility Annual Meetings, Washington, D.C.
  • Keisner, R. (2007, August) Discussant, Live Clinical Supervision Symposium at the American Psychological Association Annual Meetings, San Francisco, CA.
  • Keisner, R., Reichstein, A., DiBenidetto, C. and Passarelli, V. "Evaluating a Hate Crime Diversion Program", Presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Boston, Mass., August, 1999.
  • Keisner, R. (1997, June). Sexual misconduct allegations: True or false? New York State Psychological Association Annual Meetings, Sarasota, NY.
  • Keisner, R. (1997, February and May). Seminars on ethical issues in internship training. Bellevue Hospital Center/NYU Medical Center, New York, NY.
  • Keisner, R., Wincze, J., Parsons, J. & Guantez, M. (1996, October). Standardizing discipline in psychology: A report of disciplinary complaints and outcomes in North America. Paper and workshop. Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards Annual Meetings, Victoria, British Columbia.