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Department of

Psychological Sciences

Ken Keith, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Kenneth D. Keith, Ph.D. was a member of the full-time faculty from 1999-2012. He served as department chair from 1999 to 2007, and as Chair of the College of Arts & Sciences Academic Assembly from 2003-2005. Article - Dr. Keith reflects on his time at USD

He maintained an active research program in quality of life, much of it cross-cultural, and has been a frequent contributor to the literature on teaching of psychology. His quality of life work has been translated into numerous languages. Keith has edited or authored more than 100 scientific and professional publications, including several books. His recent work includes editing Cross-Cultural Psychology: Contemporary Themes & Perspectives (2011) and the Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural Psychology (2013), authoring the Student Handbook to Psychology: History, Perspectives, and Applications (2012), and co-authoring Intellectual Disability: Ethics, Dehumanization, and a New Moral Community (2013). His articles have appeared in such journals as Teaching of Psychology, International Review of Research in Mental Retardation, American Psychologist, American Journal of Family Therapy, Psychology Teacher Network, Contemporary Psychology, Streams of William James, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, History of Psychology, and Mental Retardation. He now makes his home in Omaha, Nebraska, with his wife Connie, where he continues to write and to serve as a consultant in areas related to the teaching of psychology and as a reviewer for several scientific journals.


Ph.D., University of Nebraska, Human Learning
M.S.,  Kansas State College of Pittsburg, General Psychology
B.A., Northwest Missouri State College, Mathematics