Keisha Thompson


Dr. Keisha V. Thompson, is an assistant professor of psychology at Kingsborough Community College.  A native of Trinidad & Tobago, Dr. Thompson grew up in Brooklyn, NY. Her clinical experience includes college counseling, community mental health, the prison system, VA medical center, and school settings. Her professional interests include diversity issues in higher education, themes of psychosocial development, and mental health in Black youth and women. Dr. Thompson enjoys spending time in the classroom empowering students through expanding their knowledge base and encouraging them to be change agents in society.


Introduction to Psychology (General and Writing Intensive)


Texas A&M University                                                        College Station, TX
Ph.D. degree: August 2011

Counseling Psychology

Hunter College, City University of New York                  New York, NY
M.S.Ed. degree: May 2007

School Counseling

Baruch College, City University of New York                New York, NY
B.A. degree: May 2002

Business Communications

College Teaching

Kingsborough Community College (2013-present)

University of Rio Grande (Spring 2013)

Florida International University (Spring & Summer 2012)

University of Akron (Spring 2011)
Texas A&M University (Spring 2009 & 2010)

Selected Publications and/or Other Resources

Cano, M. A., Castillo, L. G., Davis, M. J., López-Arenas, A., Vaquero, J., Thompson, K., Saldivar, I. M. (2012). Dynamics of Acculturation, Enculturation, and Ethnic Identity: Influence of Psychocultural Constructs on Conscientiousness and Educational Expectations of Latino Students. . International Journal for the advancement of Counseling, 32 (3), 231-241 DOI: 10.1007/s10447-012-9153-9

Thompson, K. V., Lightfoot, N. L., Castillo, L. G., & Hurst, M. L. (2010). Influence of family’s perceptions of acting white on acculturative stress in African American college students. International Journal for the advancement of Counseling, 32 (2), 144-152, DOI: 10.1007/s10447-010-9095-z.

Thompson, K., Castillo, L. (November, 2011). Validating a Measure of Ethnic Identity in Caribbean College Students. Roundtable discussion at the Caribbean Regional Conference of Psychology, Nassau, Bahamas.

Thompson, K., Hurst, M. Castillo, L., Lightfoot, N. (August, 2010). Influence of Family’s Perceptions of Acting White on Acculturative Stress in African American College Students. Poster for the Division 17 Student Poster Session at the American Psychological Association Conference, San Diego, California.

Turner, T., Fleary, S., Thompson, K., Fine, V. Blake, J., Dyer, A., Lease, A. (August, 2009).  The Psychological Adjustment of Relationally Aggressive Girls: Does Friendship Quality Matter? Poster at the American Psychological Association Conference, Toronto, Canada. 

Thompson, K. & Brown, A.L. (April, 2009).  I’m Not the Average Girl from the Video: Developing Positive Body Image in Black Female Adolescents. 30th Annual Intercultural Communication Conference. Texas Southern University. Houston, Texas.

Thompson, K. (February, 2009). Univariate and Bivariate Normality: A Look at Thompson's Bivariate Butter Bell. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association, San Antonio.

Ridley, C., Shaw-Ridley, M., Thompson, K. (November, 2008). Cultural Confrontation with People of African Descent: Implications for Sexual Health Promotion (Symposium). 2008 SSSS Annual Meeting: The Cultural Dimensions of Sexuality. The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Thompson, K. & Brown, A.L (June, 2007). “Hottentot Venus” Past, Present & Future: Sexual Exploitation, Body Image Distortion & Obesity in Black Adolescent Females. Poster Presentation, Black Graduate Conference in Psychology. Howard University. Washington, DC.

Research Interests

Caribbean American identity and psychosocial outcomes

Psychosocial development and mental health in Black youth and women

Application of research in community based interventions

Institutional Affiliations / Professional Societies

American Psychological Association (2007-present)

Personal Interests




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