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 Keisha Love

Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology

Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology
University of Kentucky
241 Dickey Hall
Lexington, KY 40506-0017

Phone: 859-257-8273

Dr. Love's (Vita in Word)

Classes Taught

  • EDP 640: Individual Assessment of Cognitive Functioning
  • EDP 650: Diagnosis and Psychopathology in Counseling Psychology
  • EDP 664: Pre-Masters Practicum
  • EDP 666: Psychology of Career Counseling
  • EDP 683: Topics in Counseling Psychology: WAIS Assessment
  • EDP 688: Topics in Counseling Psychology: Ethical and Legal Issues in Psychology
  • EDP 765: Independent Study in Counseling Psychology
  • EDP 782: Independent Study in Educational Psychology

Theoretical Orientation

  • A blend of cognitive behavioral therapy and attachment relations within a multicultural framework

Clinical Interests

  • Issues salient for African Americans
  • Anxiety issues
  • Marital/intimate relationship issues
  • Parent-child attachment issues, peer attachment issues
  • Sexual assault/sexual trauma
  • Career identity and work-related issues

Research Interests

Keisha Love received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her research motto is, “promoting the well-being of the underrepresented, underserved, and underprivileged,” in which a majority of her work focuses on people of color. Her specific areas of inquiry include the study of attachment relationships among racially diverse populations, the influence of parenting practices on mental health outcomes, family dynamics, college students’ academic and psychological adjustment, and career development issues. She is a Full member of the Graduate Faculty.

Representative Publications


Peer-Reviewed Publications

Brown, C., Love, K., Tyler, K., Garriott, P., Thomas, D., & Roan-Bell, C. (accepted). Parental attachment, family communalism and racial identity among African American college students. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development.

Love, K., & Murdock, T. (accepted). Attachment, cognitive working models, and depression among African American college students.  The Journal of College Counseling.

Garriott, P., Love, K., Tyler, K., Thomas, D., Roan, C., & Brown, C. (accepted). Testing an attachment model of Latina/o college students’ psychological adjustment. The Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences

Tyler, K., Love, K., Garriott, P., Brown, C., Roan-Belle, C., & Thomas, D. (2010). Linking communalism to college adjustment and institutional attachment for African American and European American undergraduates. College Student Affairs Journal, 28 (2), TBD.

Thomas, D., Love, K., Roan-Belle, C., Tyler, K., Brown, C., & Garriott, P. (2009). Motivation, self-efficacy, and academic adjustment among African American women attending institutions of higher education. Journal of Negro Education, 78, 159-171.

Love, K., Tyler, K., Thomas, D., Garriott, P., Brown, C., Roan-Belle, C. (2009).  The influence of multiple attachments on   well-being:  A model for African American college students attending HBCUs. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 2, 35-45.c

 Love, K. (2008). Parental attachments and psychological distress among African American college students. Journal of College Student Development, 49, 31-40.

Garriott, P., Love, K., & Tyler, K. (2008). Anti-Black racism, self-esteem, and the adjustment of White students in higher education. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 1, 45-58.

Love, K., Bahner, A., Jones, L., & Nilsson, J. (2007). An investigation of early research experience and research self-efficacy. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 38, 314-320.

Thomas, D., Love, K., Roan, C., Tyler, K., Brown, C., & Garriott, P. (2007). Individual and contextual factors affecting academic adjustment among African American college students. Kentucky Counseling Association Journal, 26, 40-46.

Love, K., & Murdock, T. (2004). Attachment to parents and psychological well-being: An examination of college students from intact families and stepfamilies. Journal of Family Psychology, 18, 600-608.

Invited Encyclopedia Entries

Love, K. (2009). Attachment. In E. Anderman (Ed.), Psychology of Classroom Learning: An Encyclopedia, Detroit, MI: Macmillan.

Love, K., & Murdock, T. (2005). Stepfamilies. In N. Salkind (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Human Development. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing.

Love, K. (2005). Stepfamilies in the United States. In S. Steinberg, P. Parmar, & B. Richard (Eds.), Contemporary Youth Culture: An International Encyclopedia. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing.

Grants:  Funded

2011   Thomas, D. & Love, K. (Co-Writer and Co-PI) & Thomas, D. $170.862 (funded) Career Advising and Transition Services Program (C.A.T.S.);
Kentucky Office of Employment and Training   
This research study tested the effectiveness of a post-secondary enrollment curriculum on post-secondary enrollment rates among adult learners in KY.

2011   Love, K. (Writer and PI). $97.020 (funded)  Transition Navigators  
Kentucky Adult Education   
This research project placed practicum students in the department of Counseling Psychology at select Kentucky Adult Education sites to evaluate the effectiveness of career counseling and mental health counseling on postsecondary enrollment, GED attainment, and mental health outcomes.

2011   Love, K. (Writer and PI), Reese, J., & Thomas, D. $5000 (Funded); Project P.E.C.O.T.: A Longitudinal Effectiveness   
College of Education Kentucky P20 Planning Lab 
This grant, a quasi-experimental research study, is designed to test the longitudinal effectiveness of a career intervention program delivered to urban ninth grade high school students.