Dr. Keri Bassett attended Houghton College (Houghton, NY) and earned her Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Psychology. She then moved to Los Angeles, CA to attend graduate school at Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University (La Mirada, CA), where she earned both a Masters of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology. She moved back to Rochester, NY in order to complete her Predoctoral Internship and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in college mental health at the University of Rochester. Dr. Bassett has been both a faculty member in the Psychology Department at Roberts Wesleyan College and an adjunct clinical psychologist at the RWC Counseling Center since 2007. She teaches primarily in the graduate psychology programs (Masters in School Counseling, Masters in School Psychology, and Doctor of Psychology in Clinical/School Psychology). Dr. Bassett also enjoys maintaining a small caseload at the RWC Counseling Center, and specializes in the treatment of personality disorders. Her primary theoretical orientation is from the object relations perspective, but she also utilizes interventions from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). In addition, Dr. Bassett has conducted research on human trafficking in Sierra Leone and the Philippines. She has enjoyed the opportunity to travel internationally while using her psychological training (in both clinical and research skills) in order to address the need for aftercare services for victims of trafficking.
LICENSURE: New York State, Licensed Psychologist
Associate Professor of Psychology July 12 to present
Assistant Professor of Psychology July 07 to July 12
Department of Psychology , Roberts Wesleyan College
- Tenure-track faculty appointment that includes teaching clinical courses in both the graduate and undergraduate psychology programs.
Co-Instructor Sept 04 to May 05
Clinical Issues Seminar, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Graduate Teaching Assistant/Clinical Supervisor Sept 02 to May 03
Psychodynamic Therapy Lab I & II , Rosemead School of Psychology, La Mirada, CA
Staff Counselor Sept 08 to Present
College Counseling Center, Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY
- Provide time-limited individual and group psychotherapy in a college counseling center to undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds.
Primary Therapist June 05 to July 07
St. Mary’s Mental Health Clinic, Unity Health System, Rochester, NY
- Provided time-limited and long-term individual psychotherapy, couples therapy, and process-oriented group psychotherapy in a community mental health clinic, serving a predominantly minority indigent population.
- Participated on the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) treatment team.
Postdoctoral Fellow in College Mental Health Aug 04 to June 05
Predoctoral Clinical Psychology Intern (APA Accredited)
Aug 03 to July 04 University Counseling Center
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
- Psychotherapy/Counseling: Diagnosed and treated ethnically diverse adults (undergraduate, graduate, and medical students) exhibiting a variety of psychiatric conditions. Provided time-limited and long-term individual psychotherapy, couples therapy, and process-oriented group psychotherapy. Participated on the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) treatment team. Provided university-wide on-call crisis coverage on a rotating basis. Conducted mental health assessments in hospital-based psychiatric emergency department.
- Consultant Experience: Offered consultation and training on mental health issues to the Sexual Assault Response Team, Health Promotions Office, and Eastman School of Music, including managing the counseling center’s satellite office at Eastman. Provided consultation to residential life staff on mental health issues, including taking part in initial training. Organized and conducted the Resident Assistant training program at Eastman School of Music.
- Supervisory Experience: Provided individual clinical supervision to graduate students with varying levels of clinical experience.
Psychological Assessment Assistant Sept 02 to Jun 03
Augustus F. Hawkins Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center
Martin Luther King Jr./Charles Drew Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
- Conducted psychodiagnostic assessments to adult inpatients and outpatients at a community-based university medical center, serving a predominantly minority indigent population.
- Administered and interpreted assessment instruments to address referral questions that included issues of differential diagnosis, malingering, psychological assets and liabilities, and neurocognitive resources and deficits.
Psychotherapist Sept 01 to May 03
Biola Counseling Center, Biola University, La Mirada, CA
- Provided individual and couples psychotherapy in a college counseling center/community
clinic to undergraduates, graduate students, and community clients from diverse backgrounds.
- Administrated psychological assessments, wrote psychological reports, and offered feedback
to clients about their assessment results.
- Offered university-wide on-call crisis coverage on a rotating basis.
Psychometrist/Child & Adolescent Therapist Sept 00 to May 01
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District
Norwalk High School; D.D. Johnston Elementary School, Norwalk, CA
- Conducted intellectual, achievement, and perceptual assessments to ethnically diverse students in grades K-12 with disorders that included learning disabilities and mental retardation.
- Offered individual psychotherapy with adolescents and play therapy with children.
- Participated in Student Study Team meetings and Individual Educational Planning meetings.
Psychotherapist Jan 00 to May 00
Biola Counseling Center, Biola University, La Mirada, CA
- Provided intensely supervised individual psychotherapy within a university-based population.
Technical Editor Sept 01 to June 03
Journal of Psychology and Theology, Rosemead School of Psychology, La Mirada, CA
- Edited scholarly articles accepted by a panel of reviewers for publication in the areas of research, clinical practice, and theory in compliance with the American Psychological Association publication guidelines.
- Authorized final approval of all articles, book reviews, and other journal sections prior to quarterly printing and distribution.
Barnett, K. L., Bassett, R. L., Grimm, J. P., & Repass, C. L. (2012). Revisiting the issue of influential sources of integration of psychology and theology: Are we there yet? Journal of Psychology and Theology, 40(2), 93-101.
Grimm, J. P., Barnett, K. L., Bassett, R. L., Pearson, S. M., Cornell, A., Morton, S., Scott, K., & Stevenson, P. (in press). Revisiting the issue of influential sources in the integration of psychology and theology: More than a decade summary. Journal of Psychology and Theology.
Barnett, K. L., Duvall, N. S., Edwards, K. J., & Hall, M. E. L. (2005). Psychological and spiritual predictors of domains of functioning and effectiveness of short-term missionaries. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 33, 27-40.
Barnett, K. L. (2009, November). Dialectical behavior therapy: Treating pervasive emotional dysregulation. Paper presented at the Christian Association of Psychological Studies East Conference, Chambersburg, PA.
Bassett, R., Grimm, J. P., Altman, J., & Barnett, K. L. (2009, April). Seeking forgiveness and new ways of thinking about remorse. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Orlando, FL.
Hager, E., & Barnett, K. L. (2014, June). Lessons learned: Building a college-adapted DBT program. Paper presented at the University and College Counseling Centers of New York Conference, Plattsburgh, NY.
Willis, L. K., & Barnett, K. L. Psychological effects of career issues on musicians. (2004, October). S. Raeburn (Chair), Mental health issues and music students.Symposium conducted at Health Promotions in Schools of Music Conference, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.
Healing of Mental Health Disorders Through the Church in Post-Civil War Central Africa. Presentation with Norman Wetterau, MD at the Healing Ministry Through the Majority World Church, A National Free Methodist Mission Conference, Rochester, NY, September 2012.
Letters to Congress: Advocacy for Social Justice. Presentation at Gatumba Memorial Gathering, Gatumba Refugee Survivors Foundation, Syracuse, NY, August 2011.
Importance of the Relationship and Emotions in Pastoral Care. Presentation to pastoral staff, New Hope Free Methodist Church, Rochester, NY, June 2011.
Biblical Understanding of Emotions. Presentation at Pastoral Counseling Seminar, Wesleyan Bible Institute, Phnom Pehn, Cambodia, July 2010.
Conflict & Forgiveness. Presentation at Pastoral Counseling Seminar, Wesleyan Bible Institute, Phnom Pehn, Cambodia, July 2010.
Encountering Mental Health Concerns in a Church Setting. Presentation at Embracing Life: A Conference on Ministry & Mental Health, New Hope Free Methodist Church, Rochester, NY, October 2009.
PREP Marriage Seminar. Presentation to couples at a weekend marriage workshop, MarinersChurch, Irvine, CA, March 2002.
Emotional I.Q. and Empathy. Presentation to Single Parents’ Fellowship, Mariners Church, Irvine, CA, June 2000.
What about Bob?: How to Help while Maintaining Boundaries. Presentation at MOPS Leadership Team meeting, Northgate Free Methodist Church, Batavia, NY, June 2014.
What about Bob?: How to Help while Maintaining Boundaries. Presentation to the Leadership Team meeting, Faith Temple, Rochester, NY, June 2014.
What about Bob?: How to Help while Maintaining Boundaries. Presentation at Faith Communities Mental Health Conference, Agape Counseling Associates, Rochester, NY, April 2014.
Hero of Faith: Hannah. Presentation at Graduates and Professionals Ministry, Browncroft Community Church, Rochester, NY, November 2013.
Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges 2003
Certificate of Recognition, Rosemead School of Psychology 2002
Honors in Psychology, Houghton College 1999
Summa Cum Laude, Houghton College 1999
President’s List, Houghton College 1996-1999
Dean’s List, Houghton College 1995-1999
American Psychological Association 2002-Present
Christian Association of Psychological Studies 2007-Present Genesee Valley Psychological Association 2007-Present
National Association of School Psychologists 2007-Present
When I was a teenager, I had the opportunity to participate on a mission trip to the Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico. During this experience, I had a conversation with a depressed 19-year-old Navajo woman. She immediately began sharing her life story, which contained many horrific events, including childhood physical abuse, a teenage pregnancy, and domestic violence in her marriage. Seeing her pain made me long to help her, but all I could do was listen to her. Even though I never saw this woman again, I have never forgotten her. This experience opened my eyes to the suffering caused by psychological problems and stirred my desire to work in a field that aims to alleviate suffering through therapeutic interventions and the application of research.
After majoring in psychology at Houghton College and then pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Rosemead School of Psychology, I am now a licensed psychologist in New York State. Before coming to Roberts Wesleyan College as a faculty member, I worked full-time as a clinician in a college mental health clinic and a community mental health clinic. I specialized with working with trauma survivors and people with personality disorders, including participating on a dialectical behavior therapy treatment team. I loved seeing my clients grow and experience healing in their lives! However, leaving full-time clinical work to become a faculty member, who primarily teaches clinical courses in the graduate psychology programs, has allowed me to touch even more lives by training students to be competent mental health practitioners. I find it very rewarding to teach, supervisor, support, and mentor our students as they develop professional skills. As a psychologist, I believe in the importance of investing in our students to enable them to develop more fully in their intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual lives. I also continue to keep my clinical skills up-to-date by serving as an adjunct staff counselor at RWC’s college counseling center.
I also have a passion for world missions and using my psychological training to better equip the church for more effective ministry. Due to my love of traveling and international service, I have been privileged to serve in several countries, including Bolivia, Cambodia, Chile, Haiti, Mexico, Peru, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone.