Staff Psychologist, Center for Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy

Dr. Joseph Keifer received his doctorate in psychology (PsyD) from the Institute of Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University with a concentration in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy/Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (CBT/ACT) and Healthy Psychology. He completed his internship at Capital Health Regional Medical Center and Philadelphia Community Treatment Teams (CTT), and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center within the University of Pennsylvania.

Before pursuing his doctorate in psychology, Dr. Keifer worked full time as a registered nurse. As a nurse, he worked in the fields of critical care, acute psychiatric services, and detox nursing. Joe is interested in researching and utilizing Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy to support and collaborate with nurses and other medical providers to help individuals with serious mental illness to achieve a life of their choosing. He has developed presentations on Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy and its implementation by nurses for national and state nursing conferences. Joe also teaches a graduate level course, Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies in Healthcare, for nurse practitioner students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.