Dr. Rachael Robinson-Keilig

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Morrison Reeves 206

Dr. Robinson-Keilig joined the Department of Psychology & Sociology in 2019 where she teaches courses on psychopathology, positive psychology, and counseling theory and techniques. She is also the faculty advisor for Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology.

Prior to joining Hastings College, Dr. Robinson-Keilig was an Instructor of Psychology for Central Community College-Hastings, Assistant Professor of Human Relations for the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, and was the Institutional Research Coordinator for Central Community College-Grand Island.

Her approach to teaching is based on active engagement principles. Students are guided to personally connect with course concepts, theory, and ideas through self-reflection, group discussions, and application activities. She encourages students to take charge of their own learning within an environment of support and guidance.

Her research interests center around gender, violence against women, and mental health. Past research projects include a university climate study for gay, lesbian and bisexual students, interventions for adolescent females in the juvenile justice system, and the measurement of women’s spirituality development. More recent research has focused on secondary traumatic stress among mental health therapists, with a special focus on female therapists who have a prior trauma history.

Dr. Robinson-Keilig is a member of the American Psychological Association, including Div. 2-Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Div. 17-Society for Counseling Psychology, and Div. 35-Society for the Psychology of Women.


  • Ph.D. University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • M.A. University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • B.A. Nebraska Wesleyan University

Courses Taught

  • Psychopathology and Clinical Science
  • Psychological Science of Well-Being
  • Counseling Techniques and Theories
  • Introduction to Psychological Science
  • Professional Practices
  • Senior Capstone


Hellman, C. M., Robinson-Keilig, R. A., Dubriwny, N. M., Hamill, C., & Kraft, A. (2018). Hope as a coping resource among parents at risk for child maltreatment.  Journal of Family Social Work, 21(4-5), 365-380. https://doi.org/10.1080/10522 158.2018.1469559

Robinson-Keilig, R. A. (2017). A primer on open educational resources (OER) for psychology instructors: Background, resources and materials. The Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 2.  http://teachpsych.org/page-1603066

Robinson-Keilig, R. A. (2015). When a Cesarean delivery feels like failure:  Societal and self-judgment around birth. In G. L. Hufnagel, (Ed.), Reproductive lives of twenty middle class North American women:  Autoethnographical analysis and bibliographical extensions. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press

Robinson-Keilig, R. A. (2014). Secondary traumatic stress and disruptions to interpersonal functioning among mental health therapists. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 29(8), 1477-1496. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260 513507135 (Impact Factor: 1.210)

Robinson-Keilig, R. A., Hamill, C., Gwin-Vinsant, A., & Dashner, M. (2014) Feminist pedagogy in action: Elevating the student voice through Photovoice. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 38(2), 292-297. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361684314525580

Brown, R. D., Clarke, B., Gortmaker, V., & Robinson-Keilig, R. (2004). Assessing the campus climate for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (glbt) students using a multiple perspective approach.  Journal of College Student Development, 45(1), 8-26. https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.1.3532.5928