IU School of Social Work is headquartered on the IUPUI campus with locations on 8 IU Campuses. The school also has the Department of Labor Studies
John Keesler, Ph.D., LMSW
Assistant Professor, IU Bloomington
1127 E. Atwater
Bloominton, Indiana 47401
Office: (812) 855-2580
A native of Buffalo, New York, John completed his undergraduate education at Buffalo State College where he obtained a BA in psychology. He subsequently attended the University at Buffalo where he earned his MSW and then a PhD in social welfare.
Area of Interest:
Broadly, Dr. Keesler's research interests include adversity/trauma, trauma-informed care, intellectual/developmental disabilities, direct support professionals, and non-profit community-based organizations. More specifically, he is interested in the impact of adversity/trauma on the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and those who support them, and the utilization/efficacy of trauma-informed care as an organizational response. John values community-based research that has direct implications for individuals, their families, and those who support them. His research experience includes qualitative and quantitative methodology, as well as mixed-methods and survey development.
John is interested in undergraduate and graduate education with an emphasis on the utility of service learning/community-based participatory research to augment student learning. Similarly, he strives to foster students' overall learning through an integrated approach across the curriculum (e.g. integrated case-based learning).
Dr, Keesler has more than a decade of practice experience in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). After completing his undergraduate education, John moved to Chatham, MA for a brief period of time where he worked in an residential facility for adolescent males with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Upon returning to Western New York, he spent an additional 5 years working with individuals with ASD and their families across the lifespan, with a focus on behavioral health and positive behavior intervention and supports (PBIS). Subsequently, Dr. Keesler worked as a clinical administrator in behavioral health services and then as a program supervisor for Medicaid Service Coordination. Most of John's time was spent working for non-profit community organizations and focused on the quality of life for individuals with IDD and their families.