Benjamin Keyes, Ph.D., Ed.D.

Faculty: M.S. Counseling

Benjamin Keyes, Ph.D., Ed.D.

Director for Center for Trauma and Resiliency Studies- Divine Mercy University


Ph.D., International College (Rehabilitative Counseling)
Ed.D., University of Sarasota (Counseling Psychology)
M.A., University of South Florida
B.A., University of South Florida



Dr. Benjamin Keyes’ specialties include dissociative disorders, domestic violence, child abuse, addictions, and mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Keyes received his Doctorate in Rehabilitation Counseling in 1985 from International College and his most recent in Counseling Psychology from the University of Sarasota in 2003. He also has Doctoral Degrees in Theology, Divinity and Ministry.

Over the years Dr. Keyes has worked extensively with hospitalization programs, private practices, and has established himself as one of the leading program innovators for partial hospitalization programs. Dr. Keyes has been in private practice for over 35 years and has been a researcher in the area of trauma and dissociation for the last 20 years.

Dr. Keyes and his colleagues received the Richard A. Kluft Research Award for work and research in the People’s Republic of China from the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. His work dispelled the Cultural Model of Dissociation and has resulted in dissociative disorders being treated throughout mental health facilities in China.

Dr. Keyes also received The Hope Award from Restoration Ministries for his work in establishing a trauma model for working with Trafficked Survivors and severe trauma.

Currently, Dr. Keyes is a Professor and Director for the Center for Trauma and Resiliency Studies at Divine Mercy University in Arlington, VA. As head of the Center for Trauma and Resiliency Studies, Dr. Keyes supervises the developing and training of graduate students in First Response and Chronic Trauma. The Trauma Team plans to deploy to Developing Nations over the next few years to teach and work with trauma survivors; the Team also plans to train and do research with the HEART Model (Healing Emotional/Affective Responses to Trauma) (Keyes, 2009,2010,2011) in treating trauma from a spiritual perspective. The HEART Model has been researched showing tremendous efficacy in shelter programs throughout the United States, associated with Hope for Justice aimed at survivors of human trafficking.

Dr. Keyes is also the Executive Director of The Green Cross Academy for Traumatology which trains professionals and paraprofessionals in all aspects of trauma and care of others, which leads to Certification in both field and clinical traumatology.

He is happily married to Kim, has two adult children – Shawn and Jasmin – and three beautiful granddaughters – Violet, Amber and Arella.