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Kim Keating, MA


Adjunct Faculty

Contact Information:




Phillips Graduate Institute, MA, Marriage, Family & Child Therapy
University of Southern California, BA, School of Journalism


Kim Keating received her bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Southern California’s School of Journalism. After a seven-year stint in advertising, she earned a master's degree in marriage and family therapy from the Phillips Graduate Institute. She has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) since 1994, working in a variety of clinical settings, including private practice, community-based organizations, and government settings (both home-based services and locked residential facilities). She specializes in trauma-informed care with justice-involved youth and their families. In addition to experience providing therapy in individual, group, and family modalities, she has provided clinical supervision to pre-licensed forensic psychology interns and staff employed by the Los Angeles County Probation Department.

Ms. Keating has been involved as a faculty member in higher education since 2005. She joined Palo Alto University in 2022. She has taught, both online and on-ground, at other graduate-level therapy and psychology programs, earning several commendations, including faculty award of excellence, faculty of the year, and outstanding faculty. She spent several years participating with the California MFT Consortium, where she collaborated in developing comprehensive delivery of clinical training programs for graduate students.

In addition to teaching and working in the trauma-informed field, Ms. Keating enjoys coaching swimmers, ranging from beginners to open-water competitors, helping fine-tune their peak performance abilities

Areas of Interest:

Juvenile Justice Rehabilitation, Family Systems, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, Childhood Trauma, Peak Performance.