Therapist & Advocate
Dr. Keith Dempsey earned a PhD in Counselor Education and supervision from Oregon State University (OSU) in 2009. He is the former Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Counseling at George Fox University. He is the first African American to receive tenure at the Institution. He has conducted national presentations and trainings regarding issues of diversity, racial trauma, and the plight of Black men. Dr. Dempsey is the past President of the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (WACES).
Dr. Dempsey has 25+ years of professional experience in the helping field. He served as a multi-systemic therapist at Self Enhancement Inc. He was also a clinical social worker at the Casey Family Programs. He later developed substantial programs at the African-American Health Coalition (AAHC) to combat physical and mental health disparities. He is currently the CEO of Keith Dempsey Counseling & Consulting and continues to provide mental health consulting and services to individuals, families, couples, and agencies.
Dr. Dempsey has provided substantial volunteerism with organizations such as The Salvation Army, MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility, and The Prospective Gents Organization. As a lifetime Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. member, he coordinated the Kappa League youth program. The program provided mentoring for young men from 3rd grade throughout High School. He currently runs a program called Baby Steps at Kiros Elementary School. The program is designed to teach unity, brotherhood, and love through the lens of positive Black empowerment. In addition, he conducts free webinars educating community members about mental health and coping strategies.
President of OSU presenting Dr. Dempsey with the 2023 Legacy Award