Applied Psychology

An understanding of psychology can be applied to every aspect of professional and personal life. The Department of Applied Psychology offers courses that provide a deep understanding of the self, other people, and how to apply that knowledge to a broad range of professional fields.


Rinier, Keith

Keith Rinier

Adjunct Professor, Applied Psychology

Educated in clinical social work, statistics, and applied psychological methods, I approach coursework from a position of social cognizance and engage topics for their contextualization - derivation and application to the present. I am a practice professional with clinical and administrative experience with Children, Families, Incarcerated, Veterans, and the Elderly; namely, with populations who are dependent on tailored service provision. Additionally, I am an active academic who is interested in the study of philosophy of science, applied research methods, policy review, development across the lifespan, and clinical best practice from a systems perspective. Furthermore, I am an ardent supporter of student and professional development, and I currently supervise undergraduate and graduate student interns from various colleges in my workplace.

Personality, History of Psychology, Research Methods, Human Development, Behavioral Neuroscience

At-risk Children and their Families; Literature Criticism; Biopsychosocial Implications of Public policy; Empirical Methods in the Classroom; Education Achievement

  • National Association of Social Workers - RI

Rinier, K., The Art of Crisis Intervention in Long-term Care: A Matter of Who, Where, and Why, Long-term Living.

Rinier, K., Exploring the Adapted Use of Evidence-based Models to Assess and Treat Trauma Symptomology of an Elderly Combat Veteran: Case Study, Military Behavioral Health (Routledge) , 2016.

Rinier, K., Stewards of Social Work , Long-term Living, 2016.

Rinier, K., "Exposed Science: Genes, Environment, and the Politics of Population Health" by Sara Shostak , International Sociology (Sage) , 2015.

Rinier, K., Evolving Child Welfare Practice — How Voice and Choice Is Bringing Everyone Into the Same Room, Social Work Today, 2015.

Rinier, K., Social Work with High-Risk Recidivists and Justice Involved Individuals, The New Social Worker, 2015.