BiographyDr. Kiselica, Professor of Psychology and Director of the School of Behavioral Sciences and Education at Penn State Harrisburg, is an educator, social scientist, and advocate for inter-racial harmony. A native of New Jersey, he completed his bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology and a minor in history from Saint Vincent College; his master’s degree in psychology with a concentration in child and adolescent development from Bucknell University; his pre-doctoral internship in clinical child and adolescent psychology at The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; and his doctorate in counseling psychology with a minor in clinical psychology from The Pennsylvania State University – University Park.
A licensed psychologist and a licensed professional counselor, Dr. Kiselica worked in a variety of mental health settings before making a transition to higher education, where he has acquired 31 years of experience as a professor and administrator. Prior to his current position at Penn State Harrisburg, he served as assistant professor of counseling psychology at Ball State University; professor of counselor education, vice provost, and dean of the School of Education at The College of New Jersey; American Council on Education Fellow at Elizabethtown College; provost and senior vice president for academic affairs and professor of psychology at Iona College; and professor of psychology, founding dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, acting dean of the School of Business, Art and Media, acting provost and vice president for academic affairs, and vice provost for academic affairs at Cabrini University.
Dr. Kiselica has dedicated his professional life to studying and helping troubled boys and men and to addressing serious social issues, such as racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, adolescent pregnancy and parenthood, and domestic, sibling and school violence. He is the author of over 150 publications, including Multicultural Counseling with Teenage Fathers (Sage, 1995), Handbook of Counseling Boys and Adolescent Males (Sage, 1999), Confronting Prejudice and Racism during Multicultural Training (American Counseling Association, 1999), Counseling Troubled Boys (Routledge, 2008), and When Boys Become Parents: Adolescent Fatherhood in America (Rutgers University Press, 2008). He has been featured in three videos, Raising Boys (Allyn & Bacon, 2005), Emotional Roadblocks to Counseling the Culturally Diverse (Wiley, 2007), and Positive Psychology with Male Clients (American Psychological Association, 2008). Dr. Kiselica is the editor of the Routledge Book Series on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Boys and Men, which features 17 books addressing the mental health needs of various populations of boys and men.
Dr. Kiselica has provided extensive service to the community. A former president of the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, Dr. Kiselica has served as a consulting scholar for the Federal Fatherhood Initiatives of the Clinton, G. W. Bush and Obama administrations, and he was a member of the Steering Committee of the Newtown Pennsylvania No Place for Hate Campaign, which was named the model anti-hate campaign for Pennsylvania by the Anti-Defamation League. He was a consulting scholar for the National Advisory Mental Health Council’s Behavioral Science Workgroup of the National Institutes of Mental Health. He was a member of the National Advisory Board for the Quality Improvement Center on Non-Residential Father Involvement in Child Welfare, which was a collaboration of the Children’s Bureau, American Humane, the American Bar Association, and the National Fatherhood Initiative to improve father participation in families through the fostering of father-oriented services to men whose children are involved in the child welfare system. Dr. Kiselica was an advisor to the Country Boys Initiative, which was a national, community-based, consciousness-raising campaign sponsored by ITV, an affiliate of National Public Television, to understand and help at-risk boys living in rural areas. In his role as a member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Council on Adolescent Pregnancy and the Bucks County Teen Pregnancy Task Force, Dr. Kiselica helped organize numerous consciousness-raising events regarding the needs of teenage fathers, who have been greatly neglected by society, as well as several man-to-man workshops featuring adult men providing wisdom to teenage boys about sexual issues. Through his work as the founder and coordinator of the American School Counselor Association Professional Interest Network on Teenage Parents, Dr. Kiselica served as a resource on counseling teenage parents for school counselors throughout the United States. He has also served as a member of the American Psychological Association Working Group to Develop Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Boys and Men. He currently serves as the Chair of the Advisory Board for the Summit on Hispanic Higher Education.
Dr. Kiselica’s scholarly works have been cited in dozens of major journals and textbooks in psychology, sociology, and counseling and by hundreds of service organizations throughout the world. He has appeared as a guest expert on NBC National News, MSNBC, numerous affiliate television stations of ABC, CBS, and NBC, National Public Radio (especially WHYY of Philadelphia), and several radio stations broadcasting to large metropolitan areas in the United States and Canada. He has been quoted in many major newspapers across the country (e.g., The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Dallas Morning Star, The Wichita Eagle, The Statesman Journal of Salem, Oregon, The Newark Star Ledger, The Times of Trenton, The Bucks County Courier-Times), several magazines with a national circulation (e.g., U.S. News & World Report, Parenting, Reason, Jump), and a variety of Internet-based news services (e.g., MSNBC.com, Yahoo!News.com, ExciteNews.com, Salon.com) regarding the subjects of helping teen fathers, understanding boys, and confronting racism. He also has been featured in articles appearing in The APA Monitor and Counseling Today, the official newsletters of the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association, respectively.
In recognition of his national impact on the science and practice of the profession of psychology, Dr. Kiselica was named a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and an Alumnus of Distinction of Saint Vincent College, and he was the recipient of the American Counseling Association’s Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person in honor of his work to combat racism and anti-Semitism. He is also a Fellow of the American Council on Education. Dr. Kiselica was named the Researcher of the Year by the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity and the American Mental Health Counselors Association. In addition, he has received several honors for his work as a college instructor, including the Most Accessible Teacher Award from Ball State University and the Counselor Educator of the Year Award from the American Mental Health Counselors Association.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Counseling and Psychotherapy with Boys and Men
The Process of Confronting Racism
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Published: Aug 01, 2018 by American Psychological Association Guidelines
Authors: Boys and Men Guidelines Group
APA guidelines serve to (a) improve service delivery among populations, (b) stimulate public policy initiatives, and (c) provide professional guidance based on advances in the field. Accordingly, the present document offers guidelines for psychological practice with boys and men.
The complicated worlds of adolescent fathers: Implications for clinical practice, public policy, and research
Published: Aug 01, 2014 by Psychology of Men & Masculinity
Authors: Kiselica, M.S & Kiselica, A.M.
A comprehensive review of the research on who becomes a teenage father, the many problems adolescent fathers experience, how they respond to their duties as fathers, their multifaceted service needs, societal treatment of adolescent fathers, and the difficult challenges associated with recruiting young fathers and retaining them in service programs. Future directions for father-friendly clinical practice, public policy, and research pertaining to adolescent fathers are recommended.
Published: Jan 02, 2013 by Journal of Counseling & Development, 91 (4), 399-409.
Authors: Englar-Carlson, M., & Kiselica, M. S.
Scholarship on men and masculinity has greatly informed the mental health field about the experiences of men. Despite this growth in information, there is limited exploration of understanding the healthy and adaptive experiences of men. The authors examine the emerging area of positive masculinity with a focus on applying a strength‐based approach to counseling men.
Identifying, affirming, and building upon male strengths: The Positive Psychology/Positive Masculinity Model of Psychotherapy with Boys and Men.
Published: Dec 02, 2010 by Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 47, 276-287.
Authors: Kiselica, M. S., & Englar-Carlson, M.
The purpose of this article is to expand this literature by introducing the positive psychology/positive masculinity (PPPM) framework, which emphasizes male strengths as the starting point for psychotherapy with boys and men. The central principles of the PPPM framework are described, and the application of the PPPM model with an adult man in psychotherapy is presented. The implications of the PPPM model for future practice and research pertaining to boys, men, and masculinity are discussed.
Published: Nov 01, 2003 by Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session
Authors: Kiselica, M. S.
The author describes a “male‐friendly” therapeutic process with troubled adolescent boys in which the therapist employs a wide variety of strategies and activities that are likely to appeal to male youth and that facilitate the establishment and maintenance of rapport. The implications of this approach for redefining professional conceptions about boundaries in the client–therapist relationship and reexamining inaccurate stereotypes about the emotional lives of boys are discussed.
Bringing advocacy counseling to life: The history, issues, and human dramas of social justice work in counseling
Published: Dec 02, 2002 by Journal of Counseling & Development, 70, 387 – 397.
Authors: Kiselica, M. S., & Robinson, M.
This article accentuates the human experiences at the heart of social justice work in counseling. The history, counselor attributes, skills, costs, pitfalls, rewards, and ethical issues associated with advocacy counseling are highlighted. This article concludes with a discussion of the personal moral imperatives that inspire social activism and the challenge of discovering a personal advocacy style.
Published: Dec 01, 1999 by Journal of Counseling and Development, 77, 14 - 17.
Authors: Kiselica, M. S.
The author discusses his experience with confronting his ethnocentrism and racism. Topics discussed include discovering his Whiteness and processing his feelings, learning from his mistakes, and moving forward.