Keith L. Kaufman, Ph.D., Professor, Clinical Psychology Professor, Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology
Dr. Kaufman served as Department Chair for the Psychology Department at Portland State University (PSU) from 1998 until September 2007. He came to PSU after 12 years as a faculty member in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychology at The Ohio State University and a staff member of the Columbus Children’s Hospital. He received his doctoral degree from the University of South Florida in 1985 and completed a two year postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Psychology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
While in Oregon, Dr. Kaufman has served as a member of the Oregon Youth Authority’s Advisory Board, the executive board of the National Alliance of Sexual Alliance of Sexual Assault Coalitions, and President of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA – an international organization dedicated to the eradication of sexual violence). He currently chairs a national prevention task force for ATSA, is chair of the Prevention Subcommittee of the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force, and a member of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Prevention Subcommittee.
Dr. Kaufman’s clinical work has involved the assessment and treatment of both child sexual abuse victims and juvenile sexual offenders and their families. He has provided consultation in the areas of juvenile offender assessment and treatment, prevention, program evaluation and research. He has also provided family and couples therapy, treatment to adolescents and pediatric patients, and assessment of a broad array of children, adolescents, and young adults.
Dr. Kaufman has received more than $2 million dollars in grant funding over the past 15 years from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Centers for Disease Control. His research has focused on the prevention of child sexual abuse and enhancing the treatment of adult and juvenile sexual offenders. His work has identified sex offenders’ patterns of perpetration (or “modus operandi”) as a foundation for prevention as well as more effective offender assessment and treatment. He is currently completing a national child sexual abuse prevention study funded by the Centers for Disease Control. This project examines risk factors related to offender modus operandi and parental supervision across three ethnic cultural groups and within a public health framework.