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Keisha-Gaye O'Garo, PsyD

Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Behavioral Medicine

As a board certified clinical health psychologist, my clinical work and research primarily focuses on military psychology, chronic disease, mood disorders, and chronic pain. I am also invested in the area of understanding the dynamic factors that contribute to body image disturbance in African American and Caribbean populations. I frequently travel to Caribbean countries, particularly my birthplace Jamaica, for scientific exploration and to maintain cultural connections. Currently, I am involved in scientific collaborations focused on chronic disease and body image disturbance with the University of the West Indies, Jamaica.

Education and Training

  • Psy.D., Argosy University, 2005


Saffari, Mohsen, Hormoz Sanaeinasab, Hassan Jafarzadeh, Mojtaba Sepandi, Keisha-Gaye N. O’Garo, Harold G. Koenig, and Amir H. Pakpour. “Educational Intervention Based on the Health Belief Model to Modify Risk Factors of Cardiovascular Disease in Police Officers in Iran: A Quasi-experimental Study.” J Prev Med Public Health 53, no. 4 (July 2020): 275–84.

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Koenig, Harold G., Donna Ames, Nagy A. Youssef, John P. Oliver, Fred Volk, Ellen J. Teng, Kerry Haynes, et al. “Screening for Moral Injury: The Moral Injury Symptom Scale - Military Version Short Form.” Mil Med 183, no. 11–12 (November 1, 2018): e659–65.

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Youssef, Nagy A., Elizabeth Boswell, Shashana Fiedler, Rebecca Jump, Elizabeth Lee, Mark Yassa, Fazal Khan, et al. “Moral injury, posttraumatic stress disorder, and religious involvement among U.S. veterans.” Ann Clin Psychiatry 30, no. 2 (May 2018): 113–21.


Morgan, K. A. D., J. K. Scott, M. Parshad-Asnani, R. C. Gibson, K. N. O’Garo, G. A. Lowe, D. Edwards, et al. “Associations amongst disease severity, religious coping and depression in a cohort of Jamaicans with sickle-cell disease.” Mental Health, Religion and Culture 17, no. 9 (January 1, 2014): 937–45.

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Ketchman, Stacey, and Keisha O’Garo. “Chronic Pain Biofeedback Program for Active Duty Service Members.” Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback 35, no. 2 (June 1, 2010): 184–184.