Merle Keitel


Merle Keitel

Director of Training

Counseling and Counseling Psychology

113 West 60th Street
Room 1016A


In addition to being a professor at Fordham University Dr. Keitel is a licensed psychologist. She has taught counselors and psychologists in training for more than 28 years. She has worked in various mental health settings and as a clinical research associate at Roswell Park Memorial Institute at in Buffalo, New York, a comprehensive cancer hospital and research center and in private practice.

She has coauthored (with Mary Kopala) "Counseling Women with Breast Cancer" (2000), she has written numerous book chapters and articles, and has presented at national conferences primarily in the areas of health psychology, stress and coping, and women's issues.

Most recently Dr. Keitel's areas of interest include infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), family responses to anorexia, social emotional learning in schools, and women's issues.


PhD in Counseling Psychology, State University of New York at Buffalo
BS in Psychology, State University of New York at Binghamton


  • Eating Disorders
  • Stress and Coping
  • Infertility
  • Health Psychology
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Women's Issues
  • Social Emotional Learning in Schools

Selected Publications


Currently revising The Handbook of Counseling Women with a publication date of 2016.

Keitel, M., Lipari, K., & Wertz, H. (in press). Gender differences in meaning-making after treatment for cancer. In E. Altmaier (Ed.) Reconstructing Meaning after Trauma: Theory, Research and Practice. Elsevier.

Keitel, M., Moadel, A., & Lamm, A. (in press). Family caregivers of breast cancer patients: Emerging trends and clinical recommendations. In J. G. Grzywacz & G. Welch (Eds.) Living with a Chronic Health Condition: Helping Families Survive and Thrive, New York: Springer.

Kopala, M., & Keitel, M. (2003). Handbook of Counseling Women. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Keitel, M., & Kopala, M. (2000). Counseling women with breast cancer: A guide for professionals. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


Keitel, M. and Park-Taylor, J. (2017) Broadway's Sneak Peek Into Suicide and the Secret Life of Adolescents.

Simon, S., Keitel, M., Brawer, M., & Uzun, M. (2015). Symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Self-Esteem, Distress, and Quality of Life in College Women. Prevention and Health Promotion: Research, Social Action, Practice and Training, 8, 14-27.

Bennett, J.K., Fuertes, J. N., Keitel, M., & Phillips, R. (2011). The role of patient attachment and working alliance on patient adherence, satisfaction, and health-related quality of life in lupus treatment. Patient Education and Counseling, 85, 53-59.

Keitel, M., Parisi, M., Whitney, J., & Stack, L. (2010). Salient stressors for mothers of children and adolescents with anorexia nervosa. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 18(5), 1-10.

Miles, L., Keitel, M., Jackson, M., Harris, A., & Licciardi, F. (2009). Predictors of distress in women undergoing infertility treatment. Journal of Infant and Reproductive Psychology, 27(3), 238-257.

Keitel, M., Schaupp, D., & Kopala, M. (Winter, 2009). Adolescence: Beginning earlier and ending later? New Jersey Psychologist, 59, 20-23.

Keitel, M., Amato, H., & Tennenbaum, E. (2009). Gender and physical health: A lifespan perspective on women’s fertility. In J. Ponterotto, L. Suzuki, C. Alexander, & M. Casas (Eds). Handbook of Multicultural Counseling, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Keitel, M., Kopala, M., & Potere, J. (2003). Helping Women Negotiate the Cancer Experience. In M. Kopala & M. Keitel (Eds.) Handbook of Counseling Women. Thousand Oaks, CA.: Sage.


Clinical Instruction Application of Theory to Practice (PSGE5633)

Clinical Instruction and Counseling Process (PSGE5623)

Counseling Theory and Practice (PSGE5631)

Doctoral Practicum in Counseling Psychology I: Humanistic (PSGE7654)

Field Experience in Counseling I/II (PSGE6652/6653)

Foundations in Professional Counseling and Consultation (PSGE5621)

Honors and Awards

Dr. Keitel was honored with the Scanlon Award for significant contributions to the Graduate School of Education at Fordham as well as the James C. Hansen Humanitarian Award from SUNY at Buffalo Graduate School of Education.