Bruce L. Keisling, Ph.D.

Executive Director
Shainberg Chair of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities
Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Office: 216-B BOLING CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
711 JEFFERSON AVENUE
MEMPHIS TN 381630000
Tel: (901) 448-1282
bkeislin@uthsc.edu

BIOSKETCH

Dr. Keisling is the executive director of the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities and Shainberg Chair of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He is the director / principal investigator of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) program. Dr. Keisling is a clinical psychologist and associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics. He also serves as a faculty member for the College of Graduate Health Sciences Nursing Science Ph.D. Program. 

Dr. Keisling graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and attended graduate school at Auburn University where he earned master''s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology. He completed a pre-doctoral internship at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center and a post-doctoral fellowship in developmental disabilities and behavioral pediatrics at the Emory University School of Medicine.  

Dr. Keisling has over 20 years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities. Previous positions include a clinical faculty appointment through the Emory University School of Medicine and a four-year tenure as the regional director of a statewide, not-for-profit center that serves adults and children with developmental disabilities. He is President-Elect of the national Association of University Centers on Disabilities and serves statewide interests through his board membership on the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities.

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS, PRESENTATIONS AND POSTERS (2000-2017)

Graff, J. C., Murphy, L. E., Palmer, F. B., Warner-Metzer, C. M., Butzon-Reed, C., Keisling, B. L., Benner, L., Bliss, S., & Tylavsky, F. A. (2012, June). The association between observed mother-child interactions and child cognitive development at 12, 24, and 36 months. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Charlotte, NC. 

Graff, J. C., Murphy, L. E., Palmer, F. B., Warner-Metzer, C. M., Butzon-Reed, C., Keisling, B. L., Klubnik, C., Benner, L., Bliss, S., & Tylavsky, F. A. (2012, September). Maternal-child contributions to cognitive development at 12, 24, and 36 month olds. Poster presented at the State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, Washington, D.C.

Hudson, K., Keisling, B. L., Murphy, L. E., Perkins, D., Todd, J., Wilson, W., & Goldsmith, G. (2000, August). Practical validity studies with the CELF-3. Poster presented at the 11th annual International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities World Congress, Seattle, WA.

Keisling, B. L., Bishop, E. A., & DeBerry, R. Z. (2017). Quantitative evaluation of the MCH Leadership Competencies in a LEND program. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Keisling, B. L., Bishop, E. A., & Roth, J. M. (2017). Integrating family as a discipline by providing parent led curricula: Impact on LEND trainees'' leadership competency. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 21, 1-9.

Keisling, B. L., Bishop, E. A., Roth, J. M., Kube, D. A., & Palmer, F. B. (2017). Long-term pediatrician outcomes of a parent led curriculum in developmental disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 60, 16-23.

Keisling, B. L., & Murphy, L. (2001, November). Concurrent validity of the CELF-3 with language and intellectual measures: Clinical implications for children with mental retardation. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Southeast American Association on Mental Retardation, Atlanta, GA.

Keisling, B. L., & Schulzinger, R. (2007, April). Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Children’s SSI Initiative: Pediatric Medical Units.  Paper presented at the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives Annual Spring Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Keisling, B. L., & Whitaker, T. (2008, September). Assessment of developmental outcomes for low birth rate infants. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of Disability Examiners, Nashville, TN.

Klubnik, C., Murphy, L. E., Graff, J. C., Palmer, F. B., Tyvlasky, F. A., Benner, L., Bliss, S., Keisling, B. L., Butzon-Reed, C., & Warner-Mezger, C. M., (2012, June). Longitudinal assessment of infant socio-emotional and behavioral functioning. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Charlotte, NC.

Klubnik, C., Murphy, L. E., Warner-Metzger, C. M., Butzon-Reed, C., Zlatevski, D., Graff, J. C., Keisling, B. L., Palmer, F. B., Tylavsky, F. A., & Connon, P. (2011, April). Parental risk factors for abuse of young children. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada. 

Murphy, L. E., Graff, J. C., Peterman, R., Gardner, L., Keisling, B. L., Butzon-Reed, C., Palmer, F. B., Dillon, A., Hasty-Mills, A., Miller, L., & Tylavsky, F. A. (2014, June). Parenting stress among mothers of 2-year-olds with autism-risk and intellectual disabilities. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Association on Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, Orlando, FL. 

Murphy, L. E., Graff, J. C., Butzon-Reed, C., Warner-Metzger, C. M., Keisling, B. L., Palmer, F. B., Richey, P., Tylavsky, F. A., & Somes, G. (2010, June). Parenting stress among mothers of infants with and without intellectual and developmental disability. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Providence, RI.  

Murphy, L. E., Graff, J. C., Myszak, J., Palmer, F. B., Hoffman, K. S., Najera, P., Butzon-Reed, C., Keisling, B. L., Klubnik, C., Warner-Metzger, C. M., Richey, P., & Tylavsky, F. A. (2011, March). Predicting MCHAT scores from the BITSEA at 12 and 24 months. Poster presented at the Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, San Antonio, TX.  

Murphy, L. E., Hoffman, K. S., Klubnik, C., Graff, J. C., Butzon-Reed, C., Warner-Metzger, C. M., Zlatevski, D., Keisling, B. L., Palmer, F. B., Myszak, J., Najera, P., & Tylavsky, F. A. (2011, April). BITSEA Autism Scale correlates. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada. 

Murphy, L. E., Klubnik, C., Hoffman, K. S., Keisling, B. L., Warner-Metzger, C., Butzon-Reed, C., Palmer, F. B., Najera, P., Tyalvsky, F. A., Graff, J. C., & Yoo, W. (2011, June). WASI scores associated with Bayley-III at 24 months. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Minneapolis, MN.

Palmer, F. B., Murphy, L. E., Graff, J. C., Jones, T. L., Keisling, B. L., Volgyi, E. (2017). Demographic, maternal and child indicators of reported child socioemotional problems in 2-year-old childrenManuscript submitted for publication.

Palmer, F. B., Murphy, L. E., Graff, J. C., & Keisling, B. L. (2010, October). University – community partnership in research:  Conditions Affecting Neurocognitive Development and Learning in Early Childhood – CANDLE Study. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, Washington, D.C.

Petersen, M. C., Keisling, B. L., Rike, R. A., & Perkins, D. (2000, March). Differential diagnosis of communication disorders and developmental disabilities: An interdisciplinary approach. Paper presented at the 30th annual Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders, Memphis, TN.