Keisha April is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Department of Applied Psychology at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with a forensic concentration, from Drexel University. Keisha also holds a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and received an A.B. in Psychology, magna cum laude, from Princeton University.
Keisha's research, situated at the intersection of psychology and criminal justice, examines factors that contribute to racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system. Specifically, her work seeks to promote a greater understanding of the relationships between communities of color and the police. Using mixed methods approaches, Keisha examines the attitudes and beliefs of the individuals who interact with and work within the justice system to inform policies and practices to reduce disparities and promote more positive outcomes for justice-involved youth.
She utilizes her interdisciplinary training as an applied researcher, clinician, and legal practitioner to devise ecologically sound and community-driven research questions. Keisha's work has appeared in texts, such as Advances in Psychology and Law, Behavioral Sciences and the Law, and the Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender, and has been supported by the American Academy of Forensic Psychology and the Southern Regional Education Board. Before beginning her appointment at NYU, Keisha completed her pre-doctoral internship with the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, where she engaged in community consultation projects focused on systems-level interventions and provided individual therapy to children and adolescent clients in a community mental health center.
Prior to her doctoral studies, Keisha worked as an attorney with the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, where she represented adult and juvenile clients in criminal matters.