John P. Keegan

John Keegan

Assistant Professor of Counseling


Dr. Keegan has volunteered and worked in a variety of areas of the rehabilitation counseling and social services fields for over 20 years. He has worked with children and adults with many different disabilities and chronic illnesses in Wisconsin, Colorado, Arizona, and New York. He provided counseling and community-based case management for adults with physical and psychiatric disabilities as well as substance use disorders. He also has a variety of experience in social services and education, including supervising housing programs for adults with disabilities, reviewing county long-term care services, coordinating volunteer and outreach programs at an AIDS service organization, and serving as an assistant counselor and baseball coach junior high school.

His doctoral training included personality and vocational assessment and adjustment counseling for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and a one year pre-doctoral psychology internship in neuropsychological assessment and adjustment counseling. Dr. Keegan earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame; a M.S. in Rehabilitation Psychology and a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


In the Counseling program, Dr. Keegan has taught Psychosocial Aspects of Disability, Interviewing and Counseling Techniques, Counseling Theories, Practicum Seminar, and Internship Seminar.


Dr. Keegan’s research interests include health promotion in the rehabilitation counseling field. This includes health promotion for people with disabilities, as well as promoting health and wellness for counseling students and professionals. He is also interested in examining the role of personal values and multicultural factors in the rehabilitation process. Dr. Keegan received the 2013 first place Research Award from the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association for the article Predictive Ability of Pender’s Health Promotion Model for Physical Activity and Exercise in People With Spinal Cord Injuries: A Hierarchical Regression Analysis.