Center for Trauma Studies

Dr. Benjamin Keyes

Dr. Benjamin Keyes

Program Director/Professor

Aside from his university duties, Dr. Keyes is a board member of Restoration Ministries, working with human trafficking and prostitution; and Earth Charter U.S., working with human rights, democracy and peace, and the environment. He is a licensed counselor in the states of Virginia (LPC) Florida (LMHC) and Texas (LPC & LMFT) and holds four national board certifications. His specialties include dissociative disorders, domestic violence, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, trauma, addictions, adolescents and Christian counseling with an emphasis on inner healing.

Keyes began a partnership with Military Ministries within the last year to develop a church-based trauma program to work with returning veterans from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. He is presently producing peer-reviewed articles and a presentation toward a Christian therapeutic model referred to as Healing Emotional Affective Responses to Trauma (HEART). He is also currently co-writing a book titled, Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder from a Christian Perspective. Last year, he co-authored an article, "A Cross-cultural Test of Trauma Model of Dissociation," with colleague Dr. Collin Ross of the Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma, for the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. His goal for Regent University is to establish, train and certify a first-response trauma team with graduate students who will respond to man-made and natural disasters within 72 hours providing mental health services to those in need.

(757) 352.4284


Dr. Merrill Reese

Dr. Merrill Reese

Program Co-Director/Assistant Professor

Dr. Merrill Reese holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision and an M.A. in Community Counseling from Regent University. He completed his B.S. in Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. His specialties include: compassion fatigue, grief and loss, group counseling, marital and family therapy, and the role of spirituality in counseling. At Regent he has enjoyed the opportunity to enhance his clinical skills as a counselor and teach in the U.S. and abroad.

As a counselor/educator, Reese's desire is to help create a sacred space for students and counselees to explore the deeper issues and questions of life. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, travel, short-term mission trips and playing percussion instruments.

(757) 352.4733

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