Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior


Dr. Keitner is the Director of the Family Therapy/Research Program at Rhode Island Hospital.  He is Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry, Brown University School of Medicine Providence, Rhode Island.

He completed his psychiatric residency at McMaster University in Canada where he received specialized training in psychopharmacology and family therapy.  He worked at Butler Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island from 1980 to 1996 as Director of the Mood Disorders Program and Medical Director for Inpatient Services and was Associate Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Rhode Island Hospital from 1996-2017. In his role as Associate Psychiatrist-in-Chief, he was responsible for the integration and smooth functioning of all of the Department Divisions including: Emergency Services, Inpatient Programs, Partial Hospital, Consultation-Liason Services, Outpatient Services, Geriatrics, Neuropsychology, Psycho-oncology and Dual Diagnosis.



Dr. Keitner's major research interests are:

1.         Psychosocial factors and treatments affecting the course and outcome of major             depression and bipolar disorders. 

2.         Evaluating the effectiveness and indications for combining psychopharmacology,             psychotherapy and family therapy in the treatment of mood disorders.

3.         Psychopharmacological treatment trials.

4.         The assessment of family functioning and its relationship to the course and             outcome of psychiatric disorders.

5.        The assessment of family functioning in the community

6.         The assessment of family functioning in patients with depression in different


7.          The effectiveness of disease management models for treatment resistant forms of depression.

 8.          Simplified multidimensional outcome measures


Dr. Keitner has published over 120 articles in peer reviewed journals. He is co-author of three books and 40 book chapters on family functioning and family therapy.  He is a frequent invited speaker at national and international conferences and has conducted workshops on family therapy in many different parts of the world.  He has received external funding for research from NIMH, foundations and industry.


His clinical work is with severely ill inpatients. He treats patients on inpatient units and in the Partial Hospital

He is a clinical supervisor for inpatient and outpatient treatment and also supervises residents in psychopharmocolgy,  pyschotherapy  and family therapy


Brown Affiliations