Nichole Kelly

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Professor Kelly’s research interests are in eating behaviors, body image beliefs, weight stigma, and chronic disease risk. She has specific interests in cognitive and emotional mechanisms for eating behaviors associated with poor mental health and increased chronic disease risk. Her program of research utilizes a diverse array of research methods including experimental paradigms; test meals; dietary recalls; neuropsychological evaluations; ecological momentary assessments; eye-tracking; and actigraphy. She aims to highlight the voices and experiences of those who have traditionally been understudied and underserved in eating, body image, and health related literature, including men, individuals in rural communities, and adults with diverse ethnic, racial, sexual orientation and gender identities. Ultimately, her program of research aims to inform the development and evaluation of culturally-informed theories and interventions for the equitable promotion of health and well-being.


Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Behavioral Health Psychology, August 2013-2016
Uniformed Services University and National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD

Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling Psychology, August 2013
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, May 2004
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA


To see her full list of publications, visit her PubMed.


Ongoing research initiatives in Professor Kelly’s lab include: 1) Theoretical investigations of young men’s disordered eating symptoms using ecological momentary assessment data; 2) Evaluating the effectiveness of a brief physical activity manipulation to improve the neurocognitive functioning and eating behaviors of rural children; 3) Developing a school-based mindfulness intervention for improving rural middle school students’ neurocognitive and emotional functioning; 4) Evaluating the acceptability and feasibility of a brief body size discrimination workshop delivered in places of employment; and 5) Examining risk and protective factors in the health and health behaviors of adults with diverse gender identities and sexual orientations.