Nichole Kelly

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Professor Nichole Kelly graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychology. After graduate school, she completed her postdoctoral fellowship with the Section on Growth and Obesity at the Eunice Kennedy ShriverNational Institute of Child Health and Human Services in Bethesda, Maryland. In 2016, she accepted her current position at the University of Oregon in the Counseling Psychology and Prevention Science programs in the College of Education. Professor Kelly is also a member of the Prevention Science Institute and was one of six faculty across campus to be hired as part of the Health Promotion and Obesity Prevention Initiative. Professor Kelly is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Oregon and mentors graduate students in Counseling Psychology and Prevention Science. 


Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2016, Developmental Research Laboratory on Eating and Weight Behaviors, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and the Section on Growth and Obesity at the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development
Ph.D., 2013, Virginia Commonwealth University
Major: Counseling Psychology
B.S., 2004, University of Virginia
Major: Psychology

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Early Career Research Award, University of Oregon (2019)

Excellence in Research, Early Career Award, College of Education, University of Oregon (2019)

American Psychological Association, Division 51 Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities, Science at Sunset Poster Competition nomination (2019)

7th Diversity Tour, Top 10 Abstracts, The Obesity Society (2017)

Abstract Award, Research in Diverse Populations Section, The Obesity Society (2017)

Awarded Outstanding Reviewer status, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2015)

Extramural Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program Award Recipient, NICHD (2014-2020)

Academy for Eating Disorders’ Student/Early Career Investigator Travel Fellowship (2011)



Williamson, G., Guidinger, C., & Kelly, N. R. (2019). Body image concerns are associated with loss of control eating in Latinx men and low body mass and ethnic identity exploration exacerbate these associations. International Journal of Eating Disorders, [Epub ahead of print].

Kelly, N. R.,Smith, T. M., Hall, G. C. N., Guidinger, C., Williamson, G.,…Giuliani, N. R. (2018). Perceptions of general and post-presidential election discrimination are associated with loss of control eating among racially/ethnically diverse young men. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 51(1), 28-38.

Kelly, N. R.,Cotter, E. W., and Guidinger, C. (2018). Men who engage in both subjective and objective binge eating have the highest psychological and medical comorbidities. Eating Behaviors, 30,115-119.

Kelly, N. R.,Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Vannucci, A., Altschul, A., Schvey, N. A.,…Yanovski, J. A.(2016). Emotion dysregulation and loss-of-control eating in children and adolescents. Health Psychology, 35(10), 1110-1119.

Kelly, N. R., Bulik, C. & Mazzeo, S. E. (2013). Executive functioning and behavioral impulsivity among young women who binge eat. International Journal of Eating Disorders46, 127-139.

Kelly, N. R.,Mazzeo, S. E., & Bean, M. (2013). A review of dietary interventions with college students: Directions for future research and clinical practices. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 45, 304-313. 

Kelly, N. R.,Cotter, E. W., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., & Mazzeo, S. E. (2015). Racial variations in binge eating, body image concerns, and compulsive exercise among men. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 16(3), 326-336.

Kelly, N. R., Mitchell, K. S., Gow, R. W., Trace, S. E., Lydecker, J. A….Mazzeo, S. E. (2012). An evaluation of the reliability and construct validity of eating disorder measures in White and Black women. Psychological Assessment, 24, 608-617.


Professor Kelly’s research interests are in obesity and eating behavior, with foci in cognitive and emotional mechanisms for disinhibited eating, measurement and multicultural issues, and clinical intervention and prevention. Her program of research integrates a diverse array of methods including experimental paradigms to clarify mechanisms for overeating; test meals and dietary recalls to capture dietary intake; neuropsychological testing to evaluate cognitive functioning; ecological momentary assessments; and accelerometers to measure sleep and movement. Her clinical research includes school-based mindfulness interventions for improving eating-related targets (e.g., executive functioning) and modifications to the school environment to prompt improvements in self-regulation and subsequent eating behaviors. Professor Kelly also studies disordered eating habits in traditionally understudied populations, including men and adults with diverse racial/ethnic identities. Her program of research aims to inform the development of culturally-informed theories and interventions for the promotion of healthy eating, particularly among those experiencing disparities in health and well-being.