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.
Honors and Awards
2018- Mentor, Asian American Psychological Association, Student Travel Award (C. Guidinger)
2018 - American Psychological Association, Division 51 Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities, Science at Sunset Poster Competition nomination
2018 - Mentor, Clare Wilkins Chamberlin Memorial Research Award, University of Oregon (C. Guidinger)
2017 - 7th Diversity Tour, Top 10 Abstracts, The Obesity Society
2017 - Abstract Award, Research in Diverse Populations Section, The Obesity Society
2016 - Mentor, First Year Fellowship, Graduate School, University of Oregon (C. Guidinger)
2015- Awarded Outstanding Reviewer status, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
2014-2019 - Extramural Clinical ResearchLoan Repayment Program Award Recipient, NICHD
2013- Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing, Eating Behaviors
2013- National Psychologist Trainee Register Credentialing Scholarship
2011- Academy for Eating Disorders’ Student/Early Career Investigator Travel Fellowship
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 Disorders, 46, 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.