Nichole Kelly

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Biography

Professor Kelly’s research interests are in eating behaviors and body image concerns, 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 program of research aims to inform the development and evaluation of culturally-informed theories and interventions for the promotion of health.

Education

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

Publications

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Research

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.