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Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology


Shalonda Kelly's primary research foci are couples and racial and cultural issues, which she has investigated in the contexts of normal families, therapy, and substance abuse settings.  She studies couples prevention, assessment, and therapy.  She is involved in the understanding and measurement of racial constructs, such as Afrocentricity, racial identity, and stereotypes.  Dr. Kelly seeks to understand how people of color are affected by experiences of racism and how racial and cultural perspectives affect individual, couple, and family adjustment. She is the editor of Diversity in Couple and Family Therapy: Ethnicities, Sexualities, and Socioeconomics. Dr. Kelly teaches couple therapy and diversity courses and conducts couple and family therapy and supervision from a integrative cognitive behavioral, emotionally focused, multicultural, and systems orientation.  She has a background in urban studies, and is interested in programs designed to have a positive impact on minority communities and families.



Family Treatment of Childhood Disorders

Behavioral Couples Therapy

Diversity & Racial Identity

Objective Adult/Child/Family Assessment


Prevention, assessment, and intervention pertaining to couple relationships, measurement of  racial perspectives, understanding how ethnicity impacts couple, family, and individual functioning.