Ph.D., University of Florida
B.S., Northwestern University



Dr. Kelly is interested in developing the interface between clinical and social psychology. More specifically, she studies secrecy, self-disclosure, and self-presentation in psychotherapy and everyday interactions.

As a Kaneb Teaching Fellow,she is committed to helping college students understand and improve their interactions with professors. She hosts a blog at where students can post their opinions and reactions to their experiences in the college classroom. Topics include how to address conflicts over grades, get amazing letters of recommendation, and give first-rate class participation.


Yip, J.J., & Kelly, A. E. (in press). Upward and downward social comparison can decrease prosocial behavior. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Kelly, A. E. (in press). Feedback from confidants can be accepted more readily following believable disclosures. In R. Sutton & P. Lang (Eds.), The handbook of criticism, praise, and advice.

Macready, D. E., Cheung, R., Kelly, A. E., & Wang, L. (2011). Can public versus private disclosure cause greater psychological symptom reduction? Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. 30, 1015–1042.

Kelly, A. E. (2010). The Clever Student: A guide to getting the most from your professors. Corby Books.  

Kelly, A. E., & Yuan, K. H. (2009). Clients’ secret-keeping and the working alliance in adult outpatient therapy. Psychotherapy Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 46, 193-202.

Rycyna, C. C., Champion, C. D., & Kelly, A. E. (2009). First impressions after various types of deception: Less favorable following expectancy violation. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 31, 40-48.

Yip, J. J., & Kelly, A. E. (2008). Can emotional disclosure lead to increased self-reported neuroticism? Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 27, 761-778.

Kelly, A. E., & Rodriguez, R. R. (2007). Do therapists disclose more to clients with greater symptomatology? Psychotherapy Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 44, 470-475.

Kelly, A. E., & Yip, J. J. (2006). Is keeping a secret or being a secretive person linked to psychological symptoms? Journal of Personality, 74, 1349-1369.

Rodriguez, R. R., & Kelly, A. E. (2006). Health effects of disclosing personal secrets to imagined accepting versus non-accepting confidants. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 25, 1023-1047.

Kelly, A. E. (2004). Can we trust this new vision of trust? Contemporary Psychology, 49.

Kelly, A. E., (2002). The psychology of secrets. New York: Plenum.

Kelly, A. E., Klusas, J. A., von Weiss, R. T., & Kenny, C. (2001). What is it about revealing secrets that is beneficial? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 27, 651-665.

Kelly, A. E. (2000). A self-presentational view of psychotherapy: Reply to Hill, Gelso, and Mohr, and to Arkin and Hermann. Psychological Bulletin, 126, 505-511.

Kelly, A. E. (2000). Helping construct desirable identities: A self-presentational view of psychotherapy. Psychological Bulletin, 126, 475-494.

Kelly, A. E. (1999). Revealing personal secrets. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 8, 106-109.

Kelly, A. E. (1998). Clients’ secret keeping in outpatient therapy. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 45, 50-57.

Carter, J. E., & Kelly, A. E. (1997). Using traditional and paradoxical imagery interventions with reactant intramural athletes. The Sport Psychologist, 11, 175-189.

Kelly, A. E., & Nauta, M. M. (1997). Reactance and thought suppression. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 23, 1123-1132.

Kelly, A. E., Kahn, J. H., & Coulter, R. G. (1996). Client self-presentations at intake. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 43, 300-309.

Kelly, A. E., & McKillop, K. J. (1996). Consequences of revealing personal secrets. Psychological Bulletin, 120, 450-465.

Kelly, A. E., & Achter, J. A. (1995). Self-concealment and attitudes toward counseling in university students. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 42, 40-46.

Kelly, A. E., Coenen, M. E., & Johnston, B. L. (1995). Confidants' feedback and traumatic life events. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 8, 161-169.

Kelly, A. E., & Kahn, J. H. (1994). Effects of suppression of personal intrusive thoughts. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 66, 998-1006.

Kelly, A. E., Sedlacek, W. E., & Scales, W. R. (1994). How college students with and without disabilities perceive themselves and each other. Journal of Counseling and Development, 73, 178-182.

Strahan, R. F., & Kelly, A. E. (1994). Showing clients what their profiles mean. Journal of Counseling and Development, 72, 329-331.

Kelly, A. E., McKillop, K. J., & Neimeyer, G. J. (1991). Effects of counselor as audience on internalization of depressed and nondepressed self-presentations. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 38, 126-132.

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Notre Dame, Indiana 46556
Phone: (574) 631-7048