Nichole Kelly, PhD, Director

Nichole Kelly, PhD, is Director of the RENEW lab and Evergreen Assistant Professor in the Counseling Psychology and Prevention Science departments in the College of Education at the University of Oregon. She is also a member of the health promotion and obesity cluster prevention (HPOP) initiative (

Dr. Kelly completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Virginia and her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed a 3-year postdoctoral research fellowship in a joint position with the National Institutes of Health and the Uniformed Services University. Her program of research focuses on four broad domains: 1) using neuropsychological assessments to characterize the cognitive correlates of disinhibited, or overeating, behaviors and obesity; 2) employing experimental paradigms to identify specific mechanisms, or reasons why, some people engage in disinhibited eating patterns; 3) examining the means by which cultural identity, particularly racial/ethnic identity, interact with various psychological and sociocultural factors to influence eating behaviors; and 4) developing and evaluating interventions focused on improving people’s eating habits and health.

Dr. Kelly has published extensively in the areas of eating, obesity and body image issues. Please see her CV for specific examples of her work.