Center Valley, PA 18034
As a practicing clinical psychologist, Associate Teaching Professor of Psychology Kevin Kelley, Ph.D., brings a true real-world perspective to the classroom that has benefited countless PSU-LV undergraduates during the past two decades.
The longtime Lehigh Valley resident has spent the past 20 years as a faculty member at the campus, where as coordinator of the highly versatile Psychology program he ensures students are prepared to pursue numerous potential career paths, whether they plan to be a counselor, an academic, a social worker or even an attorney.
“I love teaching, especially at PSU-LV, because of the close working relationships that develop with the students,” Dr. Kelley said. “It continually challenges me to improve and is dynamic and ever-changing.”
Before arriving at PSU-LV, Dr. Kelley was a clinician in community-based non-profit agencies for about 15 years. Today, he continues to practice at an Allentown-based non-profit agency.
Dr. Kelley’s research interests include the social and emotional development of infants and young children (especially attachment theory) and the psychology of trauma.
“I have published in the areas of internet addiction, the teaching of empathy skills to nurses, and cross-cultural issues in adjustment,” he said.
A past recipient of the campus’ Teaching Excellence Award, Dr. Kelley has served on multiple campus and University College committees, and was previously the campus ombudsman.
When he’s not teaching, you can find Dr. Kelley in his vegetable garden – currently, he’s pursuing his Master Gardener certification through Penn State Extension. Also an avid cook, he enjoys trying new recipes and perfecting favorite dishes.
Social and emotional development of infants and young children (especially attachment theory); the psychology of trauma
Dr. Kelley has published in the areas of internet addiction, the teaching of empathy skills to nurses, and cross-cultural issues in adjustment.
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Temple University
Graduate Certificate, Women’s Studies, Temple University
M.A., Counseling, Kutztown University
B.S., Individual and Family Studies (now called Human Development and Family Studies), Penn State University