Shannon Kelley Shannon Kelley, PhD


  • Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology Department


  • PhD,  Clinical Psychology, Texas A&M University (2018)
  • MS, Clinical Psychology, Texas A&M University (2015)
  • BA, Psychology, Rice University (2011)


  • Personality Assessment
  • Adult Forensic Psychology
  • Adult Psychopathology

Research and Practice Interests

  • Psychopathic Personality Disorder
  • Forensic Mental Health and Violence Risk Assessment
  • Transdiagnostic Models of Personality and Psychopathology
  • Self-Other Knowledge Asymmetries in Mental Health

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Psychologist (Massachusetts)
  • National Register of Health Service Psychologists
  • Designated Forensic Psychologist, Department of Mental Health


  • U.S. Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellowship, Texas A&M University (2017)
  • Saul Sells Research Excellence Award, Texas A&M University (2016)

Publications and Presentations

See Dr. Kelley's Google Scholar and ResearchGate pages for complete publication records.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

Kelley, S. E., Edens, J. F., Mowle, E. N., Penson, B. N., & Rulseh, A. (2019). Dangerous, depraved, and death-worthy: A meta-analysis of the perceived correlates of psychopathy in criminal cases. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 75(4), 627-643. doi:10.1002/jclp.22726

Kelley, S. E., Edens, J. F., Donnellan, M. B., Mowle, E. N., & Sörman, K. (2018). Self- and informant perceptions of psychopathic traits in relation to the triarchic model. Journal of Personality, 86(4), 738-751. doi:10.1111/jopy.12354

Hawes, S. W., Byrd, A., Kelley, S. E., Gonzalez, R., Edens, J. F., & Pardini, D. A. (2018). Psychopathic features across development: Assessing longitudinal invariance among Caucasian and African American youths. Journal of Research in Personality, 73, 180-188. doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2018.02.003

Kelley, S. E., Edens, J. F., & Douglas, K. S. (2018). Concurrent validity of the Personality Assessment Screener in a large sample of offenders. Law and Human Behavior, 42(2), 156-166. doi:10.1037/lhb0000276

Kelley, S. E., Edens, J. F., & Morey, L. C. (2017). Convergence of self-reports and informant reports on the Personality Assessment Screener. Assessment, 24(8), 999-1007. doi:10.1177/1073191116636450

Edens, J. F., Kelley, S. E., Lilienfeld, S. O., Skeem, J. L., & Douglas, K. S. (2015). DSM-5 antisocial personality disorder: Predictive validity in a prison sample. Law and Human Behavior, 39(2), 123-129. doi:10.1037/lhb0000105

Selected Book Chapters:

Edens, J. F., Petrila, J., & Kelley, S. E. (2018). Legal and ethical issues in the assessment and treatment of psychopathy. In C. J. Patrick (Ed.), Handbook of psychopathy (2nd ed., pp. 732-754). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.

Douglas, K. S., Nikolova, N. L, Kelley, S. E., & Edens, J. F. (2015). Psychopathy. In B. L. Cutler & P. A. Zapf (Eds.), APA handbook of forensic psychology: Vol. 1: Individual and situational influences in criminal and civil contexts (pp. 257-323). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Current Professional Leadership and/or Concurrent Work Experience

  • Consulting Staff, Psychology/Forensic Services, Bridgewater State Hospital 

Prior Professional Leadership and/or Work Experience

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Forensic Psychology, Bridgewater State Hospital
  • Visiting Scholar, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston University
  • Clinical Fellow, Department of Psychology, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Professional Affiliations

  • American-Psychology Law Society
  • International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Society for Personality Assessment