Faculty: Shannon Kelley, PhD

Shannon Kelley

Shannon Kelley, PhD

Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology Department

Faculty, Forensic Psychology Concentration

Degree Major/Emphasis Institution Year
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
  • Research Methods

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:

  • Ruchensky, J. R., Kelley, S. E., Massey, C., Richardson, L. A., Blais, M. A., and Stein, M. B. (2023). Using the Personality Assessment Inventory to assess the Alternative Model for Personality Disorders: Criterion validity in a clinical sample. Journal of Personality Assessment. doi:10.1080/00223891.2023.2203240
  • Anderson, J. L., and Kelley, S. E. (2022). Antisocial personality disorder and psychopathy: The AMPD in review. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 13(4), 397-401. doi:10.1037/per0000525
  • Truong, T. N., Kelley, S. E., and Edens, J. F. (2021). Does psychopathy influence juror decision-making in capital murder trials? The devil is in the (methodological) details. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 48(5), 690-707. doi:10.1177/0093854820966369
  • Kelley, S. E., Edens, J. F., Mowle, E. N., Penson, B. N., and 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., and 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., and 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., and 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., and 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., and 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., and 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., and Edens, J. F. (2015). Psychopathy. In B. L. Cutler and 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.

Concurrent Leadership, Service and Professional Activities

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

Prior 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