Mary Lou Kelley, Professor

photo of KelleyOffice: 227 Audubon Hall
Department of Psychology
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Office Phone: (225) 578-4113

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Dr. Kelley is currently accepting new students.

Research Interests

My research has focused on the behavioral assessment and treatment of children and adolescents. Topics of interest have included ADHD, home and school interventions for children with externalizing problems, and the psychological effects of violence exposure. I have been involved in the development of several assessment measures for the child and adolescent population. Areas assessed utilizing these measures include: family routines, treatment efficacy, daily stress, and violence exposure.

DR. KELLEY’S research is focused on the assessment and treatment of children with internalizing and externalizing disorders, with an emphasis on ADHD and PTSD. She studies how parent involvement can improve children’s academic success, homework completion, and classroom behavior. Additionally, Dr. Kelley has conducted numerous studies on children in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and factors associated with positive and negative outcomes. Overall, Dr. Kelley’s current research goals include extending a number of effective treatments to impoverished youth and families. Interested students will be involved with data collection and data entry. Students with a serious interest in research and attending graduate school as well as a 3.3 GPA or higher should contact Dr. Kelley via email:


I presently teach the following courses:

  • PSYCH 7972 Child Behavior Therapy
  • PSYCH 7688 Child Psychology Practicum;
  • PSYCH 7688 Behavioral Pediatrics Practicum

Representative Publications

Toney, L.P., Kelley, M.L., & Francingues Lanclos, N. (2003). Self and Parental Monitoring of Homework in Adolescents: Comparative Effects on Parents' Perceptions of Homework Behavior Problem. Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 25, 35-51.

Kelley, M.L., Reitman, D., & Noell, G.H. (Eds.). (2003). Practitioner's Guide to Empirically Based Measures of School Behavior. New York: Plenum Publishers.

Applegate, H., Kelley, M.L., Applegate, B.W., Jayasinghe, I.K., Venters, C.L. (2003). Clinical case study: Pediatric residents' discussions of and interventions for children's behavioral and emotional problems. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 28, 315-321.

Adams, C.D., Reynolds, L.K., Perez, R.A., Powers, D., & Kelley, M.L. (1998). The Adolescent Behavior Checklist: Validation using structured diagnostic interviews. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 20, 103-125.

Hastings, T.L., & Kelley, M.L. (1997). Development and validation of the Screen for Adolescent Violence Exposure (SAVE), Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 25, 511-520.

Kern, L.K., & Kelley, M.L. (1997). The efficacy of a response cost-behavior in preschoolers. Behavior Modification, 21, 216-230.

Sadowski, C., Moore, L.A., & Kelley, M.L. (1994). Psychometric properties of the social problem solving inventory (SPSI) with normal and emotionally-disturbed adolescents. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 22, 487-500.

Kelley, M.L. (1990). School-Home Notes: Promoting Children's Classroom Success. New York: The Guilford Press. Republished in Italian (1995).

Professional Experience

Professor, Louisiana State University, August 1982-present

Consultant for Department of Health and Hospice, 1998-present

Clinical Internship, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 1981-1982

Professional Affiliations

Association for the Advancement in Behavior Therapy
American Psychological Association