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Karen Kelly

Karen J. Kelly, PhD

Assistant Professor – Department of Psychology and Counseling


Arts & Sciences


Psychology and Counseling

Office Location:

Mercedes Hall 200

Office Hours:

Spring 2023 M 12:30pm – 1:30pm T 11:00am – 1:00pm R 11:00am – 1:00pm

Educational Background

  • Columbia University, New York, NY PhD in Psychology, 2013
  • Columbia University, New York, NY MA, M Phil in Psychology, 2009
  • Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ MA in Psychology, 2005
  • Rutgers College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ BA in Religion (major) and Philosophy (minor), 1997

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor – Georgian Court University, August 2019 to present
  • Visiting Assistant Professor – Georgian Court University, August 2017 to 2019
  • Assistant Professor – Montclair State University, Jan 2013 – 2016
  • Adjunct Professor – Barnard College, 2015-2017
  • Adjunct Professor – Columbia University, 2013-2017
  • Adjunct Professor – Montclair State University, 2016-2017
  • Adjunct Professor – Seton Hall University, 2013, 2017
  • Adjunct Professor – William Paterson University, 2013
  • Graduate Teaching Scholar – Columbia University, 2012
  • Research Assistant – Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation’s Stroke Lab, 2005 – 2006
  • Adjunct Professor – Montclair State University, 2005-2007
  • Adjunct Professor – Rutgers State University, 2007

Research / Creativity Interest Area

I am interested in various aspects of self-awareness and Theory of Mind with a particular emphasis on metacognition of emotion reaction.
  • Peer Reviewed Articles:
  • Murray, E., Brenya, J., Chavarria, K., Kelly, K. J., Fierst, A., Ahmad, N., Anton, C., Shaffer, L., Kapila, K., Driever, L., Weaver, K., Dial, C., Crawford, M., Hartman, I., Infantino, T., Butler, F., Straus, A., Walker, S. L., Balugas, B., Pardillo, M., Goncalves, B., & Keenan, J. P. (2021). Corticospinal Excitability during a Perspective Taking Task as Measured by TMS-Induced Motor Evoked Potentials. Brain Sciences, 11, 513.
  • Chen, P., Goedert, K., Murray, E., Kelly, K., Ahmeti, S., & Barrett, A. (2011). Spatial bias and right hemisphere function: Sex-specific changes with aging. Journal of International Neuroscience, 17, 1-8.
  • Kelly, K. & Metcalfe, M. (2011). Metacognition of Emotional Face Recognition. Emotion, 11, 896-906.
  • Kelly, K., Murray, E., Barrios, V., Gorman, J., Ganis, G., & Keenan, J. P. (2009). Deception and Fanaticism: A Model Using Sports Affiliation and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Social Neuroscience.
  • Guise, K., Kelly, K., Romanowski, J., Vogeley, K., Platek, S., Murray, E., Keenan, J. P. (2007). The Anatomical and Evolutionary Relationship Between Self-Awareness and Theory of Mind. Human Nature.
  • Arieh, Y., Kelly, K., & Marks, L. (2005). Tracking the time to recovery after induced loudness reduction. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 117(6), 1-4.
  • Field, S. E., Kelly, K. J., Cace, M. A. (2020, March). Prompting increases faculty use of early warning system. American Psychological Society Convention, Virtual.
  • Kelly, K. & Metcalfe, M. (Nov 2012). Metacognition of emotion recognition: beyond static images.  Poster presented at the 53rd annual Psychonomic Society, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Chen P., Murray E., Kelly K.., Ahmeti S., & Barrett, A.M. (Nov 2009). Line bisection and “where” perceptual-attentional spatial bias: aged men go right. Paper presented in the 50th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA.
  • Barrett AM., Murray E., Varughese S.,  Kelly K., & Ahmeti S. (2007). Post-stroke spatial bias and spatial neglect in near and far space. Poster presented at the 132nd annual meeting of the American Neurological Association.
  • Guise, K., Kelly, K., Stevens, S., & Keenan, J. P. (2005). Using brain mapping to chart evolution. Poster presented at Human Behavior and Evolution, 85.
  • Kelly, K. & Arieh, Y. (2005). Experimental hearing deficiency: The effect of induced loudness reduction on localization. Poster presented at the 1st annual Montclair State University Psychology Conference.
  • Kelly, K. & Arieh, Y. (2005). Experimentally induced temporary hearing loss. In Psychology Research Colloquia. Montclair, NJ.
  • Kelly, K., Arieh, Y., & Marks, L.E. (2005). Inducing loudness reduction affects auditory lateralization. In J.S. Monahan, S.M. Aheffert and J.T. Towensend (Eds.) Fechner Day 2005. Proceeding of the 21st Annual Meeting of the Internation Society for Psychophysics.
  • Kelly, K., Barrios, V., & Keenan, J.P. (2005). The role of motor cortex regions in deception: Evidence from motor evoked potentials elicited by Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). Poster presented at the 13th Annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society.
  • Kelly, K., Christiana, W., Guise, K., Lassonde, M., & Keenan, J.P. (2005). Hemispheric differences in self-face discrimination. Poster presented at the 12th Annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society, 223.
  • Kelly, K., Guise, K., Stevens, S., Platek, S., & Keenan, J.P. (2005). The evolutionary neuroscience of perspective taking. Poster presented at Human Behavior and Evolution, 91.
  • Kelly, K., Murray,  E., Keenan, J.P. (2005). Using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to create disorders of self. Poster presented at the 34th Annual International Neuropsychological Society.
  • Kelly, K., Platek, S., Christiana, W., Lassonde, M., & Keenan, J.P. (2005). Right hemisphere advantage in self/other facial discrimination. Poster presented at the 12th Annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society.

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