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Kelly Rea

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Graduate Student
Clinical Program

Kelly Rea is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Georgia under the mentorship of Dr. Ronald Blount. Kelly’s research interests include child and family psychosocial functioning, adjustment, and medical outcomes among pediatric solid organ transplant recipients during the vulnerable transition period from pediatric to adult healthcare. With established collaborators at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory Transplant Center, Kelly has developed and currently leads a longitudinal follow-up of patients following transfer of care to examine predictors of psychosocial and medical outcomes. In addition to her research, Kelly has also gained clinical experience working with various pediatric populations through Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, including pediatric hematology and oncology conditions and intensive rehabilitation services. 

  • Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Psychology Program, University of Georgia
    • August 2020 - Present
  • Master of Science, Clinical Psychology Program, University of Georgia
    • August 2017 - August 2020
  • Bachelor of Arts, University Honors with Highest Distinction, University of Michigan
    • September 2013 - April 2017

Transition to Adult Healthcare Among Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant Recipients: Psychosocial Outcomes and Relations to Success.

  • Award Amount: $24,000. Approved for 8/2021-8/2022.
  • Funding provided by the American Psychological Foundation (APF) 2021-2022 Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Child Psychology Graduate Student Fellowship.

Resilience, Emotional & Behavioral Functioning, and Health-Related Quality of Life Among Children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

  • Award Amount: $1,000. Approved for 1/2021-12/2021.
  • Funding provided by the Mary Jo Kupst Trainee Grant for Research in Resilience, Society of Pediatric Psychology

US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Graduate Psychology Education program (GPE) Fellow.

  • Award Amount: $26,750. For interprofessional training and graduate stipend from 7/2020-7/2021.
  • Funding provided by the HRSA GPE program through the University of Georgia Department of Counseling and Human Development Services Project HEARD (Health Equity in All Rural and Diverse communities), to train students to provide integrated, interdisciplinary, behavioral health and Opioid Use Disorder/Substance Use Disorder prevention and treatment services in high need and high demand areas.

Medication Adherence, Cognitive Functioning, and Barriers to Compliance in Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant Recipients.

  • Award Amount: $1,975. Approved for 4/2019-8/2019.
  • Funding provided by the Graduate School’s Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant, University of Georgia
Selected Publications:
  • Rea, K. E., McCormick, A. M., Lim, H. M., & Cousino, M. K. (In press). Psychosocial outcomes in pediatric patients with ventricular assist devices and their families: A systematic review. Pediatric Transplantation.
  • Rea, K. E., Cushman, G. K., Quast, L. F., Stolz, M. G., Mee, L. L., George, R., & Blount, R. L. (2021). Specific responsibilities and perceived transition readiness in adolescent solid organ transplant recipients. Patient Education and Counseling.
  • Cousino M. K., Rea, K. E., & Fredericks, E. (2020). Pediatric psychological consultation in solid organ transplantation. In Clinical Handbook of Pediatric Psychological Consultation in Medical Settings (pp. 355-371). Springer, Cham.
  • Rea, K. E., Armstrong-Brine, M., Ramirez, L., & Stancin, T. (2019). Ethnic disparities in Autism Spectrum Disorder screening and referral: Implications for pediatric practice. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 40(7), 493-500. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000691
  • Rea, K. E., Rao, P., Hill, E., Saylor, K. M., Cousino, M. K. (2018). Families’ experience with pediatric family centered rounds: A systematic literature review. Pediatrics. 141(3). doi:10.1542/peds.2017-1883

Poster Presentations

Articles Featuring Kelly Rea
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 - 9:11am

Clinical psychology graduate student Kelly Rea has had her recently published masters thesis featured in UGA News and Healio, a medical information website comprising of breaking news, feature stories, interviews and education across 30 specialties.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 2:12pm

Congratulations to two of our doctoral students for their recent awards from the UGA Graduate School!

Kelly Rea received a Communication of Research and Scholarship Award from the Graduate School to support the development and dissemination of an eBook…

Monday, December 7, 2020 - 3:37pm

Congratulations to 4th year clinical psychology graduate student, Kelly Rea, who was recently awarded a national research grant, the Mary Jo Kupst Trainee Grant for Research in Resilience, from the Society of Pediatric Psychology! Her research under the…

Friday, July 10, 2020 - 12:25pm

4th year clinical graduate student, Kelly Rea, has been awarded a fellowship through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Graduate Psychology Education Grant, “Expanding Georgia’s Behavioral Health Workforce…

Friday, April 12, 2019 - 8:11am

Congratulations to five psychology graduate students on receiving Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grants for Doctoral Students, funded by the Graduate School, to support their summer research projects. The recipients from Psychology were Nicholas…

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