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
- 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. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-35598-2_27
- 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