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Amber Kelley

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Ph.D. MFT Student, Graduate Research Assistant

373 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602




Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
M.MFT Marriage and Family Therapy Lipscomb University 2018
B.S. Psychology, Honors minor Hardin-Simmons University 2014


My research interests broadly center on the systemic impacts of trauma and traumatic stress and the implementation of trauma-informed practice and care among marriage and family therapists. Currently, my research centers on the embodied experiences of pre-licensed marriage and family therapists during and following client trauma disclosure. Additionally, my research interests include the experiences of Southeast Asian individuals, families, and systems exposed to trauma and the development and implementation of culturally responsive therapy practices and mental health services for this population.

Prior Professional Positions

Organization Title Years of Service
ASPIRE Clinic Graduate Research Assistant 2021- Present
LIFE Lab Graduate Research Assistant 2019-2021
CURRIGs Lab Graduate Research Assistant 2019-2020
Project F.R.E.E. Graduate Research Assistant 2018-2019
Lipscomb Family Therapy Center Therapist Intern 2017-2018
Therapeutic Wellness Center Therapist Intern 2017-2018


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
HDFS Graduate Student Organization Treasurer 2019-2020

Advisory Committee

Dr. Desiree Seponski (Major Professor)

Dr. Elizabeth Wieling

Dr. Maureen Flint


Kelley, A. N. (in press). Being with/in trauma: Entangling agential realism and marriage and family therapy to treat traumatic stress. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy.

Jordan, L., Seponski, D. M., Kelley, A. N., & Krpo, N. (in press). The politics of humanitarian aid: A case study of EMDR in Cambodia. Psychotherapy and Politics International.

Kelley, A. N., Seponski, D. M., Khann, S., Lahar, C., Kao, S., & Schunert, T. (in press). Knowledge of psychology in Cambodia: Exploring the relationships to demographics, psychopathology, and idioms of distress. Transcultural Psychiatry.

Kelley, A. N. (2021). The messiness of (de)coloniality: An autoethnography of the cross-cultural researcher. The Qualitative Report, 26(12), 3724-3733. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2021.4966

Kelley, A. N., Curtis, M., & Wieling, E. (2021). Expanding the traumatic stress model to incorporate a socioecological family systems perspective. Family Process. doi: 10.1111/famp.12682 

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