Nichole Kelly, College of Education

Nichole Kelly, Evergreen Associate Professor

Associate Professor, College of Education, Counseling Psychology, Family and Human Services, Food Studies, Prevention Science
Practice Areas: Eating Behaviors, Self-Regulation, Clinical Intervention and Prevention, Chronic Disease Risk, Weight Stigma

Faculty bio | Research webpage | (541) 346-9134

Nichole Kelly conducts research on research interests are in eating behaviors, weight stigma and chronic disease risk. She has specific interests in cognitive and emotional mechanisms for eating behaviors associated with poor mental health and increased chronic disease risk. She aims to highlight the voices and experiences of those who have traditionally been understudied and underserved in eating, body image and health-related literature, including men, individuals in rural communities, and adults with diverse ethnic, racial, sexual orientation and gender identities. Ultimately, her program of research aims to inform the development and evaluation of culturally-informed theories and interventions for the equitable promotion of health and well-being.

Recent Media:
Language for treating childhood obesity carries its own health risks to kids, experts say (The 19th, March 9, 2023)
Obesity discrimination's impact on women (WOSU-FM/NPR, Feb. 9, 2023)
College of Education Researcher: Rethink Our Focus on Weight (Around the O, Jan. 19, 2022)
UO experts offer mental health tips for 2022 wellness (Around the O, Jan. 13, 2022)
If you want to support the health and wellness of kids, stop focusing on their weight (The Conversation, Oct. 11, 2021)
UO team developing online mental health resources for rural schools (KEZI, Aug. 3, 2020)
UO team works to boost access to mental health tools for youth (Around the O, July 29, 2020)