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SCIENCEWORKS
BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE

Measurement-based Care  |  Personal Connections  |  Integrated Strategies

Would you like to:

  • Receive compassionate, culturally aware, expert support on your wellness journey?

  • Use scientifically-supported tools and strategies to maximize your progress?

  • Coordinate with your other providers to build a team that supports your holistic well-being?

If your answer is "yes" to any of the above, please reach out!

ScienceWorks offers a measurement-based care approach to CBT & other science-backed treatments. Together, we'll use your own data to design your therapy, track changes, and make tailored adjustments to maximize your progress. Our comprehensive strategy promotes physical wellness, including partnering with your healthcare team to strengthen your whole self. Science. Works.

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Dr. Kiesa Kelly
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Dr. Kiesa Kelly

Hello! I know from personal experience how much harder everything is when you have anxiety, fear, doubt, worries, and compulsions. Even though these are treatable, it can be hard to ask for help. Getting by while life passes you by is the path of least resistance, but it also results in ongoing pain, exhaustion, and lost time. When you’re ready, we’re here to help. Imagine how great you’ll feel and what you’ll be able to do when anxiety isn’t keeping you down. Helping people experience relief and fulfillment is the best part about my job.

My partner and I designed ScienceWorks to offer behavioral healthcare that is guided by three tenants:

 

  • Evidence-based therapies work.

ScienceWorks Behavioral Healthcare defines itself by its strong, ethical commitment to providing therapies that have been demonstrated through research to be effective. While we use a variety of evidenced-based approaches, across all of these we employ measurement-based care (MBC). This means that we measure your symptoms throughout therapy to customize your treatment plan, monitor changes across time, and adjust strategies accordingly in order to maximize your outcomes. ScienceWorks has developed tools to allow us to confidentially collect and chart your data. Our therapists use these between sessions to track how you’re doing and make sure we're prepared with the best information and strategies to meet your evolving wants and needs. We also collaborate on action plans that can be used outside of therapy, so you can apply what you learn in the real world and build lifelong skills. Therapy has costs. It requires clients to put themselves in vulnerable positions during times in their lives when they are already compromised. ScienceWorks is committed to offering services that have previously been shown to work as effectively and efficiently as possible. 

 

  • Physical and mental health are interconnected.

In addition to evidence-based talk therapies, research shows that some of the most effective treatments for anxiety and depression focus on the interconnection between the physical body and mental health, or the mind-body connection. ScienceWorks is designed to provide clients with the option to augment their therapy by integrating these additional approaches. When appropriate and with your permission, ScienceWorks will collaborate with your primary care physician or other medical provider so that the person managing your medication benefits from receiving information on your symptom changes over the course of treatment. Also with permission from both you and your physician, we can provide walking, yoga, or other exercise-based programs. Finally, mindfulness and meditation practices are frequently incorporated into therapy sessions and action plans, and we help connect you with resources to support this.

  • Medication Management

  • Exercise/Movement, Sleep, Nutrition

  • Meditation and Mindfulness

 

  • Culturally competent therapy is essential.

Understanding and honoring the social and cultural context that make your life experience unique is critical to the formation of an effective therapeutic alliance. ScienceWorks recognizes that racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of oppression can degrade health. It is critical to the therapeutic process that clients feel safe opening up about these and other lived experiences with their therapist. Research suggests that therapy can be successful even when the race of the therapist and client don’t match. No two people share the same experiences and perspectives after all. However, the effectiveness of therapy is enhanced when therapists provide care that prioritizes understanding, respecting, and validating clients’ backgrounds, beliefs, and values. ScienceWorks Behavioral Healthcare affirms gender, sexuality, and cultural identity. We recognize that cultural competence is an unending process and continually work to better understand the complex lived experiences of our clients.

Areas of Expertise

  • Individual Therapy 

  • Stress

  • Anxiety

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Depression

  • Precision Nutrition Certified

Professional Memberships

Anxiety and Depression Association of America
American Psychological Association
Nashville Psyhotherapy Institute
Tennessee Psychological Association
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
Precision Nutrition

Professional Experience

  • Co-founder and Chief Clinical Officer - ScienceWorks Behavioral Healthcare

  • Director of Recruitment - Performance Personnel Partners

  • Consultant - Industrial and Organizational Psychology

  • Founder - Psychology Educators of Tennessee

  • Former Board Member - PsyCAS (developing technologies for graduate psychology program admissions)

  • Former Board Member - COGDOP (Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology)

  • Former Chair - Department of Psychology - Tennessee State University

    • Courses taught: General Psychology, Careers for Psychology Majors, Statistics, Biological Basis of Behavior, Teaching of Psychology

    • PhD dissertation adviser

    • Faculty Member - Center for Prevention Research

    • Co-Chair - TSU Department Chair's Council

  • Former Tenured Professor - Department of Psychology - Tennessee State University

Clinical Experience

  • The University of Wisconsin-Madison Psychiatric Institute and Clinics, Adult Individual Psychotherapy

    • Interpersonal and cognitive behavioral therapy with adult outpatients with a variety of disorders, including Major Depression, Adjustment Disorder, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder

    • Conducted intake evaluations resulting in reports including diagnoses and treatment recommendations

  • The Chicago Medical School - Anxiety Disorders Clinic

    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Practicum

    • Exposure and response-prevention cognitive behavioral therapy for adult and pediatric patients with a variety of anxiety disorders, including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Trichotillomania

    • Assessment and treatment planning, development and facilitation of exposure hierarchies, case management, and facilitation of a treatment group

  • The University of Chicago, Biological Sciences Division

    • Advanced Adult Neuropsychology Practicum

    • Conducted neuropsychological assessment with a wide variety of adult populations

    • Referral sources include hospital clinics, community-based physicians, and litigation

  • The University of Florida Health Science Center

    • Internship Program in Clinical Psychology

    • Conducted neuropsychological, child, medical psychology, and general clinical assessments with both pediatric and adult inpatients and outpatients presenting with a wide range of psychological and cognitive difficulties

    • Individual and group therapy with adults and children using primarily a cognitive-behavioral approach, with experience in Parent- Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Education

  • 2003 - PhD, Clinical Psychology - Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

    • Concentration in Neuropsychology​

  • 1999 - M.S., Clinical Psychology - Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

  • 1996 - A.B., Psychology and Neuroscience, Bowdoin College

Selected Research Appointments

  • NIH National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN; University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

    • Training grant, entitled: Dual Pathway Models of ADHD: A High-Density ERP Study, combined conduction of an original research study examining cognitive control processes in children with ADHD, clinical neuropsychological work with children, and undergraduate teaching experience.

  • Postdoctoral Associate, Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

    • 80% research in  Clinical-Cognitive Neuroscience lab and 20% conducting child neuropsychological evaluations. Lab work involves design and implementation of electroencephalographic research, data analysis, computer programming, manuscript preparation, and lab management.

Selected Awards

  • Principal Investigator, Dr. Kiesa Kelly, Funded Tennessee Board of Regents Student Engagement, Retention, and Success (SERS) Grant: IMPACT Scholars: a pilot program utilizing ePortfolios to increase engagement in High Impact Practices (HIPs) in underrepresented populations at Tennessee State University​

  • National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP), Poster Award

  • Principal Investigator, Dr. Kiesa Kelly, Funded NIH R25 BPENDURE Grant Titled “Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity with the Tennessee State University – Neuroscience Education and Research Vanderbilt Experience (TSU-NERVE)

  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology – APA Division Two Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant

Selected Publications

  • Kelly, K., & Patrice, K. The impact of culturally relevant teaching on African American undergraduate student performance in General Psychology. Journal of Black Psychology, 45(1), 52- 62, doi.org/10.1177/0095798418825168

  • Kelly, K., Jones, L., Brinthaupt, T., Hart, W. Psychology Educators of Tennessee (PET). A regional learning community for psychology teachers. Psychology Teaching Review, 22(2), 74-80.

  • Kelly, K.G. Student Response Systems ("Clickers") in the Psychology Classroom: A Beginner's Guide. Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology Online.

  • Larson, M.J., Kelly, K.G., Stigge-Kaufman, D.A., Schmalfuss, I.M., Perlstein, W.M. Reward context sensitivity impairment following severe TBI: an event-related potential investigation. International Neuropsychological Society, 13(4):615-25

  • Seidenberg, M. Kelly, K.G., Parrish, J., Geary, B., Dow, C., Rutecki, P., Bell, B., Jones, J., Hermann, B.P. Ipsilateral and contralateral MRI volumetric abnormalities in chronic unilateral temporal lobe epilepsy and their clinical correlates. Epilepsia - High Impact Epilepsy Journal. 46(3):420-30.

Selected Presentations on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Kelly, K. Doing it over and over again, expecting a different result: graduate admissions for workforce diversity & racial equity. Cleveland State University, Department of Psychology, invited speaker Viking Series.

  • Kelly, K., Cox, T. Strengthening Student-Faculty Relationships by Addressing Microaggressions, presented at Memphis in May Student Affairs Conference.

  • Kelly, K., Cox, T. Strengthening Student-Faculty Relationships by Addressing Microaggressions, presented at College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR).

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