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A.M. Clare Kelly, PhD

Leon Levy Research Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Center for Neurodevelopmental Disorders
A.M. Clare Kelly, PhD

Clare Kelly, PhD joined the Child Study Center in 2006. She is a Leon Levy Research Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine, and a faculty member in the Center for Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the Child Study Center.

Dr. Kelly’s research uses task-based and task-independent (“resting state”) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) methods. She applies these methods in two complementary strands of research that aim to (1) map the brain’s functional architecture, its development, and how it is altered in those with psychiatric disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and (2) to examine the relationship between interindividual variation in that functional architecture and interindividual phenotypic variation in cognition, emotion, and behavior (i.e., brain-behavior relationships). She has co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts, spanning investigations of the development of the brain’s functional architecture; alterations to that architecture associated with psychiatric diagnoses such as ADHD, autism and cocaine addiction; and the neural correlates of interindividual variation along several spectra of behavior, including task performance and social cognitive abilities.

Dr. Kelly received her BA in psychology from the University of Dublin, Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland in 2002. In 2005 she completed her PhD in cognitive neuroscience at Trinity College under the supervision of Hugh Garavan, PhD. Her doctoral research focused on using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study cognitive control processes, individual differences and practice effects in healthy adults. Dr. Kelly joined the Child Study Center upon the completion of her PhD.

Dr. Kelly is a member of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping and Society for Neuroscience. Her work has been published in Biological Psychiatry, The Journal of Neuroscience, Cerebral Cortex, NeuroImage, and The European Journal of Neuroscience. Her author profile is available here.