Frances Kelley has worked with a variety of clients over the past 19 years including adolescent and adult substance abusers, incarcerated male sex offenders, and trauma survivors. She has worked as a crisis intervention specialist as well as supervised a crisis intervention team. Dr. Kelley has worked for two university counseling centers; a private practice where she conducted individual and group therapy with adolescents and adults; three psychiatric hospitals; and the University of Maryland Health Center where she was a substance abuse counselor and the coordinator of the DWI Treatment Program.

Professional Service

  • 2008-2009: Program Committee Member, Division 17, American Psychological Association.
  • 2004–Present: Reviewer, Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training.
  • 2004–2009: Reviewer, Psychotherapy Research.

Professional Memberships

The American Psychological Association

  • Division 17: Counseling Psychology
  • Division 29: Psychotherapy
  • Division 44: Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues


Licensed Professional Counselor

  • GA (inactive)
  • LA (inactive)


Schwartz, J. & Kelley, F. A. (in press). The development and initial validation of the Dating Attitudes Inventory: A measure of the gender context of dating violence in men. 

Kelley, F. A., Gelso, C. G., Fuertes, J., Marmarosh, C., Lanier, S. (2010). The development and 
psychometric investigation of the client version of The Real Relationship Inventory. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 47(4), 540-553.

Hess, S., Knox, S., Hill, C.E., Schultz, J. M., Sloan, L., Brandt, S., Kelley, F. A., & Hoffman, M. (2008). Pre-doctoral interns' non-disclosure in supervision. Psychotherapy Research, 18(4), 400-411.

Pace, L. & Kelley, F.A. (2006). Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 9 (3).

Gelso, C. G., Kelley, F. A., Fuertes, J., Marmarosh, C., Holmes, S., & Costas, C. (2005). Measuring the real relationship in psychotherapy: Initial validation of the therapist form. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 52(4), 640-649.

Hill, C. E., Kelley, F. A., Davis, T. L., Crook, R. E., Maldonado, L. E., Turkson, M. A. Wonnell, T.
L.,Suthakaran, V., Zack, J. S., Rochlen, A. B., Kolchakian, M. R., & Codrington, J.N. (2001). Predictors of outcome of dream interpretation sessions: Volunteer client characteristics, dream characteristics, and type of interpretation. Dreaming: Journal of the Association for the Study of Dreams, 11(2), 53-72. 

Hill, C. E., Zack, J. S., Wonnell, T. L., Hoffman, M. A., Rochlen, A. B., Goldberg, J. L., Nakayama, E. Y., Heaton, K. J., Kelley, F. A., Eiche, K., Tomlinson, M. J., & Hess, S. (2000). Structured brief therapy with a focus on dreams or loss for clients with troubling dreams and recent loss. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 47(1), 90-101.

Manuscripts in Preparation or Under Review

Kelley, F. A., LeBoeuf-Davis, & Weiss, B. (2011). Counseling practices with LGB clients: Relation to the real relationship, working alliance, and clients’ ratings of their therapists.

Kelley, F.A. & Buboltz, W. (2011). The Inventory of Self Psychology (ISP)-Short Form: Reliability, validity, and factor structure.

Kelley, F.A. (2011). Training psychology students to be agents of change: Moving beyond the classroom and into the community

Dissertation Chair

Dissertations in process:

Figurski, J.L. (2011). The ameliorating affects of pet attachment on stress and depression in the 
elderly. (Doctoral dissertation). Carlow University, Pittsburgh.

Gillie, Tiffany (2011). Therapist perceived quality of the therapeutic relationship with delinquent and non-delinquent adolescents. (Doctoral dissertation). Carlow University, Pittsburgh.

Grant, C. (2011). Internet addiction, self-monitoring and locus of control among online social 
networking website users. (Doctoral dissertation). Carlow University, Pittsburgh.

Kurina, B. (2011). Therapists' attachment style and attitudes toward older adult clients: Relation to the real relationship, working alliance and transference. (Doctoral dissertation). Carlow University, Pittsburgh.

Salmon-Davis, S. (2011). Jamaican college students’ attitudes toward seeking psychological help. (Doctoral dissertation). Carlow University, Pittsburgh.

Shields, S. (2011). The effect of memory impairment and mood disorders on overall sense of well- being and daily functioning in women diagnosed with HIV. (Doctoral dissertation). Carlow University, Pittsburgh.

Selected Presentations

Kelley, F. A., LeBoeuf-Davis, D. A., & Weiss, B. A. (2008, August). Real relationship with LGB clients: Paths to psychotherapy practices and client satisfaction. In C. J. Gelso (Chair), The real relationship in psychotherapy: Latest findings about a controversial concept. Symposium conducted at the 116th annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Boston, Massachusetts.

Kelley, F. A., LeBoeuf-Davis, D. A., & Weiss, B. A. (2008, April). Therapy practices with lesbian, gay, and bisexual Clients. Paper presented at the Carlow University Graduate Colloquium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Kelley, F.A. (2007, August). Psychotherapy with sexual minority clients: Why the real relationship matters. In S. C. Whiston (Chair), Exploring the real Relationship: A tribute to Dr. Charles Gelso. Invited presentation at the 115th annual convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, California.

Kelley, F.A. & Buboltz, W. (2007, August). Factor structure of the Inventory of Self Psychology. Poster presented at the 115th annual convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, California.

LaBorde, C. & Kelley, F. (2006, March). Developing diversity dispositions in teacher candidates via video vignettes. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Educational Research Association, Lafayette, Louisiana.

Kelley, F. A. & Schwartz, J. (2005, August). The development and psychometric investigation of the Dating Attitudes Scale. Poster presented at the 113th annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Kelley, F. A. (2005, April). Cultivating diversity in professional communities: Gender identity and
sexual orientation. Invited presentation given at Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA.

Kelley, F. A., Gelso, C. J., Fuertes, J., Marmarosh, C., & Holmes, S. (2004, June). Measuring the real relationship: Development and validation of the client and therapist forms. In C. J. Gelso (Chair), The real relationship in psychotherapy: Theory and beginning empirical inquires. Symposium conducted at the 35th annual meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Rome, Italy.

Research Interests

Dr. Kelley’s publications and research interests have explored psychotherapy process and outcome especially as it relates to the therapy relationship and counselor competency in working with marginalized populations. Recently she has been involved in a series of studies investigating the real relationship in therapy both from the therapist and client’s perspective. Dr. Kelley has presented her research locally, nationally, and internationally.