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Dr Rebecca Kelly

Job title Principal Clinical Psychologist

Dr Rebecca Kelly is a Clinical Psychologist with the Psychological Interventions Clinic for Outpatients with Psychosis where she sees clients for psychological therapy, provides clinical supervision to psychological therapists in training and assistant psychologists, and manages and supervises volunteers. Dr Kelly is the Bipolar Spectrum Disorders lead for the clinic, and has particular interest and expertise in psychological therapy approaches for Bipolar Disorder. She chairs and co-ordinates the trust-wide Bipolar Disorder Special Interest Group, and provides teaching and training on Masters and Doctoral programmes within and outside of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London.

Education and Training

Dr Kelly received a First Class BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Manchester, where she later completed her PhD in Psychology focusing on emotion-regulation and Bipolar Disorder. She then completed the Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, where she continued to research psychological models of Bipolar Disorder. She spent her final year specialising in CBT for Post-Traumatic Stress in Psychosis and CBT for mood and personality disorders, before taking up her role as a qualified Clinical Psychologist at PICuP.


Dr Kelly has a longstanding clinical and research interest in psychological therapy approaches for Bipolar Disorder. Other areas of interest include CBT for post-traumatic stress within psychosis, motivation, and emotion-regulation.


Kelly, R. E., Smith, P., Leigh, E., & Mansell, W. (2015). Appraisals of internal states and their consequences: Relationship to adolescent analogue bipolar symptoms. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy.

Kelly, R. E., Wood, A. M., & Mansell, W. (2015). Goal conflict and well-being: A review and hierarchical model of goal conflict, ambivalence, self-discrepancy and self-concordance. Personality and Individual Differences.

Kelly, R. E., Wood, A. M., & Mansell, W. (2013). Flexible and tenacious goal pursuit lead to improving well-being in an aging population: A ten year cohort study. International Psychogeriatrics, 25, 16-24.

Carey, T. A., Kelly, R. E., Mansell, W., & Tai, S. (2012). What’s therapeutic about the therapeutic relationship? The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 5, 47-59.

Kelly, R. E., Mansell, W., Sadhnani, V., & Wood, A. M. (2012). Positive and negative appraisals of the consequences of activated states uniquely relate to symptoms of hypomania and depression. Cognition and Emotion 26, 899-906.

Kelly, R. E., Wood, A. M., Shearman, K., Phillips, S., & Mansell, W. (2012). Encouraging acceptance of ambivalence using the expressive writing paradigm. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 85, 220-228.

Kelly, R. E., Mansell, W., & Wood, A. M., Alatiq, Y., Dodd, A., & Searson, R. (2011). Extreme positive and negative appraisals of activated internal states interact to discriminate bipolar disorder from unipolar depression and non-clinical controls. Journal of Affective Disorders, 134, 438-443.

Kelly, R. E., Mansell, W., & Wood, A. M. (2011). Goal conflict and ambivalence interact to predict depression. Personality and Individual Differences, 50, 531-534.

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