Sister Donna Marie Kelley, IHM, Psy.D.

Associate Professor of Graduate Psychology
Nazareth Hall 30
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Psy, D., M.S., M.S., B.A., Licensed Psychologist, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


Sister Donna earned a M.S. in Counseling and Human Relations from Villanova University, a M.S. in Clinical Psychology and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola College in Maryland.  Sister Donna is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania and a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA) and the Society for Personality Assessment (SPA).  Sister Donna completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral work at Saint Luke Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Sister Donna’s areas of interest include assessment, Rorschach, loss/grief, death & dying, the integration of psychology and spirituality, human development, DBT, anxiety/stress and trauma, and one of her research projects was featured in the fall 2013 issue of Immaculata Magazine.  Sister Donna has published and/or presented on topics related to psychology and spirituality, DBT, mindfulness, grief/loss and nonviolent communication.  She also leads psychoeducational groups on human development issues for men and women religious.

Courses Taught: 
  • Advanced Assessment
  • Personality Assessment
  • History and Systems in Psychology
  • Client-Centered and Relationship Theories and Therapies
  • Cognitive and Behavioral Theories and Therapies
  • Clinical Supervision, Consultation, and Management
  • Psychotherapy Practicum and Seminar
  • Advanced Clinical Psychology and Practicum Seminar

Kelley, D. (2012). Coping with loss: Experiences of women religious. Human Development, 33(2), 18-23.

Kelley, D. (2008).  Case of Sister Helen:  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Lukenotes, 11(4), 2-3.

Barnett, J. & Kelley, D.  (2004). Spirituality and religion in psychotherapy: Clinical and ethical issues.  The Maryland Psychologist, 50(2), 17-19.

Selected Presentations:

Kelley, D. M. (2013, August). Therapeutic Assessment-Pre and Mid Treatment: Case of Sexual Trauma. Presentation delivered to the Immaculata University Psychology Internship Consortium, Immaculata University, PA.

Kelley, D. (2011, March). Addressing diversity in personality assessments: Applicants to religious life.  In J. Wright (Chair), Assessment in diversity contexts.  Symposium conducted at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality Assessment, Boston, MA.  

Kelley, D. M. & Albero, S. (2010, October). Dealing with Difficult People. Presentation delivered at Daylesford Abbey, Paoli, PA. 

Kelley, D. M. (2010, January). NEO-PI-R: Interpretation and Clinical Implications. Presentation delivered to the Immaculata University Psychology Internship Consortium, Immaculata University, PA.

Kelley, D.M. (2009, October). Growing Through the Experience of Loss. Presentation delivered to the Regional Formation Conference, Region Three, Villa Maria House of  Studies, Immaculata, PA.

Kelley, D.M. (2008, June).  Good Grief: Growing Through Loss.  Presentation delivered to women religious, Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA.

Kelley, D. M. (2007, March).  The Impact of Social Support, Spirituality, and Extraversion on Grief Symptoms in Women Religious: A Longitudinal Examination.  Poster Presentation presented at the Research Conference on Religion and Spirituality sponsored by Loyola College in Maryland.

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