Kelly is a MERIT Scientist and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Post Graduate Medical Education Program. Kelly is affiliated with numerous professional organizations. She is a Canadian Representative at International Network for Researchers in Selection in Healthcare (INReSH) and was the Inaugural Director of the Masters Science in Health Science Education program at McMaster University. Kelly holds an affiliated appointment with the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact at McMaster University. She is Chair of Scholarship Committee for Competency Based Medical Education Committee at McMaster and co-chairs Post Graduate Medical Education Residency Medical Education Award, and sits on the Selection Committee for the Faculty of Health Sciences Innovation Grant, the CBME Assessment Group and CBME Executive.
Kelly completed her PhD in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University, under the supervision of Drs. Geoff Norman and Kevin Eva, with a focus on Health Professions Education Research and Cognitive Psychology. Kelly’s current research interests include assessment/evaluation, measures of selection (including personal and professional/ non-academic characteristics) at the undergraduate and postgraduate education level specifically focused on the unintended consequences of assessments and innvoations. Additionally, she is interested in the process of transfer of accountability (clinical handover) and the cognitive psychological factors relevant to health professions education. She has held multiple grants from both the Medical Council of Canada and the National Board of Medical Examiners (Stemmler Grant). She has received the Department of Medicine Internal Career Award for Quality in Patient Safety and was the recipient of the Canadian Association of Medical Education Award of Merit.