9364-Donahue, Kelly

Kelly L. Donahue, PhD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Phone 317-274-8812
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Meet Kelly Donahue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ORWbDRovQA

Dr. Donahue is a pediatric and clinical child and adolescent psychologist and co-director of Riley Hospital for Children’s Gender Health Program. Clinically, she provides psychological services and support for gender-diverse children, adolescents, and young adults; treatment for depression and anxiety in adolescents; and management of psychosocial challenges among patients with diabetes, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, differences of sex development (DSD), and other health concerns. She provides clinical supervision to psychology trainees in the areas of gender health and evidence-based interventions for adolescents. She is also the founding co-chair of the Society of Pediatric Psychology’s Gender Health Special Interest Group.

Key Publications

Donahue, K. & Aalsma, M. (2019). Identifying and managing developmental and behavioral health concerns within primary care: A push for change. Invited editorial for Journal of Pediatrics, 206, 9­–12. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2018.10.052.

Donahue, K., Hendrix, K., Sturm, L., & Zimet, G. (2018). Provider communication and mothers’ willingness to vaccinate against HPV and influenza: A randomized health messaging trial. Academic Pediatrics, 18, 145–153. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2017.07.007.

Schoelwer, M., Donahue, K., Didrick, P., & Eugster, E. (2017). One-year follow-up of girls with precocious puberty and their mothers: Do psychological assessments change over time or with treatment? Hormone Research in Paediatrics, 88, 347–353. doi: 10.1159/000479688.

Sturm, L., Donahue, K., Kasting, M., Kulkarni, A., Brewer, N., & Zimet, G. (2017). Pediatrician-parent conversations about HPV vaccination: An analysis of audio-recordings. Journal of Adolescent Health, 61, 246–251. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2017.02.006.

Imburgia, T., Hendrix, K., Donahue, K., Sturm, L., & Zimet, G. (2017). Predictors of influenza vaccination in the U.S. among children 9–13 years of age. Vaccine, 35, 2338–2342. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2017.03.060.

Donahue, K., Långström, N., Lundström, S., Lichtenstein, P., & Forsman, M. (2017). Familial factors, victimization, and psychological health among sexual minority adolescents in Sweden. American Journal of Public Health, 107, 322–328. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2016.303573.

Titles & Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Research

    Sexual, gender, and emotional health of adolescents and young adults

    Research Funding:
    PI: Donahue, IUSM Dept. of Pediatrics Internal Funding for Innovative Approaches to Pediatric Clinical, Research, and Education Missions  -  “Satisfaction with Care and Quality of Life among Patients and Caregivers in a Multidisciplinary Pediatric Gender Health Clinic”  - 2019–2021   

  • Professional Organizations
    American Psychological Association
    Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
    Indiana Psychological Association
    Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
    Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
    Society of Pediatric Psychology
    World Professional Association for Transgender Health
  • Clinical Interests

    Psychological support of gender and sexual minority youth and their families; evidence-based treatment for depression and anxiety in adolescence; well-being of children and adolescents with chronic medical conditions

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