About Kelly Klump

Kelly Klump. MSU Foundation Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University

Kelly Klump. MSU Foundation Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University

Kelly Klump is pioneering research that is changing people’s mindsets about the causes of eating disorders. It has been long believed that eating disorders were the result of psychosocial and cultural risk factors that often peak in women during puberty. Kelly has discovered that those factors alone do not cause these serious disorders.   

She has found that genetics plays a significant role in the development of eating disorders.  As a result of groundbreaking research, she is closer to understanding why these disorders occur and how biology may interact with cultural risk factors. At its roots, Kelly’s work is dedicated to giving young women the best opportunity to fulfill a happy, healthy life.

Kelly is an MSU Foundation Professor in the Psychology Department at Michigan State University. She co-founded the Michigan State University Twin Registry, a population-based twin registry that includes over 25,000 twins.

Her work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including the Price Foundation Award for Research Excellence in 2012. Kelly has been awarded the APA Early Contributions Award, and has served as the President of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED). Kelly is a Fellow of the AED and the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and is also a licensed Psychologist. She is currently serving as Treasurer of the Behavior Genetics Association and as an Advisory Committee Member for The Renfrew Center Clinical Excellence Board. Kelly has been named one of the top 25 Psychology Professors in Michigan.

Kelly earned her B.S. in Psychology summa cum laude from Michigan State University, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She completed her predoctoral internship at McLean Hospital in the Harvard University Medical School, and her postdoctoral fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.