The Michigan State University Foundation, in partnership with the MSU Office of Research and Graduate Studies, has awarded the title MSU Foundation Professor to Kelly Klump, from the MSU Department of Psychology.

The MSU Foundation defines MSU Foundation Professorship recipients as individuals who combine exemplary accomplishment to disciplinary development, scholarly need or research or creative emphasis. It is intended to assist MSU in the recognition of outstanding faculty at all academic ranks.

Klump’s research focuses on finding the causes of eating disorders. Her work has been recognized globally, including the Price Foundation Award for Research Excellence in 2012. She has been awarded the American Psychological Association's Early Contributions Award, and has served as the President of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED). She is a Fellow of the AED and the Association for Psychological Science.

Klump is a licensed psychologist and earned her B.S. in psychology summa cum laude from MSU 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. She joined the MSU Department of Psychology in 2000, and co-founded the MSU Twin Registry.