Kelly Flanagan, Ph.D.

Psychology Department

Psy.D. Program Director, Associate Professor of Psychology
On Faculty since 2005

Office: BGC M212
Phone: (630)752-5754
Fax: (630)752-7033
Email:

Education

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, 2005

Predoctoral Clinical Internship, Children's Memorial Hospital (now Lurie Children's Hospital), 2005

M.S., Clinical Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, 2001

B.A., Psychology, University of Delaware, 1999

Licensure & Certifications

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, 2008

About Kelly Flanagan

Dr. Flanagan received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Pennsylvania State University, with a specialization in developmental and child clinical psychology.  Her approach to child clinical psychology is guided by a developmental psychopathology framework and practically influenced by an integrative model for the treatment of children and families.  Dr. Flanagan has provided clinical supervision for graduate students engaged in child clinical work at Heartland Counseling, Timothy Christian School, and Alliance Clinical Associates.

Dr. Flanagan is married and has two young boys and a little girl who provide amusing examples for her classes. In addition to hanging out with her family she enjoys running and reading. Dr. Flanagan values the strong relationships she develops with students and the opportunity to get to know each of them in her role as Psy.D. Program Director.

Courses Taught 

  • Professional Development and Ethics I & II
  • Practica Seminar
  • Child Psychological Assessment

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • American Psychological Association
  • Christian Association for Psychological Studies

Research

Dr. Flanagan's areas of interest and research include: developmental psychopathology, social development, peer relationships, spirituality in children and school-based mental health. She has published articles in Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Journal of Psychology and Christianity, and Social Development. She teaches Professional Development and Ethics I & II, child elective courses, and a practicum seminar group. Dr. Flanagan also directs Children's Interpersonal Relationships and Coping Lab and La Voz de Esperanza Lab.

Publications

Books and Book Chapters

Flanagan, K. S., & Hall, S. E. (anticipated publication, 2014). Christianity and Developmental Psychopathology: Foundations and Approaches. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Loveall, R., Flanagan, K.S., Morrison, C.M., & Sorenson, M. (in press). Contextualized social justice: Fostering spiritual development through entering culture to bring life to worthy children. In L. Tolbert (Ed.), Exploring and Engaging Spirituality for Today’s Children. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock.

Flanagan, K. S., & Loveall, R. (2012). Forgiveness, peer relations, and children’s spirituality. In K. E. Lawson (Vol. Ed.), Children’s spirituality: Theology, research, and practiceEugene, OR: Wipf & Stock (pp. 373-398).

Jones, S. L., Flanagan, K. S., & Butman, R. E. (2011). Behavior therapy. In S. L. Jones & R. E. Butman (Eds.), Modern psychotherapies: A comprehensive Christian appraisal (revised edition) (pp. 166-200). Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press.

Flanagan, K. S., & Battaglia, K. B. (2010). Selected group interventions for children who exhibit significant involvement in bullying. In E.M. Vernberg & B.K. Briggs (Eds.), Preventing and Treating Bullying and Victimization: Integrative and Evidence-Based Practices (pp. 187-214). Oxford, OH: Oxford Press.

Flanagan, K. S. (2007). Miscarriage. In L. Crawford (Ed.), Group's emergency response handbook for women's Ministry (pp. 125-139). Loveland, CO: Group Publishing, Inc.

Select Recent Articles

Carter, J. C., Flanagan, K. S., & Caballero, A. B. (2013). Spirituality and peer victimization in early adolescence: Associations within a Christian school context. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 41, 150-160.

Flanagan, K. S., Pressley, J., Davis, E., Aten, J., Sanders, M., Carter, J. C., Jackson, A., & Kent, J. (2013). Spiritual formation training in the Wheaton College Psy.D. Program. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 32, 340-351. 

Leonard, K.C., Cook, K.V., Boyatzis, C. J., Kimball, C. N., & Flanagan, K. S. (2013). Parent-child dynamics and emerging adult religiosity: Attachment, parental beliefs, and faith support. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 5, 5-14.

Hall, S. E., & Flanagan, K. S. (2013). Coping strategies as a mediator between adolescent spirituality/religiosity and psychosocial adjustment. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 32, 234-244.

Flanagan, K. S., Vanden Hoek, K. K., Ranter, J. M., & Reich, H. A. (2012). The potential of forgiveness as a "new" coping strategy for peer hurts. Journal of Adolescence, 35, 1215-1233.

Flanagan, K. S., Loveall, R., & Carter, J. C. (2012). The spiritual craft of forgiveness: Its need and potential in children’s peer relations and spiritual development. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 31, 3-15.  

Tu, K., Erath, S. E., & Flanagan, K. S. (2012). Can socially adept friends protect peer-victimized early adolescents against lower academic competence? Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 33, 24-30.

Flanagan, K. S., Kahn, T., & Gregory, R. J. (2011). Clinical training in the Wheaton College Psy.D. Program.  Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 30, 148-155. 

Erath, S. E., Flanagan, K. S., & Bierman, K. B. (2010). Friendships Moderate Psychosocial Maladjustment in Socially Anxious Early Adolescents. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology. 31, 15-26.

Erath, S. A., Flanagan, K. S., & Bierman, K. B. (2008). Early Adolescent School Adjustment: Contributions of Friendship and Peer Victimization. Social Development. 17, 853-870.

Flanagan, K. S., Erath, S. A., & Bierman, K. B. (2008). Unique Associations between Peer Relationships and Social Anxiety in Early Adolescence. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 37, 759-769.

Erath, S. A., Flanagan, K. S., & Bierman, K. B. (2007). Social anxiety and peer relations in early adolescence: Behavioral and cognitive factors. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 35, 405-416.

Yangarber-Hicks, N., Behensky, C., Canning, Flanagan, K. S., S. S., Gibson, N. J. S., Hicks, M. W., Kimball, C. N., Pak, J. H., Plante, T., & Porter, S. L. (2006). Invitation to the table conversation: A few diverse perspectives on integration. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 25(4), 338-353.

Select Recent Presentations with Students

Mitchell, H. E., Flanagan, K. S., Moore, E. A., & Post, R. (2013). Ethnic discrimination among Guatemalan youth. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Loveall, R., Flanagan, K. S., Morrison, C. M., & Sorenson, M. (2013). A culture of injustice: Fostering spiritual and psychological well-being in Guatemalan children through seeking justice. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Portland, OR.

Kelly, S. L., Flanagan, K. S., Young, A. M., Morrison, C. M., Mitchell, H. E., & de la O, E. R. (2012).  The life stress and coping of Guatemalan children and adolescents. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.

Moore, E.A., Smith, K. J., Flanagan, K. S., & Sanders, M. (2012).  Bullying and coping: A review and synthesis of recent empirical studies. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.

Frazer, A. L., Flanagan, K. S., & Battaglia, K. B. (2012).  A comprehensive review of cyber bullying research methodology. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.

Voll, K. A., Flanagan, K. S., Vanden Hoek, K. K., & Ahn, G. (2012).  Bullying in adolescence: Does gender make a difference? Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.

Loveall, R., Flanagan, K. S.,  & Sorenson, M. (2012). Contextualized social justice: Entering into culture to bring life to worthy children. Paper presented at the triennial Children’s Spirituality Conference: Christian Perspectives, River Forest, Illinois.

Carter, J. C., Flanagan, K. S., Vanden Hoek, K. K., Hovis, R. D., Ahn, G. J., & Pressley, J. (2012). Let’s not overlook the social side of adolescent spirituality. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Washington, DC.

Carter, J. C., Flanagan, K. S., Kelly, S. G., & Vanden Hoek, K. K. (2011).  Spirituality within the context of peer relations during middle school. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Battaglia, K. B., Marciano, A. W., Flanagan, K. S., Voll, K., & Yu, A. (2011).  Cyberbullying: Validating a new measure for a new form of aggression among a college sample. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC. 

Flanagan, K. S., Ranter, J. M., & Vanden Hoek, K. V. (2011).  The imperative craft of forgiveness: Children’s spirituality in peer and family relationships. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Indianapolis, IN.

Marciano, A. R.W. & Flanagan, K. S. (2011).  From the tween years to college: Age differences in the experience of and emotional response to cyber-bullying. Paper presented at the biennial conference of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, CANADA.

Vanden Hoek, K. V., Young, A. M., Flanagan, K. S., Carter, J. C., Griffeth, S.L., Shelton, A.J., Oldham, S.D., Quistad, A. M., & Morrison, C. (2010). Coping with bullying: Does children’s literature provide us with answers? Poster to be presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA.

Shelton, A., Flanagan, K. S., & Loveall, R. (2010). Coping Strategies as a Moderator for Victimization on Social Anxiety: A Cross-National Study. Paper presented at the biennial Conference on Human Development, Fordham University, New York.

Adams, R., Kimball, C. N., Flanagan, K. S., Cook, K., Leonard, K., & Boyatzis, C. (2010). Emerging adult religious orientations and their faith responses to stress. Paper presented at the 8th Annual Mid-Year Conference on Religion and Spirituality, Loyola University Maryland.

Flanagan, K. S., & Marciano, A. R. W. (2010). Individual characteristics that impact strategies for coping with peer victimization. Chaired symposium presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Philadelphia, PA.

Flanagan, K. S., Loveall, R., Carter, J. C., Battaglia, K., Post, D., & Andrews, K. D. (2010). Forgiveness as a specific coping response to a real-life peer experience. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Philadelphia, PA.

Cook, K., Kimball, C. N., Leonard, K., Flanagan, K. S., & Boyatzis, C. (2009). Identity and relationship factors that maximize young adult coping after college graduation. Paper presented at the 4th Conference on Emerging Adulthood, Atlanta, Georgia.

Post, D.S., Flanagan, K.S., Carter, C., Battaglia, K.B., Dunn, J. & Loveall, R. (2009). Bullying and Peer Victimization: Comparing Guatemalan and North American School Children's Experiences. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

Post, D.S., Flanagan, K.S., Carter, C., Battaglia, K.B., Dunn, J. & Loveall, R. (2009). Bullying and Peer Victimization: Comparing Guatemalan and North American School Children's Experiences. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

Carter, C., Reich, H. A., Flanagan, K. S., Andrews, K. D., Battaglia, K. B., Hurley, A., & Post, D. (2008). Factors that Impact Adolescents' Responses to Interpersonal Difficulties with Peers. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.