Alex Kelman, PhD

  • Pediatric Psychology


Dr. Kelman is the Director of Training of the Prevention Center of Excellence in the Division of Population Behavioral Health and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia and both an MS and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University.

Dr. Kelman completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Southern California, UCEDD/Children's Hospital Los Angeles where he provided behavioral health consultation and therapy as well as conducted research into behavioral health within primary care and novel methods of reducing burnout and compassion fatigue among providers. During that time, he was also a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities fellow, a federally funded program to train leaders in interdisciplinary clinical service, advocacy, and research. He has research interests in compassion, diverse population inclusion in research, meditation, and novel methods of service delivery.





Clinical Child Psychology, USC UCEDD/Children's Hospital Los Angeles, 2018


PhD, Palo Alto University, 2016



  1. Ijadi-Maghsoodi, R., Harrison, D., Kelman, A.R., Kataoka, S., Langley, A. K., Ramos, N., ... & Mogil, C. (2020). Leveraging a public–public partnership in Los Angeles County to address COVID-19 for children, youth, and families in underresourced communities. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.
  2. Carson, M.C., Montaño, Z., Kelman, A.R., Coffey, D.M., & Javier, J.R. (2019). Promoting behavioral health equity through implementation of the Incredible Years within primary care. Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 5(4), 390–401.
  3. Ramphos, E.S., Kelman, A.R., Stanley, M.L., & Barrera, A.Z. (2019). Responding to women's needs and preferences in an online program to prevent postpartum depression. Internet Interventions, 100275.
  4. DeLuca, S.M., Kelman, A.R., & Waelde, L.C. (2018). A Systematic Review of Ethnoracial Representation and Cultural Adaptation of Mindfulness- and Meditation-Based Interventions. Psychological Studies, 1-13.
  5. Kelman, A.R., Evare, B.S., Barrera, A.Z., Muñoz, R.F., Gilbert, P. (2018). A proof-of-concept pilot randomized comparative trial of brief Internet-based compassionate mind training and cognitive-behavioral therapy for perinatal and intending to become pregnant women. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy. 1–12.
  6. Barrera, A.Z., Stanley, M.L., Kelman, A.R. (2016). Electronic-based therapies: Theory and practice. In A.J. Consoli, L.E. Beutler and B. Bongar, Comprehensive Textbook of Psychotherapy: Theory and Practice (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  7. Kelman, A.R., Stanley, M.L., Barrera, A.Z., Heineberg, Y., Cree, M., Gilbert, P. (2016). Comparing brief internet-based compassionate mind training and cognitive-behavioral therapy for perinatal women: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 5(2).
  8. Barrera, A.Z., Kelman, A.R., & Muñoz, R.F. (2014). Keywords to recruit Spanish- and English-speaking participants: Evidence from an online postpartum depression randomized controlled trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 16(1).


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