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Shelley Kilpatrick, Ph.D.


  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, National Institute for Healthcare Research
  • Ph.D. in Social and Quantitative Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Dissertation: "Consequences of Accommodation for Mood and Self-Esteem in Dating Relationships"
  • M.A. in Social and Quantitative Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Thesis: "Turning Points, Uncertainty, and Information Search in Dating Relationships"
  • B.A. in Psychology and Sociology, Baylor University

Selected Publications

  • Kilpatrick, S. D. (2007). Helping behavior.  In R. F. Baumeister and K. D. Vohs (eds.) Encyclopedia of Social Psychology, Vol. 1, pp. 420-424. Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, CA. 
  • Kilpatrick, S. D. (2007). Volunteerism.  In R. F. Baumeister and K. D. Vohs (eds.) Encyclopedia of Social Psychology Vol.  2, pp. 1015-1016. Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, CA. 
  • Chung, P. J., Travis, R., Kilpatrick, S. D., Elliot, M. N., Lui, C. Khandwala, S., Dancel, T. M., Vollandt, L., and Schuster, M. A. (2007). Acculturation and Parent-Adolescent Communication about Sex in Filipino-American Families: A Community-Based Participatory Research Study.  Journal of Adolescent Health, 40, 543-550.
  • Kilpatrick, S. D., Weaver, A. J., McCullough, M. E., Puchalski, C. M., & Larson, D. B., Hays, J. C., Farran, C. J. and Flannelly, K. J. (2005)  Spiritual and Religious Variables in Nursing Research Journals. Journal of Religion and Health, 44(1), 55-66.
  • McCullough, M. E., Emmons, R. A., Kilpatrick, S. D., & Mooney, C. (2003). Narcissists as Victims:  The Role of Narcissism in the Perception of Transgressions.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29 (7), 885-893.
  • Kilpatrick, S. D., Bissonnette, V. L., & Rusbult, C. E. (2002). Empathic Accuracy and Accommodative Behaviors Among Newly Married Couples. Personal Relationships, 9, 369-393.
  • Kilpatrick, S. D. & McCullough, M. E. (2002). Personality and individual differences in altruism and prosocial behavior:  An annotated bibliography. In S. G. Post, L. G. Underwood, J. P. Schloss, & W. B. Hurlbut (Eds.), Altruism and Altruistic Love:  Science, Philosophy, and Religion in Dialogue. Oxford:  Oxford University Press.
  • McCullough, M. E., Kilpatrick, S. D., Emmons, R. A., & Larson, D. B. (2001). Is gratitude a moral affect? Psychological Bulletin, 127(2), 249-266.

Selected Presentations

  • Kilpatrick, S. D. & DeClue, T. (June, 2020).  Team Teaching Across Departments: An Experience with Social Engineering. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science, Online conference.
  • Kilpatrick, S. D. (July 27, 2012).  Whats Love Got to Do With It? Talk presented at the Houston Psychological Association, Houston, TX.
  • Kilpatrick, S. D. (May 22, 2008).  Increasing Breadth and Depth of Understanding with Discussion Boards. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science, Society for Teaching of Psychology Pre-Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Kilpatrick, S. D. & Bruininks, P. (January 25, 2007).  Teaching what the world needs now (Love, Sweet Love).  Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Teaching Pre-Conference, Memphis, TN.
  • Kilpatrick, S. D. (November 5, 2005).  Using a Discussion Board to Promote Cross-Cultural Understanding. Presentation at the Third Annual Best Practices in Teaching and Learning Conference, Drury University, Springfield, MO.
  • Grunbaum, J. A., Cuccaro, P., Fleschler, M., Kilpatrick, S.D., Mun, E.Y., & Wiesner, M. (November 5-9, 2005). Healthy Passages: Importance of a multidimensional and comprehensive assessment of children’s health and well-being. Poster presented at the 133rd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association in New Orleans, LA.
  • Kilpatrick, S.D. & Gamble, D. (October 15, 2004).  Creating Diversity Experiences in a Rural University.  Paper presented at the Illinois Sociological Association Meeting, Glen Ellyn, IL.
  • Kilpatrick, S. D., &. Peterson, R. D. (January 31-February 2, 2002). Faith of Our Fathers: The Role of Childhood Spiritual Experiences in Father/Adult Child Relationships. Poster presented at the Society of Personality and Social Psychologists Conference, Savannah, GA.

Related Experience

  • Project Director for Healthy Passages: A Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.UCLA/RAND Center for Adolescent Health Promotion (2000 to 2003).
  • Project Director for Filipino Family Communication and Teen HIV Risk Reduction.UCLA/RAND Center for Adolescent Health Promotion (2000 to 2003)
  • Program Evaluator for the Polk County Drug Court, under the direction of Judge John Porter. (2007-2013)
  • Reader for the Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics Exam, Louisville, KY (July 2008) and Daytona, FL (June, 2010), Kansas City (each June, 2013-2016)
  • Co-Coordinator of Forgiveness Research Project at Southwest Baptist University (2009)

Professional Organizations

  • Association for Psychological Science 
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology 
  • Midwest Christian Psychology Conference
    • Conference Host and Local Organizer (2007, 2011, 2014, 2017)
  • Psi Chi: The International Honor Society in Psychology
    • Chapter Advisor 2004 to present

Honors and Awards

  • Institute for Research on Unlimited Love – Altruism, Compassion, Service. (2004).  Course Competition Award. $6,000 prize for development of a course entitled, “Agape Love and Altruism: Perspectives of Science and Faith”

Church/Community Service

  • Attends First Baptist Church, Bolivar
    • Girls in Action (Children's Missions)
      • GA Leader, 2005-present
      • Director, 2013-present
    • Vacation Bible School
      • Leader in Bible Study and Missions
    • Nursery and Children's Sunday School substitute
  • Support of Alpha House Pregnancy Resource Center, Bolivar, MO, through mission projects, glow walk for life, annual banquet, etc.