Natalie Kelly

Natalie Kelly

Clinical Neuropsychologist

City of Hope, Department of Supportive Care

Duarte, CA USA

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Natalie Kelly


My road in life has been direct.
I’ve been interested in science from a young age—I first thought I wanted to become a science teacher and later decided I wanted to become a doctor.
I started college as a biology major but switched to child development after learning more about psychology and realizing that I wanted to become a neuropsychologist.
I did two years of neuropsychology research to gain experience and then applied to graduate school.
After earning my master’s degree in clinical rehabilitation psychology, I completed a year-long internship in clinical psychology at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.
I then went into specialty training and completed a fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology.
After that advanced training, I went straight to City of Hope, where I work as a clinical neuropsychologist.
I also train doctoral-level psychology students in conducting neuropsychological evaluations as the director of the Neuropsychology Clerkship.


High School
Child Development
Vanderbilt University
Clinical Rehabilitation Psychology
Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis
Clinical Rehabilitation Psychology
Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis


Clinical Neuropsychologist

I conduct neuropsychological assessments for patients experiencing cognitive difficulty.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Helping People

Day to Day

I meet with patients for clinical interviews. We talk about their background to get a better context of their disease and experiences. This includes their developmental experiences and family context for a full psychosocial picture. Then I'll take the patient through some assessment tests. A few weeks later, I'll have a feedback session with the patient to talk through their results, including implications for their life, education, and vocation.


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"Is this really what I want to do? There are so many hoops I need to jump through. What did I get myself into?"

Challenges I Overcame

Imposter Syndrome

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