Kelly Donahue, PhD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Phone: (t) 317.274.8812 (f) 317.274.0133
Email: kldonahu@iu.edu
Address: 410 West 10th Street, Suite 1001, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5140



Child and Adolescent Psychology and Health

Areas of Interest

Clinical: Emotional and behavioral health of children, adolescents, and young adults; LGBT+ health; coping with chronic medical conditions


Research: Social and behavioral factors affecting HPV vaccination among adolescents; sexual, gender, and emotional health of adolescents and young adults


Dr. Donahue is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and a licensed Health Service Provider in Psychology. She holds a primary appointment in the Division of Adolescent Medicine with a joint appointment in Pediatric Endocrinology. Her clinical responsibilities include providing outpatient psychology services to children and adolescents with gender dysphoria, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, disorders of sex development, and other chronic health conditions of childhood and adolescence, and to adolescents and young adults experiencing depression or anxiety. 


2006 BA , Washington University , St. Louis
2012 PhD Clinical Psychology- Indiana University
2013 Clinical Psychology Predoctoral Intern- University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
2015 Postdoctoral Fellow in Adolescent Medicine- Indiana University School of Medicine

Honors & Awards

2008 Indiana University Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences- Richard D Young Research Fellowship
2009 Kinsey Institute- Student Research Grant Program Award
2010 Indiana University Graduate & Professional Student Organization- Travel Award
2012 Society for Sex Therapy & Research (SSTAR)- Sandra R. Leiblum Student Research Award
2013 Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology (APA Division 52)- Graduate Student Achievement Award
2014 University of Michigan Health System & Adolescent Health Initiative's Conference on Adolescent Health-Youth Choice for Best Poster Award


Provider Clinics

IU Health North
Riley Children’s Hospital


Phone: (t) 317.274.8812 (f) 317.274.0133
Email: kldonahu@iu.edu

Address: 410 West 10th Street, Suite 1001

Research & Grants

Endo Pharmaceuticals-Investigator -Initiated Sudy

"Psychological Characteristics of Girls with Precocious Puberty at Baseline and after One Year of GnRH Analog Treatment"

Statistical Consultant

Indiana University-Purdue University Signature Centers Initiative


The Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority

"Prevalence and Psychological Consequences of Victimization among Non-heterosexual Individuals"


National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (R01-HD061384)

"Early Casual Risk Facots for Delinquency: Quasi-Experimental Test"


National Institute on Drug Abuse (F31-DA029376)

"Predictors and Consequences of Risky Sexual Behavior"


National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (T32-HD07475)

"Multidisciplinary Program in Developmental Process"


National Institute of Mental Health (T32-MH017146)

"Research Training in Clinical Science"


Representative PublicationsView All Publications

Sturm, L., Donahue, K., Kasting, M., Kulkarni, A., Brewer, N., & Zimet, G. (In press). Pediatrician-parent conversations about HPV vaccination: An analysis of audio-recordings. Journal of Adolescent Health.
Imburgia, T., Hendrix, K., Donahue, K., Sturm, L., & Zimet, G. (2017). Predictors of influenza vaccination in the U.S. among children 9–13 years of age. Vaccine, 35, 2338–2342. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2017.03.060.
Donahue, K., Långström, N., Lundström, S., Lichtenstein, P., & Forsman, M. (2017). Familial factors, victimization, and psychological health among sexual minority adolescents in Sweden. American Journal of Public Health, 107, 322–328. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2016.303573
Goodnight, J., Donahue, K., Waldman, I., Van Hulle, C., Rathouz, P., Lahey, B., & D’Onofrio, B. (2016). Genetic and environmental contributions to associations between infant fussy temperament and antisocial behavior in childhood and adolescence. Behavior Genetics, 46, 680–692. doi: 10.1007/s10519-016-9794-2.
Donahue, K., Hendrix, K., Sturm, L., & Zimet, G. (2015). Human papillomavirus vaccine initiation among 9–13-year-olds in the United States. Preventive Medicine Reports, 2, 892–898. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2015.10.003.
Schoelwer, M., Donahue, K., Berenbaum, S., Bryk, K., Didrick, P., &. Eugster, E. (2015). Psychological assessment of mothers and their daughters at the time of diagnosis of precocious puberty. International Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology, 5. doi:10.1186/s13633-015-0001-7.
Taylor, J.,Zimet, G., Donahue, K., Alexander, A., Shew, M. & Stupiansky, N. (2014). Vaccinating sons against HPV: Results from a U.S. national study of parents. PLoS ONE, 9. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0115154.