Portrait of Dr David Kelly

Dr David Kelly

Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology
Co-Director of the Kent Child Development Unit
Chair of the Ethics Committee
Programme Director for MSc Developmental Psychology


David completed his PhD at the University of Sheffield where he studied the development of the other-race effect in face processing. Following this, David took up a two year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Glasgow where he studied cross-cultural differences in face processing and perception before moving to Royal Holloway, University of London to work on a three year project investigating the role of eye movements in atypical language development.

Research interests

David is interested in various aspects of cognitive development with a particular focus on the first year of life. He primarily uses eye-tracking to study visual development and face processing in early infancy.

Key publications

  • Kelly, D. J., Walker, R., & Norbury, C. F. (2013). Deficits in volitional oculomotor control align with language status in autism spectrum disorders. Developmental Science16, 56-66.
  • Kelly, D. J., Liu, S., Rodger, H., Miellet, S., & Caldara, R. (2011). Developing cultural differences in face processing. Developmental Science, 14, 1176-1184.
  • Kelly, D.J., Liu, S., Lee, K., Quinn, P.C., Pascalis, O., Slater, A.M., & Ge, L. (2009). Development of the other-race effect during infancy: Evidence toward universality? Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 104, 105-114.
  • Pascalis, O., & Kelly, D. J. (2009). The Origins of Face Processing in Humans: Phylogeny and Ontogeny. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 4, 200-209.


1st supervisor

  • Jolie Keemink: TBA

Recent research students

  • Dr Jonathan Prunty (2020)


Grants and Awards

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