Dr Kelly Jones

Senior Lecturer, Neuropsychology Programme Lead

Phone: 0212460587

Email: kelly.jones@aut.ac.nz

Postal Address:

National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences (mail code A-12)

AUT University

Private Bag 92006

Auckland 1142

New Zealand


PhD, PGDipPsychPrac


Kelly is a registered psychologist (general scope) with  extensive experience in the neuropsychological assessment of children, spanning infancy to adolescence. She completed a PhD at the University of Canterbury under the supervision of Professor Lianne Woodward and Dr Patricia Champion. Kelly has also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Practice via Massey University. Kelly leads the neuropsychology research programme within NISAN and is also Chairperson of the Organising Committee for the New Zealand Applied Neurosciences Conference (NZANC).

Teaching Areas:

Kelly is Paper Co-ordinator and Paper Lead (Quantitative research) for one postgraduate paper – Integrative Research - HEAL811.

Research Areas:

Kelly’s research interests surround the emotional, behavioural and social development of children during early childhood, with particular interests in emotion regulation and peer relations.

Research Summary:

Kelly has published work in a range of journal articles including: The Lancet Neurology; Neuroepidemiology; The Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases; Neurosurgery; Brain Injury; Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport; Journal of Neurotrauma; Neurology; Brain Impairment; and Early Human Development.  She has contributed to more than 40 conference presentations over the past 7 years and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurology and Neuroscience.  

Since joining AUT in 2010, Kelly has managed a number of large challenging studies, including the Health Research Council of New Zealand-funded Brain Injury Outcomes New Zealand in the Community (BIONIC) study and an international, multi-centre pilot trial examining a self-management approach to stroke recovery. A number of projects have also been funded in an effort to examine genetic contributions to children’s recovery following traumatic brain injury. Kelly is collaborating with Professor Shari Wade of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and others in the development of an online problem solving problems aimed at reducing behavioural difficulties for teenagers following traumatic brain injury.

Current Research Projects:

  • Aging with Stroke and Polio in New Zealand (ASPINZ) (Funded by Sir Thomas and Lady Duncan Trust)
  • Teen Online Problem Solving (TOPS) – Adaptation for use of New Zealand to support adolescents after traumatic brain injury and their families/whanau (AUT Internal Contestable funding)
  • Stroke Self-Management and Rehabilitation Trials (SMART) – Phase Two Focus groups (AUT Faculty funding
  • Long-term impact of initial and recurrent brain injury (HRC funding)
  • Brain Injury and NeuroAid Supplementation (BRAINS, commercially funded)
  • Prevalence and impact of Genetic Muscle Disorders in New Zealand (HRC funding)
  • Child and Infant Traumatic Brain Injury and Genetics studies (AUT Internal Contestable funding)


Please refer to Kelly's research profile on the NISAN website: https://nisan.aut.ac.nz/about-the-institute/staff/kelly-jones-phd,-pgdippsychprac


In 2010, Kelly was a member of a research team that was awarded the AUT Vice Chancellors Research Team Excellence Award (National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences Team). Additionally, Kelly is a member of the TBI expert panel for the Global Burden of Disease Project.