Kelly Forrest, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer ; Graduate Faculty

Specialty: Psychology, Self and Identity

Forrest, Kelly

Contact information

Dept: Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Room: GWP 208
Phone: 253-692-4730
Schedule: Winter 2014 office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. - 1:25 p.m.


  • J.D., Seattle University, 1988.
  • Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology, University of Washington, 1998.


I am an interdisciplinary scholar whose work rests at the intersection of psychology and critical theory focusing on self and identity practices. My interests are in bringing into awareness implicit processes and structures in self and society that maintain current self and identity functioning within familiar parameters even as these processes subordinate or silence alternative and more liberating and responsible ways of being and relating in the world. I explore how moment to moment experiences form self-regulatory habits of thoughts, feelings, and behavior and relate these to self regulatory and identity forming processes. I study how these processes operate in psychic, body, and socio-cultural spaces, including sport and higher education. My work is philosophically grounded in existential/humanistic phenomenology and has a central focus in attachment theory and research.

Selected Publications

  • Forrest, K. A. Moments, Attachment, and Formations of Selfhood: Dancing with Now (2013). Palgrave-MacMillan, UK.
  • Forrest, K. A., Judd, K., & Davison, J. (2012). Coming to know within healthy uncertainty: An autoethnography of engagement and transformation in undergraduate education. Teaching in Higher Education, 1-12. (co-authors are mentored undergraduate students)
  • Forrest, K. A. (2008). Attachment and attention in sport. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, Vol. 2(3), 242-257.
  • Forrest, K. A. (2001). Toward an etiology of dissociative identity disorder: A neurodevelopmental approach. Consciousness and Cognition, 10, 259-293.


  • American Psychological Association
  • International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

Honors and Awards

  • Pierre Janet Writing Award (2002) from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation