Kelly Shifflett '90
Kelly graduated from Washington and Lee in 1990 with a degree in psychology and completed her PhD in Life-Span Developmental Psychology at West Virginia University. After preparing for a career in academia, Kelly found that life had other paths to put before her. She has used her background as a Developmental Psychologist in several areas during the course of her career, including parenting education, curriculum development, program evaluation, community education, counseling, and early childhood education and family support services.
Kelly says: "I've been blessed by many of the unanticipated paths that have opened up for me over the years and so fortunate to find myself in positions that nurtured interests and skills in both applied and administrative areas." Kelly is particularly interested in prevention and well-being practices, improving interpersonal relationships, promoting healthy youth/family development, and facilitating community awareness and education regarding a variety of issues. After nearly 20 years' experience as an administrator in the human services sector, Kelly is taking time to cultivate some of these personal and professional passions into new pursuits.
Kelly says: "My roles organizing, implementing, and supporting various forms of workplace and personal/family transitions have always been particularly rewarding and encouraged by others, and so now I'm setting off on new paths that allow me to share my experience and skill set while fully integrating and engaging in my own personal and professional development interests at the same time. I suppose my coaching/consulting practice, People Change, is a return of sorts to my roots as a life-span developmental psychologist and my appreciation for the complexity of all of life's stages and transitions - as they have unfolded in my own life and as I have the opportunity to work with colleagues and clients along their journeys too."