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Kelsey Bonfils

Dr. Kelsey Bonfils

Assistant Professor


Kelsey A. Bonfils, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi and Director of the Social Cognition & Recovery in Schizophrenia (SCORS) Lab ( She received her degree in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis after completing clinical internship at UCLA. Dr. Bonfils conducts research on social cognition, or the mental processes that support social interaction, in schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. She examines factors that influence social cognition, including sleep disturbance, as well as how we can positively influence social cognition through treatment to promote recovery in people with severe mental illnesses.

  • Clinical Psychology (PHD) - Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (2018)
  • Clinical Psychology (MS) - Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (2014)
  • BS - Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (2012)

Abnormal Psychology (PSY 436)
Clinical Psychology Practicum (PSY 782)
Adult Psychotherapy (PSY 742)

  • Metacognition, Personal Distress, and Performance-Based Empathy in Schizophrenia., Schizophrenia bulletin, 2019, 10.1093/schbul/sby137
  • Levels of distress tolerance in schizophrenia appear equivalent to those found in borderline personality disorder., Journal of clinical psychology, 2020, 10.1002/jclp.22944
  • Emotion-specific performance across empathy tasks in schizophrenia: Influence of metacognitive capacity., Schizophrenia research. Cognition, 2020, 10.1016/j.scog.2019.100139
  • Affective prosody and facial emotion recognition in first-episode schizophrenia: Associations with functioning & symptoms., Schizophrenia Research: Cognition, 2019, 10.1016/j.scog.2019.100153
  • Affective empathy in schizophrenia: a meta-analysis., Schizophrenia research, 2016, 10.1016/j.schres.2016.03.037
  • Empathy in schizophrenia: A meta-analysis of the Interpersonal Reactivity Index., Psychiatry research, 2017, 10.1016/j.psychres.2016.12.033
  • Application of Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT) for Depression in Patients with Schizophrenia-Spectrum Disorders, American Journal of Psychotherapy, 2021, 10.1176/appi.psychotherapy.20200024
  • Metacognition & social cognition differentially influence experiential & expressive negative symptoms in schizophrenia., Schizophrenia Research, 2021, 10.1016/j.schres.2021.06.020
  • American Psychological Association
  • Society for Research in Psychopathology
  • International Society of Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • International Early Psychosis Association

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Areas of Expertise

Clinical Psychology; adults; severe mental illness; social cognition; sleep disturbance