Christopher E. Kelly, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Office: Merion Hall 365
Phone: (610)-660-1674
Fax: (610)-660-2903

Christopher E. Kelly, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA). For the three years prior to joining the faculty at Saint Joseph's, Dr. Kelly has been funded by the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG), an interagency collaboration established to promote the effective and humane interrogation of detained individuals. Most recently, Dr. Kelly was Principal Investigator on a project entitled “The Dynamic Process of Interrogation,” a content analysis of video and audio recorded interrogations. Dr. Kelly has been published in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, Criminal Justice and Behavior, and Policing and Society, and he is a member of the American Psychology-Law Association (APLS) and the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG).


2012 - PhD, Temple University, Criminal Justice 2001 - MA, University at Albany, Criminal Justice 2000 - BS, Drexel Unviersity, Sociology

Professional Experience

2008 - 2011, Senior Research Analyst / 2012-2013 Postdoctoral Associate, Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center, University at Albany

2001 - 2004, Adult Probation/Parole Officer, Philadelphia, PA



Kelly, Christopher E., Jeaneé C. Miller, Allison D. Redlich, & Steven Kleinman. (2013). A Taxonomy of Interrogation Methods. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 19(2), 165-178.

Kelly, Christopher E. & Jamie J. Fader (2012). Computer-Based Employment Applications: Implications for Offenders and Supervising Officers. Federal Probation 76(1), 24-29.

Taylor, Ralph B., Christopher E. Kelly, & Christopher Salvatore (2010). Where Concerned Citizens Perceive Police as More Responsive to Troublesome Teen Groups: Theoretical Implications for Political Economy, Incivilities and Policing. Policing and Society, 20, 143-171.

Grants and Awards

The Dynamic Process of Interrogation. Source: High Value Detainee Interrogation Group / Federal Bureau of Investigation. Subcontract from University of Texas as El Paso, PI: Christian A. Meissner. Total Costs: $153,000. Principal Investigator for subcontract (Co-PI: Allison Redlich).