Jess is a research coordinator at the Atlanta VA CVNR. She received her B.S. in Athletic Training at the University of Connecticut, and her M.S. in Health and Exercise Science at Wake Forest University. Her graduate work focused on changes to bone that occur following weight loss in older adults.

After graduating in May of 2017, she moved to the Atlanta to work with Dr. Monica Serra on her studies examining the effects of exercise on various conditions including stroke and breast cancer. Currently, she is working with Dr. Vaughan on several projects including EQUIPPED (Reducing Potentially Inappropriate Medication Prescribing for Older Patients: Enhancing Quality of Provider Practices for Older Adults in the Emergency Department) and PREVENTABLE (Pragmatic Evaluation of Events And Benefits of Lipid-lowering in older adults).

Research Interests:


Burningham Z, Jackson, GL, Kelleher JL, Stevens M, Morris I, Cohen J, Maloney G, Vaughan CP. The Enhancing Quality of Prescribing Practices for Older Veterans Discharged From the Emergency Department (EQUIPPED) Potentially Inappropriate Medication Dashboard: A Suitable Alternative to the In-person Academic Detailing and Standardized Feedback Reports of Traditional EQUIPPED? Clinical Therapeutics. 2020; 42(4):573.

Serra MC, Nocera JR, Kelleher JL, Addison O. Prebiotic Intake in Older Adults: Effects on Brain Function and Behavior. Current Nutrition Reports. 2019; 8(2):66.

Kelleher JL, Rodriguez AD, McCregor KM, Serra MC. Differences in Dietary Recall and Subjective Physical Functioning Status in Stroke Survivors with Self-Reported Cognitive Impairment. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. 2019; 26(4):307.

Kelleher JL, Weiss P, Rodriguez AD, Nocera JR, Serra MC. Self-Reported Body Weight Changes, Perceptions, and Weight Loss Techniques among Stroke Survivors. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. 2019; 28(5):1317.

Serra MC, Beavers DP, Henderson RM, Kelleher JL, Kiel JR, Beavers KM. Effects of a Hypocaloric, Nutritionally Complete, Higher Protein Meal Plan on Regional Body Fat and Cardiometabolic Biomarkers in Older Adults with Obesity. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism. 2019; 74(2):149.

 Kelleher JL, Beavers DP, Henderson RM, Yow D, Crotts C, Kiel J, Nicklas BJ, Beavers KM. Weighted Vest Use during Dietary Weight Loss on Bone Health in Older Adults with Obesity. Journal of Osteoporosis and Physical Activity. 2017;5(4):210.

Phone: 404-315-4100 x373125



Research Coordinator