John P. Kelly, PhD

John P. Kelly, PhD

Research Center: Center for Integrative Brain Research

"I have been involved in vision science research since 1983. The field never ceases to fascinate me. I had the pleasure of working with Drs. Lorrin Riggs and Davida Teller, some of the greatest researchers in the field of vision science. My passion is to integrate technological advancements with pediatric ophthalmology."

John P. Kelly, PhD, is a research assistant professor at Seattle Children’s Hospital and adjunct research assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington. He is responsible for clinical electrophysiology and clinical testing in pediatric patients.

His interests include application of signal processing algorithms for objective measurement of visual responses, brain adaptations during treatment of amblyopia, retinal imaging by scanning laser ophthalmoscopy, prognostic research of cortical visual impairment and cortical blindness, optic pathway tumors, optic nerve diseases and other common pediatric vision disorders. His interests also extend to development of advances in technology; he is consultant to the human interface lab in the College of Engineering at the University of Washington.


Research Description

My research projects include objective evaluation and prognostic research of cortical visual impairment and cortical blindness, amblyopia, optic pathway tumors, optic nerve diseases, and other common pediatric visual disorders. My work also includes evaluation of retinal function in congenital and metabolic retinal disease, assessment of fundus by hand-held scanning laser ophthalmoscopy, and determination of cortical potential generators.

Research Focus Area

Neuroscience / Neurodevelopment


  • Kelly JP, Darvas F, Weiss AH
    Waveform variance and latency jitter of the visual evoked potential in childhood.
    24146335 Documenta ophthalmologica. Advances in ophthalmology , 2014 Feb. : 128(1)1-12
  • Weiss AH, Phillips JO, Kelly JP
    Crouzon Syndrome: Relationship of Rectus Muscle Pulley Location to Pattern Strabismus.
    24346169 Investigative ophthalmology & visual science , 2013 Dec. 17
  • Kelly JP, Weiss AH
    Detection of tumor progression in optic pathway glioma with and without neurofibromatosis type 1.
    24101736 Neuro-oncology , 2013 Nov. : 15(11)1560-7 PMCID: PMC3813420
  • Weiss AH, Phillips JO, Kelly JP
    Anatomic features and function of the macula and outcome of surgical tenotomy and reattachment in achiasma.
    23541762 Ophthalmology , 2013 July : 120(7)1469-75
  • Weiss AH, Kelly JP, Bisset D, Deeb SS
    Reduced L- and M- and increased S-cone functions in an infant with thyroid hormone resistance due to mutations in the THR2 gene.
    22551329 Ophthalmic genetics , 2012 Dec. : 33(4)187-95
  • Weiss AH, Baran F, Kelly J
    Congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction: delineation of anatomic abnormalities with 3-dimensional reconstruction.
    22410626 Archives of ophthalmology , 2012 July : 130(7)842-8
  • Kelly JP, Leary S, Khanna P, Weiss AH
    Longitudinal measures of visual function, tumor volume, and prediction of visual outcomes after treatment of optic pathway gliomas.
    22364864 Ophthalmology , 2012 June : 119(6)1231-7