Warner Des Marais Kelsey

Kelsey Warner Des Marais, M.A., CCC-SLP

Commitment to Patient-Centered Care

“In therapy, I strive to honor the personal and functional goals of my patients, while offering compassion, education, and the necessary tools to help them feel more independent and involved in their recovery.”

Clinical Expertise

Kelsey is a Speech-Language Pathologist who provides diagnostic and therapeutic services for patients who have sustained traumatic brain injuries. She is a team member within the Traumatic Brain Injury Outpatient Program. She earned her undergraduate degrees from the University of Iowa in Psychology and Speech and Hearing Science, with a concentration in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience. She completed her thesis on moral judgment and emotion processing following focal brain injury. Her research findings were presented to state legislators. She received her master’s degree in 2018 from the University of Minnesota, following a variety of clinical rotations serving patients with ALS, head and neck cancer, dysphagia, and aphasia. Her clinical fellowship was completed in 2019 at Hennepin Healthcare.


  • Asp, E. W., Khan, L., Jonason, A., Adkins-Hempel, M., Warner, K., Pardilla-Delgado, E., … & Tranel, D. (2022). Spinoza’s Make Believe: Propositions are Regarded as True During Comprehension. SSRN 4086284.
  • Brunette, A. M., Warner, K., Holm, K. E., Meschede, K., Wamboldt, F. S., Kozora, E., … & Hoth, K. F. (2021). Daily activities: the impact of COPD and cognitive dysfunction. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 36(5), 767-779.
  • Asp, E. W., Gullickson, J. T., Warner, K. A., Koscik, T. R., Denburg, N. L., & Tranel, D. (2019). Soft on crime: Patients with ventromedial prefrontal cortex damage allocate reduced third-party punishment to violent criminals. Cortex, 119, 33-45.
  • Pennycook, G., Tranel, D., Warner, K., & Asp, E. W. (2018). Beyond reasonable doubt: Cognitive and neuropsychological implications for religious disbelief. Neurology of religion, 20.
  • Luehrs, R.E., Newell, J.D., Comellas, A.P., Hoffman, E.A., Warner, K., Croghan, A., DuBose, L.E., Nopoulos, P., Mgnotta, V., Arndt, S., Pierce, G.L., and Hoth, K.F. (2018). CT-measured lung air-trapping is associated with higher carotid artery stiffness in individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Journal of applied physiology, 125(6), 1760-1766.
  • Warner, K., Tranel, D., & Asp, E. (2016). The henchman’s brain: Neuropsychological implications of authoritarianism and prejudice. In neuroimaging personality, social Cognition, and character (pp. 325-335). Academic Press.
  • Warner, K. (2014). Damage to the ventromedial prefrontal cortex increases leniency of prison sentencing toward individuals who commit violent crimes. Thesis: University of Iowa.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


  • Certificate of Clinical Competence, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Basic Life Support Certification, American Heart Association


“My husband, Matt, and I are St. Paul loyal. We spend our time exploring local farmer’s markets and diverse cuisines, lifting weights at the neighborhood gym, walking our invisible dog down Summit Ave., gardening city veggies, watching pretty much anything in Star Wars canon, and hanging out with friends (mostly to try and convince them to also live in St. Paul with us).”