The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Social Sciences

Michele Kelly

Dr. Michele Kelly is a visiting assistant professor of social work at LAU. She has extensive clinical experience with children and families who have experienced man-made or natural disasters.  This experience includes her work as the Refugee Resettlement Coordinator at Catholic Charities of New Orleans in the United States.  She began teaching as an instructor and the coordinator of the social work concentration in the Department of Sociology at Loyola University New Orleans.  She currently teaches in the area of macro social work including social welfare policy, global social work, social movements, and community development. At LAU she also assists in the coordination of the social work sequence.  She primarily uses qualitative methodology in her research which is centered on ethics, cultural competence, human rights education, post-disaster interventions including trauma-based counseling and psychotherapy, and efforts to develop or strengthen social work service systems.   She is a member of several professional organizations including the Council on Social Work Education where she is a councilor on the Council for Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity.  

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