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Michele Kelly

Dr. Michele Kelly received an MSW from Tulane University and a PhD in Family and Child Studies from the Louisiana State University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker having worked primarily with children in families providing individual, group, and family counseling and therapy in a variety of practice settings including behavioral health hospitals, clinics, settlement houses, and refugee resettlement organizations. She has also designed, administered, and evaluated a variety of social service programs for various populations. 

During her years of practice, Dr. Kelly held adjunct clinical and field instructor positions at a number of universities. She is currently an instructor at the Lebanese American University where she teaches a range of courses including the field courses. She also serves as the academic advisor for all of the students who are social work majors or minors. 

Dr. Kelly is a member of one of the university’s research clusters where, in collaboration with the Lebanese Red Cross, she directs local community assessments in the Beirut district. She also participates with DAAD Transformational Partnership Project, Localization of Social Work in Arab Countries. Her research interests are in the field of macro social work, specifically community development and international social work. Dr. Kelly has made numerous presentations locally as well as internationally. 

She is a member of several professional social work organizations and has held leadership positions in these organizations in the past. Her service includes membership on the university Institutional Review Board. Dr. Kelly was consulted by the Syndicate of Lebanese Social Workers regarding the proposed licensing law. 

In her spare time, Dr. Kelly enjoys reading (and book clubbing), walking, hiking, yoga, knitting, and traveling. 

Recent publications

  1. Kelly, M. (2020). The Need for a Social Safety Net in Lebanon. Op-Ed submitted to Daily Star
  2. Kelly, M. (2020). A model for conducting local community assessments focused on human rights in field placements.  Manuscript submitted for publication.
  3. Kelly, M. (2020). Experiences of a social work educator in Beirut: Reflections on cultural humility, de/anti-colonial practice, and appreciation of indigenous knowledge. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  4. Kelly, M. (2015). Working with immigrants and refugees: International social work without leaving home. The New Social Worker, 22.
  5. Barnard, M. & Kelly M. (2014). Epidemiology of adolescent and young adult hospital utilization for alcohol and drug use, suicide, and poisoning in the United States. Journal of Adolescent and Family Health, 6, Article 4.
  6. Allen, S.C., Kelly, M., Brooks, L. & Barnard, M. (2014).  Preparing BSW Students for Competency with Older Adults.  The Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 19, 73 – 91.

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