Michael Kelly, Ph.D.
Title/s: MSW Director, Associate Professor
Office #: Lewis Towers 1204
PhD University of Illinois-Chicago
MSW University of Illinois-Chicago
BA University of Michigan
Courses Currently Teaching/Teaching Areas:
School Social Work
PhD Course in Clinical Practice and Evidence-Based Practice
BSW Course in Positive Youth Development
Current Research Projects:
“Developing Evidence-Informed Professional Learning Communities to Measure Practice Effectiveness”
“Important Relationships in School Mental Health and Conducting Intervention Research in Schools”
“Solution-focused Interventions in Schools: Findings from Initial Pilot Studies of the WOWW Teacher Coaching Intervention”
School social work, Evidence-based Practice, Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), Impact of religion and spirituality on social work practice, Cultural competence
Professional & Community Affiliations
Community and Professional Service:
- Area Editor, Encyclopedia of Social Work 21st Edition
- Director of Research and Outreach, Loyola Family and School Partnership Program (FSPP)
- Member, Mental Health Education Integration Consortium (MHEDIC)
- Consultant, Hanover Township Youth Services
- Visiting Professor, Osaka Prefecture University, Osaka, Japan February 2012
- Visiting Professor, Universidad Andres Bello, Chile, November 2010
- Participant in Teaching Evidence-based Medicine (and Mental Health), Oxford Center for Evidence-based Mental Health, September 2009
- Presenter at 2006 Campbell Colloquium Conference, London
- Presenter at 2007 International Consortium on Social Development Conference, Hong Kong
Recent Faculty Scholarship:
- Kelly, M. S., Bluestone-Miller, R., Mervis, B., & Fuerst, R. (2012). The Family and School Partnership Program: A Framework for Professional Development. Children & Schools, 34(4), 249-252.
- Franklin, C., Kim, J.S., Ryan, T. N., Kelly, M.S., & Montgomery, K. (2012). Teacher involvement in school mental health interventions: A systematic review. Children & Youth Services Review, 34 (5), 973-982.
- Kelly, M.S. (2012). Response to Intervention (pp. 3-12) In C. Franklin, M.B. Harris, & P. Allen-Meares (Eds.) School Service Sourcebook (2nd Ed.) New York: Oxford University Press.
- Scales, L. & Kelly, M.S. (Eds.) (2012). Christianity & Social Work: Readings on the Integration of Christian Faith and Social Work Practice (4th Ed.) Bostford, CT: NACSW Press.
- Kelly, M.S., Montgomery, K., & Franklin, C. (2012). Promoting conflict resolution: Toward an expanded model for students, teachers, and parents (pp. 133-150) in S. Jimerson & S. Brock (Ed.) Best Practices in Crisis Intervention and Prevention in the Schools (2nd Ed.) Washington, D.C.: NASP Publications.
Scales, T.L. & Kelly, M.S. (2011). “To give Christ to the neighborhood:” A corrective look at the Settlement Movement and early Christian social workers. Social Work & Christianity, 38 (3) 356-376.
Berzin, S.C., O’Brien, K., Frey, A., Kelly, M.S. & Alvarez, M. (2011). Meeting the Social and behavioral health needs of students: Rethinking the relationship between teachers and school social workers. Journal of School Health, 81 (8), 493-501.
O’Brien, K, Berzin, S.C., Kelly, M.S., Frey, A., Alvarez, M. & Shaffer, G. (2011). School social workers as mental health practitioners: What is the Approach to emotional and behavioral outcomes of students? Children & Schools, 33 (2), 97-105.
Kelly, M.S., Boscio, M., Shilts, L., & Bluestone-Miller, R. (2011). Making classrooms more solution-focused for teachers and students: The WOWW teacher coaching intervention in Franklin, C. Trepper, T. McCollum, E. & Gingerich, W. Solution-focused Brief Therapy: A handbook of evidence-based practice. New York: Oxford University Press.
Kelly, M.S. & Franklin, C. (2011). Navigating the U.S. educational system when a child has special needs in M. Craft-Rosenberg (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Family Health. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Franklin, C. & Kelly, M.S. (2011). Counseling approaches for kids with school and behavior problems: Help my teenager is dropping out of school in C. Franklin & R. Fong (Eds.) The church leader's counseling resource book: A guide to mental health and social problems. New York: Oxford.
Kelly, M.S., Frey, A., Alvarez, M., Berzin, S.C., Shaffer, G., & O’Brien, K. (2010). School social work practice and Response to Intervention. Children & Schools, 32 (4), 201-9.
Pryce, J., Kelly, M.S., Reiland, M., & Wilk, E. (2010). Does social work prefer the poor? A content analysis of Catholic MSW programs. Social Work & Christianity, 37 (4), 407-423.
Kelly, M.S., Berzin, S.C., Frey, A., Alvarez, M., Shaffer, G., & O’Brien, K. (2010). The state of school social work: Findings from the national school work survey. School Mental Health Journal 2 (3), 132-141.
Kelly, M.S., Raines, J.C., Stone, S., & Frey, A. (2010). School social work: An evidence-informed framework for practice. New York: Oxford University Press.
Kelly, M.S. & Stone, S. (2009). An analysis of factors shaping interventions used by school social workers. Children & Schools 31 (3), 163-176.
Kelly, M.S. & Bluestone-Miller, R. (2009). Working on what works (WOWW): Coaching teachers to do more of what’s working. Children in Schools 31(1), 35-38.
Franklin, C. & Kelly, M. S. (2009). Becoming evidence-informed in the real world of school social work practice. Children & Schools 31 (1), 46-58.
Beauchemin, P. & Kelly, M.S. (2009). Adopting a social marketing mindset in school social work practice. School Social Work Journal, 34 (1).
Berzin, S.C. & Kelly, M.S. (2009). Disability and post-high school transition: Does placement in special education improve youth outcomes? Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 2 (2), 17-30.
Kelly, M. S. (2008). The domains and demands of school social work practice: A guide to working effectively with students, families, and schools. New York: Oxford University Press
Kelly, M. S., Kim, J., & Franklin, C. (2008). Solution-focused brief therapy in schools: A 360-degree view of practice and research. New York: Oxford University Press.
Illinois Child Mental Health Partnership (ICMHP) “Survey of School-Based Mental Health Professionals”.
Polk Bros. Foundation “Family and Schools Partnership Program: Solution-focused Brief Therapy Interventions,” Co-Principal Investigator with Ruth Fuerst of Loyola°os Family and Schools Partnership Program.
Loyola Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage “Does Social Work Education „Prefer the Poor? A Content Analysis of Foundation Course Syllabi Within Catholic MSW Programs,” Co-Principal Investigator with Julia Pryce of Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work.