Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Faculty & Staff Directory

Michael Kelly, PhD

Title/s: Professor

Office #: Maguire Hall 542

Phone: 312.915.7486



PhD  University of Illinois-Chicago

MSW University of Illinois-Chicago
BA University of Michigan


Program Areas

Courses Currently Teaching/Teaching Areas:

School Social Work
Brief Treatment
PhD Course in Clinical Practice and Evidence-Based Practice
BSW Course in Positive Youth Development

Research Interests

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”

Professional Interests:

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

International Experience:

  • 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

Selected Publications

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 & Schools34(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. 

Recent Grants:

  • 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's 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.