GSAPP Associate Professor Dr. Shalonda Kelly recently received the status of being a Fellow with the American Psychological Association (APA). She was nominated by Division 43 (Society for Couple and Family Psychology). Fellow status is an honor bestowed upon APA members who have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology. Fellow status requires that a person's work has had a national impact on the field of psychology beyond a local, state or regional level.
Dr. Kelly’s primary research foci are couples and racial and cultural issues, which she has investigated in the contexts of normal families, therapy, and substance abuse settings. She studies couples prevention, assessment, and therapy. She is involved in the understanding and measurement of racial constructs, such as Afrocentricity, racial identity, and stereotypes. Dr. Kelly seeks to understand how people of color are affected by experiences of racism and how racial and cultural perspectives affect individual, couple, and family adjustment. She is the editor of Diversity in Couple and Family Therapy: Ethnicities, Sexualities, and Socioeconomics. Dr. Kelly teaches couple therapy and diversity courses and conducts couple and family therapy and supervision from a integrative cognitive behavioral, emotionally focused, multicultural, and systems orientation. She has a background in urban studies and is interested in programs designed to have a positive impact on minority communities and families.
Congratulations, Dr. Kelly!