Assistant Professor of Social Work
Social Work Practice Ii: Social Work Practice with Groups, Organizations and Communities
Human Behavior in the Social Environment I: Theories for Practice for Individuals and Families
Specialized Practice Field Education Practicum in Health/Behavioral Health I
Social Work Practice III: Specialized Clinical Social Work Practice
Specialized Practice Field Education Practicum in Health/Behavioral Health II
Clinical Social Work Practice with Adult Trauma
Dr. Amber Kelly is an Assistant Professor of Social Work within Quinnipiac University's School for Health Sciences. She currently teaches both generalist and specialized year students, with focuses in theory, pracice, and psychological trauma. Her scholarship focuses on using trauma-informed clinical work and contemplative practices with survivors of violence, and specifically with currently and formerly incarcerated people. She is also active in working for social justice and systems change within institutions.
Dr. Kelly currently works with the Quinnipiac University Prison Project, teaches two trauma-informed mindfulness based classes within Connecticut prisons, and is Co-Chair of the New Haven Women's Resettlement Working Group. She also continues to maintain a small private practice, working with survivors of violence.
Kelly, A. , Trauma-informed care: A framework for healthcare, Trauma-informed Healthcare Conference, Bridgetown, Barbados, University of West Indies (2019 (ACCEPTED)).
Van Verdegham, B., Kelly, A., Codianni, B., & Graveline, S., Sex Workers and Allies Network: A model of harm reduction for vulnerable women, Association for Justice Involved Females and Organizations Conference, Atlanta, GA (2019 (ACCEPTED)).
Jacobson, S., Kelly, A., & Mutrie, L. , Standardized clients in social work: The impact of anxiety on engagement. , Annual Preliminary Meeting, Orlando, FL, Council on Social Work Education (2018).
Kelly, A., Codianni, B., Soto, C., & Lucibello, J., Real women of 'Orange is the New Black': A discussion on healthcare for women incarcerated in the United States, North Haven, CT, Quinnipiac University (2018).
Kelly, A., Integrating mindfulness-based practices in an interprofessional class on psychological trauma for helping professions, 10th Annual Association for Mindfulness in Higher Education Conference: Imagining Humane Institutions: Connection, Social Action, and Scholarship Rooted in Contemplative Practices, Amherst, MA, Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (2018).
Kelly, A., Garland, E., & Russo, A. , Mindfulness research in Social Work: Promise, pitfalls, and praxis, Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference, Washington, DC, Society for Social Work Research (2018).
Frelund, J. & Kelly, A., Challenging White Supremacy From Within, WesLead Annual Conference, Middetown, CT, Wesleyan University, CT (2017).
Kelly, A. & Hernandez, J., Working Within the Trauma Framework: What Makes a Trauma-informed School?, Hamden, CT, Hamden Middle School (2017).
Powell, J., & Kelly, A., Accomplices in the academy in the age of Black Lives Matter, 6(2) Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis 3 (2017).
Kelly, A., Jacobson, S., & Mutrie, L, Effectiveness of Using Standardized Patients with MSW Students, Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA (2017).
Kelly, A., Jacobson, S., & Mutrie, L. , Simulation in the MSW curricula: Praxis-informed development of this pedagogical tool , Council on Social Work Education Annual Preliminary Meeting, Council on Social Work Education (2017).
Chapell Deckert, J., Gilgun, J., Gockel, A., Kelly, A., Nealy, E., Kye Price, S., Sheehan, C., Staller, K., & Warren, S., A Mindful Dialogue on Mindfulness-based Practice, Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA (2017).
Kelly, A. & Hammond, L., A Call to Action: Social Workers in the Movement for Anti-Racist Social Justice, CT State NASW Annual Conference, Cromwell, CT (2017).
Hoffler, S. and Kelly, A., Undoing racism for the Juvenile justice legal professional: Workshop for the Center for Children’s Advocacy, Storrs, CT, University of Connecticut School of Law (2016).
Kelly, A. and Garland, E.L., Trauma-informed Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for female survivors of interpersonal violence: Results from a stage I RCT, 72(4) Journal of Clinical Psychology 311-328 (2016).
Kelly, A. & Garland, E., A Qualitative Exploration of the Impact of Mindfulness Oriented Recovery Enhancement for Those with Chronic Pain and a History of Opioid Misuse and Dependency, Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Washington, DC (2016).
Kelly, A. , Using mindfulness based practices in the social work trauma-informed classroom: Pairing practices with learning outcomes, Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education Annual Conference, Amherst, MA (2016).
Kelly, A., Trauma-informed Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction for Survivors of Interpersonal Violence: Using an Attachment Framework to Understand the Lived Experience of Participants, International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation's 33rd Annual Conference: Hand in Hand-Trauma, Dissociation, Attachment, San Francisco, CA (2016).
Jacobson, S., Kelly, A., & Mutrie, L. , Using Standardized Patients With MSW Students: Measuring Impact on Practice Behaviors, Council on Social Work Education Annual Preliminary Meeting, Atlanta, GA (2016).
Jacobson, S., Kelly, A., Mutrie, L., & Dey, D., Using Standardized Patients With Students: Co-Creative and Praxis-Based Use of the OSCE, Council on Social Work Education Annual Preliminary Meeting, Atlanta, GA (2016).
Kelly, A. , Self care in the trauma framework for those working in the child welfare system., Day of Renewal for DCF Investigators, North Haven, CT (2015).
Kelly, A., Trauma-informed Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction: A promising model for working with survivors of interpersonal violence. Smith College Studies in Social Work 85, 194-219 (2015).
Funded: $5,736. Received funding from this agency for service work I do with the New Haven Women's Resettlement Working Group, a project I am a part of as a member of the QU Prison Project.
Mind and Life Institute. Hadley, MA.
University of Florida, College of Medicine. Gainesville, FL.