Michele A. Kelley, ScD, MSW, MA
I am a Social Worker by training (Ohio State University) with a dual degree in public administration and a public health research doctorate in Maternal and Child Health (MCH)(Johns Hopkins University). I have a clinical background in disaster services, child trauma services, domestic violence and community mental health. My public health practice experience includes program planning and evaluation with MCH systems in local communities at the Ohio Department of Health.
Current Research Interests
My research interests center around four interrelated areas: (1) Promoting the health and well-being of adolescents and youth (incorporating early ‘young adulthood’) which includes positive developmental outcomes, as well as traditional risk measures; (2) Exploring social connectedness and community assets in the transition to high school and college; (3) Using participatory methods of inquiry and mixed methods to engage youth as change agents through community inquiry and action research and (4) Capturing community change and community health (capacity) development. This latter area would also relate to collaborative research outcomes (CBPR), and developing youth "pipelines" for health oriented professions in the social and health sciences; thereby potentially increasing community capacity as youth stay connected to their home communities with new skill sets and contribute to Community Health Development (CHD). CHD represents a paradigm shift from an ameliorative risk factor / health behavior approach to a transformative model in which the community ecosystem and built environment foster new norms and supports for healthy living.
I teach the Public Health Aspects of Adolescence and Youth and am developing a parallel course for undergraduate and early career public health students. I also co-teach the Best Practices in Maternal and Child Health course. I lecture in other Departments such as the College of Nursing, Social Work, and the Great Cities Institute (CUPPA) and in the Department of Psychology Community & Prevention Research program, where I have a courtesy appointment.
I serve on a number of University and School committees, including fostering faculty and student governance as an active Senator.
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