Faculty & Staff
Brian L. Kelly, PhD
Title/s: Assistant Professor, Director of the Advanced Accredited Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor Training Program
Office #: Maguire Hall 520
CV Link: Brian Kelly CV
Brian L. Kelly received his BSW, MSW, and doctorate in social work from University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work. His research explores current and historical uses of recreational, art, and music-based activities in social work and related fields as sites and opportunities for strengths-based social work practice. He holds an associate degree in audio engineering from Full Sail University and incorporates audio documentary and other audio-based ethnographic methodologies in his work as means to increase strengths-based, participatory research practices. Dr. Kelly has several years of clinical experience working with individuals with substance use issues as a certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor. In addition, he has several years of practice experience working with the homeless, including adults living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic medical conditions as well as young people. Dr. Kelly is an advocate for the advancement of social work practice with groups and teaches group work and substance use courses at the graduate level.
- Ph.D. in Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work, 2013
- Master of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work, 2006
- Bachelor of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work, 2005
- Associate of Science in Recording Arts, Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida 1998
- Evidence informed and strengths-based social work practice
- Group work
- Substance use and treatment
- Research and evaluation
- Social justice and anti-oppressive practice with young people
Courses Currently Teaching:
- Social Work Practice with Groups (SOWK 505)
- Substance Abuse Treatment in Groups (SOWK 724)
- Integrative Practice Seminar (SWFI 631S)
- Interprofessional Practice with At-Risk Youth (SOWK 676)
- Historical and current uses of recreational, art, and music-based services in social work and related fields
- Strengths-based research and services for young people experiencing homelessness
- Qualitative methods with a focus on ethnography and audio and video-based performance ethnography
- Interdisciplinary research and alternative forms of data representation, including audio documentary
Recent Funded Research
- 2016-present: Principal Investigator. “Collaboration, Strength, and Skill Development in a Music Studio for Young People Experiencing Homelessness.” Loyola University Chicago Summer Research Stipend Program. $7,000.00.
- 2015-present: Co-Principal Investigator. “Evaluating Arts-Integrated Civic Practice Programs.” Paul M. Angell Family Foundation. $25,000.00.
- 2015-present: Principal Investigator. “Fifth House Ensemble Residency Programs with Teen Living Programs.” International Association for Social Work with Groups, Special Projects Program. $900.00.
Professional & Community Affiliations
Council on Social Work Education, Member
International Association for Social Work with Groups
- Board of Directors, Member
- Executive Committee, Member
- Marketing Committee, Chair
Society for Social Work Research, Member
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
- Kelly, B. L. (accepted). Music-based services for young people experiencing homelessness: Engaging strengths and creating opportunities. Families in Society.
- Dentato, M. P., Craig, S. L., Lloyd, M. R., Kelly, B. L., Wright, C., & Austin, A. (2016). Homophobia within schools of social work: The critical need for affirming classroom settings and effective preparation for service with the LGBTQ community. Social Work Education: The International Journal. doi: 10.1080/02615479.2016.1150452
- Kelly, B. L., & Doherty, L. (2016). A historical overview of art and music-based activities in social work with groups: Nondeliberative practice and engaging young people’s strengths. Social Work with Groups, 40(3). doi: 10.1080/01609513.2015.1091700
- Kelly, B. L., & Hunter M. J. (2016). Exploring group dynamics in activity-based group work with young people experiencing homelessness. Social Work with Groups.
- Kelly, B. L., & Doherty, L. (2016). Exploring nondeliberative practice through recreational, art, and music-based activities in social work with groups. Social Work with Groups.
- Kelly, B. L. (2015). Using audio documentary to engage young people experiencing homelessness in strengths-based group work. Social Work with Groups, 38(1), 68-86. doi: 10.1080/01609513.2014.931665
- Gates, T. G., & Kelly, B. L. (2013). LGB cultural phenomena and the social work research enterprise: Towards a strengths-based, culturally anchored methodology. Journal of Homosexuality, 60(1), 1-14. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2013.735939
- Kelly, B. L., & Gates, T. G. (2010). Using the strengths perspective in the social work interview with young adults who have experienced childhood sexual abuse. Social Work in Mental Health, 8(5), 421-437. doi: 10.1080/15332981003744438
- Watson, A. C., Kelly, B. L., & Viladon, T. M. (2009). Examining the meaning attached to mental illness and mental health services among juvenile justice involved youth and their parents. Qualitative Health Research, 19(8), 1087-1099. doi: 10.1177/1049732309341202
- Kelly, B. L. (accepted). Group work in healthcare settings. In C. Garvin & L. M. Gutierrez (Eds.) Handbook of Social Work with Groups. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
- Kelly, B. L., & Ratliff, G. A. Strengths-affirming practice with LGBTQ youth. (accepted). In M. P. Dentato (Ed.) Social Work Practice with the LGBTQ Community: Exploring Practice and Policy Factors. New York, NY: Oxford Press.
- Gates, T. G., & Kelly, B. L. (accepted). Affirming and strengths-based models of practice. In M. P. Dentato (Ed.) Social Work Practice with the LGBTQ Community: Exploring Practice and Policy Factors. New York, NY: Oxford Press.
- Kelly, B. L., & Gates, T. G. (in press). Strengths-based approaches: An interdisciplinary historical account. In J. Edwards, A. Young, & M. J. Barrett (Eds.)Handbook of Strengths-Based Clinical Practices: Finding Common Factors. New York, NY: Routledge.
- Kelly, B. L, & Dentato, M. D. (2016). LGBTQ substance abuse treatment and recovery. In A. Goldberg, (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
- Kelly, B. L. (2016). The invisible classroom: Relationships, neuroscience and mindfulness in school [Review of the book The invisible classroom: Relationships, neuroscience and mindfulness in school, by K. Olson]. Social Work with Groups. doi: 10.1080/01609513.2014.1001939
- Kelly, B. L. (2014). Group work with adolescents: Principles and practice. [Review of the book Group work with adolescents: Principles and practice,by A. Malekoff]. Groupwork. 24(3), 82-85. doi: 10.1921/14001240305
- Kelly, B. L. (2011). Queer youth cultures. [Review of the book Queer Youth Cultures, by S. Driver (Ed.)]. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 26(2), 226-227. doi: 10.1177/0886109911405597
- Singer, J. B. (Producer). (2014, September 22). #92 - Music, positive youth development, and homelessness: Interview with Brian Kelly, Ph.D. [Audio Podcast]. Social Work Podcast. Retrieved from http://www.socialworkpodcast.com/2014/09/brian-kelly.html
- Episode 136 - Dr. Brian Kelly: Superman in the Smallest Place: Exploring a Music Studio for Young People Experiencing Homelessness. (2014, February 3). inSocialWork Podcast Series. [Audio Podcast] Retrieved fromhttp://www.socialwork.buffalo.edu/podcast/episode.asp?ep=136
- Episode 96 - Dr. Amy Watson and Brian Kelly: Forensic Assertive Community Treatment: Preliminary Outcomes and the Role of Environmental Influences. (2012, May 14). Living Proof Podcast Series. [Audio Podcast] Retrieved fromhttp://www.socialwork.buffalo.edu/podcast/episode.asp?ep=96