About Dr. Kelly

Dr. Kelly is a Licensed Psychologist and Board Certified in Clinical Health Psychology.  She has been the Director of the Atlanta Center for Behavioral Medicine since 1994. She addresses a variety of mental health concerns in her practice, with expertise in treating disorders that involve the relationship between physical and emotional conditions.

A native of Gulfport, Mississippi, Dr. Kelly attended undergraduate school at the University of Southern Mississippi, majoring in Psychology. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Florida State University in 1987.

In addition to maintaining a private practice in Atlanta, Dr. Kelly is actively involved in numerous professional organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Psychological Association.  A past president of the Georgia Psychological Association, she has served as the Federal Advocacy Coordinator of the Association for 11 years. She served as the Georgia Representative to the American Psychological Association’s Council of Representatives for six years with the term ending in 2009. She is a past member of the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice, and is a Past-Chair of the Board of Professional Affairs with APA. She is Past-President and Assistant Newsletter Editor for Division 31. She is Past-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Association for the Advancement of Psychology.

For her advocacy work on behalf of Psychology, in the year 2000, Dr. Kelly was presented the Karl F. Heiser Advocacy Award by the American Psychological Association and the Legislative Award by the Georgia Psychological Association. She was the recipient of the Federal Advocacy Award by the Practice Organization of APA in 2004. She received the Outstanding Psychologist Award from Division 31 in APA.

Dr. Kelly is a graduate of the 2003 class of Leadership Atlanta, and has served as program co-chair for the 2005-07 Health Day. She serves on the Advisory Board with Southern Christian Leadership Conference-W.O.M.E.N. and serves on the Board/Executive Committee of Project Interconnections, an organization in the metro Atlanta area devoted to providing housing for the homeless mentally ill, as well a member of the Board of Directors of ChrisKids, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Other professional organizations in which Dr. Kelly is a member include the American Academy of Pain Management, International Association for the Study of Pain, American Pain Society, and the Atlanta Pain Society.

Dr. Kelly is an Associate Editor of Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, an APA publication. She has numerous publications, including articles in Pain Digest,Comprehensive Review Book for Pain Medicine, Behavioral Sciences and the Law,and Practical Management of Pain.

In her free time, Dr. Kelly is a tennis player, runner, and enjoys the theatre. She has participated in numerous races and has completed three marathons.