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Frances Kelley

Contributing Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Psychology

Degree Program Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

I have working as a contributing faculty member in the Clinical Psychology Program since 2009. Upon graduating with a B.A. in Political Science from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey I worked as an energy analyst and consultant for several years. I then returned to graduate school at Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta to obtain an MBA from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business. Upon graduating, I worked in the commercial real estate field as an investment analyst. Although I enjoyed what I did--analyzing numbers for 10-12 hours a day--I missed human interaction and chose to return to GSU for a master’s degree in community counseling. I fell in love with the field of counseling and continued my education at the University of Maryland where I obtained my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. I completed my pre-doctoral internship and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Georgia State University Counseling Center.

Over the past 20 years, I have worked in a community mental health center, several psychiatric hospitals and university counseling centers, a prison, and had a private practice. I have developed expertise in substance abuse assessment and counseling and working with survivors of trauma. Since graduating in 2002, I have taught online and campus-based courses to master’s and doctoral psychology students at six different universities.

In my spare time I write poetry and rescue injured and abandoned waterfowl.
On a personal note, I am a mom to a 13 year old girl, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 parrots, 11 ducks, and 1 goose, all of whom keep me very busy!


BA, Drew University

MBA, Georgia State University

MS, Georgia State University

PhD, University of Maryland