Susan J. Kelley, PHD is the former Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences and is currently a Professor at the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Kelley received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Boston College (‘88) and her B.S. (‘77) and M.S. (‘82) in Nursing from Boston University. Dr. Kelley’s previous professional experience includes serving as Chairperson and Professor, Department of Maternal-Child Health Nursing at Boston College; Director of Nursing Education, Massachusetts Emergency Medical Services; and pediatric nurse at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and Boston City Hospital.
Dr. Kelley has specialized in the field of child abuse since 1980 and has published more than 50 journal articles and book chapters on various aspects of child abuse. She serves on the editorial board of several journals dealing with child abuse including Journal of Child Sexual Abuse and Trauma, Violence and Abuse: A Review Journal. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and member of numerous child abuse and nursing professional societies. Dr. Kelley has received several national awards including the March of Dimes National Nurse of the Year Award, American Nurses’ Association Nurse of the Year Award, Excellence in Research Award from the Society of Pediatric Nursing, and Outstanding Service Award from the American Professional Society on Abuse of Children. Dr. Kelley frequently speaks at national and international conferences on child abuse and grandparents raising grandchildren. Dr. Kelley serves on the board of Prevent Child Abuse America, Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, St. Joseph's Mercy Care and the Academy of Violence and Abuse.
Dr. Kelley is founder and director of Project Healthy Grandparents, a community-based program that provides comprehensive services to families in which grandparents are raising grandchildren in parent-absent homes. The vast majority of children in the program have been abused, neglected, and abandoned by their birth parents. To date, Project Healthy Grandparents has received 3.5 million dollars in federal, state, and foundation support.
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