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Vincent J. Felitti Distinguished Scholar Award



Susan J. Kelley, RN, PhD is Professor Emeritus in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Georgia State University. From 1999 to 2011, she served as dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences. Dr. Kelley founded Project Healthy Grandparents, a community-based program that provides comprehensive services to families where grandparents are raising grandchildren and served as its director for 27 years. 

Dr. Kelley has published extensively on various aspects of child maltreatment. She currently serves on the board of directors of Mercy Care and the advisory boards for Project Healthy Grandparents and Prevent Child Abuse Georgia. Dr. Kelley previously served on the national board of directors of Prevent Child Abuse America and the Academy on Violence and Abuse. She is the 2019 recipient of the Mark Chaffin Outstanding Research Career Achievement Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. Dr. Kelley also received the Outstanding Professional Award from Boston College in 2010. 

Dr. Kelley earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Boston College and her B.S. and M.S. in Nursing from Boston University.