Jennifer F. Kelly, PhD, ABPP

Psychologist and Board Certified in Clinical Health Psychology

My Story

Dr. Kelly is a licensed psychologist and is Board Certified in Clinical Health Psychology. She has been the director of the Atlanta Center for Behavioral Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia since 1994. As a Clinical Health Psychologist, Dr. Kelly addresses a variety of mental health concerns in her practice, with expertise in treating disorders that involve the relationship between physical and emotional conditions. She specializes in pain management and trauma, and her practice is dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of acute and chronic pain. She coordinates care with members of the treatment team to maximize the treatment outcomes. The treatment provided is goal-directed and problem-focused with the goals of effectively managing with the pain and leading a more productive life. In addition to treatment, she conducts psychological evaluations to assist with treatment planning and to assist in determining if the patient is an appropriate candidate, from a psychological standpoint, for medical procedures, such as surgery and spinal cord stimulation.

A native of Gulfport, Mississippi, Dr. Kelly earned her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Florida State University in 1987. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi.

In addition to her independent practice in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Kelly is actively involved in numerous professional organizations. She has been elected the 2021 President of the American Psychological Association. She most recently served as Co-Chair of the newly formed Advocacy Coordinating Committee of the American Psychological Association Services, Inc. She served on the Board of Directors as Recording Secretary for APA from 2013-2018. Prior to that, she served on the Board as a member-at-large. Other leadership positions within APA include Council of Representatives six years, Past-Chair of the Board of Professional Affairs, member of the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP), Past-Chair of the Committee of State Leaders, Past-President of the Division of State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs (Division 31), Division 29 Member-at-large, and numerous task-forces. She served on the Board of Trustees of the Association for the Advancement of Psychology (PAC) and was Chair of the Board 2008-2009.

A past president of the Georgia Psychological Association, Dr. Kelly has served as the Federal Advocacy Coordinator of the Association for 21 years. She has been the Treasurer of the GPA Political Action Committee 21 years. Other past positions held within GPA include Chair of Membership and Ethnic Minority Affairs Committees.

Dr. Kelly was recognized at the 2019 APA Services, Inc. Practice Leadership Conference for her Leadership in Advancing the Profession of Psychology through Federal Advocacy. Other Advocacy recognitions include the 2011 State Leadership Award, Karl F. Heiser Advocacy Award and Legislative Award of the Georgia Psychological Association in 2000, and the Federal Advocacy Award by the APA Practice Organization in 2004. She was the 2012 recipient of the APA Division of Health Psychology/American Psychological Foundation Timothy B. Jeffrey Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Health Psychology. In 2011 she was presented with the Diversity Award from the Committee of State Leaders of APA. She received the Outstanding Psychologist Award from Division 31 of APA in 2006.

Dr. Kelly served as a member-at-large of the American Board of Professional Psychology Foundation from 2014-2019. She is a graduate of the 2003 class of Leadership Atlanta. She is a member of Lions Club International. She served on the Board of Directors of ChrisKids and Project Interconnections, in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Kelly belongs to numerous professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association (Fellow), Georgia Psychological Association (Fellow), and International Association for the Study of Pain. She was an Associate Editor of Professional Psychology: Research and Practice from 2006-2011.

Curriculum Vitae

Psychologist and Owner
Atlanta Center for Behavioral Medicine
2325 Log Cabin Drive SE, Suite 105
Atlanta, Georgia 30339
(770) 319-5677 (phone)

(770) 433-2658 (fax)
www.DrJenniferKelly.com

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

1978
University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Major: Psychology
Degree: Bachelor of Arts

GRADUATE EDUCATION

1987
Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida
Major: Clinical Psychology
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy

1984
Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida
Major: Clinical Psychology
Degree: Master of Science

1980
University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Major: Counseling Psychology
Degree: Master of Science

LICENSURE

1991
Georgia: PSY001523

CERTIFICATION

2010
Board Certified in Clinical Health Psychology
American Board of Professional Psychology

SCHOLARSHIPS, AWARDS AND HONORS

2019
Federal Advocacy Award
American Psychological Association

2012
Timothy B. Jeffrey Award for Outstanding
Contributions to Clinical Health Psychology

2012
Diversity Award
Committee of State Leaders
American Psychological Association

2011
State Leadership Award
American Psychological Association

2007
Community Service Award
Georgia Psychological Association

2006
Outstanding Psychologist
Division 31, American Psychological Association

2004
Federal Advocacy Award
American Psychological Association

2003
Leadership Atlanta Class Graduate

2003
Diversity Leadership Academy of Atlanta Graduate

2000
Karl F. Heiser Advocacy Award
American Psychological Association

2000
Legislative Award
Georgia Psychological Association

1986 – 1987
Delores Auzenne Fellowship
Florida State University

1982 – 1985
Graduate and Professional Study Fellowship Program
Florida State University

1977 – 1978
University Scholarship
University of Southern Mississippi

1975
Pulley, Pulley & Gough Memorial Scholarship
University of Southern Mississippi

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

1987-Present
American Psychological Association
President-Elect 2020
Fellow: Divisions 12, 29, 31, 42, 45
Member: Divisions 51, 55
Co-Chair, Advocacy Coordinating Committee 2019
Board of Directors – Recording Secretary 2013-2018
Board of Directors – Member-at-Large 2010-2012
Co-Chair of APA Expanded Advocacy Model 2018
Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice 2008-2009
Council of Representatives 2004-2009
Board of Professional Affairs 2005-2007 (Past Chair)
Committee of State Leaders 2002-06 (Including Past-Chair and Past Chair of Diversity Subcommittee)
Division 31-Past President
Division 29-Member-at-Large 2007-2009
Women’s Caucus
Treasurer 2008-2009
Member-at-Large 2003-2005
Task Force: Future of Psychology Practice 2008
Task Force: Early Career Support Initiative 2006
Task Force: Infusing Multicultural Guidelines throughout APA 2006
Task Force: Education and Training Leading to Licensure in Psychology 2005
Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology
Advisory Committee 2015-2019
Faculty 2011-2017
Diversity Leadership Development Workshop Founder/Organizer 2009-Present

1991-Present
Georgia Psychological Association
Federal Advocacy Coordinator 1999-Present
Council of Representatives 2004-2009
Past President 1999-2000
Secretary 1995-1997
Past Chair-Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee
Past Chair-Membership Committee
Past Chair-Peer Review Committee

1991-Present
International Association for the Study of Pain
Member

2014-2019
American Board of Professional Psychology Foundation
Board of Directors Member-at-large

2008-2009
Association for the Advancement of Psychology
Chair of Board of Trustees

SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS

2008-2013
ChrisKids Board of Directors

2005-2010
SCLC-W.O.M.E.N. (Advisory Board)

1996-2012
Project Interconnections Executive Committee/Board of Directors

1977-Present
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

1993-Present
Atlanta Metro Lions Club

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1994 – Present
Owner
Atlanta Center for Behavioral Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

1992 – 1994
Coordinator of Psychological Services
National Pain Institute
Atlanta, Georgia

1991 – 1992
Coordinator of Psychological Services
Southeastern Pain Institute
Atlanta, Georgia

1987 – 1991
Assistant Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston

Coordinator of Psychological Services
University Center for Pain Medicine at Hermann
Houston, Texas

1986 – 1987
Psychology Intern
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas

1985 – 1986
Psychological Specialist
Florida State Hospital
Chattahoochee, Florida

1984 – 1985
Behavioral Specialist
Florida State University
Regional Multidisciplinary Evaluation and Consultation Center
Tallahassee, Florida

1983 – 1985
Psychology Trainee
Florida State University Psychology Clinic
Tallahassee, Florida

1980 – 1982
Mental Health Associate Gulf Coast Mental Health Center
Gulfport, Mississippi

EDITORIAL POSITIONS

2006-2011
Associate Editor
Professional Psychology: Research and Practice
Past Associate Editor, Pain Digest
Past Associate Editor, Pain Practice

PUBLICATIONS

VandenBos, G., Fu, M., and Kelly, J.F. (2016). Professional associations in clinical psychology. In J. C. Norcross, G. R. VandenBos, & D. K. Freedheim (Editors-in-chief), L.F. Campbell (Associate Editor), APA handbook of clinical psychology: Vol. 5. Education and profession. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Vasquez, M. J. T., & Kelly, J. F. (2016). Independent practices. In J. C. Norcross, G. R. VandenBos, & D. K. Freedheim (Eds.), APA handbook of clinical psychology: Vol. 1. Roots and branches. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Kelly, J.F. (2014). Chronic pain: Clinical application. In L. Grossman and S. Walfish (Eds.), Translating Psychological Research into Practice. New York: Springer.

Kelly, J.F. and Coons, H.L. (2012). Integrated health care and professional psychology: Is the setting right for you? Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 43 (6), 586-595.

Kelly, J.F. and Greene, B. (2010) Diversity within african american, female therapists: Variability in clients’ expectations and assumptions about the therapist, Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 47 (2), 186-197.

Kelly, J.F. (1999). Psychological approaches to treating chronic pain. In C. Germano and W. Cabot (Eds.), Nature’s Pain Killers. New York: Kensington.

Kelly, J.F. & Edwards, C. (1997). Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Treatment of Acute Stress Disorder in a Patient Who Presents with Acute Pain Following a Motor-Vehicle Accident, Pain Digest, 7, 89-91.

Kelly, J.F. (1996). Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches to the Management of Chronic Pain, Pain Digest, 6, 359-363.

Kelly, J.F. (1996). Psychologic evaluation and treatment. In P. Raj (Ed.), Pain Medicine: A Comprehensive Review. Chicago: Mosby Yearbook.

Cabot, W.D., Miller, J.L., & Kelly, J.F. (1995). An algorithm for conservative back care, Pain Digest, 4, 269-275.

Kelly, J.F., & Raj. P. (1994). Chronic Pain in a Geriatric Patient, Pain Digest, 4, 285-290.

Kelly, J.F. (1994). Psychological approaches to management of chronic pain. In P. Raj (Ed.), Current Review of Pain. Philadelphia: Current Science.

Kelly, J.F. (1993). Use of hypnosis in the management of acute and chronic pain. Pain Digest, 3, 241-245.

Raj, P.P., Kelly, J.F., Cannella, S.J., & McConn, K. (1992). Multidisciplinary management of reflex sympathetic dystrophy. Pain Digest, 2, 267-273.

Lynch, T., Kelly, J.F., & Vasudevan, S.V. (1992). Psychological examination and psychometric testing. In P. Raj (Ed.), Practical Management of Pain. Chicago: Mosby Yearbook.

Kelly, J.F. & Lynch, T. (1992) Psychological Techniques in Pain Management. In P. Raj (Ed.), Practical Management of Pain. Chicago: Mosby Yearbook.

Raj, P.P., Cannella, S.J., Kelly, J.F., McConn, K. & Lowry, P. (1990). Multidisciplinary management of reflex sympathetic dystrophy. In M. Stanton-Hicks, W. Janig & R. Boas (Eds.), Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. Boston: Kluwer Academic.

Heilburn, K., Bennett, W.S., White, A.J., & Kelly, J.F. (1990). An MMPI-Based empirical model of malingering and deception. Behavioral Sciences and The Law, 8, 45-53.

Featured Publications

Articles

  • VandenBos, G., Fu, M., and Kelly, J.F. (2016). Professional associations in clinical psychology. In J. C. Norcross, G. R. VandenBos, & D. K. Freedheim (Editors-in-chief), L.F. Campbell (Associate Editor), APA handbook of clinical psychology: Vol. 5. Education and profession. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Vasquez, M. J. T., & Kelly, J. F. (2016). Independent practices. In J. C. Norcross, G. R. VandenBos, & D. K. Freedheim (Eds.), APA handbook of clinical psychology: Vol. 1. Roots and branches. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Kelly, J.F. (2014). Chronic pain: Clinical application. In L. Grossman and S. Walfish (Eds.), Translating Psychological Research into Practice. New York: Springer.

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