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About Brian L.Kelly

Dr. Brian L. Kelly is an Assistant Professor at Loyola University Chicago, School of Social Work. Dr. Kelly received his BSW, MSW, and doctorate in social work from University of Illinois at Chicago. His research explores current and historical uses of recreational, art, and music-based activities in social work and related fields as sites and opportunities for strengths-based social work practice. He holds an associate degree in audio engineering from Full Sail University and incorporates audio documentary and other audio-based ethnographic methodologies in his work as means to increase strengths-based, participatory research practices. Dr. Kelly has several years of clinical experience working individuals with substance use issues as a certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor.  In addition, he has several years of practice experience working with the homeless, including adults living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic medical conditions as well as young people. Dr. Kelly is an advocate for the advancement of social work practice with groups and teaches group work and substance use courses at the graduate level.


July 2013 - Present Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work


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Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Featured Researcher, University of Illinois at Chicago Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Community Partnerships


  • Substance Abuse Treatment in Groups
  • Interprofessional Practice with At-Risk Youth
  • Social Work Practice with Groups


2013 PhD, The University of Illinois at Chicago ‐ Jane Addams College of Social Work
2006 MSW, The University of Illinois at Chicago ‐ Jane Addams College of Social Work
2005 BSW, The University of Illinois at Chicago ‐ Jane Addams College of Social Work
2003 Associate in Applied Science, Substance Use Counseling, Elgin Community College
1998 Associate of Science in Recording Arts, Full Sail Real World Education

Contact Information

Loyola University Chicago 
School of Social Work
Maguire Hall
1 E Pearson St., 5th floor
Chicago, IL 60611


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles (8)

Recent Works (3)

Book Chapters and Encyclopedia Entries (1)

Book Reviews (3)

Web-Based Publications (3)