Kelly, Kelsie D., Ph.D. M.P.H.

Kelsie D. Kelly, PHD, MPH

Kelsie D. Kelly, PhD MPH conducts research locally and globally examining health disparities among minority populations in urban and rural communities. She uses qualitative approaches to develop tools and interventions with community partners in her efforts to improve minority population’s quality of life and overall well-being. Her current work includes after-school health promotion educational programming with youth in the Westhaven community and Director of the Pathways Scholars Program recruiting minority students from HBCUs in Virginia. Dr. Kelly is an Assistant Professor with specific expertise in CBPR and qualitative research methods

Assistant Professor Department of Public Health Sciences

Global Public Health Studies Advisor

B.S 2010, Psychology, Virginia State University; MPH 2012, University of Virginia; Ph.D., 2016, Community Health, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

P.O Box 800717
Fax: 434.297.8437
West Complex 3rd Floor 3181


Health Behavior and Health Promotion

Paternal Involvement in healthy birth outcomes in African Americans

Sexual Health


Culturally respectful research implementation in community and global health

Qualitative and mixed-method approaches to community-based issues

Research Interests:

Her research highlights the lived experiences of minority populations as it pertains to the role of culture and health in disparities research.