Our Exceptional ABA Faculty – Meet Dr. Michael E. Kelley.

The University of Scranton has hired Michael E. Kelley, Ph.D., BCBA-D, as a faculty member in the Counseling and Human Services Department. He holds a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBAD) degree, which is doctoral designation for Board Certified Behavior Analysts with doctoral training in behavior analysis.

The University of Scranton serves as the executive hub for the Autism Collaborative Centers of Excellence (ACCE), which is part of a multi-year, multi-million dollar regional initiative led by the AllOne Foundation intended to significantly enhance the service delivery system for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families living in 13 counties in Northeastern and North Central Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kelley will take a leadership role with University’s ACCE executive hub, housed in the Panuska College of Professional Studies, to establish educational and scientific efforts to develop and deploy empirically-based information for improving care to those with ASD in the local community. Over time, Dr. Kelley hopes to develop a National Model of Excellence for clinical service, training and research in Autism and related developmental disabilities.

Dr. Kelley will also teach in the University’s post-graduate Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, which the University began to offer in the fall of 2019. The 18-credit program for professionals working in psychology, education, child care, occupational therapy, speech and language disorders, and counseling will prepare students to meet the requirements needed to take the Behavior Analysis Certification Board examination.

Dr. Kelley most recently served as the executive director of the Scott Center for Autism Treatment at Florida Institute of Technology, in addition to being a professor there. He previously served as an assistant professor at University of Nebraska Medical Center and as director of the Medical Center’s Severe Behavior Program, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Earlier in his career, Dr. Kelley taught as assistant research professor at University of Southern Maine and as an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine.

Dr. Kelley’s research has appeared in 50 peer-reviewed publications and he has received grants from National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense, among others. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and has previously served on the Board of Editors for the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Dr. Kelley earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s University, his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. He was a pre-doctoral intern and post-doctoral fellow at Marcus Institute and Emory University School of Medicine. He is a Licensed Psychologist in Florida.

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