Dr. Heather Kelly has taught psychology at the collegiate and graduate levels since 1999. Before coming to Evangel University, taught for 7 years at Southeastern University and helped start the Sophia Club there partnering female faculty and students in support groups to encourage female leadership. Prior to that, Dr. Kelly launched and directed Bethany University’s new master’s program in clinical psychology, designing the curriculum, recruiting instructors, and mentoring graduate students intending to become marriage and family therapists. There at Bethany, she also worked with psychology students through their upper division courses and senior thesis presentations. Dr. Kelly loves teaching college students because of the opportunity she has to participate in how God is already at work forming them into the spiritual leaders of their generation. “It is a humbling and inspiring process,” she says.
Dr. Kelly has been a licensed psychologist since 2003 and has maintained a private clinical practice throughout her career, conducting individual, premarital, marital, and family counseling sessions in the community. Dr. Kelly maintains an active membership in both the American Psychological Association and the Christian Association for Psychological Studies.
Dr. Kelly and her husband, Dr. Brian Kelly, helped plant or revitalize three different churches in California and Florida. Dr. Kelly remains active in church-based ministry to children, women, and the elderly while also loving on her own children: Maggie, Maguire and the most recent addition Celeste (born Oct. 5th, 2012).
Dr. Kelly teaches the following courses: Introduction to Psychology, Marriage and Family, Human Sexuality, Social Psychology, Holistic Pastoral Counseling, Community Counseling, Addiction Counseling, and Integration of Psychology and Theology. Her passions in psychology include marriage, family, gender and sexuality, counseling skills and pastoral counseling, and the integration of theology with all of these areas of psychology.