Background and Professional Experience
Kelli is a licensed master social worker in both Georgia and Texas and a doctoral candidate at the University of Alabama School of Social Work.
She currently works as an Equal Opportunity Specialist with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Throughout her career, Kelli has worked in diverse areas of social work throughout the country and with vulnerable populations. Kelli has worked as a victim advocate for sexual assault at U.S. Army in Fort Hood, Texas; as a family readiness liaison with the U.S. Army at both Fort Riley, Kansas and Fort Benning, Georgia; as a primary care social worker and hospital case manager; as a case manager with vulnerable families; and as a youth empowerment program coordinator with high-risk risk youth.
Her dissertation research is funded by the American Cancer Society’s Doctoral Training Grant in Oncology Social Work. Her research will focus on the psychosocial needs of active duty military personnel and spouses who have received a cancer diagnosis. This research aims to examine the unique needs of this population and begin examining if these needs are being met while living the military lifestyle. As the number of military personnel and spouses diagnosed with cancer increases, this research could be vital to better assisting this population.
Kelli’s scholarship includes various publications related to military and veteran-connected populations, and she received the award for Outstanding Contributions to Research from the School of Social Work at the University of Alabama.
Kelli’s teaching background includes physical classroom course and online courses for both BSW and MSW students at the University of Alabama and the University of New England. She continues to teach adjunct courses as she completes her dissertation work.