Erin Kelly, Ph.D.

Erin Kelly, Ph.D.

Department affiliations: 

Visiting Project Scientist, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA

Research Associate, University of Southern California, School of Social Work

Mailing address: 

UCLA Center for Social Medicine and the Humanities

B7-435, Semel Institute
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1759

Research interest: 

Research Interests

Integrated health care and treatment of serious mental illness; institutional responses to violence; contemporary public mental health policy


Research Overview

Erin Kelly received her PhD from the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at UC Irvine in 2012.  During her graduate career, she focused on how various public institutions dealt with mental illness and violence in the community (e.g., domestic violence) and within institutions (e.g., prisons and mental hospitals).  She was interested in both providers and recipients of care in these contexts as they can have reciprocal influences on each other.

Over the course of her post-doctoral studies, she has studied development of bottom-up strategies for improving the health and quality of life for those with serious mental illnesses and policy enactment of top-down strategies. At present, she is currently testing whether those with mental illnesses, in conjunction with a peer health navigator intervention, can leverage a personal health record to improve their communication with medical and mental health providers.  She is also the lead researcher on a project in development to evaluate outreach and engagement services for the seriously mentally ill.  In the future, she hopes to continue to work on policies and interventions that are designed to improve the lives of those with serious mental illness and for the providers who care for them.