Associate Professor of Psychology
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BA in psychology, Bethany Bible College
MA in clinical psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
MA in theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
PsyD in clinical psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
Dr. Heather Kelly has taught psychology at the collegiate and graduate levels for over a decade. Before coming to Southeastern, 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 that 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 has also served on the board of the Monterrey Bay Psychological Association, and she has maintained an active membership in both the American Psychological Association and the Christian Association for Psychological Studies.
Dr. Kelly and her husband, Dr. Brian Kelly, planted and pastored an Assemblies of God church in Scotts Valley, California. Dr. Kelly remains active in church-based ministry for children, women, and the elderly while also loving on her own two elementary-age children, Maggie and Maguire.
Dr. Kelly teaches the following courses: Introduction to Psychology, Marriage and Family, Human Sexuality, Social Psychology, Interpersonal Techniques for Helping Relationships, 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 within all of these areas of psychology.