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Professor Tim Kelly is Dean of the School of Education and Social Work and Professor of Social Work.

Since moving to Scotland from the United States in 2003, he has continued his research into and writing about the care of older people in health and social care settings, supporting carers and groupwork practice. Improving professional social work education has also featured in his work. Previous academic experience includes teaching, research, and administration in Scotland and in the United States.

Tim has been the Secretary and Vice-President of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups and was co-editor of the journal Groupwork for 6 years.

His practice experience includes working in older people's services in community mental health, community health, court ordered substance abuse treatment, and a geriatric hospital.

He is currently the co-chair of the LGBT+ Staff Network and is a member of the University's Athena Swan Steering Group

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Philosophy, Emory University

Master of Social Science, University of Georgia

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Georgia


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • social work, groupwork, gerontology, carers, caregivers

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Research Output 1988 2017

Open Access
Respite Care
Information Dissemination
communication technology
1 Citations
Open Access
Professional Education
Nursing Care
Social Work
1 Citations
social worker
Wounds and Injuries
Criminal Law

The significance of bodily impairments in place and wellbeing relationships – insights from a qualitative study of older people living in Scotland

Deepak Gopinath, M., Entwistle, V., Illsley, B. & Kelly, T. 8 Jul 2016 (Unpublished)

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Respite Care
Information Dissemination

Activities 2005 2015

  • 2 Editorial activity
  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Types of Business and Community - Other

Research Programme Grant Reviewer

Kelly, T. (Contributor)

Activity: Types of Business and Community - Other

Groupwork (Journal)

Kelly, T. (Editor)
2010 → …

Activity: Editorial activity

Social Work with Groups (Journal)

Kelly, T. (Editorial board member)
2007 → …

Activity: Editorial activity

27th Annual International Symposium on Social Work with Groups

Kelly, T. (Participant)
2 Oct 2005

Activity: Participation in conference

Press / Media

Interview: Older Adults Avoid Hearing Aids

Timothy Kelly


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Moffat Project - Preventing Crisis for Carers

Timothy Kelly


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research


Criminal Justice Sanctions and Services: Exploring Potential

Author: McCulloch, T., 2014

Supervisor: T. (Supervisor) & McNeill, F. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Social Work


Ethical stress in Scottish criminal justice social work

Author: Fenton, J., 2013

Supervisor: T. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Exploring Older Peoples’ Experiences of Place and Wellbeing: a Qualitative Study

Author: D. Gopinath, M., 2015

Supervisor: Illsley, B. (Supervisor), T. (Supervisor) & Entwistle, V. A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Harnessing the Energy within Human Services: a re-conceptualisation of professionalism that incorporates leadership as told through participants’ narratives

Author: Walker, L., 2014

Supervisor: T. (Supervisor) & Manwaring, G. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Knowledge of and for Social Work: A Philosophical, Professional and Methodological Inquiry

Author: Hothersall, S., 2015

Supervisor: T. (Supervisor) & Barron, I. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy