• 198 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
1988 …2022

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Personal profile


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

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Georgia

Award Date: 1 Jan 1994

Master of Social Science, University of Georgia

Award Date: 1 Jan 1987

Bachelor of Philosophy, Emory University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1984


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

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Research Output

Open Access
  • 98 Downloads (Pure)

    'Risk is King and Need to take a Backseat!' Can Social Workers' Experiences of Moral Injury Strengthen Practice?

    Fenton, J. & Kelly, T., 11 Sep 2018, Risk in Social Work Practice: Current Issues. Whittaker, A. & Taylor, B. (eds.). Routledge

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    Open Access
  • 102 Downloads (Pure)

    Information-sharing with respite care services for older adults: a qualitative exploration of carers’ experiences

    McSwiggan, L. C., Marston, J., Campbell, M., Kelly, T. B. & Kroll, T., 1 Jul 2017, In : Health and Social Care in the Community. 25, 4, p. 1404-1415 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    135 Downloads (Pure)
  • Activities

    • 2 Editorial activity
    • 2 Other
    • 1 Participation in conference

    Grant Reviewer Carnegie Trust

    Tim Kelly (Member)

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    Research Programme Grant Reviewer

    Timothy B. Kelly (Contributor)

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    Groupwork (Journal)

    Timothy B. Kelly (Editor)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Social Work with Groups (Journal)

    Timothy B. Kelly (Editorial board member)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    27th Annual International Symposium on Social Work with Groups

    Timothy B. Kelly (Participant)
    2 Oct 2005

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Press / Media

    Interview: Older Adults Avoid Hearing Aids

    Timothy B. Kelly


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Moffat Project - Preventing Crisis for Carers

    Tim Kelly


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research


    Criminal Justice Sanctions and Services: Exploring Potential

    Author: McCulloch, T., 2014

    Supervisor: Kelly, T. (Supervisor) & McNeill, F. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Social Work


    Ethical stress in Scottish criminal justice social work

    Author: Fenton, J., 2013

    Supervisor: Kelly, 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), Kelly, T. (Supervisor) & Entwistle, V. A. (External person) (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: Kelly, 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: Kelly, T. (Supervisor) & Barron, I. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy