• 189 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
1988 …2022
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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

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Georgia

Master of Social Science, University of Georgia

Bachelor of Philosophy, Emory University


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

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Projects 2012 2022

Research Output 1988 2019

72 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Longitudinal Studies
Young Adult
Health Transition
Administrative Personnel

'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)

73 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Social Work
2 Citations (Scopus)
104 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
Respite Care
Information Dissemination
communication technology
Sen, A.

Activities 2005 2016

  • 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