About John Kelly, PhD

Dr. Kelly is the Elizabeth R. Spallin Professor of Psychiatry in the Field of Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School – the first endowed professor in addiction medicine at Harvard. He is the Founder and Director of the Recovery Research Institute (RRI) at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the Program Director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS), and the Associate Director of the Center for Addiction Medicine (CAM) at MGH.

Dr. Kelly is a past President of the American Psychological Association (APA) Society of Addiction Psychology, is a Fellow of the APA, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He has served as a consultant to U.S. federal agencies such as the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH); to national non-federal treatment institutions, such as the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and Caron Foundation; and to foreign governments. His clinical and research work has focused on the addiction treatment and recovery process, which includes research on the translation and implementation of evidence-based practices, reducing stigma associated with addiction, addiction and criminal justice, and addiction treatment theories and mechanisms of behavior change.

Dr. Kelly has been awarded a Patient’s Choice Winner by Opencare as Best of 2016 - Psychologists in Boston, MA

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Center for Addiction Medicine
151 Merrimac Street 6th floor
Boston, MA 02114-4714
Fax: 617-643-7667

Medical Education

  • PhD, UC San Diego
  • Fellowship, Butler Hospital/Brown University

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