About Me

Dr. John F. Kelly is the Elizabeth R. Spallin Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Recovery Research Institute at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is current President of the American Board of Addiction Psychology, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of alcohol and other drug addiction and related problems.  He treats individual, couples and families suffering from these difficulties. He maintains a private practice in Boston, MA.

Dr. Kelly has served as a consultant to national federal organizations (e.g., the NIH, SAMHSA, Institute of Medicine, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy) and national treatment organizations, foreign governments, the United Nations, and the World Health Organization. He has published more than 250 scientific articles, chapters, and books, in the addiction field and speaks regularly nationally and internationally.  

Dr. Kelly utilizes clinical assessment and measurement to accurately assess the nature, scope, severity and degree of impairment related to alcohol and other drug problems. His therapeutic approach is to provide evidence-based treatment and support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address recovery and personal life challenges. He integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, he works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing in their change process. 


BS Psychology (Summa Cum Laude) 
Tufts University
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of California, San Diego
Pre-doctoral Clinical Fellow Brown University
Post-doctoral Fellow Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies

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