Dr. John Kelly


Dr. John F. 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. Dr. Kelly has served as a consultant to the United Nations, representing the U.S. at summits discussing substance use treatment, stigma, and discrimination.

He has published more than 140 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and chapters in the field of addiction science and is currently an Associate Editor for several academic journals in the addiction field. Dr. Kelly was an author on the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, and he works with Psychology Today as a monthly contributor.

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
  • Addiction treatment theories and mechanisms of behavior change

He is a licensed clinical psychologist actively working with individuals and families with alcohol and other drug use disorders, and is a Patient’s Choice award recipient for 2016. Dr. John F. Kelly, Ph.D. has been recognized as one of the top Boston psychology practices, verified by Opencare.com.

8:30am – 10:00am EDT

Tuesday October 27th

Opening Plenary - The Continuing Evolution of Treatment and Recovery

1.5 CE Credit

What are Treatment and Recovery? The answers used to seem simple but have been complicated by the misrepresentations and misdeeds of some but also on a positive note; research, history and acceptance by professionals and society have and continue to inform many positive innovations which encourage many of us as we continue to evolve and innovate. This panel of seasoned professionals will inform, challenge and educate the attendees and themselves.