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Faculty Profile: Kelly Sullivan


Kelly Sullivan
Director, Field Placement, Department of Social Work
Office: Trinity 124
Office Hours: 
By appointment
Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, Worcester State University
Master of Arts, Social Work, Salem State University
Kelly Sullivan, MSW, LICSW holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Salem State University and a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Worcester State University. Ms. Sullivan has over 23 years of clinical and administrative experience in the social work field.  Highlights of those 23 years have been, working with homeless teenage parents, building community and academic relationships in five school districts for young parents, and working with incarcerated fathers with dual- diagnosis and their families. Ms. Sullivan is also a Certified Bereavement Counselor for Pregnancy/Perinatal and Pediatric Loss and provides individual and family counseling and support as well as professional consultation to medical staff.

Ms. Sullivan does individual clinical work for families and youth in a church based setting, combining her clinical expertise with the spiritual beliefs and needs of the clients.

Ms. Sullivan has spent the last ten summers leading Mission trips for high school and college age students to Chaparral, New Mexico. Chaparral is a border community with Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas.  Ms. Sullivan leads her students into this community to provide peer leadership to local community youth, facilitate a week long summer camp for children and to emerge the mission team in the life and struggles that are faced daily on the border.

She is also an adjunct professor with Wheelock College’s Graduate School of Social Work. 
Favorite Quote or Motto:
“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope… and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” – Robert F. Kennedy

Courses Taught at Anna Maria:
Practice and Ethics in Field Placement
Practice with Individuals
Senior Field Placement Seminar I
Senior Field Placement Seminar II
First Year Seminar
Research Interests:
Immigration Law and the US/Mexico border, supporting children and families of incarcerated parents, and educational pursuits and accomplishments of young parents, how do religion and spirituality play a part in mental health.