September Ask the Expert John Kelly, Ph.D.
Dr. John Kelly is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Associate Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)-Harvard Center for Addiction Medicine, and Program Director of the MGH Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS). He also serves as a Board Member on the Executive Committee of the American Psychological Association, Division on Addictions, and as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, and the journal, Addiction. He is a scientific reviewer for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Dr. Kelly has conducted research in many areas pertaining to treatment outcomes, recovery management, and the effects of continuing care. Most recently he has focused his research on stigma associated with addiction by studying how different terms and language used to describe individuals suffering from these conditions may influence attitudes about the need for treatment versus punishment. One of his recent randomized studies in this area was recently published in the International Journal of Drug Policy and received widespread national and international media attention. Another subsequent investigation in this area of addiction terminology will be published soon in the Journal of Drug Issues.