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Amber Kelly, PhD


Adjunct Faculty

Programs/Classes Taught:

General Education:

LAM 106 Basic Statistics

Areas of Expertise:

  • Community Psychology
  • Program Evaluation and Design
  • Community Outreach and Collaboration
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Research 



Amber Kelly is a Community Psychologist and an Adjunct Professor at National Louis University. Her work has focused on enhancing the effectiveness of community-based nonprofit organizations through evaluation, research, program development, health advocacy and community engagement. Her ultimate career goal is to utilize her education, training, and experience to advocate for underserved populations.


PhD in Community Psychology, National Louis University, Chicago, IL (2015)

Master of Science Degree in Public Service Management, DePaul University, Chicago, IL (2013)

Master of Health Science Degree in Mental Health and Certificate in Health Disparities and Health Inequality,

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD (2009)

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Minor in Spanish, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA (2006)


Research and Interests:

Research and Interests

  • Community based participatory research methods
  • Community engagement
  • Empowerment
  • Factors influencing academic achievement
  • Sense of community among underserved populations (e.g. individuals with disabilities)

Teaching Philosophy

Amber’s goal is to create a learning environment that empowers students to advocate for their educational needs, understand concepts and ultimately apply concepts to real life situations. As an educator, her approach to teaching is not to expect students to memorize theories and concepts but to promote understanding through application.  She encourages students to connect the material to their passions, interests and career aspirations.  When students find the material relevant, they are more likely to grasp the material and ultimately learn new concepts. Amber encourages students to challenge themselves to allow them to discover new interests that they may not have previously uncovered. 


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