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Ursula Kelly


Associate Professor

Emory University

Ursula Kelly is an Associate Professor at the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and Nurse Scientist at the Atlanta VA Health Care System. In addition, she maintains a clinical practice as a Nurse Practitioner in the Grady Memorial Hospital Emergency Department in Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Kelly’s research addresses the impact of interpersonal violence and social disparities on women’s mental and physical health. The central foci of her research have been on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression in women who experienced intimate partner violence and military sexual trauma, particularly exploring barriers to care, developing and evaluating innovative treatment models, and examining the psychoneuroimmunologic mechanisms of action of the yoga. She has conducted research with immigrant Latinx women and women Veterans with PTSD. Her scholarship includes the integration of intersectionality and biomedical frameworks in clinical and health services research. Findings from her current VA-funded study indicate that trauma-sensitive yoga is as effective as/or better than current evidence-based psychotherapy for PTSD related to sexual trauma, a treatment that is unacceptable and ineffective for many women with complex trauma. These findings position Dr. Kelly to implement yoga as a clinical intervention for PTSD in the VA system nationally.

Dr. Kelly received her BA from Boston College, BSN from UMass-Boston, MSN from UMass-Worcester, post-Masters certificate from the MGH Institute of Health Professions and PhD from Boston College. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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