Mary Lou Kelley, M.S.W., Ph.D.
Professor, Social Work and Gerontology
Professor, Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Mary Lou Kelley, MSW, PhD, is a Professor of Social Work and Gerontology at Lakehead University and a professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Her work focuses on promoting interdisciplinary research and interprofessional education in gerontology and palliative care for health care professionals within rural, remote Northwestern Ontario, and nationally. Her research expertise is in community-based and applied health services research, using ethnographic and participatory methods including techniques such as photovoice. Mary Lou's research and publications focus on health and social services for older adults, rural health, long-term care policy and delivery, palliative care, and interdisciplinary gerontology education. Her current major projects are "Improving Quality of Life for People Dying in Long Term Care Homes", funded by SSHRC (2009-2014) and "Palliative Care in First Nations Communities: Developing a Theory of Change to Guide Policy and Program Development", funded by CIHR (2010-2015). She is Chair of the Ontario Interdisciplinary Council for Aging and Health and a member of the Steering Committee of the End-of-Life Care Network in Northwestern Ontario.
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