Cara Kelly is a Ph.D. candidate in the Arizona State University School of Social Work, and a Research Specialist at the ASU Center for Child Well-Being. Kelly is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), and a Certified Advanced Children Youth and Family Social Worker (C-ACYFSW), whose social work experience spans over 12 years as a practitioner in both the public and private child welfare systems.  She focuses on child maltreatment prevention and intervention, child welfare risk and safety assessments, and outcome measurements for child and family services.


Kelly joined the Center for Child Well-Being in 2014 as a Research Specialist working on child welfare workforce development, the Arizona Department of Child Safety’s  IV-E demonstration waiver evaluation focused on reduction of children in congregate care, and examination of the well-being of children involved in Arizona’s child welfare system.  Before joining ASU, Kelly worked for the Department of Child Safety, where she worked on initiatives to enhance decision-making in practice by improving the agency’s investigative response to allegations of child abuse and neglect.


Kelly received both her B.I.S and MSW from Arizona State University with concentrations in family studies and public child welfare.





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