Kelly Kennedy

Part time Lecturer of Marriage and Family Therapy, Core Faculty of MFT Program

Dr. Kelly Kennedy is a part-time Core Faculty Member of Marriage and Family Therapy. She has a BA in Psychology, a MS in Child and Family Development, and a Ph.D. in Child and Family Development with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has experience in entrepreneurial mental health and owns a group practice called Modern Wellness Family Counseling, LLC in Spartanburg and Greenville, SC ( She is a SC licensed MFT, an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor and clinical member of AAMFT.

Curriculum Vitae

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Dr. Kelly Kennedy

Scholarly & Research Activity

Research: Illness and disability in marginalized populations; biopsychosocial dimension of illness

Teaching: EDU 634 Systems of Family Therapy I, EDU 635 Brief and Extended Models, EDU 636 Sexual Dysfunction, EDU 648 Supervised Practicum in MFT, EDU 661 Basic Techniques of the Psychotherapy Interview, and EDU 683 Advanced Techniques of the Psychotherapy Interview

Service: Board Member for SCAMFT division – Member at Large 2014-present; Delta Kappa Faculty Advisor

Statement of Interest: Current interests focus on medical family therapy and the biopsychosocial dimension of illness. Additionally, clinically, Dr. Kennedy’s other areas of interest are adolescents, young adults, anxiety disorders, and intimacy issues.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Burwell, S. R., Templeton, G. B., Stidham, K., & Zak-Hunter, L. (2008). Feminist-informed medical family therapy principles and techniques across biopsychosocial systems levels for younger women with breast cancer and their partners. The Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 20, 99-125.

Kennedy, K. (2013). Rural African American Families. Family Therapy Magazine.

Kennedy, K., Burwell, S. R., Templeton, G. B., & Zak-Hunter, L. (2008). Sexual Function Among Younger Women with Breast Cancer. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Memphis, TN.

Kennedy, K. S., Godlas, A., Gale, J., & Parker, M. L. (2010). Building bridges: Cross-disciplinary collaboration between family therapy and Islamic studies. Muslim Mental Health, 5(3), 350-367.

Kennedy, K. S., & Rollins, P. (2016). You Do What You Got to Do: African-American Women’s Perspectives of Managing Breast Cancer. THE ABNF Journal, 92-98.

Kennedy, K.S., & Szarzynski, A. (2015). Solution Focused Therapy with Couples. South Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Columbia, SC.

Stidham, K. (2007). Medical Family Therapy as a Treatment for Pediatric Bipolar Disorder. Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Spring Conference. St. Simons Island, GA.

Stinson, M., Kennedy, K., & Burwell, S. (2010). Characteristics of Men Coping with Breast Cancer in Women. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Atlanta, GA.

Zak-Hunter, L., Templeton, G. B., Burwell, S. R., & Kennedy, K. (2008). Initiation of Relationship Discussions in Young Women with Breast Cancer,” Memphis, TN.


  • MS and PhD - The University of Georgia
  • BA - Clemson University