Ryan M. Kelly (born May 6th, 1985) is an advanced School Psychology Doctoral student and undergraduate instructor at USC. His interests include Asperger's, positive psychology and mental health, parenting skills, assessment and interventions for Spanish-speaking students and psychotherapy for troubled youths. Kelly is the co-author of Max Gamer (2011, Hero House Publishing), a graphic novel about Asperger's.
Kelly received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and his M.A. at the University of South Carolina, where he remains as an advanced Doctoral student and an undergraduate instructor. He has worked in schools, hospitals, trauma centers and private practices in South Carolina, North Carolina and Ecuador. He is a senior member of the Positive Psychology lab at USC, and is conducting novel research on interventions for children with Asperger's. He continues to study and gain experience in the areas of positive mental health, multicultural studies, neuropsychology and evidence-based practices.
Kelly is the co-author of Max Gamer, a graphic novel about Asperger's. His writing and research have received media attention and critical acclaim. In addition, Kelly's research on youth mental health has been published in academic journals, books and newspapers.
Beyond local speaking, Kelly gives approximately 4 presentations/conferences per year across the nation covering topics such as cultural immersion, positive psychology and interventions/system-improvement for troubled youths. Kelly is currently focused on his dissertation with Dr. Mark Weist, and is conducting an experiment to determine the unique benefits of computer mediated treatments as a way to alleviate Asperger symptoms and parental stress.