Kellie received her Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Sociology from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. She obtained her Master’s degrees in Mental Health Counseling and Criminal Justice Studies as well as a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Mental Health Counseling from Suffolk University in Boston, MA. Prior to enrolling at UMASS for a doctoral degree in Criminology and Justice Studies, she worked as a mental health clinician and supervisor, providing community-based therapeutic services in the cities of Lynn, Lawrence, and surrounding towns. Some of her favorite work was done with reintegrating ex-offenders back into the community, a population that she enjoys working with very much. While her goal is to ultimately teach in higher education, she is hoping to integrate the two fields and continue work on the mental health front as well as in criminal justice.