Center for Addiction Medicine

John F. Kelly, PhD

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Elizabeth R. Spallin Associate Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Founder and Director of the Recovery Research Institute at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Program Director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS) at MGH, Associate Director of the MGH Center for Addiction Medicine

Contact:     (617) 643-1980


Dr. Kelly is a former President of the American Psychological Association (APA) Society of Addiction Psychology, and is a Fellow of the APA and a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He has served as a consultant to U.S. federal agencies such as the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as well as to foreign governments and national non-federal treatment institutions such as the Hazeldon Betty Ford Foundation and Caron Foundation.


His clinical and research work has focused on addiction treatment and the recovery process, mechanisms of behavior change, and in reducing stigma and discrimination among individuals suffering from addiction. He has published more than 140 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and chapters in the field of addiction science and is currently an associate editor for several academic journals in the addiction field. His work has been supported by R01 and R21 awards from NIAAA and NIMH, and he received a K24 award from NIAAA to support mentorship of junior investigators in patient-oriented addiction research. He collaborates with Drs. Evins, Weiss, and Fava on the Program Faculty.


Current Projects

Mentoring in patient-oriented addiction research

NIAAA K24AA022136  2013 – 18

This grant is designed to develop specific content expertise in treatment and recovery policy, and the design, implementation, and evaluation of treatment and recovery support service combinations. This grant also allows for mentoring junior investigators in patient-orientated addiction research (POAR).


Characterization and evaluation of addiction recovery community centers          

NIAAA R21AA022693 2014 – 18

This study will characterize and evaluate the public health and addiction recovery utility of addiction recovery community centers in the United States. This experimental/developmental investigation will characterize RCCs in New England and New York, and survey RCC clients to examine abstinence and remission rates and the accrual of recovery capital and enhanced quality of life.


Report of findings from a systematic review of the scientific literature on recovery support services in the United States

SAMHSA HHSS283201200031I/ HHSS28342002T 2017

This contract is for the development, revision, and finalization of a report on existing research pertaining to patient outcomes of participants who utilize recovery support services.


Improving access to treatment and recovery

SAMHSA  HHSP233201700228A – SAM202405 2017 – 18

This is a contract between SAMHSA and the RRI to produce a series of webcasts to educate addiction treatment professionals, public health field staff, and medical personnel, including doctors, nurses and behavioral health support staff on the need to change perceptions about individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) and related conditions. The webcasts will address the need to curb biases and skewed perceptions that may prevent those who have a substance use disorder from seeking the services they need.

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