Kelly, John, PhD

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


Dr. John Kelly is Associate Director of the Center for Addiction Medicine and Director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS) at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and an assistant professor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kelly also currently serves as a member of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) taskforce for relapse prevention and addiction recovery and on the executive board of the American Psychological Association Division on Addiction. His clinical and research work has focused on addiction treatment and the recovery process which has included specific research on the effectiveness of mutual-help groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, as adjuncts to formal care. His additional research endeavors have focused on the translation and implementation of evidence-based practice, addiction and criminal justice, addiction treatment theories and mechanisms of action, and reducing stigma associated with addiction.


Dr. Kelly and/or his spouse/partner has reported no relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest.

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