Dr. Michelle P. Kelly, BCBA-D,
C. Psychol., Ps. S. I.

Dr. Michelle P. Kelly

Dr. Michelle P. Kelly, BCBA-D,
C. Psychol., Ps. S. I.

Associate Professor, Counseling, Special Education and Neuroscience Division.


  • Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis, University of Galway, Ireland
  • Diploma, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, I-to-I, Melbourne, Australia
  • B.A. (Hons.) Applied Psychology, University College Cork, Ireland


Dr. Michelle Kelly is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D), Chartered Psychologist of the Psychological Society of Ireland (C. Psychol., Ps.S.I.), and an Associate Professor in the Counseling, Special Education, and Neuroscience division at Emirates College for Advanced Education (ECAE) in Abu Dhabi. Dr. Michelle is the President of the Association for Behavior Analysis-UAE, an affiliated chapter of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and is the coordinator for ECAE partnerships with both the Special Olympics- UAE and the Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Special Education operated by the New England Center for Children-Abu Dhabi (MRC-NECC).

In 2022, Dr. Michelle was invited to serve as a member of the Global Center for Inclusion in Education Research Collaborative, an initiative by Special Olympics International supported by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Dr. Michelle conducts research on the well-being of children, with a focus on parent, health professional, and teacher support, as well as evidence-based intervention for children of determination. She publishes in and reviews for top ranking, peer-reviewed journals and has presented over 70 papers and posters at national and international education and psychology conferences. Since joining ECAE in 2014, Dr. Michelle has accrued over AED 8.5 million in research funding.


Publications since 2020:

  • Kelly, M.P., & Trifyllis, I. (2022). Developing national occupational standards for behavior analysis. European Journal of Behavior Analysis. https://doi.org/10.1080/15021149.2022.2137654
  • Seaver, J., Kelly, M.P., Murray, C.M., & Baruni, R.R. (2022). Using concurrent reinforcement schedules and prompts to produce varied manding: A replication of Seaver and Bourret (2020). Behavioral Interventions. https://doi.org/10.1002/bin.1921
  • Murray, C.M., Baruni, R., Kelly, M.P., Sheridan, D., & Seaver, J. (2022). Increasing novel toy play actions in children with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disabilities. International Journal of Play. https://doi.org/10.1080/21594937.2022.2118206
  • Kelly, M.P., & Reed, P. (2021). Examination of stimulus over-selectivity in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and its relationship to stereotyped behaviors and cognitive flexibility. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 36(1), 47-56. https://doi.org/10.1177/1088357620943504
  • Silbaugh, B.C., Murray, C., Kelly, M.P., & Healy, O. (2021). A systematic synthesis of lag schedule research in individuals with autism and other populations. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 8, 92-107. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40489-020-00202-1
  • Kelly, M.P., & Reed, P. (2020). Age effects on the development of stimulus over-selectivity are mediated by cognitive flexibility and selective attention. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 45(1), 89-96.   https://doi.org/10.1177/0165025420949702
  • Chambers, B., Murray, C.M., Boden, Z.V., & Kelly, M.P. (2020). “Sometimes labels need to exist”: Exploring how young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome perceive its removal from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual – fifth edition. Disability and Society, 35(4), 589-608. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2019.1649121
  • Olsen, P. M., & Kelly, M.P. (2020). Applied behavior analysis with Arab-muslim populations: Theimportance of cultural awareness. In B. M. Connors & S. T. Capell (Eds.), Multiculturalism and diversity in applied behavior analysis: Bridging theory and application. (pp. 140-163). Taylor & Francis/Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429263873