Chad Kelland is the Director of Student Support Services. He will also be supporting the Southern Virginia Psychology Program as an Adjunct Instructor. He joined Southern Virginia in Fall 2017.
Prior to joining Southern Virginia, Kelland was a Staff Psychologist with Compass Health Network in St. Charles County, Missouri. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship/residency at the University of Missouri St. Louis’ (UMSL) Community Psychological Services, specializing in psychological assessment and diagnostics. Prior to training at UMSL, Kelland completed an APA accredited internship at the University of California Riverside (UCR) Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). He also completed over two years of clinical training at Saddleback College’s Student Health Center working with a diverse student population. Other supervised clinical experiences have included working part-time for LDS Family Services, in private practice, at a private high school, and for a community-based program.
Kelland earned his Doctorate of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from the APA accredited American School of Professional Psychology (ASPP) at Argosy University in Orange, California. Prior to attending ASPP, Kelland earned a Masters of Art in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University, also in Orange, California. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Psychology from New York Institute of Technology.
His doctoral dissertation, titled Saints, Sexuality, and Psychotherapy: Clinical Considerations of Sexual Behaviors in Latter-day Saints, focused on the roles of spirituality and sexuality in the lives of individuals who identify as Latter-day Saints. Kelland has experience as an adjunct instructor at Chapman University, teaching a graduate level course in Advanced Clinical Theories. He has given many presentations on various topics such as: relationships in a technological age, the influences of media and technology in the lives of adolescents and young adults, and on interpersonal communication. He was the main researcher on a published book about the influences of modern technology on the mental, spiritual, and physical health of adolescents.
Kelland is licensed as a psychologist in Missouri and as a marriage and family therapist in California. He is in the process of having both licenses transferred to Virginia.
He and his wife, Autumn (a Southern Virginia alumni c/o ’03), have four children, ages 10, 8, 4, and 2 months.
B.S., New York Institute of Technology, 2007; Masters of Art, Chapman University 2010; Master of Art, American School of Professional Psychology, 2013; Doctorate of Psychology, American School of Professional Psychology, 2015
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