Dr. Don R. KellyUniversity of Texas Arlington
Dr. Kelly has worn many hats in his lifetime:
Don R. Kelly, Ph.D., L.M.S.W., earned his undergraduate degree in social work from New Mexico State University with honors and minors in philosophy and Child Advocate Studies. He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) in 2014 with his Masters in Social Work and Social Work Ph.D. in 2017. Dr. Kelly’s research interests include peer mediation, restorative justice, cultural change, mental health services, and violence reduction in primary and secondary education. Dr. Kelly has served as President of the board of directors of Dispute Resolution Services of North Texas, Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas, was recognized as Mediator of the year and was inducted into that organization’s Millennium Mediators Hall of Fame. He has served as a member of the board for the College of Texas Mediators, President of the Tarrant County Association of Mediators, and is a United States Navy veteran. In addition, Dr. Kelly currently holds memberships with the Texas Association of Mediators (TAMS), Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), Board member with the Tarrant County Association of Mediators (TCAM), and National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
Dr. Kelly has worked as an on-air radio personality “Don Diego” and disc jockey for KLTY and KLUV in Dallas, Texas, and 101 Gold KVLC and KGRT in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Dr. Kelly has extensive experience as a small-business owner creating and operating businesses such as Kelco Enterprises, Inc., Threshcov, Inc., Don R. Kelly and Associates, Inc. and is currently the CEO and owner of Peacemaker Services (a mental health treatment and conflict resolution services company). Additionally, Dr. Kelly has served with Big Brothers and Big Sisters as President of the Board, President of the Farmers and Crafts Market, Deacon Chairman of his Church, and President of Phi Alpha Kappa Omega Social Work Honor Society.
Dr. Kelly is a qualified court-appointed mediator in both Texas and New Mexico and he has been a mediation trainer since 1996, training mediators in both Texas and New Mexico, teaching both basic and family mediation. Dr. Kelly’s mediation training includes the 40-hour basic training, 30-hour family training, Christian Conciliation training and certification, child abuse and neglect training, principles of cross-cultural mediation, EEO mediation, child protective services mediation, advanced mediation, transformative mediation, victim/offender mediation, and domestic violence mediation.