Kelly Dean Schwartz, Ph.D.
Kelly Dean Schwartz is a research fellow with the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada.
Kelly researches, writes, and teaches about all areas of child and family development. His expertise includes parent-child relationships, positive youth development, family systems, and the intersection of child, family, school, and community. He is a strong advocate for the use of evidence-based research to understand issues that influence Canadian families, especially as research informs both individual family functioning and wider social policy.
Kelly's light and conversational style have allowed him to engage with Canadians at many levels of public discourse, including national and international scientific conferences (e.g., Canadian Psychological Association, National Council on Family Relations, Society for Research on Child Development), invited seminars and colloquia, and with numerous media outlets (e.g., Metro News, the Calgary Herald, Parenting Today, CBC Radio, QR77 and others).
Born in rural northeast Saskatchewan and raised in central Alberta, Kelly has worked as a school psychologist, in private psychological practice (PsyConsult), and currently serves as Associate Professor of School and Applied Child Psychology and Director, University of Calgary Applied Psychological and Educational Services (U-CAPES), at the University of Calgary. He serves on the board of several local, national, and international organizations, and he is founder of a small research-based consulting and educational site called FamilyWise. He loves the Philadelphia Flyers, the Riders (the green ones), 80s rock music, and any dark roast coffee that doesn't come in a Starbucks container.
Kelly has degrees from the University of Manitoba (BA) and the University of Calgary (MSc and PhD).