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Kelly Beck is an assistant professor for the Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor that works clinically with individuals with cognitive disabilities, adults with chronic pain conditions, and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Beck’s specialty is using mindfulness-based interventions with a variety of disability populations. She is a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and has over 5 years of experience teaching mindfulness groups. Beck teaches MBSR groups at the UPMC Center for Integrative Medicine.

Beck also conducts several clinical research projects that evaluate the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions. Her research is focused in two areas: chronic pain conditions and mindfulness-based interventions. She has evaluated the use of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder with aims to improve quality of life. Beck is a co-developer of the Emotion Awareness and Skills Enhancement Program (EASE), a mindfulness-based intervention for adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. EASE utilizes a combination of mindfulness practices and cognitive behavioral therapy in an individual setting to improve emotion regulation for adolescents with ASD. She and several investigators are conducting clinical trials to evaluate the effectiveness of this intervention. Beck also conducts research on chronic pain disorders through the use of mobile application technology.

Departments

Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology

Programs

Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling