Kelly Beck is an Instructor 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 teacher and has over 5 years of experience teaching mindfulness groups. Beck leads mindfulness groups in a variety of clinical settings and local school districts.
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 Stress Reduction. She has explored 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 a new intervention for adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder that utilizes a combination of mindfulness practices and cognitive behavioral therapy in an individual setting. She and several investigators are conducting clinical trials to evaluate the effectiveness of this intervention. Beck is also the primary investigator on HeadTrack, an ecological momentary assessment project researching the symptoms and triggers preceding chronic migraines through the use of mobile application technology.