Kelly Connell, M.S.Ed., C.A.S.H.S.E, (She/Her/Hers), is a sexuality educator, consultant, writer and public speaker with over twenty years of experience providing education and training to health care providers, patients, students and participants of all ages and backgrounds. She can work with your organization, agency, group, school or university to deliver sexuality education in a comprehensive, non-confrontational, non-judgmental and engaging manner.
Kelly has a Master’s Degree in Human Sexuality Education from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Human Sexuality Education from Widener University. Her professional memberships have included the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) and the American College Health Association (ACHA). She served on the Board of Directors of the LGBTQ Center in South Bend, Indiana and through the center has participated in several programs on the importance of being a straight ally.
Kelly got her start in sexuality education under the direction of Robert W. Hatfield Ph.D., as a teaching assistant for his undergraduate human sexuality course at the University of Cincinnati. While a graduate student at Penn, Kelly provided sexual health education programs to undergraduate students in the residence halls and assisted the Student Health Education Department with training peer educators to provide education on sexual health, body image issues and drug and alcohol safety. She has worked in reproductive health care for over 17 years, both as an educator and counselor to adults and adolescents. Her work with adolescents includes managing the health resource center at Martin Luther King High School in Philadelphia, coordinating the Supporting Teens in the Go (STOP) Program at Philadelphia Youth Emergency Services and Curriculum Consulting for Knowledge Learning Corporation.
Recognizing that sexuality is an important quality of life issue, Kelly’s work with adults has included providing education to health care providers and facilitating patient support groups for discussion and education of sexuality issues related to illness and disability. She also provided a three-part series on Sexuality and Aging/Intimacy over 50 for the South Bend Chapter of the AARP
Kelly has appeared as a Guest Sexuality Expert on several television and radio broadcasts including XM Satellite Radio, In the Spotlight with Brenda Layne WSJM, Ask an Expert WNIT, Beyond the Birds and Bees podcast and on various podcasts and local news programs