Debra L Kelly

Debra L Kelly, PhD, RN, OCN, CNE, FAAN

Assistant Professor

Department: Biobehavioral Nursing Science
Business Phone: (352) 273-6390
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About Debra L Kelly


Dr. Lynch Kelly is recognized by the National League for Nursing as a Certified Nurse Educator. She serves as an Assistant Professor instructing in several areas of nursing including pain management and patient controlled analgesia. She has been involved with course design and development for several undergraduate courses including for the RN to BSN courses online. She currently instructs in the College of Nursing across programs. Her teaching responsibilities include Medical-Surgical instruction in the undergraduate programs Theory and Research in the DNP program and Seminar in the PhD program.


Dr. Lynch Kelly’s is an Oncology Certified Nurse whose program of research focuses on elucidating the biological mechanisms underlying symptoms of Chronic Illness with a population focus in Oncology. She currently conducts research with a team of multi-disciplinary scientists from Nursing, Medicine, Psychology, Statistics, Microbiology, Metabolomics and Genetics. She has recently received NIH funding to examine the interplay among diet, inflammation and the gut microbiota on cognitive function and other psychoneurological symptoms of patients undergoing hematopoietic cell transportation (R21NR017749). Dr. Lynch Kelly’s research efforts focus on improving health outcomes for individuals living with chronic conditions to obtain and maintain optimal quality of life.


Dr. Lynch Kelly is active in several nursing organizations at all levels including the Southern Nursing Research Society, American Nurses Association, Oncology Nursing Society and Sigma Theta Tau. She is also a member of the Center for International Bone Marrow Transplant (CIBMTR) Late Effect Working Committee and the American Society of Transplant and Cellular Therapy (ASTCT). She serves on the Steering Committee of the ASTCT Survivorship Special Interest Group and Biobehavioral Special Interest Group and is a member of the ASTCT Palliative Care Special Interest Group. She has served as a Marshal for the University of Florida. She serves at the UF College of Nursing as the Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee. Other service areas at the CON include the PhD Program Evaluation Task Force, Innovation Task Force and the BSN Cirriculum Task Farce. Dr. Lynch Kelly has been recognized as a leader in Nursing Education and has been the recipient of several nurse educator awards including RN Excellence in Professional Development, Education and Leadership


Dr. Kelly received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and PhD in Nursing, both from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Honors & Awards

2019 · University of Florida
2019 · University of Florida, College of Nursing
2018 · The National Insitutes of Health
2014 · Virginia Commonwealth University
2010 · Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
2009 · Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
2008 · Virginia Commonwealth University
2007 · Virginia Commonwealth University


2019 Cts-Clinical and Translational Science
2019 Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
2019 Supportive Care In Cancer : Official Journal Of The Multinational Association Of Supportive Care In Cancer
2018 Supportive Care In Cancer : Official Journal Of The Multinational Association Of Supportive Care In Cancer


Sep 2018 ACTIVE
Developing the Biobehavioral Foundation for Self-Management of Psychoneurological Symptoms in Hematopoietic Cell Transplant (HCT) Survivors
NATL INST OF HLTH NINR · Principal Investigator
Aug 2018 ACTIVE
Exploring Gene Expression Biomarkers of Wound Pain and Wound Healing
NATL INST OF HLTH NINR · Principal Investigator
Jan 2017 – Dec 2019
NATL INST OF HLTH NINR · Principal Investigator
Aug 2015 – Jan 2017
Relationship of Mitochondrial Enzymes with Cancer Relate
NATL INST OF HLTH NINR · Principal Investigator
Feb 2015 ACTIVE
UF Health Cancer Center Pilot Project Grants funded through the Florida Consortium of National Cancer Institute Centers Program
Jan 2012 – Dec 2016
Institutional Research Grant
AMER CANCER SOC · Project Manager


PhD in Nursing
2014 · Virginia Commonwealth University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
1996 · Virginia Commonwealth University
Associate of Arts
1995 · Northern Virginia Community College

Contact Details

(352) 273-6390