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Kelly Welch

Contact Information


  • BS, Psychology, Kansas State University
  • Masters Degree, Family Studies, Kansas State University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Family Studies, Kansas State University


  • Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE, National Council on Family Relations)
  • Certified Childbirth Educator
  • Certified Lactation Consultant

Areas of Specialization

Human Development across the lifespan; Intimate and Family Relationships; Human Sexuality; Family Change and Crisis; Death, Dying, and Bereavement; Women’s Health and Reproduction

Courses Taught

  • FSHS 110: Introduction to Human Development
  • FSHS 302: Introduction to Human Sexuality
  • FSHS 350: Family Relationships and Gender Roles
  • FSHS 506: Middle Childhood and Adolescence
  • FSHS 654: Death and the Family
  • FSHS 708: Family Communication

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors

Welch, Kelly J. (2013). Family life now (2010 Census Update, 2e). Boston: Pearson Education.

Welch, Kelly J. (2013). THINK human sexuality (1e). Boston: Pearson Education.

Turner, P., & Welch, Kelly J. (2013) Parenting in contemporary society (5e.) Boston: Pearson Education.

Welch, Kelly J. (2004). Journey of a lifetime: Human development across the lifespan. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Welch, Kelly J. (2004). Journey through childhood and adolescence. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Welch, Kelly J. (2000). Adolescent parent mourning reactions associated with stillbirth or neonatal death. Omega—Journal of Death and Dying, 40(3), 435-451.

Welch, Kelly J. (in draft). Family crisis and change. Boston: Pearson Education.

Welch, Kelly J. (in draft). Child development. Independence, KY: Cengage.

Professional Biography

Dr. Welch has been a lover of the Purple and the White since 1977, when she began her bachelor's degree at Kansas State University. In the 1980s and early 1990s she served in the Manhattan community as a sexuality and sexual assault educator. She also taught childbirth education classes, and served women as a lactation consultant. She worked in labor and delivery as a doula, a certified birth professional who provides physical, informational, and educational support before, during, and after the birth of the baby. She received my PhD in Family Studies in 1999 from Kansas State. Her cutting-edge teaching style and pedagogy has been nationally recognized and awarded by the Pew Foundation. Her research areas of expertise include Human Development across the lifespan; human sexuality; intimate relationships; and family change/crisis. She has researched and authored several university textbooks. Recently, she opened two HIV clinics in the Caribbean, as HIV is now pandemic in that region. Efforts are underway to reduce the transmission of HIV by educating women how to bottle feed their infants. Other than classroom, there's no place Dr. Welch would rather be than in a jungle with HIV+ babies and their mothers. Dr. Welch is the mother of four adult sons and three gorgeous grandbabies--who call her Emaw! Her husband of 32+ years was killed in an auto accident, but as a family they are growing through the tragedy. As Dr. Welch notes, “That's the beauty of Family Studies....we teach people to struggle well. And that’s what our family is doing.” Finally, Dr. Welch is unapologetically a HUGE KSU football fan!

Vita (pdf)