Dr Jane Frances Kelly

Senior Research Officer, Adolescent Accelerators Research Hub

Research Project(s)

  • HEY BABY (Helping Empower Youth Brought up in Adversity with their Babies and Young children)
  • Global Fund

Research Interests

  • Resilience of young people
  • Evidence-informed policy implementation
  • Qualitative Research


Dr. Jane Frances Kelly is a Senior Research Officer at the Adolescent Accelerator Research Hub at the Centre for Social Science Research. She leads and oversees qualitative research activities under the umbrella of the HEY BABY project (Helping Empower Youth Brought up in Adversity with their Babies and Young Children) which explores protective pathways to promote resilience amongst adolescent parents and their children. She is lead investigator in a sub-study of the HEY BABY project focused on experiences of healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally she serves as the leader for HEY BABY’s collaborative project with the Department of Basic Education (South Africa) to develop a support package for pregnant and mother learners. This will form part of the Implementation Guide of the DBE’s recently launched Policy on the Prevention and Management of Learner Pregnancy. She also supports research activities on a Global Fund project focused on the cost and programmatic effectiveness of Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) programmes for HIV prevention in 5 African countries. Her specific focus in this project is on the male partners of AGYW. Dr. Jane Kelly has an extensive background in research psychology. She completed her tertiary education at the University of Cape Town and holds a B.Soc.Sci.(Hons) in Psychology, an MA in Psychological Research and a PhD in Psychology. She has experience working in both academic and government settings, including a year in local government using routine data to inform policies and programming for violence reduction.  

 Dr. Jane Kelly CV

Recent Publications 

  • Kelly, J., Gittings, L., Laurenzi, C., Glinski, C., Mangqalaza, H., Ralayo, N., Langwenya, N., Sidloyi, L., Mbiko, A., Taleni, B., Saliwe B., and Toska, E. (2022). HIV and SRH healthcare delivery experiences of South African healthcare workers and adolescents and young people during COVID-19. Psychology, Health and Medicine. Doi: 10.1080/13548506.2022.2108080

  • Kelly, J.*, Glinski, C.*, Laurenzi, C., Manqalaza, H., Toska, E., Gittings, L., Langwenya, N., Sidloyi, L., Mbiko, A., Taleni, B., Saliwe, B. (2022).  Reflections of nurses providing services during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa. South African Health Review. https://journals.co.za/doi/pdf/10.10520/ejc-healthr-v2021-n1-a9  (*Equal contribution to first authorship.)

  • Gittings, L., Price, Y., Kelly, J., Kannemeyer, N., Thomas, A., Medley, S., Ralayo, N., Omolloe, V., Obbuyie, A., Cluver, L., Logie, C., and Toska, E. (2022). Health and development-related priorities and challenges of adolescents and young people: findings from South Africa and Kenya prior-to and during COVID-19 pandemic. Psychology, Health and Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1080/13548506.2022.2108084 Citation 1