Lucy-Anna Kelly

Instructor, CMU-Africa


Lucy-Anna Kelly has been an instructor of professional and academic skills at Carnegie Mellon University in Africa since 2015. Prior to this, she worked in the English language teaching (ELT) sector in Rwanda for five years in both instructional and managerial roles.

Kelly has a background in providing psychosocial support including cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), social rehabilitation, youth mentoring and crisis support. She is currently pursuing the MSc. in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology at the University of East London, with a research focus on playfulness in adults. She has postgraduate qualifications in CBT, ELT and academic management. She has two bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and criminal justice and a vocational qualification in community justice.

Kelly brings a holistic, integrated and facilitative approach to her teaching. Beyond her learner-centred classrooms, she coaches students individually and develops projects aimed at enhancing student performance, collaboration and wellbeing as well as strengthening the broader university community. Lucy-Anna believes in empowering students to flourish by cultivating self-awareness, self-belief and personal responsibility.

In her free time, she values being outdoors and physically active, ideally in wild nature. She loves being with family and friends and enjoys reading about psychology, spirituality and wellbeing. Kelly cares deeply about protecting nature and animals.