Kelly L'Engle

Kelly L'Engle

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty


Dr. Kelly L’Engle, associate professor and director of the MPH-Behavioral Health concentration, is a social and behavioral health scientist with 25 years experience in research and program development in the health sector.

She joined the faculty of the Population Health Sciences Department in the School of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of San Francisco in August 2015. She has served as department chair and program director and teaches classes in program planning and evaluation, health communication, adolescent health, research methods, and applied practice experience.

From 2007–15, she served as a senior scientist at FHI 360, where she led and partnered on front-line population health research and program development in cross-cultural and global settings. Dr. L’Engle is expert in developing, testing, and evaluating health behavior interventions and communication programs globally, and she is a leading expert on mobile health technologies and research.


  • Adolescent Health
  • Reproductive Health, HIV and STIs
  • Health Communication and Design
  • New Media and Technologies
  • Substance Use
  • Interventions
  • Global Health and Populations
  • mHealth

Research Areas

  • Digital health interventions
  • Health and wellness coaching
  • Culturally-tailored messaging for health promotion
  • Adolescent health and well-being
  • Eco-anxiety and activism
  • Healthcare worker stress and burnout
  • Global health, Reproductive health, Chronic disease


  • Chair, Faculty Association of the School of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Program Director, MPH-Behavioral Health Concentration
  • Faculty Advisor, Break the Cycle of Children’s Environmental Health Disparities Training Program: Effect of Activism on Eco-Anxiety in Adolescents
  • Member, Laudato Si' Working Group
  • SONHP Representative, Joint University Curriculum Committee


  • Ph.D. Health Behavior and Health Education, Gillings School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC
  • MPH, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • BA, Development Studies (Sociology), Brown University, Providence, RI

Prior Experience

  • FHI 360, Scientist
  • World Health Organization, Consultant, Member, Mobile Technical Evidence and Review Group (mTERG)
  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Project Director Teen Media
  • mHealth Working Group, Advisory Board
  • Porter Novelli, Communications Researcher
  • Larkin Street Youth Center, HIV Educator

Awards & Distinctions

  • University of San Francisco, Innovation in Teaching with Technology Award (2021)
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine, Leadership Institute Fellow (2021-22)
  • Ignatian Teaching and Research Fellowship at USF: Engaging the Ignatian Tradition in Jesuit Higher Education (2019-2020)

Selected Publications