Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Student Profiles

Robert McKelvey, MD

Bob McKelvey

Life beyond Reed

Recently retired from a career as a clinician and professor in child and adolescent psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University, Bob is engaged in a full-time private psychiatric practice for children, adolescents, and adults. He and his wife, Jill, feel fortunate that their son and granddaughter live close by. They also love dogs and have several that romp happily in their backyard.

Academic interests

Bob’s research, primarily in cross-cultural child psychiatry, and his love of German literature and history have led to a more focused study on Germany in World War II: particularly, the German judicial response to physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals who participated in the “euthanasia" program that resulted in the deaths of thousands of mentally ill and severely disabled German and Austrian children and adults. He has published three books, two on Vietnamese refugees and one on coping with the deaths of child patients.


“I enjoy the excitement of learning and reflecting on topics once near and dear to my heart and exploring other areas with which I am not familiar. It is also fun to get to know other students, whether fellow MALS candidates or undergraduates. Reed is a challenging center of academic excellence and I bask in my identity as a Reedie."