Keely Mason is an adjunct lecturer in the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine online graduate programs. She is an alumna of UF’s College of the Arts and holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Arts in Medicine, a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, and a Bachelor of Science in Health Education. She has worked with the Center since 2016, with a focus on program administration, grants management, research, and dance in health program facilitation. She has also worked as a dancer in residence with UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine to facilitate dance in health programs in the community, including programs for people with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and developmental disabilities.
Since 2018, Keely’s work has supported the Center’s arts in public health initiatives, including the Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America Initiative, and the EpiArts Lab. She currently serves as project coordinator for the EpiArts Lab, a National Endowment for the Arts Research Lab, that will explore the impact of arts and cultural engagement on population health outcomes in the US.
Keely's own dance in health practice and research focuses on dance for people with multiple sclerosis. She is a founding member of the UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine's Dance for MS class - a class designed by dancers, neurologists and people with MS to benefit those with MS through enhanced physical and social wellbeing. Most recently, she completed a mixed-methods research study to explore the impact of dance on self-efficacy for people with multiple sclerosis.
Keely is located in Washington DC, where she is also currently a contract researcher with the National Endowment for the Arts. She has trained, taught and performed as a dancer for over 15 years, and is an active member in the dance community with a deep commitment to the use of creativity to promote wellbeing.