Kelli Williams Gary, Ph.D., OTR/L

Kelli Williams-Gary

2017 Mary E. Switzer Merit Fellow

Dissemination Coordinator for VCU TBI Model Systems
Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Dr. Kelli Williams Gary is an assistant professor in the department of occupational therapy (OT) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA. After sustaining a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) twenty-seven years ago, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in OT from Chicago State University in Chicago, IL, a Master of Science and Master of Public Health from Columbia University in New York, NY, and Ph.D. from VCU. She has 22 years of clinical practice, nine years of research, and six years teaching experience in OT. She is a member of the leadership team for Culture, Race, and Health Core in the VCU Institute on Inclusion, Inquiry, and Innovation. Dr. Gary has authored/coauthored more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and two book chapters primarily focused on racial and ethnic minorities and caregivers with TBI and other disabilities. She served as PI for a VCU community engagement grant to develop an afterschool program for children in Petersburg, VA. Currently, she is the PI of a grant funded by National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research to develop a cultural family intervention after brain injury for African Americans to facilitate community reintegration of the survivor and alleviate burden and stress for the caregiver. She has presented at national and international conferences on her research. She is currently on the board of directors for Brain Injury Association of VA (BIAV), on a special national committee that reports directly to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in Washington, DC, and co-facilitates a monthly support group for people with brain injury sponsored by BIAV.

Professional interests

  • Racial and ethnic issues for individuals with disabilities

  • Post-injury outcomes after traumatic brain injury (TBI)

  • Intervention research

  • Community engaged/community based participatory research

  • Cognitive and perceptual OT intervention

Education

  • 2003-2008: Ph.D. in Health Related Sciences with specialization in Occupational Therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University.

  • 2005-2008: Doctoral Research Fellow of Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) program in TBI rehabilitation research, National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Virginia Commonwealth University.

  • 1997-2000: Master in Public Health (MPH) and Master of Science (M.S.) in Post-professional Occupational Therapy, Columbia University.

  • 1991-1995: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in entry-level Occupational Therapy

Selected Publications

Referred

  • Arango-Lasprilla, J. C., Ketchum, J. M., Hurley, J., Getachew, A. M., & Gary, K. W. (2014). Allegation of ethnic minorities from 1993--2008: An equal employment opportunity commission (EEOC) study. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, 47(2), 267-279.

  • Lu, J., Gary, K. W., Neimeier, J. P., Ward, J., & Lapane, K. L. (2012). Randomized controlled trials in adult traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 26(13-14), 1523-1548.

  • Cole, P. L., & Gary, K. W.  (2012). Tailoring work-life interventions for culturally diverse caregivers of traumatic brain injury. Home Health Care Services Quarterly, 31, 130-154. DOI: 10.1080/01621424.2012.681545

  • Arango-Lasprilla, J. C., Ketchum, J. M., Lewis, A., Krch, D., Gary, K. W., & Dodd B. A. (2011). Racial and ethnic disparities in employment outcomes for individuals with traumatic brain injury: A longitudinal investigation one through five years post-injury. PM&R Journal: The Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation, 3(12), 1083-1091.

  • Niemeier, J. P., Kreutzer J. S., Marwitz, J. H., Gary, K. W., & Ketchum J. M. (2011). Efficacy of a brief acute neurobehavioral intervention following traumatic brain injury: A preliminary investigation. Brain Injury, 25, 680-690.

  • Gary, K. W., Nicholls, E., Shamburger, A., Stevens, L. F., & Arango-Lasprilla, J. C. (2011). Do Racial and ethnic minority patients fare worse after SCI: A critical review of the literature. NeuroRehabilitation, 29(3), 275-293. DOI: 10.3233/NRE-2011-0704.

  • Gary, K. W., Ketchum, J. M., Arango-Lasprilla, J. C., Kreutzer, J. S., Novak, T, Copolillo, A., & Deng, X. (2010). Difference in employment outcomes 10 years after traumatic brain injury among racial and ethnic minority groups. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 33(1), 65-75.

  • Livingston, L. A., Kennedy, R.E., Marwitz, J.H., Arango-Lasprilla, J.C., Rapport, L. J., Bushnik, T., & Gary, K. W. (2010). Predictors of family caregivers´ life satisfaction after traumatic brain injury at one and two years post-injury: A longitudinal multi-center investigation. NeuroRehabilitation, 27,73-81.

  • Gary, K. W., Arango-Lasprilla, J. C., & Stevens, L. F. (2009). Do racial/ethnic differences exist in post-injury outcomes after TBI?: A comprehensive review of the literature. Brain Injury, 23(10),775-789.

  • Gary, K. W., Arango-Lasprilla, J. C., Ketchum, J.M., Kreutzer, J. S., Copolillo, A., Novak, T., & Jha, A. (2009). Racial difference in employment outcomes at 1, 2, and 5 years post-injury. Archives of Physical Medicine Rehabilitation, 90, 1699-1707.

  • Arango-Lasprilla, J. C., Ketchum, J. M., Gary, K.W., Kreutzer, J.S., O’Neil-Pirozzi, T. M., Wehman, P., Marquez de la Plata, C., & Jha, A. (2009). Influence of minority status on job stability after traumatic brain injury. PM&R: The Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation, 1 (1),41-49.

  • Kreutzer, J. S., Livingston, L. A., Everley, R. S., Gary, K. W., Arango-Lasprilla, J. C., Powell, V. D., Marwitz, J. H. (2009). Caregivers´ concerns about judgment and safety of patients with brain injury: A preliminary investigation. PM&R: The Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation, 1(8),723-728.

  • Arango-Lasprilla, J. C., Ketchum, J. M., Gary, K., Hart, T., Corrigan, J., Forster, L., & Mascialino, G. (2009). Race/ethnicity differences in satisfaction with life among persons with traumatic brain injury. NeuroRehabilitation, 24(1), 5-14.

  • Hart, T., O´Neil-Pirozzi, T. M., Williams, K. D., Rapport, L. J., Hammond, F., & Kreutzer, J. (2007). Racial differences in caregiving patterns, caregiver emotional function, and sources of emotional support following traumatic brain injury. Journal Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 22(2), 122-131.

Book Chapters

  • Wilson, K. B., Gines, J. E., Gary, K. W., & Brown, S. M. (2014). Diversity and multiculturalism among personnel: Hiring, staffing, and supervising an emerging workforce.  In C. Flowers, J. Soldner, & S. Robertson, S. (Eds.) Clinical supervision & administrative practices in allied health professions. Linn Creek, MO: Aspen Professional Services

  • Gary, K. W., & Wilson, K. B.  (2012). Traumatic brain injury: Short, long, and very long-term vocational outcomes.  In A. Agrawal (Ed.) Brain injury: Functional aspects, rehabilitation and prevention.  Rejeka, Croatia: InTech. DOI: 10.5772/2442.

Monographs

  • Graham, C. W., Gary, K. W., West, S. L., Sima, A. P., Temple, P. E., & Arango-Laprilla, J. C. (2013). Faculty research capacity in rehabilitation oriented disciplines. In P. Wehman, K.W. Gary, & J. L. Bourdon (Eds.). Race, ethnicity, and disability research: Modern advancements and future endeavors in the field (pp. 119-128). Richmond, VA: Virginia Commonwealth University.

  • Gary, K. W., Graham, C. W., West, S. L., Sima, A. P., Temple, P. E., Bourdon, J. L.,  & Arango-Laprilla, J. C. (2013). Vocational rehabilitation professional accessibility to multicultural research. In P. Wehman, K.W. Gary, & J. L. Bourdon (Eds.), Race, ethnicity, and disability research: Modern advancements and future endeavors in the field (pp. 53-61). Richmond, VA: Virginia Commonwealth University. 

  • Cole, P. L., & Gary, K. W. (2013). Establishing the need for work-life interventions among culturally diverse caregivers of persons with traumatic brain injury. In P. Wehman & K.W. Gary, J. L. Bourdon (Eds.), Race, ethnicity, and disability research: Modern advancements and future endeavors in the field (pp. 87-100). Richmond, VA: Virginia Commonwealth University.

  • Gary, K. W. (2013). Descriptive qualitative analysis of minorities with traumatic brain injury reintegrating in communities with different levels of socioeconomic status. In P. Wehman & K.W. Gary, J. L. Bourdon (Eds.), Race, ethnicity, and disability research: Modern advancements and future endeavors in the field (pp. 29-40). Richmond, VA: Virginia Commonwealth University.

Selected Grant Activity (Current/Completed)

  • Project Title: VCU Global Impact Award for Community Engaged Research and Global Health at University KwaZulu-Natale in Durban, South Africa; Award Amount: $10,000; Agency: VCU Global Education Office/Division of Community Engagement; Role: Principal Investigator; Awarded: 2/28/2014.      

  • Project Title: VSU-VCU Partnership to Promote Literacy for Impoverished, Linguistically Challenged Youth in Virginia; Award Amount: $19, 683; Agency: VCU, Council of Community Engagement; Role: Principal Investigator; Dates of Award: 2013-2014.

  • Project Title: VCU TBI Model System of Care; Salary Support: $12,000 x 5 years; Agency: National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR); Role: Dissemination Coordinator (Kreutzer, PI); Dates of Award: 2013-2018.

  • Award Title: Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Health Disparities Research; Award Amount: $104,820; Agency: National Institute of Health, National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities Role: Selected Recipient through Competitive Application; Dates of Award: 2010-2014.

  • Project Title: Project Empowerment: Improving Minority Research Capacity Award Amount: $1,782,682 (5 years); Agency: National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR); Roles: Post-doctoral Research Fellow/Research Coordinator (2009-11); Co-Principal Investigator (2012-13; Lewis/Arango/Wehman, PI); Dates of Award: 2008-2013.

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