Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Kelli Williams Gary

Dr. Kelli Williams Gary Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy
School of Allied Health Professions
willliamsjonk@vcu.edu
(804) 828-3412

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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