Department of Rehabilitation Counseling, Virginia Commonwealth University
Kelli Williams Gary, Ph.D., MPH, OTR/L is an assistant professor in the department of rehabilitation counseling at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA. Thirty years ago, she sustained a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) from a car accident, which resulted in a coma for over two weeks and a hospital stay for nearly five months with extensive physical and cognitive injuries. After her injury, she returned to school and 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 all while having residual cognitive deficits. She has 25 years of clinical practice, 12 years of research, and nine years of teaching experience in OT and rehab counseling. Dr. Gary has authored/coauthored more than 25 peer reviewed journal articles and three book chapters primarily focused on racial and ethnic minorities and caregivers with TBI and other disabilities. She has written grants and secured nearly $200,000 in funding to develop an after-school program in Petersburg, VA, develop her research in TBI and health disparities, and to pay off her student loans. Recently, she was elected president of the board of directors for the Brain Injury Association of Virginia (BIAV) and became a nationally certified brain injury specialist. She has been invited as a keynote and panelist speaker around the nation and internationally in Puerto Rico, Texas, Toronto, Canada and Johannesburg, South Africa. She has been a member of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine since her days as a fellow in the Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) program at VCU starting in 2005.
Sunday, September 26, 2021
2:10 PM – 3:25 PM ET