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Gary, Kelli Williams

Kelli Williams Gary

Virginia

Kelli Williams Gary, Ph.D., MPH, OTR/L 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) 28 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 23 years of clinical practice, ten years of research, and seven 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 23 peer-reviewed journal articles and three book chapters primarily focused on racial and ethnic minorities and caregivers with TBI and other disabilities. She is currently on the board of directors for Brain Injury Association of Virginia (BIAV), on a national committee for Veterans with special disabilities 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. She has presented at numerous conferences around the nation and internationally on her research and about her experience of living with a TBI and becoming successful, productive, and happy afterwards