Collaborator Bio

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Kelli Williams, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

williamsjonk@vcu.edu |

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.

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.