Kathleen Foley, Ph.D., OTR/L

Kathleen Foley Portrait

Dr. Kathleen T. Foley joined the School of Occupational Therapy at Brenau University in 2013 as an Associate Professor at the North Atlanta campus. She received an undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University, a Master of Science in Instructional Systems Technology, and a PhD in Higher Education from Indiana University-Bloomington. A native of Massachusetts, Dr. Foley has worked in staff and leadership roles within the rehabilitation arena with extensive experience in the neurorehabilitation of adults and older adults. She has held various academic positions in Massachusetts, Indiana, and Alabama. Her current teaching responsibilities in the entry-level program include foundations, the adult and older adult assessment and application courses as well as thesis supervision.

In scholarly activity, Dr. Foley is focused on maximizing occupational performance in older adults and the development of interprofessional health care teams. She has received intramural grant funding to investigate toileting disparities among older Black residents in skilled nursing facilities. In addition, Dr. Foley has presented at the state and national level on a variety of topics including fieldwork and interprofessional teams. Currently, she is supervising student thesis projects exploring toileting disability and upper extremity rehabilitation outcomes.

Active in state and national professional organizations, Dr. Foley is the recipient of several service commendations. Currently, Dr. Foley is the Secretary of the American Occupational Therapy Association and a member of the Bylaws, Policies, and Procedures Committee.

Recent publications:

Brown, CJ, Foley, KT, Lowman, JD, MacLennan, PA, Razjouyan, J, Najafi, B, Locher, J, Allman, RM. (2016). Comparison of posthospitalization function and community mobility in hospital mobility program and usual care patients: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA Internal Medicine,176(7), 921-7.

Foley KT, & Brown CJ. Rehabilitation. In: Medina-Walpole A, Pacala JT, Potter JF, eds. Geriatrics Review Syllabus: A Core Curriculum in Geriatric Medicine, 9th ed. New York, NY: American Geriatrics Society; anticipated publication 2016 (epub ahead of print http://geriatricscareonline.org/).

Sheppard, KD, Ford, CR, Sawyer, P, Foley, KT, Harada, CN, Brown, CJ, & Ritchie, CS. (2015). The interprofessional clinical experience: Interprofessional education in the nursing home. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 29(2), 170-2.

Foley, KT, Morrison, MT, &  Hattori, Y. (2014). Etiology, symptoms, and progression of neurocognitive disorders. In G.M. Giles (Series Ed.) & Corcoran, M.A. (Vol. Ed.), Neurocognitive disorder (NCD): Interventions to support occupational performance. (pp. 47-64). Bethesda: American Occupational Therapy Association.

Ford, CR, Foley, KT, Ritchie, CS, Sheppard, K, Sawyer, P, Swanson, M, Harada, CN, &  Brown, CJ.(2013). Creation of an interprofessional clinical experience for healthcare professions trainees in a nursing home setting. Medical Teacher, 35(7), 544-8.

Wedge, F, Christy, J, Graham, C, Brown, CJ, & Foley, KT. (2011). Factors influencing the use of outcome measures in physical therapy practice. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 28(2), 119-33. PMID: 21877943


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