Dr. Kathleen Foley joined the School of Occupational Therapy at Brenau University in August, 2013 as an Associate Professor and Research Coordinator 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 positions in the rehabilitation arena with extensive experience in the neurorehabilitation of adults and older adults. She has held various graduate faculty positions in Massachusetts, Indiana, and Alabama. Her current teaching responsibilities in the entry-level program include the adult and older adult assessment and application courses as well as thesis supervision.
As an Affiliated Investigator at the Birmingham/Atlanta Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, her scholarly activity is focused on improving function 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. Dr. Foley has presented at the state and national level on a variety of topics including fieldwork and interprofessional teams.
Active in state and national professional organizations, Dr. Foley was past Membership Chair of the Alabama Occupational Therapy Association, Alabama delegate to the American Occupational Therapy Association Representative Assembly, and past President of the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association. In addition, she was as an item writer for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Currently, Dr. Foley enjoys participating in various work groups and committees for the American Occupational Therapy Association.