Kay Cahill Graham, OTR/L, PhD

Kay GrahamAssociate Professor

Joined Brenau University: 2008


Bachelor of Arts Psychology, The University of the South, Sewanee, TN

Master of Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX

Certificate in Gerontology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Doctor of Philosophy, Health Promotion-Public Health, University of Georgia, Athens, GA


Recipient of the Healthy Communities Summit, Division of Aging Services Service Award 2017

Recipient of the Ann Austin Johnston Outstanding Faculty Award 2016


Health promotion and community health, gerontology/geriatrics, fall prevention

Usui Reiki Master/Teacher

Advanced Halliwick Certification 1999

Modality Certified, GOTA 1996


CD615 Qualitative Methods for Evidence-based Practice;

OT725 Health Education and Promotion;

OT626/OT636: OT Adults & Older Adults;

OT665: Clinical Conditions-Adults & Older Adults


Aging in place, assistive technology and older adult decision-making; health literacy knowledge and use by healthcare and gerontology professionals; health literacy and program development for community dwelling older adults; fall prevention; and interprofessional education


Reitz, S. & Graham, K. (2019). Health Promotion Theories.  In B.A.B. Schell & G. Gillen (Eds.), Willard and Spackman’s occupational therapy (13th ed. pp. 675-692).Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer

Galati, C., Adams, R., Graham, K., Reynolds, K., & Zametin, J. (2017). Health Literacy and Written Communication in Skilled Nursing/Subacute Facilities. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 1539449217723896.

Graham, K. (2017). Orthotics. In Smith-Gabai (Ed), Occupational Therapy in Acute Care (2nd edition). AOTA, Bethesda, Maryland

Graham, K., Smith, M., Hall, J., Emerson, K., & Wilson, M. (2016).  Exploring changes in two types of self-efficacy following participation in a chronic disease self-management program. Frontiers in Public Health-Health Promotion and Education.4(196). Doi:10.3389/fpubh.2016.00196

Weissman-Miller, D., & Graham, K. (2015). Novel Scale Development for Fear of Falling and Falls: Analysed Using a Semiparametric Ratio Estimator (SPRE). International Journal Of Statistics and Probability, 4(3), p161. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/ijsp.

Smith, M. L., Jiang, L., Prizer, L. P., Ahn, S., Chen, S., Cho, J., Graham, K., & Ory, M. G. (2014). Health indicators associated with falls among middle-aged and older women enrolled in an evidence-based program. Women’s Health Issues, 24(6), 613-619.


Graham. Taking Time for You: Health Promotion Strategies for the Caregiver.  Virtual interactive presentation for Gwinnett County Government Caregiver Support Group April 22, 21.

Graham and Howard. Flexible-Engaged-Active: For your health and preventing falls. Virtual interactive 45 minute presentation to Hall County Senior Living Center in November 2020.

Graham. Intentional living and aging well.  Presented 1 hour lecture at the Disrupt Aging Symposium, Gainesville, GA, March 6 and 7th, 2020-Invited speaker

Graham. Fall prevention initiatives across the continuum; Why falls matter and how initiatives work.  Presented 1 hour lecture at the Recognizing Disabilities, Emphasizing Possibilities Rehabilitation Symposium, October 18, 2019—invited speaker

Graham and Howard:  Best Practices to meet and promote health literacy with your clients: A refresher/primer to better meet older adult health and well-being needs. (July, 2019). Presented 1 hour workshop at Georgia Gerontology Conference, Georgia.

Graham, Galati, Castillo, Fain, & Sutcliffe. OT and health literacy:  Current practices and recommended actions.  (April 2019). Poster presented at:  American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Galati, C. & Graham, K. OT and health literacy:  Current practices and recommended actions. (October, 2018). Presentation at the Georgia Occupational Therapy Conference, Jekyll Island, Georgia

Part of panel presentation entitled: Piecing Together Your Falls Prevention Awareness Day Event. (May 2018). ADRC Healthy Community Summit, Georgia.

Co-presenter with Wright and Howard. Using a Community Fall Prevention Expo to Enhance Knowledge and Awareness of Fall Prevention Programming in Georgia (2018). Georgia Gerontology Society/Southern Gerontological Society joint conference, Buford, GA.

Co-presenter with Wright and Howard. Serving the Community, Students, and Healthcare Professionals:  Engagement in a Fall Prevention Day. (Spring 2018). National conference for the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education, Atlanta, GA.


Member of Northeast Georgia Fall Prevention Coalition core leadership (2017-present)

Board member of the Georgia Gerontology Society (2016-present) serving on Scholarship and Conference committees.