Assistive technology, wheelchair seating and positioning, mobility impairments/limitations, participation, physical activity, and exercise
The focus of Dr. Morgan's research and clinical career has been to generate empirical knowledge helpful for guiding community-based and person-based interventions that improve the participation of people with lower limb mobility impairments (including but not limited to spinal cord injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, post-polio syndrome and cerebral palsy). Her research focuses on disability, participation, physical activity and assistive technology. Dr. Morgan helped develop and test standardized measures that assess a person’s quality of participation in major life activities and the environmental facilitators and barriers impacting participation. In addition, she helped create a community-based program housed in a local Independent Living Center that provides services for people with disabilities (such as health and wellness programs and assistive technology assessment and training). Dr. Morgan is interested in people who have appropriate fit assistive technology (such as manual wheelchairs), if they can improve their propulsion performance through training, and finding the most efficient and effective approach to training. She has been involved in developing a motor-driven roller system (WheelMill System) to be used for wheelchair training and exercise for manual wheelchair users.
Dr. Morgan teaches an introduction to assistive technology course (OT 5220) in the entry-level MSOT and OTD degree programs. Additionally, she mentors students interested in mobility impairments and assistive technology for the MSOT and OTD projects.
2015: PhD in movement science, Washington University School of Medicine, Program in Physical Therapy
1998: MS in occupational therapy, Washington University School of Medicine, Program in Occupational Therapy
1996: BA in psychology, Texas Christian University
Dr. Morgan earned a master's degree in occupational therapy from the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine in 1998, where she is an instructor in the Department of Neurology and Program in Occupational Therapy. In addition, Dr. Morgan earned her doctorate in movement science at Washington University School of Medicine. She is also certified as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP). Dr. Morgan has worked for the program since 1999 in different capacities. She has written grants (federal, state and foundation grants), managed community based research grants, and served as a principal investigator on grants related to assistive technology. She has also performed clinical evaluations and provided assistive technology interventions. She teaches a course and lab focused on assistive technology and also serves an MSOT and OTD thesis mentor. She serves on many organizational and state boards (e.g., Paraquad Independent Living Center, St. Louis City Office for the Disabled and St. Louis Society for the Physically Disabled). Prior to working at Washington University, Dr. Morgan served as an intern at the White House in the Presidential Personnel Office and at Devnonshire Hospital in the Occupational Therapy Department in London, England. Dr. Morgan is also an avid wheelchair athlete.
Morgan, K. A., Engsberg, J. R., & Gray, D. B. (2015). Important wheelchair skills for new manual wheelchair users: health care professional and wheelchair user perspectives. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, (ahead-of-print), 1-11.
Klaesner, J., Morgan, K. A., & Gray, D. (2014). The development of an instrumented wheelchair propulsion testing and training device. Assistive Technology: The official Journal of RESNA, 26, 24–32.
Miller, L. C., Gottlieb, M., Morgan, K. A., & Gray, D. B. (2014). Interviews with employed people with mobility impairments and limitations: Environmental supports impacting work acquisition and satisfaction. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, & Rehabilitation, 48.
Morgan, K. A., Gray, D. B., Gottlieb, M., Miller, L. C., & Hollingsworth, H. H. (2014). Mobility Device User Work Survey (MWS). WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, & Rehabilitation, 48.
Gray, D. B., Morgan, K. A., Gottlieb, M., Miller, L. C., & Hollingsworth, H. H. (2014). Employed mobility device users: Description of physical and social factors that impact work. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, & Rehabilitation, 48.
Julien, M. C., Morgan, K. A., Stephens, C. L., Standeven, J., & Engsberg, J. (2013). Trunk and neck kinematics during overground manual wheelchair propulsion in persons with tetraplegia. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 0, 1–6.
Goins, A. M., Morgan, K. A., Stephens, C. L., & Engsberg. J. R. (2011). Elbow kinematics during overground manual wheelchair propulsion in individuals with tetraplegia. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 6, 312–319.
Walker, K. A., Gray, D. B., Hollingsworth, H. H., & Morgan, K. A. (2010). Development of a community mobility skills course for persons who use mobility devices. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64, 547–554.
DeGroot, K., Hollingsworth, H., Morgan, K., Morris, C., & Gray, D. B. (2009). The influence of verbal training and visual feedback on manual wheelchair propulsion. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 4, 86–94.
Crawford, A., Hollingsworth, H. H., Morgan, K., & Gray, D. B. (2008). People with mobility impairments: physical activity and quality of participation. Disability and Health, 1, 7–13.
Gray, D. B., Hollingsworth, H. H., Stark, S. L., & Morgan, K. A. (2008). A subjective measure of environmental facilitators and barriers to participation for people with mobility limitations. Disability and Rehabilitation, 30, 434–457.
Stark, S, Hollingsworth, H. H., Morgan, K., & Gray, D. B. (2007). Development of a measure of receptivity of the physical environment. Disability and Rehabilitation, 29, 123–137.
Gray, D. B., Hollingsworth, H. H., Stark, S. L., & Morgan, K. A. (2006). Participation Survey/Mobility Psychometric properties of a measure of participation for people with mobility impairments and limitations. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 87, 189–197.
Stark, S., Butterfield, T., Morgan, K., & Gray, D. (2006). Understanding the environmental attributes that influence social participation using cognitive maps. Disability and Society, 26.
Gray D. B., Morgan, K. A., & Hollingsworth, H. H. (2001). Independent living and assistive technology: Work context. Rehabilitation Education, 15, 353 >364.
Perkinson, M., Hilton, C., Morgan, K. & Perlmutter, M., Therapeutic partnerships: Caregiving in the home setting, in Ways of Living: Intervention Strategies to Enable Paraticipation (4th Ed), Christiansen, C. & Matuska, K., AOTA Press, Maryland, 2011.
Morgan, K., & Tucker, S. Tips to Obtaining Mobility Devices. MS Clinical Messenger. Fall 2009.
Morgan, K. & Tucker, S. Adaptive Sports for Nonmilitary Clients. OT Practice. May 2007.
Gray, D.B., Stark, S.L., Bricout, J.C., Morgan, K.A., Hollingsworth, H.H. Measures of Community Receptivity and Participation by People with Mobility Impairments. In G Andre (Ed.). Handicap and Environment, Institut Garches, Frison Roche, Paris, France, 2005.
Perkinson, M., LaVesser, P., Morgan, K. and Perlmutter, M., Therapeutic partnerships: Caregiving in the home setting, in Ways of Living: Adaptive Strategies for Special Needs (3rd Ed), Christiansen, C. & Matuska, K., AOTA Press, Maryland, 2004.
2013: Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Fontbonne University
2013: USA World Championship – 2 Silver Medals (800m, 200m), Bronze Medal (100m)
2012: The Jason Sommer Dedicated Semester Award, Fontbonne University
2012: USA Paralympic Bronze Medal winner (100m, 200m)
2011: USA World Championship - Gold Medal (800m), 3 Silver Medals (400m, 200m, 100m) 2010-Present: USA Paralympic Track and Field Team Member 2009: USA Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby Team (first female) 2008: USA Paralympic Track and Field Team 2006: St. Louis Business Journal Healthcare Hero Finalist 2005: Honorary member, Pi Theta Epsilon Honor Society for Occupational Therapy Students, Washington University
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