Kellie Sawyer

Clinical Assistant Professor Occupational Therapy

Kellie Sawyer is a native of Camden, NC. Kellie joined the faculty at Emory & Henry College in 2021 as a clinical assistant professor. Kellie began her career as an occupational therapist in 2011, and her work has been with adult and older adult populations. Kellie’s clinical experiences include short-term acute care, long-term acute care, acute rehabilitation, sub-acute rehabilitation, and home health rehabilitation. Throughout her various clinical encounters, Kellie was often able to find alignment with her clients through her personal experiences as a woman of color from rural NC. This developed her passion to serve historically underserved populations. Now, Kellie leverages her position to empower minoritized and stigmatized populations, who are often recipients of disparate care. As a faculty member, Kellie is committed to preparing the next generation of holistic and culturally responsive occupational therapists.


  • The George Washington University- Washington, DC

     pOTD, Occupational Therapy- 2021

Capstone Title: Acknowledgement of Implicit Bias in Occupational Therapy Practitioners

  • James Madison University- Harrisonburg, VA

     MOT, Occupational Therapy- 2010

  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill- Chapel Hill, NC

     BA, Exercise and Sport Science- 2008


Kellie’s research interests include implicit bias and cultural humility, specifically as it relates to student development.


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