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Kelly McGloon PhD, OTR/L

Kelly Rebecca McGloon PhD, OTR/L

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  • Assistant Professor
  • College of Health Professions
  • Rehabilitation Sciences
Academic Focus
  • Pediatric Development
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Interprofessional Education
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·   PhD in Health & Rehabilitation Science, August 2017, Medical University of South Carolina

·   Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, 2011, Medical University of South Carolina

· Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education - Biology, 2008, Summa Cum Laude, Anderson University


2022-present   Assistant Professor, Medical University of South Carolina, Division of Occupational Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Science, College of Health Profession, Charleston, SC.

2018-2021      Assistant Professor, East Carolina University, Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Allied Health Sciences, Greenville, NC.

2017-2018      Post-Doctoral Scholar, Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Health Sciences and Research (50%); Department of Healthcare Leadership and Management (50%), Charleston, SC.

2013- 2017   Graduate Assistant/ Research Therapist, Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Health Sciences and Research, Charleston, SC.

2011-2013                Occupational Therapist, Pattison’s Academy, Therapy Department, Charleston, SC.  

Professional Certifications and Completed Training Courses

·       AOTA New Educator Mentorship Program- I was selected to participate in a 9-month formal mentorship and training program for faculty members new to full time academia positions.

·       ECU Active Learning and Leadership Program- I was awarded funding to participate in a 1 semester leadership in teaching program. Sixteen faculty members from across the university came together to brainstorm how to restructure our courses to infuse leadership training into already existing course content/assessments.

·       Brain Stimulation Course, 1-week intensive certification course taught by Dr. Mark George, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Brain Stimulation Laboratory and Layton McCurdy Endowed Chair.

·       Licensed Occupational Therapist, South Carolina & North Carolina

·       Registered Occupational Therapist, National Board for the Certification of Occupational Therapists

·       Former Certified Secondary Education Teacher, Biology

Funded Research Support

American Occupational Therapy Foundation Intervention Grant 07/2019-07/2020, Anderson (PI) $50,000

  • Project Title: The Role of Challenge Level in Upper Extremity Motor Recovery for Children with Cerebral Palsy This study investigates how the structure of a therapy session influences the rehabilitation process for children with cerebral palsy. Specifically, it is designed to help therapists understand how changing the difficulty of a treatment session impacts 1) a child’s engagement in therapy and also 2) recovery of your child’s ability to use their weaker arm and hand. For this study, challenge level will be evaluated in terms of success rate. In other words, we want to see how children respond differently to easier therapy tasks where they can be highly successful versus harder tasks when they make more of mistakes. 
  • Role: Principal Investigator


NIH/NCATS TL1/T32 Fellowship 10/2015-09/2016, Competitive Renewal, 09/2016-08/2017, Halushka (PI), $80,000

  • Parent Award: South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research Institute (SCTR) -5TL1TR001451-02 and 1U54TR001361-01
  • Dissertation: Optimizing Post-Stroke Motor Learning Treatment Conditions. The aim of my dissertation research is to determine the influence of task challenge on post-stroke motor learning. In the first part of this study I proposed a way to quantitatively define challenge in terms of individual performance. I then created a training algorithm to adjust task difficulty in order to maintain a designated challenge level. For the intervention portion, I recruited and enrolled n=13 stroke survivors into this 3-day cross-over study. I then tested the differential influence of challenge on changes in motor outcomes, variation in performance during the learning process, patient perception of training demand, and patient reported confidence in their ability.
  • Role: TL1(T32) Fellow


MUSC Interprofessional Collaboration Pilot Grant, 1/2015–12/2015, Anderson & Finetto (Co-I’s) $20,000

  • Project Title: Biomechanical Assessment of the Relationship between Postural Control and Fine Motor Skills in People with Stroke Dr. Finetto developed a new postural control measurement system which is able to track scapular movement.  This new system was used to measure the relationship between posture and fine motor control in people with stroke, and analyze how changes in posture affect hand function.  The goal of this study is to provide therapists with a better understanding of how trunk impairments influence fine motor control post stroke.
  • Role: Co-Principal Investigator (20% effort)


VA Rehabilitation R&D Merit Review Award, 04/2013-06/2017, Woodbury (PI) 

  • Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center(1-I01RX000799-01)
  • Project Title- Patient-Targeted Upper Extremity Rehabilitation After Stroke [#N0799-R, NCT01819506] Goal: This single-blind, RCT with parallel arm design and n=120 investigates the effects of an upper extremity rehabilitation program that is targeted at specific movement impairments and systematically progressed according to patients’ evolving ability-level. The treatment effect of the targeted-therapy program will be compared to standard of care neurorehabilitation program with clinical assessment, kinematic analyses, and EMG analyses. Data will be statistically modeled to identify and characterize responders and non-responders.
  • Role: Research Therapist (VA WOC)

NIH/NINDS StrokeNet Multisite Recovery Trial, 01/2015-01/2017, S. Cramer (PI) 1U01NS091951-01A1

  •  Project Title: Telerehabilitation in the Home Versus Therapy In-Clinic for Patients with Stroke
  •  Goal: Test the effect of a stroke rehabilitation program to improve arm recovery delivered via telehealth vs. in-clinic. [NCT02360488]
  •  Role: Assessing Therapist

NIH/NIGMS Delaware CTSA, 11/2013–10/2015, Binder-MacLeod, PI; U54GM1049-01, MUSC sub-award #34379, Kautz (PI)  [NCT02882997]          

  • Project Title: A Virtual Environment for Stroke Rehabilitation, MUSC Pilot Project Award
  • We developed, tested and licensed a prototype virtual environment (VE), Duck Duck Punch for post-stroke UE rehabilitation to meet the need for low-cost effective rehabilitation options. Promising pilot results led to software upgrades that have enabled translation of this technology out of the research laboratory and into clinical practice. This project tested the effectiveness of self-directed UE rehabilitation using VE in the homes of stroke survivors and an inpatient stroke rehabilitation clinic.
  • Role: Study Coordinator, Research Therapist

MUSC College of Health Professions Dean’s Doctoral Scholarship, 8/2013- 5/2017

  • I was awarded this competitive 4-year scholarship that fully pays my tuition and stipend when not covered by other grants.
  • Role: Scholarship Recipient


Unfunded/ In-Review Grant Applications

NIH R03, Submitted 03/2021, (In review $326,830)

  • Title: Remote Ischemic Conditioning to enhance motor learning and corticospinal excitability in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy
  •  Goal: This proposal aims to determine the effects of remote ischemic conditioning (RIC), when paired with bimanual skill training to enhance bimanual skill learning and to augment skill dependent plasticity in children with UCP
  •  Role: Co-Investigator

NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program Proposal, Submitted 01/2020, (not funded $939,756)

  • Proposal: Program Proposal for a Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN)
  • Goal: This proposal was developed to 1) facilitate interprofessional research in neuromotor control between various colleges and departments on campus and 2) provide research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Role: Contributing Core Investigator

ECU Research and Creative Activities Award, Submitted 01/2019, (Not funded $6,250)

  • Title: Utilizing the Recovery Roadmap to Empower Patients in Their Recovery Post-Stroke.
  • Goal: This research study is aimed at improving outpatient stroke rehabilitation services in eastern North Carolina. This will be done by teaching patients to utilize the “Recovery Roadmap” tool which indicates what deficits to address when in daily routine activities. This study utilizes cutting edge, evidenced-based stroke rehabilitation practice in a cost-effective manner.

Peer-reviewed Publications


·       Simpson, A; Wilmskoetter, J; Ickpyo, H.; Li, C.; Jauch, E.; Bonilha, H. Anderson, K.; Harvey, J.; Simpson, K. A (2017) Stroke Administration Severity Index: Using Administrative Data for 30-day Post-stroke Outcomes Prediction. Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research. PMID: 29057660

·       Hong I., Coker-Bolt, P., Anderson, K. R., Lee, D., & Velozo, C. A. (2016) Relationship Between Physical Activity and Overweight and Obesity in Children: Findings From the 2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey National Youth Fitness Survey. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. PMCID:PMC4993132

·       Woodbury, ML.; Anderson, K.R.; Finetto, C.; Fortune, A.; Dellenbach, B.; Grattan, E.; Hutchison, S (2016). Matching task-difficulty to patient-ability during task practice improves upper extremity motor skill after stroke: a proof of concept study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  PMCID:PMC5278766

·       Anderson, K.R., Woodbury, ML, Phillips K., & Gauthier L.V. (2014). Information/Education Page: Virtual reality video games to promote movement recovery in stroke rehabilitation. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. PMID: 25910856

·       Woodbury, ML., Dellenbach, B., Anderson, K.R., Grattan, E., Finetto, C., Hutchison, S., Fortune, A., Hayes, A., Dukes, P., Hodges, L. (in final edits for submission) The feasibility of a custom designed Kinect based stroke rehabilitation computer game to elicit in-home arm movement repetitions.


·    McGloon, K (2021). Standardized Stroke Assessment: a Scoring Tool You Want to Use. Oral Presentation. Spring North Carolina Occupational Therapy Conference. Virtual

·       McGloon, K & Beaver, C (2020). Resiliency and Self-Care. Children and Youth SIS Presentation. Fall North Carolina Occupational Therapy Conference. Virtual

·        McGloon, K (2020). Defining the “Just Right Challenge” in Clinical Practice. Oral Presentation. Fall North Carolina Occupational Therapy Conference. Virtual

·     Woodbury, M.L., Hutchison, S., Finetto, C., Fortune, A., Anderson, K. Lauer-Kelly, A., Ramakrishnan, V. (2018) Does Matching Task-Challenge to Patient-Ability during Stroke Rehabilitation Promote Greater Post-Stroke Arm Motor Recovery than Usual Care? The Matching Task Challenge (MATCH) trial. Poster presentation, American Society for Neurorehabilitation conference. San Diego, CA.

·       Anderson, K.A., Adkins, D., Stewart, J., Simpson, A. Woodbury, M.L., (2018) Using evidence from neuroscience, psychology, and learning theory to determine when to alter task difficulty. Poster Presentation, American Occupational Therapy Association, Salt Lake City, Utah.

·       Simpson, A.N., Wilmskoetter, J., Hong, I., Li, C.Y., Jauch, E.C., Bonilha, H., Anderson, K.R., Harvey, J., Simpson, K.N. (2017). A Stroke Severity Prediction Model and Score for Use with Administrative Data. Academy Health Annual Research Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

·       Anderson, K.R., Finetto, C., Fortune, A., Dellenbach, B., Hutchison, S., Woodbury, M.L. (2016). Matching Task-Difficulty to Client-Ability in Post-Stroke Rehabilitation. Oral Presentation, American Occupational Therapy Foundation Research Summit; Pittsburgh, PA

·       Anderson, K.R., Finetto, C., Fortune A., Dellenbach, B., Hutchison, S., Woodbury, M.L. (2016). Altering Task-Practice Based on Client-Ability in Post-Stroke Rehabilitation. Poster Presentation, Translational Research Day, Charleston, SC

·       Anderson, K.R., Finetto, C., Fortune A., Dellenbach, B., Hutchison, S., Woodbury, M.L. (2016). Targeting Appropriate Impairments in Post-Stroke Rehabilitation Treatments. Poster Presentation, Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) Translational Science Conference, Washington D.C.

·       Anderson, K.R., Hutchison, S., Woodbury, M.L., (2015), Self-efficacy and Its Impact in Post-Stroke Rehabilitation. Research Poster, MUSC Student Research Day, Charleston, SC.

·       Anderson, K.R., Callahan, K., Jeffers, E., Stec, B. Pierson, P., Woodbury M.L. (2015). The relationship between self-reported hand use and movement efficiency in individuals with stroke.  Research Paper, American Occupational Therapy Annual Conference; Nashville, TN.

·       Woodbury, ML., Anderson, K.R., Hutchison, S., Fortune A., Stec, B., Pierson, P., Jeffers, E., Callahan, K., Finetto, C., Hutchison, D.  (2015). Linking Measurement to Treatment: A Standardized Method to Specify Task-Difficulty for Stroke Rehabilitation Sessions. Research Paper, American Occupational Therapy Annual Conference; Nashville, TN.

·       Anderson, K.R., Woodbury M., Simpson, A.N. (2015). How can national survey data be used to inform rehabilitation treatment practice post-stroke? Research Poster, DE-CTR ACCEL Annual Meeting; Charleston, SC.

·       Anderson, K.R., Dukes, P., Hayes, A., Hodges, L.F., Woodbury, M. L., (2014). The reality of movement practice: Using virtual reality in inpatient stroke rehabilitation. Oral Presentation, MUSC Student Research Day, Charleston, SC.

·       Anderson K.R., Dukes, P., Hayes, A., Hodges, L.F., Woodbury, M.L. (2014). The Reality of Movement Practice: Using Virtual Reality to Improve Movement function for Older Adults. Poster presentation, Annual Aging Research Day Conference, Columbia, SC.

·       Dodds, C.B., Cormack, C.L., Kascak, K.L.W., Anderson, K.R. (2013). An Interprofessional Teams’ Promotion to Improving Health Related Quality of Life for Children with Special Health Care Needs. Oral presentation, Collaborating across Borders IV, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

·       Anderson, K.R., Loftis, G., Turpin, M., Woodbury, M.L. (2010). Does Stroke Severity Influence Sensory Feedback Needed for Reaching?  Poster presentation, MUSC Student Research Day, Charleston, SC.

·       Anderson, K.R (2014). Basic Foundation for Remediation Based Treatments. Workshop presentation, Maralynne Mitcham Lectureship, Charleston, SC.

·       Anderson, K.R. (2013) Sensational Learning: Sensory Input and Integration Issues in the Classroom. Workshop presentation, Family Connections Conference, Columbia, SC.

·       Anderson, K.R., Turpin, M. (2010) Ergonomics of Baby Carriers, Display table and educational class, Roper Hospital Pregnancy Celebration Expo - Charleston, SC.

Invited Presentations

·       Sensational Learning: Sensory Input and Integration. Anderson, K.R., Workshop presentation, Family Connections Conference, Columbia, SC, 2015.

·       “Essential Ingredients" of Motor Learning. Anderson, K.R., Workshop presentation, Family Connections Conference, Columbia, SC, 2015.

Guest Lectures

·       Physical Access in Assistive and Augmentative Communication. Anderson. K., Lecture CSDI 6117 Augmentative and Alternative Communication,  East Carolina University, NC 2019 & 2021

·       Motor Learning & Motor Control Anderson, K. Lecture & Lab, OCCT 6300 & 6350 Advanced OT Interventions, East Carolina University, NC 2019.

·       OT Role as a Related Service Provider. Anderson, K. Professional Panel, Special Education, East Carolina University, NC 2019.

·       What Role Does Error Play in Learning? Anderson, K.R., Lecture, OT 530 Neurologic Conditions 1, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, 2016.

·       Problem Solving in Treatment. Anderson, K.R., Lecture, ­ OT 530 Neurologic Conditions 1, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, 2015.

·       Facilitating Recovery for Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury. Anderson, K.R., Lecture, OT 530 Neurologic Conditions 1, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, 2015.

Honors and Awards

·       2nd Place Innovation Award, Student Research Day MUSC 2014.

·       Best Poster Award, Aging Research Day, Columbia, SC, 2014.

·       Provost Scholarship, Medical University of South Carolina, 2010.

·       Caring Health Professional Student Award, Medical University of South Carolina, 2010.

·       Dean’s List, Medical University of South Carolina, 2009- 2010.

·       1st Place Presentation, Clinical Professional/Masters poster, MUSC Student Research Day, 2010.

Mentoring Related Awards

·       Mentored MS level OT student group to design and conduct a research project. They then won 1st Place for their Poster Presentation at MUSC Student Research Day 2016.

Professional Memberships

·       Eastern Carolina Chapter of Society for Neuroscience, 2018-present

·       American Society of Neurorehabilitation, 2015-present.

·       American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2015-present.

·       American Occupational Therapy Association, 2009-present.

·       South Carolina Occupational Therapy Association, 2009-present. 

Professional Service

·    Co-Chair, Children and Youth SIS, North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association (NCOTA) Spring 2020-present

·   Volunteer Supervising Clinician, supervised graduate OT students and OT assistant students during a 10 day therapy Camp, Helping Kids with Hemiplegia

·   Early Career Officer, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Stroke Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group, 2015-2016.

·       Reviewer, Archives of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, 2017-present.

·       Reviewer, Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 2018-present.

·       Reviewer, Topics is Stroke Rehabilitation, 2018-present.

·       Reviewer, OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health, 2018- present.

·       President, MUSC Student Occupational Therapy Association, 2009-2011.

Current Teaching Assignments

·       OTD 845 Teaching Experience- This is the 3rd course in the teaching track of the post-professional program. Students plan and implement instructional units while also learning about academic life.

·       OTD 805 Population Health- This is an entry level and post-professional course focused on implementation of occupational therapy services at the population level.

·       OTD 814 Musculoskeletal 2 -This course covers intervention planning for orthopedic conditions.

·       OTD 817 Pediatrics 1 Lecture & Lab- This course covers normal development, assessments, and an introduction to common pediatric conditions.

Previous Graduate Teaching Experience

·       PADP 6309 Interprofessional Global Medicine This course was co-developed by a Physician Assistant professor and myself. It provides students with an interprofessional opportunity to work together to provide holistic medical care for individuals in the rural mountains of Honduras. The students spend a semester working with an established Honduran clinic to plan and then execute a week of traveling medical brigade clinics.   

·       OCCT 6009 Current Neurologic Foundations of Occupational Therapy This lecture course provides foundational knowledge of how neurophysiology should guide the structure and content of rehabilitation treatments.  Transitioned to 7.5 week block in Fall 2020.

·       OCCT 6080 Current Environmental Factors- This course teaches students how to evaluate and modify environments to promote improved function and participation in a variety of settings (rehabilitation facilities, homes, work, community transportation, school, etc). Transitioned to fully online in 2020.

·       OCCT 6150 Therapeutic Use of Human Occupation I Lab This lab course teaches students how to design and deliver effective interventions facilitating participation in meaningful occupation in pediatric populations.

·       OCCT 6550 Grant Writing This course teaches students the essential elements of grant writing. Students work in groups to draft a full grant proposal for a community-based grant. In 2021, students partnered with Third Street Academy to draft specific grants funding OT collaborations with this non-profit organization.

·       OCCT 6650 Conducting Research in Occupational Therapy- This is a non-traditional course that changes year to year according to the research project of the students. For this course I worked to mentor 4 students in the planning, execution, and beginning of analyses of a research.

·       OCCT 6660 Master’s Project- This non-traditional course is part 2 of the research project. For this course I mentored 4 students in the dissemination or research from the 6650 course.

·       2018 Adjunct Instructor MUSC - OT 646L Occupational Performance for Musculoskeletal Conditions Lab, Designed lab activities, brought in clinical experts for guest lectures, provided students instruction and feedback on splinting skills, modalities, and treatment planning.

·       2018 Adjunct Instructor MUSC- OT 601 & 602 Occupational Performance in Pediatrics- course and lab, Designed lab activities, recruited community volunteers to participate in hands on learning opportunities for students; provided students with individual and group feedback (written and oral) on presentations during class

·       2011-2017 Teaching Assistant MUSC- OT 530 Neuro Conditions I- course and lab, Developed lectures, designed lab activities, recruited community volunteers to participate in hands on learning opportunities for students; provided students with feedback on performance and interactions with clients.

·       2014-2016 Teaching Assistant MUSC- OT 561 Research/Scholastic Experience in Occupational Therapy I, Mentored a small group of 3 students in the development and execution of a research project.  Students won 2nd place at MUSC Student Research Day.

Undergraduate Teaching Experience

·       2018 Adjunct Instructor MUSC- HCS 410 Rural Public Health, Designed a new online course from scratch related to rural health consideration and public health interventions

·       2018 Adjunct Instructor MUSC- HCS 316 Etiology and Pathophysiology, Designed a new online course from scratch which provided a basic overview of pathophysiology and etiology.

·       2018 Adjunct Instructor MUSC- HCS 322 Health and Disease Across the Lifespan. Developed course materials, created online assessments, and facilitated online discussions.

Clinical Teaching Experience

·       Rehabilitation Director for Interprofessional Medical Trip, 2019 I was the supervising clinician for OT and PT students on a medical mission trip to Nicaragua with OneWorld Health. I met daily with the pharmacy, nursing, dentistry, and physician directors to debrief and plan for the next day of traveling clinic.  

·       CARES Clinic, a student-run free rehabilitation clinic, MUSC, 2012-2014- Mentored OT students in evaluating, treating, and documenting therapy sessions.

·   Clinical Supervisor- Pattison’s Academy, 2013- Supervised Level 1& 2 Occupational Therapy students.

·    Clinical Supervisor- Pattison’s Academy, 2011- 2013- Developed short term clinical education experiences for nursing, dentistry, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and music therapy students. 

·   Camp Hand to Hands, a constraint induced movement therapy day camp for children with hemiplegia, MUSC, 2011 & 2012 – Mentored students in writing goals; treatment planning and performing treatment interventions for children with Cerebral Palsy and Brachial Plexus Injuries.

University Service

  • MUSC CHP Scholarship Committee
  • MUSC Rehabilitation Shared Governance Committee
  • MUSC Faculty Advisor- CARES student run clinic
  • ECU University Committee Distance Learning and Instructional Technology 
  • ECU College of Allied Health Science Deans’ Task Force- Interprofessional Education
  • ECU Faculty Senator for the College of Allied Health Science
  • ECU Faculty College Representative on the Health Sciences Leadership Council
  • ECU Student Leadership Council Co-Chair, College of Allied Health Sciences
  • ECU OT Dept. Admissions Committee 
  •  ECU OT Dept Search Committee
  • ECU OT Dept Personnel Committee
  • Peer Reviewer for OT Department
  • MUSC Steering Committee Member - Foundation in Teaching and Learning Training Course  
  • MUSC Alumni Representative, OT Accreditation Panel
  • MUSC Member of Search Committees for Faculty and Administration Positions
  • MUSC Honor Council Member, College of Health Professions at MUSC, 2009-2010.