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Renee Causey-Upton, OTD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor


  • B.A. Eastern Kentucky University
  • M.S. Eastern Kentucky University
  • OTD Chatham University
  • Ph.D. In progress, University of Kentucky, Rehabilitation Sciences

Research/Academic Interests

  • Outcomes following total knee replacement
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Occupational therapy education and pedagogy
  • Team-based learning
  • Adult rehabilitation


Dr. Causey-Upton’s work can be found in several journals including:
  • Causey-Upton, R. (2015). A model for quality of life: Occupational justice and leisure continuity for nursing home residents. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, 33(3), 15-188.
  • Causey, R. (2013). Breathing easier: Pulmonary rehabilitation in skilled nursing facilities. OT Practice, 18(21), 13-17.
  • Causey, K. R. (2012). Pulmonary rehabilitation: Pathways to better breathing [Program manual]. Functional Pathways, Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • Crum, K. R. (2011). Readiness for discharge: Occupation-based treatment in the orthopedic setting.OT Practice, 16(14), 14-18, 23.

Associations/Affiliations/Work History

  • Clinical experience as an occupational therapist and rehabilitation manager in acute care settings and skilled nursing facilities
  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association
  • Associate Editor, editorial board member, and reviewer, Journal of Occupational Therapy Education (JOTE)
  • Member of Curriculum Committee, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Member of the OTD Sub-Committee, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Member of the Academic Practice Committee, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Member of Faculty Development Committee, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Member of the Journal of Occupational Therapy Education (JOTE) Committee, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Member of College of Health Sciences Alumni Affairs Committee, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Advisor for junior and senior occupational science students


  • Deep Physical Agent Modalities Certification through the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Occupational Therapy
  • Marketing Strategy for Business Leaders Certificate through Cornell University
  • Recognition as a Champion’s Club Member from the Alzheimer’s Association, 2014.
  • Recipient of a Lilly Conference Scholarship award from Eastern Kentucky University to attend the Lilly International Conference on College Teaching, 2013.
  • Recipient of the Madonna Marsden Writing Award from Eastern Kentucky University, 2003.
  • Recipient of the Department of English and Theatre Writing Award, Eastern Kentucky University, 2003