Alumna recognized for her impact

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Alumna recognized for her impact

Kathleen “Kae” McCarty, PhD ’22, is being recognized as a Changemaker by the OSUAA for the impact she’s made on her field. Kae is a first-generation college graduate and has an innate passion for disability justice and health equity. 

Her work with the College of Health’s IMPACT program (Individualized Movement and Physical Activity for Children Today) was the catalyst she needed to enter the kinesiology and adaptive physical activity doctoral program at OSU. 

While in Corvallis, she served as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research Scholar and Fellow focused on access to sports and physical activity opportunities for collegiate students with disabilities. 

Kae has transitioned her academic learning to her professional career as an assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of San Francisco, with her research focusing on disability justice within kinesiology, specifically related to adaptive sports.