Katy O’Brien is an Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia in the department of Communication Sciences and Special Education. She earned her PhD from the University of Minnesota and her MA from Appalachian State University. Her clinical experience has been with adults with neurogenic disorders in adult acute care and inpatient rehabilitation settings. She is a board member of the Brain Injury Association of Georgia and the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences. Her research addresses cognitive rehabilitation, including return to learn following traumatic brain injury and concussion in secondary and post-secondary settings, and how individuals with brain injury think about and plan for the future.

Areas of Expertise

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Concussion
  • Cognitive Communication Disorders
  • Adult Neurogenic Disorders


  • Cognitive Rehabilitation
  • Return to Learn
  • Metacognition
  • Prospective Memory
  • Episodic Future Thinking
  • Personal Narratives

Academic Affiliations


  •  PhD in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, 2016
    University of Minnesota
  •  MA in Communication Disorders, 2008
    Appalachian State University


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