PhD Students

Bethaney A. Curry


Master’s in Occupational Therapy, Spalding University; Master’s of Public Administration, Western Kentucky University
Bachelor’s in Therapeutic Sciences, Murray State University

Teaching Interests

  • Social welfare policy
  • HBSE
  • Research methods

Research Interests

  • Health literacy
  • Transitioning from pediatric to adult care for people with Spina Bifida


  • Rumrill, P., Rumrill, S., Sheppard-Jones, K., Rumrill, A., Curry, B., Graham-Smith, M., Wiley, L., Fisher, E., Kabeya, A., Adams, C., Espinosa-Bard, C., & Jones, J. (in press). Identifying the job accommodation needs of American workers with mid-career neurological disabilities: A multiple case study investigation. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation.
  • Schultz, E., Curry, B. (2020) Remote Interviewing: Tips for the Remote Job Seeker. LinkedIn.

Conference Presentations

  • Curry, B. (2023, March). Health literacy among youth with Spina Bifida as they transition into adult care. World Congress on Spina Bifida Research and Care [Poster Presentation], Tuscon, Arizona.


Bethaney’s research interest is on health literacy and the transition from pediatric to adult care for those affected by Spina Bifida. Bethaney sees the PhD in Social Work as a compliment to her background as an occupational therapist and work in occupational rehab. Her professional experience also includes working in higher education, community outreach, and upper extremity rehabilitation. Bethaney is passionate about helping people with disabilities (especially those with Spina Bifida) live their best life.