Beth Hunter, PhD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor
725 Rose St.
MDS 401E
Lexington, KY 40536-0082
Contact: | 859.218.0194



PhD, Gerontology

University of Kentucky


MS, Occupational Therapy

Colorado State University


BA, Sociology

University of Pennsylvania


Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) G. Hunter is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Center for Gerontology. Following completion of her PhD, she completed post-doctoral training in cancer prevention and control at the University of Kentucky. In addition, she took part in the Veterans Affairs Interprofessional Fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement. Dr. Hunter’s funded research has explored supports and barriers for people with spinal cord injury, stroke, or traumatic brain injury who live in rural Appalachian Kentucky, and the impact of health literacy level on cancer survivors who leave inpatient physical rehabilitation and return home to rural Appalachian communities. She came to UK from the Occupational Therapy Department at Georgia Regents University, and previously served as Director of Research at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington, Ky. Dr. Hunter is affiliated with the University of Kentucky AgrAbility program and is a co-founder of the Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network.

Research Interests:

•    Chronic illness management
•    Physical function/participation
•    Intersection of cancer survivorship and physical rehabilitation 
•    Gerontological education
•    Appalachian and rural health