Physical Therapy

Academic Department

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Faculty Administrative Position

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    Benson, Gayle, Administrator 1981 -

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    Bryson, Camille, Administrator 1981 -

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    Christy, Jennifer, Program Director 2018 -

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    Hurt, Christopher, Co-Director 2019 -

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    Lein, Lisa, Administrator 1986 -

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    Lowman Jr., John, Acting Director 2016 -

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    Morris, David, Department Chairperson 2016 -

    David M. Morris, PT, PhD, FAPTA is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where, since 1991, he has taught in the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy and PhD in Rehabilitation Science degree programs. Morris earned a BS in physical therapy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; a MS in physical therapy education and a PhD in health education/promotion from the University of Alabam...

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    Motl, Robert, Director 2017 -

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    Reed, William, Co-Director 2019 -

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    Vaughn, Karen, Administrator 1982 -

  • Faculty Position

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    Benson, Gayle, Instructor - Clinical (P) 1981 -

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    Bergman, Joan, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2017 -

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    Brown, David, Professor - Adjunct (P) 2019 -

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    Bryson, Camille, Instructor - Clinical (P) 1981 -

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    Bullard, Cara, Instructor (P) 2017 -

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    Capo-Lugo, Carmen, Assistant Professor (P) 2018 -

    Dr. Capo-Lugo's research focuses on identifying and optimizing processes of care associated with rehabilitation in order to promote long-term patient recovery. Specifically, Dr. Capo-Lugo is interested developing patient-centered approaches to rehabilitation that provide continuity of care between acute rehabilitation and long-term community recovery for individuals with acquired neurological disabilities. Through her career Dr. Capó-Lugo has focused her research endeavors on individuals post-s...

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    Christy, Jennifer, Associate Professor (P) 2004 -

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    Clark, Diane, Associate Professor - Adjunct (P) 2018 -

    My career has spanned 39 years as a physical therapist clinician, hospital rehabilitation administrative director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Director and associate professor. I currently am a PT Panel Commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. At UAB, I continue to teach professional practice and integumentary examination and management. I serve as the faculty liaison and clinician for three pro bono clinics within the UAB system: Equal Access Bi...

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    Collins, George, Instructor - Clinical (P) 1978 -

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    Harshvardhan, Fnu, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

    I am actively involved in developing and implementing novel clinically feasible methods to address the problem of aging-associated osteoporosis, osteoporosis-related fractures and sarcopenia in various populations with low exercise tolerance. As a musculoskeletal scientist, my previous work has led to understanding of the functional and structural characteristics of musculoskeletal system in different types of population such as older adults with osteoporosis, individuals with spinal cord injury...

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    Hurt, Christopher, Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

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    Ithurburn, Matthew, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

    Matthew Ithurburn, PT, DPT, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and an Associate Scientist in the Center for Exercise Medicine and the Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, Bone, and Autoimmunity Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has a clinical background as a sports medicine physical therapist, and maintains part-time clinical practice. Dr. Ithurburn's research goals include improving outcomes and promoting evidence-based treatment for you...

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    King, Brian, Instructor - Clinical (P) 1994 -

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    King, Danna, Instructor - Clinical (P) 1987 -

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    Lein Jr, Donald, Associate Professor (P) 2010 -

    Donald H. Lein Jr., PT, PhD is an Associate Professor and the Director of Continuing Education and Community Outreach in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He continues to practice part time in the UAB Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Center at the Kirklin Clinic. His research interests include developing and implementing physical therapy interventions to improve the care of individuals with osteoporosis and osteoporosis-related fractures, e...

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    Lein, Lisa, Instructor - Clinical (P) 1986 -

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    Lowman Jr., John, Associate Professor (P) 2005 -

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    Morris, David, Professor (P) 1996 -

    David M. Morris, PT, PhD, FAPTA is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where, since 1991, he has taught in the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy and PhD in Rehabilitation Science degree programs. Morris earned a BS in physical therapy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; a MS in physical therapy education and a PhD in health education/promotion from the University of Alabam...

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    Motl, Robert, Professor (P) 2016 -

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    Parish, Ashley, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

    Ashley Parish is an ABPTS Board Certified Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist in Physical Therapy with over a decade experience in the intensive care unit setting. She obtained both her Bachelor's of Science in Respiratory Therapy and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from UAB. Her passion is intensive care unit based services for the cardiovascular and pulmonary pediatric population. Parish has experience teaching cardiovascular and pulmonary concepts at the undergraduate, pre-prof...

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    Pearce, Tara, Assistant Professor (P) 2014 -

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    Perez, Patricia, Assistant Professor (P) 2001 -

    Patricia L. Perez, PT, DScPT is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the university of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Perez earned as BS in physical Therapy form the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, a post-professional Master of Science in Physical therapy with a musculoskeletal concentration and a Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She has been certified as a Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy b...

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    Reed, William, Associate Professor (P) 2016 -

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    Sandroff, Brian, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

    Brian M. Sandroff is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is the Co-Director of the Exercise Neuroscience Research Laboratory. Prof. Sandroff earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. in Kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and further completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Kessler Foundation in Neuropsychology and Neuroscience. His research focuses on the intersection of exercise, cognition, and br...

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    Vaughn, Karen, Instructor - Clinical (P) 1982 -

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    York, Sheree, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Young, Hui-Ju, Assistant Professor - Research (P) 2017 -

    Dr. Young's research interests are developed from her works in both research and practical settings. Initially, her research focused on studying arterial health in individuals with chronic health conditions using ultrasound. In addition, she established and taught a wellness program for individuals with disabilities, where she trained pre-healthcare students as wellness coaches for the participants. Through these experiences, she learned that many people with disabilities could not undergo ima...

  • Faculty Secondary Appointments

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    Brown, Cynthia, Professor (S) 2018 -

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    Uswatte, Gitendra, Professor (S) 2006 -

    Dr. Uswatte’s research has been funded by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, National Institutes of Health, James S. McDonnell Foundation, American Heart Association, and Positive Psychology Network. He received the Mitchell Rosenthal Early Career Research Award from the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2008 and was elected President of that division in 2013. He was made an A...

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    Yarar, Ceren, Assistant Professor (S) 2017 -

  • Non-faculty Academic Position

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    Ronilo Jr., William, Credentialed Course Instructor 2012 -

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    Wilson, Jennifer, Credentialed Course Instructor 2016 -

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