Physical Therapy

Academic Department

People

Faculty Administrative Position

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    Camille Bryson, Administrator 1981 -

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    Christopher Hurt, Co-Director 2019 -

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    David Morris, 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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    Jennifer Christy, Program Director 2018 -

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    John Lowman Jr., Acting Director 2016 -

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    Karen Vaughn, Administrator 1982 -

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    Lisa Lein, Administrator 1986 -

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    Robert Motl, Director 2017 -

    Prof. Robert Motl has systematically developed a research agenda that focuses on physical activity and its measurement, predictors, consequences, and behavior interventions in persons with neurological diseases, particularly multiple sclerosis (MS). Prof. Motl has generated a body of research on the validity of common physical activity measures in persons with MS. This has resulted in foundational research on quantifying differences in physical activity, particularly rates of moderate-to-vigorou...

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    William Reed, Co-Director 2019 -

  • Faculty Position

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    Ashley Parish, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

    Ashley Parish is an ABPTS Board Certified Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist in Physical Therapy with over a decade of experience in the intensive care unit setting. She obtained both her Bachelors 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-pr...

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    Brian King, Instructor - Clinical (P) 1994 -

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    Camille Bryson, Instructor - Clinical (P) 1981 -

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    Cara Bullard, Instructor (P) 2017 -

    Cara Bullard, PT, DPT is on faculty and serves as the Chair of the Admissions Committee at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the Department of Physical Therapy. She obtained both her Bachelor's of Health and Rehabilitation Science & Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Bullard's professional experience includes traveling PT, Rehabilitation Director for two healthcare systems, PTA program adjunct faculty, and over a decade of clinical experience in multip...

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    Carmen Capo-Lugo, 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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    Christopher Hurt, Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

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    Danna King, Instructor - Clinical (P) 1987 -

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    David Brown, Professor - Adjunct (P) 2019 -

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    David Morris, 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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    Diane Clark, 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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    Donald Lein Jr, 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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    Elizabeth Wylie, Instructor - Adjunct (P) 2020 -

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

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    Hui-Ju Young, 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...

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    Jennifer Christy, Associate Professor (P) 2004 -

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    Joan Bergman, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2017 -

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

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    Karen Vaughn, Instructor - Clinical (P) 1982 -

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    Lisa Lein, Instructor - Clinical (P) 1986 -

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    Matthew Ithurburn, 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. Dr. Ithurburn's research focuses on improving rehabilitation and outcomes for young, active individuals following lower extremity musculoskeletal i...

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    Patricia Perez, 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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    Robert Motl, Professor (P) 2016 -

    Prof. Robert Motl has systematically developed a research agenda that focuses on physical activity and its measurement, predictors, consequences, and behavior interventions in persons with neurological diseases, particularly multiple sclerosis (MS). Prof. Motl has generated a body of research on the validity of common physical activity measures in persons with MS. This has resulted in foundational research on quantifying differences in physical activity, particularly rates of moderate-to-vigorou...

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    Sheree York, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Tara Pearce, Assistant Professor (P) 2014 -

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    William Reed, Associate Professor (P) 2016 -

  • Faculty Secondary Appointments

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    Ceren Yarar, Assistant Professor (S) 2017 -

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    Cynthia Brown, Professor (S) 2018 -

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    Gitendra Uswatte, 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, was elected President of that division in 2013, and received the Ro...

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