Positions

Overview

  • Jennifer Braswell Christy, PT, PhD is Associate Professor and DPT Program Director at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Christy also serves as the Assistant Dean of Faculty Affairs for the School of Health Professions. She served as the chair of the DPT Program Admissions Committee from 2007-2018 and became the DPT Program Director in May, 2018. Dr. Christy is the current Director of Research for the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy, and on the Nominating Committee for the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy. Dr. Christy received the UAB School of Health Professions Service Award in 2012, and the APTA Lucy Blair Service Award in 2017. Dr. Christy and her UAB team promote excellence in physical therapy education by focusing on their vision to create and translate knowledge that will enhance movement, health, wellness, and quality of life of individuals in a diverse society.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022 Steps to Revising the APTA Pediatrics Research AgendaPediatric Physical Therapy.  34:418-420. 2022
    2022 Vestibular Rehabilitation for Peripheral Vestibular Hypofunction: An Updated Clinical Practice Guideline From the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy AssociationJournal of Neurologic Physical Therapy.  46:118-177. 2022
    2021 NCS Assessments of the Motor, Sensory, and Physical Health DomainsFrontiers in Pediatrics.  9. 2021
    2021 Cognitive and Central Vestibular Functions Correlate in People With Multiple SclerosisNeurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.  35:1030-1038. 2021
    2021 Central vestibular functions correlate with fatigue and walking capacity in people with multiple sclerosisPhysical Therapy.  101. 2021
    2021 Comprehensive Clinical Assessment of Vestibular Function in Multiple SclerosisJournal of Neurologic Physical Therapy.  45:228-234. 2021
    2021 Vestibular, Oculomotor, and Balance Functions in Children with and without ConcussionJournal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.  36:264-273. 2021
    2021 Commentary on "Describing the Delivery of Evidence-Based Physical Therapy Intervention to Individuals With Cerebral Palsy"Pediatric Physical Therapy.  33:73. 2021
    2021 Vestibular, gaze, and balance disorders in asymptomatic congenital cytomegalovirus infectionPediatrics.  147. 2021
    2021 Inter-rater and test-retest reliability of computerized clinical vestibular tools 2021
    2020 Saccadic intrusions in paediatric concussionClinical and Experimental Optometry.  103:929-930. 2020
    2020 Psychometric Properties of Clinical Tests of Balance and Vestibular-Related Function in Children with Cerebral PalsyPediatric Physical Therapy.  32:144-150. 2020
    2019 Peripheral Vestibular and Balance Function in Athletes With and Without ConcussionJournal of Neurologic Physical Therapy.  43:153-159. 2019
    2019 Vestibular and oculomotor function in children with CP: Descriptive studyInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology.  119:15-21. 2019
    2019 Visuo-oculomotor Function and Reaction Times in Athletes with and without ConcussionOptometry and Vision Science.  96:256-265. 2019
    2019 Development of Military Concussion Readiness Inventory for Dizziness and Balance.Patient Related Outcome Measures.  10:67-80. 2019
    2018 Parametric Covariability in the Standard Model of the Saccadic Main SequenceOptometry and Vision Science.  95:986-1003. 2018
    2018 The Area under the Main Sequence as an Alternative Method to Measure Saccadic DynamicsOptometry and Vision Science.  95:1004-1026. 2018
    2018 Considerations for Testing and Treating Children with Central Vestibular ImpairmentsSeminars in Hearing.  39:321-333. 2018
    2018 Vestibular and Oculomotor Function in Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Scoping ReviewSeminars in Hearing.  39:288-304. 2018
    2017 Creative Dance Practice Improves Postural Control in a Child with Cerebral PalsyPediatric Physical Therapy.  29:365-369. 2017
    2017 Academic Difficulty and Vision Symptoms in Children with ConcussionOptometry and Vision Science.  94:60-67. 2017
    2016 Technology for children with brain injury and motor disability: ExecutIVe summary from research summit IVPediatric Physical Therapy.  28:483-489. 2016
    2014 A path model for evaluating dosing parameters for children with cerebral palsyPhysical Therapy.  94:411-421. 2014
    2014 Reliability and diagnostic accuracy of clinical tests of vestibular function for childrenPediatric Physical Therapy.  26:180-189. 2014
    2014 Research summit III proceedings on dosing in children with an injured brain or cerebral palsy: Executive summaryPhysical Therapy.  94:907-920. 2014
    2012 The effect of intense physical therapy for children with cerebral palsyJournal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine.  5:159-170. 2012
    2012 Factors influencing the use of outcome measures in physical therapy practice 2012
    2011 Commentary on "The effect of suit wear during an intensive therapy program in children with cerebral palsy".Pediatric Physical Therapy.  23:143. 2011
    2010 Falling and mobility experiences of stroke survivors and spousal caregivers 2010
    2010 Parent and therapist perceptions of an intense model of physical therapyPediatric Physical Therapy.  22:207-213. 2010
    2010 A patient-centred approach supported by the literature 2010
    2010 Development of a challenge assessment tool for high-functioning children with an acquired brain injury.Pediatric Physical Therapy.  22:277. 2010
    2009 Psychological factors and domains of neck pain disabilityPain Medicine.  10:310-318. 2009
    2007 Adherence to exercise scale for older patients (AESOP): A measure for predicting exercise adherence in older adults after discharge from home health physical therapyJournal Geriatric Physical Therapy.  30:69-78. 2007
    2006 Evidence that vestibular hypofunction affects reading acuity in childrenInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology.  70:1957-1965. 2006
    2006 Preliminary evidence of improved gaze stability following exercise in two children with vestibular hypofunctionInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology.  70:1967-1973. 2006
    2004 Improvement of motor development and postural control following intervention in children with sensorineural hearing loss and vestibular impairmentInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology.  68:1141-1148. 2004
    2003 A clinical test of dynamic visual acuity for childrenInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology.  67:1195-1201. 2003

    Chapter

    Year Title Altmetric
    2019 Vestibular Balance Therapy for Children.  479-487. 2019
    2018 Intervention for Involuntary Contractions and Movement.  649-671. 2018
    2014 Vestibular Rehabilitation for Children.  457-479. 2014

    Research Overview

  • Dr. Christy's primary area of research is in the development of innovative intervention methods to improve gaze stability and balance in children with vestibular-related impairments. Related to this area of research, Dr. Christy teaches numerous continuing education courses in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Teaching Overview

  • Dr. Christy has been a faculty member at UAB since 2004 and currently teaches Neuroscience (PT 706), Doctoral Level Non-Thesis Research (PT 798), and Vestibular Rehabilitation (PT 746) in the DPT program.
  • Teaching Activities

  • PT701 - Human Gross Anatomy II (Summer Term 2016)
  • PT704 - Analysis of Human Movement (Fall Term 2011)
  • PT704 - Analysis of Human Movement (Fall Term 2012)
  • PT704 - Analysis of Human Movement (Fall Term 2013)
  • PT704 - Analysis of Human Movement (Fall Term 2014)
  • PT704 - Analysis of Human Movement (Fall Term 2015)
  • PT704 - Analysis of Human Movement (Fall Term 2016)
  • PT706 - Neuroscience I (Fall Term 2011)
  • PT706 - Neuroscience I (Fall Term 2012)
  • PT706 - Neuroscience I (Fall Term 2013)
  • PT706 - Neuroscience I (Fall Term 2014)
  • PT706 - Neuroscience I (Fall Term 2015)
  • PT706 - Neuroscience I (Fall Term 2016)
  • PT706 - Neuroscience I (Fall Term 2017)
  • PT706 - Neuroscience I (Fall Term 2018)
  • PT706 - Neuroscience I (Fall Term 2019)
  • PT706 - Neuroscience I (Fall Term 2020)
  • PT706 - Neuroscience I (Fall Term 2021)
  • PT706 - Neuroscience I (Summer Term 2008)
  • PT706 - Neuroscience I (Summer Term 2009)
  • PT706 - Neuroscience I (Summer Term 2010)
  • PT707 - Neuroscience II (Fall Term 2007)
  • PT707 - Neuroscience II (Spring Term 2013)
  • PT711 - PT Examination I (Spring Term 2017)
  • PT712 - PT Examination II (Summer Term 2009)
  • PT712 - PT Examination II (Summer Term 2010)
  • PT712 - PT Examination II (Summer Term 2011)
  • PT712 - PT Examination II (Summer Term 2012)
  • PT712 - PT Examination II (Summer Term 2014)
  • PT712 - PT Examination II (Summer Term 2015)
  • PT744 - PT Mgt of Neuro Dysfunction I (Fall Term 2011)
  • PT744 - PT Mgt of Neuro Dysfunction I (Summer Term 2012)
  • PT744 - PT Mgt of Neuro Dysfunction I (Summer Term 2013)
  • PT744 - PT Mgt of Neuro Dysfunction I (Summer Term 2014)
  • PT744 - PT Mgt of Neuro Dysfunction I (Summer Term 2015)
  • PT744 - PT Mgt of Neuro Dysfunction I (Summer Term 2016)
  • PT744 - PT Mgt of Neuro Dysfunction I (Summer Term 2017)
  • PT744 - PT Mgt of Neuro Dysfunction I (Summer Term 2018)
  • PT744 - PT Mgt of Neuro Dysfunction I (Summer Term 2019)
  • PT744 - PT Mgt of Neuro Dysfunction I (Summer Term 2020)
  • PT744 - PT Mgt of Neuro Dysfunction I (Summer Term 2021)
  • PT746 - 5 (Fall Term 2020)
  • PT746 - 5 (Fall Term 2021)
  • PT746 - PT Mgt Neuromuscular Dysf II (Fall Term 2013)
  • PT746 - PT Mgt Neuromuscular Dysf II (Fall Term 2014)
  • PT746 - PT Mgt Neuromuscular Dysf II (Fall Term 2015)
  • PT763 - PT Professional Practice IV (Spring Term 2022)
  • PT772 - Clinical Education III (Spring Term 2013)
  • PT772 - Clinical Education III (Spring Term 2014)
  • PT772 - Clinical Education III (Spring Term 2015)
  • PT773 - Clinical Education IV (Spring Term 2013)
  • PT773 - Clinical Education IV (Spring Term 2014)
  • PT773 - Clinical Education IV (Spring Term 2015)
  • PT774 - Clinical Education V (Summer Term 2014)
  • PT774 - Clinical Education V (Summer Term 2015)
  • PT775 - Clinical Education VI (Fall Term 2011)
  • PT775 - Clinical Education VI (Fall Term 2011)
  • PT775 - Clinical Education VI (Fall Term 2012)
  • PT775 - Clinical Education VI (Fall Term 2014)
  • PT775 - Clinical Education VI (Fall Term 2015)
  • PT790 - Scientific Inquiry I (Spring Term 2008)
  • PT790 - Scientific Inquiry I (Spring Term 2009)
  • PT790 - Scientific Inquiry I (Spring Term 2010)
  • PT790 - Scientific Inquiry I (Summer Term 2011)
  • PT790 - Scientific Inquiry I (Summer Term 2012)
  • PT790 - Scientific Inquiry I (Summer Term 2013)
  • PT790 - Scientific Inquiry I (Summer Term 2014)
  • PT790 - Scientific Inquiry I (Summer Term 2015)
  • PT791 - Scientific Inquiry II (Fall Term 2014)
  • PT791 - Scientific Inquiry II (Summer Term 2008)
  • PT791 - Scientific Inquiry II (Summer Term 2009)
  • PT791 - Scientific Inquiry II (Summer Term 2010)
  • PT791 - Scientific Inquiry II (Summer Term 2011)
  • PT791 - Scientific Inquiry II (Summer Term 2012)
  • PT791 - Scientific Inquiry II (Summer Term 2013)
  • PT791 - Scientific Inquiry II (Summer Term 2014)
  • PT791 - Scientific Inquiry II (Summer Term 2015)
  • PT792 - Scientific Inquiry III (Fall Term 2007)
  • PT792 - Scientific Inquiry III (Fall Term 2008)
  • PT792 - Scientific Inquiry III (Fall Term 2009)
  • PT792 - Scientific Inquiry III (Fall Term 2010)
  • PT792 - Scientific Inquiry III (Fall Term 2011)
  • PT792 - Scientific Inquiry III (Fall Term 2012)
  • PT792 - Scientific Inquiry III (Fall Term 2013)
  • PT792 - Scientific Inquiry III (Fall Term 2014)
  • PT792 - Scientific Inquiry III (Fall Term 2015)
  • PT792 - Scientific Inquiry III (Fall Term 2016)
  • PT792 - Scientific Inquiry III (Fall Term 2017)
  • PT792 - Scientific Inquiry III (Fall Term 2018)
  • PT793 - Scientific Inquiry IV (Spring Term 2008)
  • PT793 - Scientific Inquiry IV (Spring Term 2009)
  • PT793 - Scientific Inquiry IV (Spring Term 2010)
  • PT793 - Scientific Inquiry IV (Spring Term 2011)
  • PT793 - Scientific Inquiry IV (Spring Term 2012)
  • PT793 - Scientific Inquiry IV (Summer Term 2012)
  • PT793 - Scientific Inquiry IV (Summer Term 2013)
  • PT793 - Scientific Inquiry IV (Summer Term 2014)
  • PT793 - Scientific Inquiry IV (Summer Term 2015)
  • PT793 - Scientific Inquiry IV (Summer Term 2016)
  • PT798 - Doc Level Non-Thesis Research (Fall Term 2007)
  • PT798 - Doc Level Non-Thesis Research (Fall Term 2008)
  • PT798 - Doc Level Non-Thesis Research (Fall Term 2009)
  • PT798 - Doc Level Non-Thesis Research (Fall Term 2010)
  • PT798 - Doc Level Non-Thesis Research (Fall Term 2011)
  • PT798 - Doc Level Non-Thesis Research (Spring Term 2008)
  • PT798 - Doc Level Non-Thesis Research (Spring Term 2009)
  • PT798 - Doc Level Non-Thesis Research (Spring Term 2010)
  • PT798 - Doc Level Non-Thesis Research (Spring Term 2011)
  • PT798 - Doc Level Non-Thesis Research (Spring Term 2012)
  • PT798 - Doc Level Non-Thesis Research (Summer Term 2012)
  • PT798 - Doctoral Level Non-Thesis Res (Fall Term 2019)
  • PT798 - Doctoral Level Non-Thesis Res (Fall Term 2019)
  • PT798 - Doctoral Level Non-Thesis Res (Fall Term 2020)
  • PT798 - Doctoral Level Non-Thesis Res (Fall Term 2021)
  • PT798 - Doctoral Level Non-Thesis Res (Fall Term 2021)
  • PT798 - Doctoral Level Non-Thesis Res (Fall Term 2021)
  • PT798 - Doctoral Level Non-Thesis Res (Spring Term 2020)
  • PT798 - Doctoral Level Non-Thesis Res (Spring Term 2021)
  • PT798 - Doctoral Level Non-Thesis Res (Spring Term 2022)
  • PT798 - Doctoral Level Non-Thesis Res (Spring Term 2022)
  • PT798 - Doctoral Level Non-Thesis Res (Summer Term 2019)
  • PT798 - Doctoral Level Non-Thesis Res (Summer Term 2019)
  • PT798 - Doctoral Level Non-Thesis Res (Summer Term 2020)
  • PT798 - Doctoral Level Non-Thesis Res (Summer Term 2021)
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Fall Term 2014)
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Fall Term 2018)
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Fall Term 2018)
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Spring Term 2013)
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Spring Term 2014)
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Spring Term 2014)
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Spring Term 2015)
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Spring Term 2015)
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Spring Term 2016)
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Spring Term 2017)
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Spring Term 2017)
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Spring Term 2018)
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Spring Term 2018)
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Spring Term 2019)
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Spring Term 2019)
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Summer Term 2013)
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Summer Term 2013)
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Summer Term 2014)
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Summer Term 2014)
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Summer Term 2014)
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Summer Term 2015)
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Summer Term 2015)
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Summer Term 2016)
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Summer Term 2017)
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Summer Term 2017)
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Summer Term 2018)
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Summer Term 2018)
  • PT799 - Doctoral Lev Thesis Research (Spring Term 2009)
  • PT799 - Doctoral Lev Thesis Research (Spring Term 2010)
  • PT799 - Doctoral Lev Thesis Research (Spring Term 2011)
  • PT799 - Doctoral Lev Thesis Research (Spring Term 2012)
  • PT799 - Doctoral Lev Thesis Research (Summer Term 2008)
  • PT799 - Scholarly Activity Project (Fall Term 2012)
  • PT799 - Scholarly Activity Project (Fall Term 2013)
  • PT799 - Scholarly Activity Project (Fall Term 2013)
  • PT799 - Scholarly Activity Project (Fall Term 2014)
  • PT799 - Scholarly Activity Project (Fall Term 2014)
  • PT799 - Scholarly Activity Project (Fall Term 2015)
  • PT799 - Scholarly Activity Project (Fall Term 2015)
  • PT799 - Scholarly Activity Project (Fall Term 2016)
  • PT799 - Scholarly Activity Project (Fall Term 2017)
  • PT799 - Scholarly Activity Project (Fall Term 2017)
  • PTDS740 - Practicum (Fall Term 2013)
  • PTDS799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2012)
  • PTDS799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2012)
  • PTGR747 - Sem Infact Children Dev Disab (Fall Term 2019)
  • PTGR747 - Sem Infact Children Dev Disab (Fall Term 2020)
  • PTGR747 - Sem Infact Children Dev Disab (Fall Term 2021)
  • PTGR747 - Sem Infact Children Dev Disab (Spring Term 2019)
  • PTGR747 - Sem Infact Children Dev Disab (Spring Term 2020)
  • PTGR747 - Sem Infact Children Dev Disab (Spring Term 2021)
  • RHB575 - Spec Topics in Rehab Sciences (Fall Term 2016)
  • RHB740 - Teaching Practicum (Summer Term 2016)
  • RHB740 - Teaching Practicum (Summer Term 2017)
  • RHB780 - Perspectives in Rehab Science (Fall Term 2013)
  • RHB780 - Perspectives in Rehab Science (Fall Term 2014)
  • RHB780 - PrincRehabSci MovementScience (Fall Term 2015)
  • RHB780 - PrincRehabSci MovementScience (Fall Term 2016)
  • RHB780 - PrincRehabSci MovementScience (Fall Term 2017)
  • RHB780 - PrincRehabSci MovementScience (Fall Term 2018)
  • RHB780 - PrincRehabSci MovementScience (Fall Term 2019)
  • RHB783 - Research Design in Rehab Sci (Fall Term 2013)
  • RHB783 - Research Design in Rehab Sci (Fall Term 2014)
  • RHB783 - Research Design in Rehab Sci (Fall Term 2015)
  • RHB783 - Research Design in Rehab Sci (Fall Term 2016)
  • RHB783 - Research Design in Rehab Sci (Fall Term 2017)
  • RHB790 - Rehab Sci Research Project (Fall Term 2014)
  • RHB790 - Rehab Sci Research Project (Fall Term 2015)
  • RHB790 - Rehab Sci Research Project (Spring Term 2013)
  • RHB790 - Rehab Sci Research Project (Spring Term 2014)
  • RHB790 - Rehab Sci Research Project (Spring Term 2015)
  • RHB790 - Rehab Sci Research Project (Spring Term 2016)
  • RHB791 - Rehab Sc Clinical Project (Summer Term 2015)
  • RHB791 - Rehab Sc Clinical Project (Summer Term 2016)
  • RHB798 - Non Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2016)
  • RHB798 - Non Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2017)
  • RHB799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2017)
  • RHB799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2018)
  • RHB799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2018)
  • RHB799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2017)
  • RHB799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2018)
  • Education And Training

  • American Physical Therapy Association, Other
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Therapy / Therapist, University of Miami 2004
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Physical Therapy / Therapist, Louisiana State University System : Shreveport 1992
  • Full Name

  • Jennifer Christy