Positions

Overview

  • 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 Alabama at Birmingham. He is also a Credentialed Fellowship Graduate from the APTA Education Leadership Institute Fellowship. He has been a member of the UAB Constraint Induced (CI) Therapy Research Group since 1994 and has participated in multiple research projects aimed at developing the approach and examining its influence on extremity use following stroke and other neurologic disorders. He is Training Coordinator for the UAB Training for CI Therapy program and conducts CI therapy training programs for rehabilitation professionals worldwide. He has held multiple leadership roles in several APTA components including being a member of the founding Executive Committee and serving two terms as President for the APTA Aquatic PT Section. He also served three terms as Vice President and two terms as President for the Alabama Chapter of the APTA. He has authored and/or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters concerning the topics of aquatic physical therapy, neurologic physical therapy and the PTs role in health promotion, wellness and prevention. He is recipient of multiple awards including the 2009 APTA Lucy Blair Service Award, the 2012 APTA Legislative Commitment Award, the 2012 Marilyn Gossman Award for Professionalism in PT and the 2016 Leadership Award from the Alabama Chapter of the APTA, and the 2017 Joseph F. Volker Outstanding Faculty Award from the UAB School of Health Professions. In 2017, he received the APTA Catherine Worthingham Fellow Award.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2019 Health Competency Standards in Physical Therapist PracticePhysical Therapy.  99:1242-1254. 2019
    2019 Constraint-induced Movement Therapy for improving motor function of the paretic lower extremity after stroke: a case report.American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation2019
    2019 Part 1: Preparing entry-level occupational and physical therapy students to promote health and wellbeing with Individuals with disabilities.Journal of Occupational Therapy Education.  3. 2019
    2019 Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial of CI Therapy for Rehabilitation of Upper Extremity Motor Deficit: The B ringing R ehabilitation to A merican v eterans e verywhere ProjectJournal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation2019
    2018 Phase II Randomized Controlled Trial of Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy in Multiple Sclerosis. Part 1: Effects on Real-World FunctionNeurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.  32:223-232. 2018
    2018 Preparing physical and occupational therapists to be health promotion practitioners: A call for actionInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.  15. 2018
    2018 Part 2: Preparing entry-level occupational and physical therapy students to promote healthy lifestyles emphasizing healthy eating with individuals with disabilitiesJournal of Occupational Therapy Education.  3. 2018
    2017 A model to integrate health promotion and wellness in physical therapy practice: development and validation.Physical Therapy.  97:1169-1181. 2017
    2017 Video Game Rehabilitation for Outpatient Stroke (VIGoROUS): Protocol for a multi-center comparative effectiveness trial of in-home gamified constraint-induced movement therapy for rehabilitation of chronic upper extremity hemiparesisBMC Neurology.  17. 2017
    2014 Locomotor requirements for bipedal locomotion: A delphi surveyPhysical Therapy.  94:52-67. 2014
    2014 Training model for promoting translation from research to clinical settings: University of Alabama at Birmingham training for constraint-induced movement therapyJournal of Rehabilitation Research and Development.  51. 2014
    2013 Method for enhancing real-world use of a more affected arm in chronic stroke: Transfer package of constraint-induced movement therapyStroke.  44:1383-1388. 2013
    2013 Improving the validity and reliability of a health promotion survey for physical therapists.Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal.  24:14-23. 2013
    2013 Constraint-induced movement therapy combined with conventional neurorehabilitation techniques in chronic stroke patients with plegic hands: A case seriesArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  94:86-94. 2013
    2012 Successful cognitive aging in HIV: Potential strategies for treatment and researchPhysical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics.  30:229-244. 2012
    2010 Measurement structure of the wolf motor function test: Implications for motor control theoryNeurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.  24:791-801. 2010
    2010 The EXCITE stroke trial: Comparing early and delayed constraint-induced movement therapyStroke.  41:2309-2315. 2010
    2009 Strategies for optimizing nutrition and weight reduction in physical therapy practice: The evidencePhysiotherapy Theory and Practice.  25:408-423. 2009
    2009 Can the Wolf Motor Function Test be Streamlined?Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.  23:422-428. 2009
    2009 A Method for Standardizing Procedures in Rehabilitation: Use in the Extremity Constraint Induced Therapy Evaluation Multisite Randomized Controlled TrialArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  90:663-668. 2009
    2008 Retention of upper limb function in stroke survivors who have received constraint-induced movement therapy: the EXCITE randomised trialLancet Neurology.  7:33-40. 2008
    2007 The Excite Trial: Relationship of intensity of constraint induced movement therapy to improvement in the wolf motor function testRestorative Neurology and Neuroscience.  25:549-562. 2007
    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 Effect of constraint-induced movement therapy on upper extremity function 3 to 9 months after stroke: The EXCITE randomized clinical trialJournal of the American Medical Association.  296:2095-2104. 2006
    2006 Lessons learned in participant recruitment and retention: The EXCITE TrialPhysical Therapy.  86:1520-1533. 2006
    2006 The Motor Activity Log-28: Assessing daily use of the hemiparetic arm after strokeNeurology.  67:1189-1194. 2006
    2006 Constraint-induced movement therapy: Characterizing the intervention protocolEuropa Medicophysica.  42:257-268. 2006
    2006 Neuroplasticity and constraint-induced movement therapyEuropa Medicophysica.  42:269-284. 2006
    2006 The learned nonuse phenomenon: Implications for rehabilitationEuropa Medicophysica.  42:241-255. 2006
    2006 A treatment for a chronic stroke patient with a plegic hand combining CI therapy with conventional rehabilitation procedures: Case reportNeuroRehabilitation.  21:167-176. 2006
    2006 Contribution of the shaping and restraint components of Constraint-Induced Movement therapy to Treatment OutcomeNeuroRehabilitation.  21:147-156. 2006
    2006 The influence of neuropsychological characteristics on the use of CI therapy with persons with traumatic brain injuryNeuroRehabilitation.  21:131-137. 2006
    2006 A placebo-controlled trial of constraint-induced movement therapy for upper extremity after strokeStroke.  37:1045-1049. 2006
    2005 Constraint-induced movement therapy for recovery of upper-limb function following traumatic brain injuryJournal of Rehabilitation Research and Development.  42:769-778. 2005
    2005 Reliability and validity of the upper-extremity motor activity log-14 for measuring real-world arm useStroke.  36:2493-2496. 2005
    2003 Improved motor recovery after stroke and massive cortical reorganization following Constraint-Induced Movement TherapyPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America.  14. 2003
    2003 Methods for a Multisite Randomized Trial to Investigate the Effect of Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy in Improving Upper Extremity Function among Adults Recovering from a Cerebrovascular StrokeNeurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.  17:137-152. 2003
    2001 Constraint-induced movement therapy to enhance recovery after stroke.Current Atherosclerosis Reports.  3:279-286. 2001
    2001 Constraint-induced therapy approach to restoring function after neurological injuryTopics in Stroke Rehabilitation.  8:16-30. 2001
    2001 The reliability of the wolf motor function test for assessing upper extremity function after strokeArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  82:750-755. 2001
    1997 Constraint-induced movement therapy for motor recovery after strokeNeuroRehabilitation.  9:29-43. 1997
    1995 Aquatic neurorehabilitationNeurology Report.  19:22-28. 1995
    1994 Aquatic rehabilitation for the treatment of neurological disordersJournal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation.  4:297-308. 1994

    Research Overview

  • Physical therapy examination and interventions for adults with neuromuscular disorders; constraint induced therapy; the PTs role in health promotion, prevention and wellness; aquatic rehabilitation.
  • Teaching Activities

  • PT762 - PT Professional Practice III (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • RHB789 - Rehab Science Seminar (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PT761 - PT Professional Practice II (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • PT711 - PT Examination I (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • RHB789 - Rehab Science Seminar (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • PT707 - Neuroscience II (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PT760 - PT Professional Practice I (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • RHB789 - Rehab Science Seminar (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PT762 - PT Professional Practice III (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • RHB799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PT761 - PT Professional Practice II (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • RHB799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • PT707 - Neuroscience II (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PT711 - PT Examination I (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PT760 - PT Professional Practice I (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • RHB799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PT762 - PT Professional Practice III (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • RHB799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PT761 - PT Professional Practice II (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • RHB789 - Rehab Science Seminar (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • RHB798 - Non Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • PT707 - Neuroscience II (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • PT711 - PT Examination I (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • PT760 - PT Professional Practice I (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • RHB781 - PrincRehabSci:ExerciseScience (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • RHB784 - Res Design/Measure Rehab Sc II (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • RHB789 - Rehab Science Seminar (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • RHB798 - Non Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • PT762 - PT Professional Practice III (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • RHB780 - PrincRehabSci MovementScience (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • RHB789 - Rehab Science Seminar (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • RHB790 - Rehab Sci Research Project (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • RHB798 - Non Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • PT761 - PT Professional Practice II (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • RHB789 - Rehab Science Seminar (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • RHB791 - Rehab Sc Clinical Project (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • PT707 - Neuroscience II (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • PT760 - PT Professional Practice I (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • RHB781 - PrincRehabSci:ExerciseScience (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • RHB789 - Rehab Science Seminar (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • RHB790 - Rehab Sci Research Project (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • PT714 - PT Intervention II (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • PT746 - PT Mgt Neuromuscular Dysf II (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • PT762 - PT Professional Practice III (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • PT775 - Clinical Education VI (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • PT799 - Scholarly Activity Project (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • RHB780 - PrincRehabSci MovementScience (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • RHB783 - Research Design in Rehab Sci (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • RHB789 - Rehab Science Seminar (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • RHB790 - Rehab Sci Research Project (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • PT761 - PT Professional Practice II (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • PT774 - Clinical Education V (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • RHB789 - Rehab Science Seminar (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • PT707 - Neuroscience II (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • PT760 - PT Professional Practice I (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • PT764 - Prof Practice V - Capstone Exp (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • PT773 - Clinical Education IV (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • PT798 - Scholarly Activity Project (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • PTC780 - Hlth Focused Care in PT & OT (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • RHB781 - Topic in Rehab Sci Research (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • RHB789 - Rehab Science Seminar (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • PT714 - PT Intervention II (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • PT746 - PT Mgt Neuromuscular Dysf II (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • PT762 - PT Professional Practice III (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • PT775 - Clinical Education VI (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • PTC782 - Hlth Foc Patient/Client Mgt I (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • RHB780 - Perspectives in Rehab Science (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • RHB783 - Research Design in Rehab Sci (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • RHB789 - Rehab Science Seminar (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • PT761 - PT Professional Practice II (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • PT774 - Clinical Education V (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • PTC781 - Hlth Foc Pat/Client Comm Advoc (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • RHB789 - Rehab Science Seminar (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • PT707 - Neuroscience II (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • PT760 - PT Professional Practice I (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • PT764 - Prof Practice V - Capstone Exp (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • PT772 - Clinical Education III (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • PT773 - Clinical Education IV (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • PTC780 - Hlth Focused Care in PT & OT (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • PTC783 - Hlth Foc Patient/Clt Manage II (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • RHB781 - Topic in Rehab Sci Research (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • RHB784 - Res Design/Measure Rehab Sc II (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • RHB789 - Rehab Science Seminar (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • RHB790 - Rehab Sci Research Project (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • PT714 - PT Intervention II (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • PT721 - Path/Pharma Movement Disord II (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • PT746 - PT Mgt Neuromuscular Dysf II (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • PT762 - PT Professional Practice III (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • PTC782 - Hlth Foc Patient/Client Mgt I (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • RHB780 - Perspectives in Rehab Science (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • RHB783 - Research Design in Rehab Sci (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • RHB789 - Rehab Science Seminar (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • PT761 - PT Professional Practice II (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • PTC781 - Hlth Foc Pat/Client Comm Advoc (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • RHB789 - Rehab Science Seminar (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • PT711 - PT Examination I (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • PT760 - PT Professional Practice I (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • PT764 - Prof Practice V - Capstone Exp (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • PT772 - Clinical Education III (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • PT773 - Clinical Education IV (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • PTC780 - Hlth Focused Care in PT & OT (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • RHB781 - Topic in Rehab Sci Research (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • RHB784 - Res Design/Measure Rehab Sc II (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • RHB789 - Rehab Science Seminar (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • RHB790 - Rehab Sci Research Project (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • PT714 - PT Intervention II (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • PT762 - PT Professional Practice III (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • PTDS799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • RHB789 - Rehab Science Seminar (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • PTDS799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • PT764 - Prof Practice V - Capstone Exp (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • PT761 - PT Professional Practice II (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • PT711 - PT Examination I (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • PT714 - PT Intervention II (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • PT760 - PT Professional Practice I (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • RHB789 - Rehab Science Seminar (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • PT714 - PT Intervention II (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • RHB789 - Rehab Science Seminar (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • PT762 - PT Professional Practice III (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • PTDC731 - Advanced Clinical Outcomes II (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • PT711 - PT Examination I (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • PT760 - PT Professional Practice I (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • PT761 - PT Professional Practice II (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • PTDC730 - Advanced Clinical Outcomes I (Spring Term 2011) 2010 - 2011
  • PTDS740 - Practicum (Spring Term 2011) 2010 - 2011
  • PT762 - PT Professional Practice III (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • PTDS705 - Clin Dec Making in Phys Ther (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • PTDS713 - Field Experience in Hlth Promo (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • PTDS712 - Program Eval and Health Policy (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • PT711 - PT Examination I (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • PT760 - PT Professional Practice I (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • PT761 - PT Professional Practice II (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • PTDS711 - Health Prog Planning and Admin (Spring Term 2010) 2009 - 2010
  • PT762 - PT Professional Practice III (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • PTDS705 - Clin Dec Making in Phys Ther (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • PTDS710 - Health Prom in Phys Therapy (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • PTDS713 - Field Experience in Hlth Promo (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • PTDS712 - Program Eval and Health Policy (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • PT711 - PT Examination I (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • PT760 - PT Professional Practice I (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • PT761 - PT Professional Practice II (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • PTDS711 - Health Prog Planning and Admin (Spring Term 2009) 2008 - 2009
  • PTDS713 - Field Experience in Hlth Promo (Spring Term 2009) 2008 - 2009
  • PT799 - Doctoral Lev Thesis Research (Spring Term 2009) 2008 - 2009
  • PT798 - Doc Level Non-Thesis Research (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • PT762 - PT Professional Practice III (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • PTDS705 - Clin Dec Making in Phys Ther (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • PTDS710 - Health Prom in Phys Therapy (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • PTDS713 - Field Experience in Hlth Promo (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • PT799 - Doctoral Lev Thesis Research (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • PTDS712 - Program Eval and Health Policy (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • PT711 - PT Examination I (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • PT760 - PT Professional Practice I (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • PT761 - PT Professional Practice II (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • PT773 - Clinical Education IV (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • PT773 - Clinical Education IV (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • PT773 - Clinical Education IV (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • PT798 - Doc Level Non-Thesis Research (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • PTDS711 - Health Prog Planning and Admin (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • PT762 - PT Professional Practice III (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • PT771 - Clinical Education II (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • PT775 - Clinical Education VI (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • PT775 - Clinical Education VI (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • PT798 - Doc Level Non-Thesis Research (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • PTDS705 - Clin Dec Making in Phys Ther (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • PTDS710 - Health Prom in Phys Therapy (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • PTDS713 - Field Experience in Hlth Promo (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health Education and Promotion, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2004
  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy / Therapist, University of Alabama at Birmingham 1990
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Physical Therapy / Therapist, University of North Carolina System : Chapel Hill 1983
  • Full Name

  • David Morris