Tadashia Jabril Cooper

         
      JabrilCooper2       Tadashia Jabril Cooper
Teacher
1705 University Blvd.
SHPB 324
Birmingham, AL  35294
jabrilc@uab.edu
205-934-0188
     
         

Debra Eddins Laken, MAEd, AE-C, RRT, CTTS

         
      debralaken       Debra Eddins Laken, MAEd, AE-C, RRT, CTTS                        
Associate Professor
1705 University Blvd.
SHPB 449
Birmingham, AL  35294
eddins@uab.edu
205-934-3783
     
         
  Debra Laken is a faculty member for the Respiratory Therapy Program. She practiced respiratory therapy for eight years while working at HealthSouth Medical Center before joining the School of Health Professions. Ms. Laken has extensive clinical experience in critical care medicine and pulmonary function testing. Her current clinical practice is with the Lung Health Center where she works as a clinic/research coordinator on several lung studies. She performs spirometry, full PFTs, methacholine challenge, six-minute walk testing along with asthma education. She is also a NIOSH practicum instructor for the UAB Deep South Center.

Mrs. Laken received her certificate in Respiratory Therapy (1985), undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Health Administration (1987), and Master of Science in Education (1995) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She holds secondary appointments in the Minority Health Research Center School of Medicine as an Associate Scientist and a Scientist with the UAB Lung Health Center.

Besides being a registered respiratory therapist, Mrs. Laken is also credentialed as an Asthma Educator (AE-C) and a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS). Her areas of specialization are asthma education, pulmonary pathophysiology, educational methods and physical assessment.
 
         

Jerry P. King Jr., BS, RRT, MAEd

         
      King jerry       Jerry P. King Jr., BS, RRT, MAEd
Interim Program Director, Assistant Professor                   
1705 University Blvd.
SHPB 443
Birmingham, AL  35294
jpking@uab.edu
205-996-6006
     
         
  Jerry King is the interim program director for the Respiratory Therapy Program. He practiced respiratory therapy for five years while working at Baptist Medical Center Montclair and UAB Hospital before joining the School of Health Professions. Mr. King has extensive clinical experience in critical care medicine.Mr. King received his Bachelor of Science degree with a certificate in Respiratory Therapy (2000) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Master of Science in Education (2007) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

His areas of interests are tobacco cessation, critical care, physical assessment and professional development.
 
         

Jonathan B. Waugh, Ph.D., RRT, RPFT, CTTS, FAARC

         
      WaughJonathan2       Jonathan B. Waugh, Ph.D., RRT, RPFT, CTTS, FAARC                 
Professor
1705 University Blvd.
SHPB 443
Birmingham, AL  35294
waughj@uab.edu
205-934-7638
     
         
  Jonathan Waugh joined UAB in 1999, serving 8 years as the Director of Clinical Education for the respiratory therapy program. Dr. Waugh serves as faculty director for the UAB Center for Teaching and Learning. He has an appointment as a scientist with the UAB Lung Health Center and conducts research in the areas of mechanical ventilation, capnography and ventilation monitoring, and tobacco treatment/prevention.

Dr. Waugh received his Bachelor of Science degree in respiratory therapy from the University of Central Florida (1985), his Master of Science degree from the Ohio State University (1990), and his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Ohio State University (1994). He is chair of the Tobacco Free Lifestyle Roundtable of the American Association for Respiratory Care and a member of the American College of Chest Physicians.

Courses taught:
RST 332 Mechanical Ventilation
RST 412 Advanced Mechanical Ventilation
RST 422 Long Term & Preventative Care
 
         

Wesley M. Granger, Ph.D., RRT, FAARC

         
      Granger Wes       Wesley M. Granger, Ph.D., RRT, FAARC                                    
Associate Professor
1705 University Blvd.
SHPB 445
Birmingham, AL  35294
grangerw@uab.edu
205-934-7637 
     
         
  Dr. Granger has over 40 years of experience in Respiratory Therapy including Clinical and Academic Education positions. Dr. Granger is a Scientist in the UAB Lung Health Center and the UAB Minority Health and Research Center. Research Interests include Mathematical Modeling of physiologic systems.

Dr. Granger received his BA Degree in Microbiology from the University of South Florida, Tampa Florida in 1972. He received his PhD in Physiology from the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta Georgia in 1983. Dr. Granger is an active member of the Alabama Society for Respiratory Care (ASRC), American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), and the American Physiological Society (APS).