Christopher HurtChristopher Hurt, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physical Therapy, is one of two postdoctoral scholars chosen nationwide to be the first trainees on an institutional training program grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health. The grant aims to train future leaders in translational rehabilitation research.

Andrea PerkinsHealth Information Management alumna Andrea Perkins, RHIA, who graduated in May 2009, recently received the 2012 American Health Information Management Association Foundation Diversity Graduate Scholarship. She is one a few recipients across the nation to receive the scholarship.

“The foundation I received from UAB’s HIM program provided me with the skills and confidence to apply and receive such an amazing recognition,” said Perkins.

Students who have a strong and compelling answer to the diversity essay in the scholarship application were awarded. Perkins is in graduate school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center earning a master’s degree in health informatics and information management.

CSM2013Several UAB Department of Physical Therapy faculty members presented at the 2013 Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association. As chair of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS), John Lowman, PT, Ph.D., CCS, gave welcoming remarks and introductions for the opening night.

PT faculty members that presented at the conference include:

  • C. Scott Bickel, Functional Electrical Stimulation: Health and Fitness Benefits for People With Spinal Cord Injury
  • David Brown, PhD Program Director's Dialogue
    • Short-Term Effects of Hyperrisistance Exposure on Gait Velocity and Muscle Activation in Individuals Post Stroke
    • Learning by Losing Balance: Improvement with a Step-Up Task in Stroke Survivors
  •  Jennifer Christy, Linking Structure to Function: Muscle, Bone and Brain
  •  Diane Clark, Applications of Team-Based Learning in Physical Therapy Education
    • PTJ Symposium: Rehabilitation of Patients With Critical Illness
  • Cecilia Graham, Applications of Team-Based Learning in Physical Therapy Education
  • Donald Lein, Applications of Team-Based Learning in Physical Therapy Education
  • John Lowman, Applications of Team-Based Learning in Physical Therapy Education
    • Enhancing Professional Development Through ABPTS Certification
  • David Morris, Aquatic Physical Therapy to Improve Balance Dysfunction in Older Adults


Several PT alumni were recognized for becoming board-certified clinical specialists in their field including two in geriatrics (GCS) and two in orthopedics (OCS):

  • Linda Capps Bloodworth, PT, MS, GCS (1985)
  • Mary Doherty Riebesell, PT, DPT, GCS (2009)
  • Shaun Burke Adams, PT, OCS (1998)
  • Amanda Suzanne Crouse, PT, DPT, OCS (2005)

There are 8 physical therapy clinical specialties recognized by the ABPTS: Cardiovascular and pulmonary, Clinical electrophysiology, Geriatrics, Neurology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Sports, and Women’s Health.

2013 OT honor societyThirteen University of Alabama at Birmingham Occupational Therapy students were inducted into the OT National Honor Society Pi Theta Epsilon on January 31, 2013. The students chosen were recognized for their scholastic excellence in occupational therapy.

APTA State Leg Award 2012 lowDave Morris and Emmett Parker receive awards from APTA.The American Physical Therapy Association gave awards to a UAB faculty member and an alumnus during the group’s State Policy and Payment Forum in Alexandria, Va.

David Morris, PT, Ph.D., assistant chair in the UAB Department of Physical Therapy, was awarded the 2012 APTA State Legislative Commitment Award by the APTA Board of Directors. He was recognized for his many years of service supporting the Alabama chapter’s legislative efforts on a variety of issues including infringement challenges, referral for profit and last year’s direct access campaign.

Emmett Parker, PT, MS, ATC received the 2012 APTA State Legislative Leadership Award for his leadership on the passage of legislation that made Alabama the 47 state with direct access to physical therapy. Parker, owner of Accelerated Physical Therapy, Inc., is a 1995 graduate of the UAB PT program.

Respiratory Therapist Tadashia CooperRecent Respiratory Therapy graduate Tadashia (Jabril) Cooper (Class of 2012) presented an abstract at the American Association for Respiratory Care International Congress in New Orleans in November. This Open Forum session involved a poster presentation based on the abstract followed by a podium summary with Q & A.

Sam Serley Senior CLASS finalistSam Serley, a senior in the Health Care Management program and a middle blocker for the UAB volleyball team, is one of only 10 volleyball players from around the country to be named as finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. The award recognizes athletes who excel in community, classroom, character and competition.


Jordan Smith UAB Physician Assistant student Jordan Smith was named as the 2012 winner of the American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants Susan and Tom Lusty Memorial Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded yearly to a student in an accredited PA program.

RonaldWyattRonald M. Wyatt, M.D., MSHA, has been named the medical director in the Division of Healthcare Improvement at The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies nearly 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the U.S.  In his role, Wyatt will promote quality improvement and patient safety to internal and external audiences, work to influence public policy and legislation for patient safety improvements and serves as the lead patient safety information and education resources within The Joint Commission.