collage bham peopleCourtesy: Birmingham Business JournalThe Birmingham Business Journal’s Most Influential Executives list, “a compilation of powerbrokers, CEOs and thought leaders,” includes three from the UAB School of Health Professions.

Neeysa Biddle, St. Vincent’s Health System

Biddle, who has a B.S. in Admin Health Systems, a B.S. in Allied Health (currently Health Care Management) and an M.S. in Health Administration (MSHA Class 26), is president and CEO of St. Vincent’s Health System. When the School celebrated its 40th anniversary, Biddle was named to the SHP Fab 40 Alumni honoring the School’s Top 40 alumni. She was recently honored as a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama and also earned a spot on the BBJ’s “Who’s Who in Health Care” list.

Dunrey LaRose OTSDunrey LaRose, OTS, presenting research posterDunrey LaRose, a second-year student in the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program in the School of Health Professions, is the first UAB OT student to receive a scholarship from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.

She is one of only two students in the United States awarded the Martha Kirkland Pi Theta Epsilon Endowed Scholarship. The award is given annually to OT students that demonstrate leadership potential and aspire to roles in education, practice or research.

Javeen ThomasJaveen Thomas, ACHE Dent ScholarUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions student Javeen Thomas has been named a winner of the Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Thomas, a student in the Master of Science in Health Administration program, is one of only six students across the United States to win the $5,000 award that is delivered annually to minority students.

“The process of taking out enough loans to cover room, books, and any other major expenses has been my approach throughout my academic career and this scholarship will allow me to start out my final year of course work in the MSHA program by not taking the large amount that was necessary for me to,” said Thomas.

Three graduates and one postdoctoral scholar of the UAB School of Health Professions have been named “Rising Stars in Health Care” by the Birmingham Business Journal.

Ashley Cannon, a graduate of the Genetic Counseling program; Tashauna Goldsby, a postdoctoral scholar in the Nutrition Obesity Research Center and the UAB Obesity Training program; Lee Hammonds, a graduate of the Master of Science in Health Administration, Class 43; and Uma Srivastava, an alumna of the Biotechology program, were each recognized by the local newsmaker.

Excellence in Business webExcellence in Business winners: Kayce Dover, Kerri Bailey, Courtney Duff-Harrison and Elizabeth Klein (accepting for Dale Yake)The School of Health Professions had four alumni named UAB Excellence in Business winners for 2016. This year's SHP winners are: Kerri Bailey, Kayce Dover, Courtney Duff-Harrison and Dale Yake.

Kerri Bailey, B.S. in Occupational Therapy


Bailey is co-founder and managing partner of Child'sPlay Therapy Center. It is a multi-disciplinary pediatric therapy clinic co-owned by Bailey, an occupational therapist, and Deborah Boswell, a speech therapist. Child'sPlay provides occupational, physical and speech therapy services to children from birth through teens. In addition, the company offers a variety of special programs including Focal Point (treatment for ADD/ADHD), Orton-Gillingham reading therapy, and a variety of summer camps and social skills groups.

Michelle Brown receiving 2014 SHP Excellence in Teaching AwardMichelle Brown receiving 2014 SHP Excellence in Teaching AwardMichelle Brown, MS, MLS(ASCP)SBB, an assistant professor in the School of Health ProfessionsClinical and Laboratory Science program, has been selected to receive the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The annual honor recognizes those who demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in teaching. The announcement of the 11 winners across UAB had this to say about Brown:

“Brown regularly teaches across disciplines and schools, and she challenges students to sharpen their problem-solving and clinical decision-making skills through rigorous laboratory and simulation situations.”

RS9632 Fred Bertrand 2014 2 scrTed Bertrand, Ph.D., named assistant dean for Undergraduate ResearchThe UAB School of Health Professions has named Ted Bertrand, Ph.D., assistant dean for Undergraduate Research. Bertrand, an associate professor with a primary appointment in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences and a research appointment in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, is charged with creating research experiences that will engage many of the 800+ undergraduate students in the School.

 “Often people think research is only ‘lab’ or ‘bench’ but, any activity that leads to generating and disseminating new knowledge is research,” said Bertrand who provides instruction in the undergraduate Biomedical Sciences program. “With that in mind, we build on our current successes by developing even stronger student focused undergraduate research experiences.”

David Morris2012David Morris named UAB PT chairDavid M. Morris, Ph.D., PT, an internationally recognized researcher and Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults, has been named chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions. He is only the third chair to serve in the program’s more than 50-year history.

Morris, who has served as interim chair since September 2014, is renowned for his work in Constraint-Induced Movement therapy and regularly lectures and conducts workshops for physical therapists around the world. His appointment to chair the 20th ranked program in the U.S. officially began June 1, 2016.

“We are very fortunate to have a person of the academic stature and personal integrity of Dr. Morris to join the line of administrative excellence that has marked the Department’s 50-year history," said Harold P. Jones, Ph.D., Dean of the UAB School of Health Professions. "I am confident that he will build upon the strong foundation, tradition and reputation of the Department by partnering with faculty, staff, students and alumni to take the Department to the next level of research and educational excellence.”

James RimmerJames Rimmer, Ph.D.Investigators with the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions UAB / Lakeshore Research Collaborative have been awarded grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) totaling more than $10 million over the next five years.

The CDC award is a five-year $7.5 million grant for the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) to expand its role as a knowledge information and translation center to promote access to health/wellness programs for people with disabilities across the nation using an evidence-based framework referred to as N-KATS (NCHPAD Knowledge Adaptation, Translation and Scale Up).

The NIH award is a new five-year $2.6 million R01 grant that will use a theory-driven eHealth platform and innovative physical activity program referred to as movement-to-music (M2M) to deliver a customized, home-based intervention to adults with mobility disability. Participants will be recruited through the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Spain Rehab.  Amie B. McLain, MD, Professor and Chair of UAB’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is a co-investigator on the study.  Lakeshore staff will be involved in data collection and preparing the home-based materials.

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