UAB School of Health Professions Current News

Barstow wins national OT award

Elizabeth_BarstowUAB Occupational Therapy assistant professor Beth Barstow, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, won the Cordelia Myers Writers Award from the American Occupational Therapy Association for her article, “Do Home Safety Assessments Address the Concerns of Clients with Vision Loss?” The article was published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy in November. The award is given to first time authors of a feature article.


Brown named inaugural director of PhD in Rehabilitation Science program

David BrownDavid A. Brown, PT, Ph.D., a leading expert on physical therapy and rehabilitation, has been tapped as the inaugural director of the PhD in Rehabilitation Science program in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The program is housed jointly in the Department of Occupational Therapy and the Department of Physical Therapy to prepare graduates to contribute to the field of rehabilitation as academicians and scientists. 


PA's join the fight for oral health

Oral diseases can have an impact on the health of all ages from babies in the womb to the elderly fighting tooth decay due to simple things such as their medicine. But oral health is often missed especially if patients do not routinely visit a dentist and instead rely on primary care providers. The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) created a documentary to promote oral health in primary care facilities and prominently featured several UAB faculty members including our own Physician Assistant Program Director Pat Jennings,DrPh, PA-C, faculty member Kara Caruthers, MSPAS, PA-C, along with UAB Dentist Jeff Hill and UAB patient Chris Cantrell.

Rimmer to head joint health promotion-rehabilitation science research

James RimmerInternationally known researcher James Rimmer, Ph.D., will become the Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions, effective Jan. 3, 2012, pending approval of the University of Alabama Board of Trustees. In that role Rimmer, who has been developing and directing programs for people with disabilities for 30 years, will lead the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative.


The dean has lost it - and is he ever happy

Dean Jones after losing 70 pounds.Dean Harold Jones after losing 70 pounds.Dean Harold Jones before weight losttDean Harold Jones before his weight-loss program.A biting comment by a faculty member helped motivate Harold Jones, Ph.D., dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions, to change the course of his life. His highly successful journey is chronicled on his blog, aptly named “Dean Jones is Losing It.”


Physical Therapists have a happy job

Physical TherapyWhen it comes to the happiest jobs, physical therapists are at the top of the list. Forbes magazine listed its top 10 happiest jobs and physical therapists came in at number three because of social interaction and helping people.

Karlie Lewis, PT, DPT, CCCE, received her doctor of physical therapy in 2008 from the UAB Department of Physical Therapy and agrees with the reasons for being happy in her job.


Low-carb diet good for overweight girls?

carbohydrate foodsA low-carbohydrate diet may help prepubescent girls avoid some risks associated with obesity, such as diabetes and heart disease, according to research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

A reduction in dietary carbohydrates improved various metabolic indicators in overweight African-American girls even in the absence of weight-loss, according to their findings published online Dec. 1, 2011, in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.


Race raises money for cancer research

Tim Nagy racing his carTim Nagy racing his car during the Third Annual Accelerating a Cancer Cure.People used their driving skills to raise money for cancer research. More than $4,500 was raised Nov. 20 for the Third Annual “Accelerating a Cancer Cure” benefitting the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.


Medical Technology in top 10 most employable majors

Medical_Technology2In a tough economy, deciding which college major can make the difference of whether or not you find a job when you graduate. The Wall Street Journal found the top 10 most employable majors. One of those majors is in the UAB School of Health Professions (SHP).