UAB School of Health Professions Current News

PA faculty and student featured in documentary

The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) wanted a documentary style video to promote oral health in primary care facilities. The University of Alabama at Birmingham was prominently featured on the video teaser including our own Physician Assistant Program Director Pat Jennings,DrPh, PA-C, faculty member Kara Caruthers, MSPAS, PA-C, student Felipe Valencia, along with UAB Dentist Jeff Hill and UAB patient Chris Cantrell. The full documentary will be shown at the NCCPA's conference.

Granger named AARC Fellow

Granger_WesWesley M. Granger, Ph.D., RRT, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). He is the director of the UAB Respiratory Therapy program and associate professor.


Kitchin: Why Weight Watchers works

beth-kitchinUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham Beth Kitchin, a dietitian in the Department of Nutrition Sciences explains on ABC News why Weight Watchers is a succesful diet plan.

SHP faculty & staff relive 9/11

kathy_Jon_Nugent_7_2011This picture of Jon and Kathy Nugent was taken two months prior to 9/11 in New York.Although it’s been 10 years, Jon and Kathy Nugent remember the sight of soldiers at every corner, the sounds of military jets flying above and the smell of smoke as if it was yesterday. The couple was living in the city of New York when 9/11 happened.

Kathy, now director of the UAB Biotechnology program, remembers what a beautiful morning it was as she got ready to fly out for a day meeting in Raleigh, N.C.  She and Jon both worked for a consulting firm in New York in an office across from the Empire State Building. Kathy spoke to her mom before boarding the plane and turned off her cell phone.


Shaw receives highest award from state PT group

Shaw_receiving_GossmanUAB Department of Physical Therapy Chair Sharon Shaw, PT, DrPH, received the Marilyn Gossman Professionalism in Physical Therapy Award from the Alabama Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association. This is considered the chapter’s most prestigious honor to recognize a member demonstrating outstanding professionalism in any of the areas of physical therapy service, practice, education and/or research.


Cold mice might be skewing weight loss drug studies

Daniel_SmithAnimals or people burn calories in an effort to keep warm, and room temperature may be affecting the testing and development of weight-loss drugs, says University of Alabama at Birmingham researcher Daniel Smith, Ph.D.

Smith, an instructor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, received a 2011 Early-Career Research Grants from The Obesity Society for his proposal to examine the affect of room temperature on obesity-related drug effects in mice.


Earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years

occuptional_therapyHow would you like to graduate with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in five years instead of more than six? It’s possible with the Fast OT program in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions. The program allows students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management in three years and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in two years.


Chandler-Laney joins Nutrition faculty

planeyThe UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences announces the addition of faculty member Paula C. Chandler-Laney, Ph.D. She transferred from a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Nutrition Sciences to an assistant professor. She earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Auckland, in her native country, New Zealand. She went on to complete a B.S. in psychology at UAB in 2000. In 2006, she completed her Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience at UAB.


OT alum comes back to teach

Deek_CunninghamAfter working as an occupational therapist in the private sector for 12 years, Deek Cunningham decided it was time to return to his alma mater, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, to teach in the Department of Occupational Therapy in the School of Health Professions.

“One of my goals was to teach in the OT program,” said Cunningham, M.S., OTR/L, ATP, “I always knew, however, I needed more clinical experience to bring to the table.”