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.

Brooke Walker Outstanding Advisor WinnerBrooke Walker, Outstanding Advisor WinnerBrooke Walker, program advisor for the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences program, has been named the 2016 UAB Outstanding Advising – New Advisor and the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Outstanding Advising – New Advisor.

The key to Walker’s success as an academic advisor may surprise you. Her focus is less on the “academic” portion – nearly half the BMD freshman have an ACT score of 28 or higher. Her focus is more on the “advisor” portion with an emphasis on each individual student and that says so much considering she currently advises 285 students.

“I try to build a strong relationship with all BMD students,” said Walker, who was also named Adviser of the Year at the UAB Student Excellence Awards in 2015. “Whether it is working with them on life skills, sending them birthday cards, or inviting them to our holiday dinner – I want each of them to feel like they are part of a caring family at UAB.”

Deek Giving Day Cover Art

Friday, April 29, 2016, is UAB Giving Day. Be on the lookout for faculty and staff with a Giving Day Sticker and please thank them for all of us. Their generosity and your generosity is what truly makes a difference in the lives of our students. Because of you we can do more.

Marcie SHPWhich UAB program means the most to you? Whatever the answer – visit to make a gift of $29 or more to your favorite School of Health Professions program.

Already have a sticker? Fantastic! Take a selfie or a group shot in your office and email it to or simply post it on your favorite social media outlet with #uabgivingday and #igive.

And be on the lookout for the photos on this page and others across social media. These are a few of the many who not only give their time and talent to their jobs, but who also contribute generously to the UAB programs that mean the most to them.

Kara SHP


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26699550025 2a3e0f8d23 zTwelve members of the UAB School of Health Professions faculty and staff earned the UAB Innovative Teaching Certificate on Thursday, April 28, 2016.

The certificate earners work in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences and the Department of Health Services Administration and they are:

  • Peter Anderson, DVM, Ph.D.
  • Fred (Ted) Bertrand, Ph.D.
  • Kirstin Chapleau, MaE
  • Norman Robert Estes II, Ph.D.
  • Robert Garrie, MPA
  • Krystle Glasgow, MIS
  • Floyd Josephat, EdD
  • James R. Kilgore, Ph.D.
  • Liliana Navarrete, MS
  • Haiyan Qu, Ph.D.
  • Kelley Swatzell, DrPH
  • Brooke Walker

The certificate, awarded by the UAB Center for Teaching and Learning, was earned by completing workshops in the Teaching Innovation Series. Of the 10 workshops offered this semester, attendees were required to attend five that were deemed essential. They earned points for attendance and participation as part of a new gamification process designed by the CTL.

The Teaching Innovation Series is taught by Tino Unlap, Ph.D., associate professor in the UAB Biotechnology program of the School of Health Professions.