UAB SHP SnapchatEvery orientation we attended we asked students the same question:

"Who is on Snapchat?"

Every orientation provided the same answer:

The majority of students are on Snapchat.

So - that is where we are now.

On Snapchat.

We hope you will enjoy watching us learn as we go. We hope you will include us in your world. And most of all, we hope to keep you informed and entertained.

The way we understand it, you can find us at least three ways:

  1. Username: uab_shp
  3. Use our Snapcode above

See you on Snapchat!
CHOT Initial EventWeech-Maldonado at initial CHOT planning meetingThe University of Alabama at Birmingham has been approved by the National Science Foundation as an official site for a Center for Health Organization Transformation. UAB was one of only two universities selected for 2016 and is one of only six CHOT University Sites in the United States.

The UAB CHOT is an industry-university cooperative research center with a focus of developing innovative solutions to issues challenging the U.S. health care system which will be accomplished by working closely with our industry partners as well as multi-disciplinary collaborations across the University including the School of Engineering.

“This furthers the School of Health Professions’ strategy of seeking increased influence in addressing societal problems through partnerships with entities outside of the academic setting,” said UAB School of Health Professions Dean Harold P. Jones, Ph.D. “The CHOT is a perfect example of how our School is able to leverage community partnerships in order to make a significant difference in health care and impact people’s lives.”

The first officers elected to lead the new UAB Staff Council include Donna Dixon, MBA, from the UAB School of Health Professions. Dixon, who serves as a Program Director II in the Dean’s Office, has been elected treasurer.

“We represent the voice of staff at UAB in areas such as policy advocacy, working climate and community involvement,” said Dixon. "I am excited to serve on this council and represent all staff members at UAB."

Dixon has worked in the SHP Administrative and Fiscal Services team since May 2009. She is responsible for supporting and administering all extramural funding activities for the School and works closely with the UAB Office of Sponsored Programs as well as UAB Grants & Contracts Accounting to ensure accurate practices and adherence to internal and external policies. She earned her Master of Business Administration from UAB in 2014.

The School of Health Professions has two representatives on the UAB Staff Council. Joining Dixon as an inaugural council member is Mary Foster. In addition to her council duties, Foster also serves as chair of the Institutional Pride Committee. At SHP, she is the Executive Assistant to Dean Harold P. Jones, Ph.D. Foster has been with the School since June 2006 and a UAB employee since March 1993.

The UAB Staff Council’s first executive leadership team includes:

  • President: Ginger Hattaway, School of Dentistry
  • President-Elect: David Rhodes, School of Public Health
  • Secretary: Amy Dean, School of Medicine
  • Treasurer: Donna Dixon, School of Health Professions

The UAB Staff Council represents 21 organizational units and officially began August 2016. To see a full list of elected council members, FAQs and proposed bylaws, visit the council website.
Sarah BlaylockSarah BlaylockSarah Blaylock, a fourth year student in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsPh.D. in Rehabilitation Science program, and Matt Green, a recent graduate of the UAB Occupational Therapy Post-Professional program, recently had papers accepted in OT journals.

Blaylock’s paper, titled "Falls Prevention Interventions for Older Adults with Low Vision: A Scoping Review" has recently been accepted by the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Green’s paper, titled "Lighting as a Compensatory Strategy for Acquired Visual Deficits after Stroke: Two Case Reports" has been recently accepted by the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

McCaughey Award Photo 03McCaughey with Tony Roche,
Publishing Director, Emerald Group
Deirdre McCaughey, Ph.D., program director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Healthcare Quality and Safety programs, has been selected as an Outstanding Author Contribution in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.

The chapter she authored, titled “Best Practices to Promote Occupational Safety and Satisfaction: A Comparison of Three North American Hospitals,” was called “one of the most impressive pieces of work the team has seen throughout 2015.” The publisher presented the award to McCaughey and her co-authors at a celebration event on August 7, 2016, at the Academy of Management’s annual meeting in Anaheim.

"With the healthcare industry being among the highest injury rate industries in both Canada and the United States, these findings cannot be overstated," says Deirdre McCaughey, who has been leader of the HQS programs since July 2015. "Having our research acknowledged like this by the publisher is an incredible honor for our team; it is a testament to the hard work and time we invested in this critical research study."

Deborah GrimesDeborah F. Grimes, R.N., J.D., CHC, CPHQ, will cap off a day of ‘firsts’ at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s summer commencement ceremony on Saturday, August 13, at Bartow Arena.

Grimes, who is a member of the first graduating class from the UAB School of Health Professions’ Master of Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety program, will be the graduate commencement speaker at UAB’s inaugural summer commencement ceremony.


“It is a wonderful honor and a little nerve wracking, but most of all, it is a celebration for all graduates and their families. I hope my remarks, as a 52-year-old earning her third degree, will inspire others to make a commitment to lifelong learning,” said Grimes, who is Associate Vice President Quality / Chief Compliance Officer at UAB Hospital. “I am fortunate to have worked for 30 years in an academic medical center where you are challenged and encouraged to maintain a commitment to education. Plus, what I do for a living is improve processes so it is natural for me to improve myself.”

Story by Shannon Thomason, UAB News

An occupational therapy student needed to get a patient, diagnosed with dementia, out of the bed and across the room for evaluation, but this was different from most patient-caregiver interactions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

This patient was an advanced acting student portraying someone with dementia to test an occupational therapy student’s competence.

Students in the School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Occupational Therapy are now getting real-world experience with a new cross-professional program that uses students from the College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Theatre as patients.

Theater students get to test their chops in acting out a diagnosis before auditioning for a character role with medical issues, and OT students get to work with “real” patients before they begin their field study.

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.