Associate Professor

Prior to joining the faculty in 2004, Dr Barstow was a clinician and provided low vision and adult rehabilitation services in Minnesota, Alabama, Florida and Arizona. She also has experience with driving and community mobility. Dr Barstow is co-editor of "Occupational Therapy Interventions for Adults with Low Vision" published by AOTA Press. She also contributed to several chapters in the textbook and authored a chapter for the AOTA self-paced clinical course: "Low Vision: Occupational Therapy Intervention with the Older Adult".

Assistant Professor

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

Mr. Cunningham graduated from the occupational therapy program at the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1998 and returned to his alma mater to join the faculty in June of 2011. Prior to teaching, Mr. Cunningham worked in various venues and with different populations such as geriatrics (nursing homes), pediatrics (inpatient psychiatric units and various inpatient and outpatient settings and clinics), and adults (trauma, burns and home health). He has supervised multiple Level I and Level II occupational therapy students throughout his career. Mr. Cunningham is certified in Interactive Metronome, Therapeutic Listening, Sensory Integration (SIPT Certified) and is an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP). He holds membership in the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) and the Alabama Occupational Therapy Association (ALOTA). In addition, he serves as co-chair of the Membership Committee for ALOTA.

Assistant Professor

Prior to working as an occupational therapist, Chris Eidson worked as both a job coach and a life skills trainer for adults with multi-sensory impairments. He has worked as an occupational therapist since 1999 in settings including an outpatient hand therapy clinic, an orthopedic acute care hospital, an outpatient surgery clinic, and a university-based clinic primarily serving children with developmental disabilities. He has served as a consultant to an industrial design firm regarding ergonomic attributes of various commercial products, and has also worked as an expert witness in cases involving therapy in school systems.

Assistant Professor

Program Director: Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Prior to joining the faculty at UAB in 2008, Dr. Jenkins was a Senior Lecturer in the occupational therapy program at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. His clinical career included working as an Occupational Therapist in the National Health Service (UK) within various specialties: orthopedics, elderly rehabilitation, neurology and the management of severe physical disability. In addition he was employed as a Senior Occupational Therapist (pediatrics) at the Dubai Centre for Special Needs, in the United Arab Emirates. Following this, he was employed as a Clinical Specialist in Assistive Technology; a consultant position within a National Centre in the UK, focused on the use of technology to support people with disabilities. In 1998, he located to Mississippi State University where he worked as a Rehabilitation Engineer at the T.K. Martin Center for Disability and Technology. In 2002, he was awarded the Industrial Designers Society of America IDEA Gold Award for Research. Dr. Jenkins earned his PhD from the faculty of the Environment and Technology at the University of the West of England, Bristol. The title of his dissertation was: "Effects of multisensory environments on blind and visually impaired people’s experience of public spaces."

Assistant Professor

Valley McCurry, MBA, OTR/L, is an assistant professor in the UAB Department of Occupational Therapy. She has worked as an occupational therapist since 1998 after graduating from the University of South Alabama.

Mrs. McCurry has worked in multiple settings including inpatient mental health, inpatient rehabilitation and skilled nursing. After graduating from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2002 with her MBA, she took on additional management and administrative roles in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Affiliated State Association Presidents for the American Occupational Therapy Association. Mrs. McCurry previously served as President of the Alabama Occupational Association and currently serves a Government Affairs Co -chair.

Assistant Professor

Julie Preskitt, MSOT, MPH, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Maternal and Child Health Concentration, Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's School of Public Health (UAB-SOPH). She holds a secondary faculty appointment to the UAB Department of Occupational Therapy.

Assistant Professor

Sarah Tucker is an assistant professor in the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program with a background in pediatrics. She has worked with clients in a variety of pediatric settings, including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Ms. Tucker is a certified infant and child massage instructor and has training in pediatric constraint therapy through her past employment in the Civitan-Sparks Clinic at UAB. Prior to joining the faculty at UAB, Ms. Tucker was the Program Director of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Brown Mackie College in Birmingham, Alabama.

Instructor

Prior to joining the faculty in 2016, Jason Vice worked as a clinician in an acute hospital setting specializing in orthopedics, acute care for the elderly (ACE), and the intensive care unit (ICU). Mr. Vice is certified in Gerontology Education through the UAB Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging and has prepared students for health-related fields as lab instructor for the UAB Department of Biology. He currently serves on the board of the Alabama Occupational Therapy Association (ALOTA) and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Professor

Program Director: Post Professional Master’s in OT Program

Dr. Vogtle is an occupational therapist with 30+ years in pediatric practice prior to completing her PhD in program evaluation at the University of Virginia. She has been a full time faculty member in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for 20 years. Her interest in coming to Birmingham was to join a research-intensive facility, and UAB has provided that focus. In addition to her research interest, she teaches in the entry level master’s program, the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences, and in the online postprofessional master’s program. Her external activities include grant reviews for the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research and others, as well as service to three editorial boards and a term on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.

Associate Professor

Director, Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation

Co-Director, UAB Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation

Prior to joining the UAB faculty in 2001 to develop and implement the certificate program, Dr. Warren was the occupational therapy director for one of the first medical rehabilitation programs to receive Medicare coverage for low vision rehabilitation services. Dr. Warren is the editor of the "Self Paced Clinical course Low Vision: Occupational Therapy Intervention with the Older Adult," published by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and co-editor, with fellow faculty member Beth Barstow, for the textbook: "Occupational Therapy Interventions for Adults with Low Vision" from AOTA Press.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Wingo received her PhD in Health Education and Promotion from the UAB School of Public Health in 2010 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Comparative Effectiveness in the UAB Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE) and the Department of Nutrition Science.

Professor

Dr. Yuen received his educational training to become an occupational therapist at the University of Queensland, Australia. His doctoral training focuses on the area of Research, Evaluation, and Measurement Methodology at the University of Florida, US. He has more than 20 years teaching experience in several occupational therapy programs in the US as well as abroad, and has received funding from National Institute of Health and several Foundations on different grant projects since 2002. He has been an NIH grant reviewer since 2006, and has more than eighty peer-reviewed publications as the lead or corresponding author. His current role as the director of research in the Department of Occupational Therapy at UAB is to mentor faculty and students in grant writing and publications.